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  • LawAccord Program Expands for Gold Coast 2019 -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) The LawAccord conference program will be running for a full day for the first time at the next SportAccord in Gold Coast, Australia.
    SportAccord is being held in Australia for the first time (GAISF)

    The program, entitled “Key Opportunities, Challenges and Threats to Institutional Sport – From Within and Without”, is set to take place on May 6.

    “Hosting SportAccord in Gold Coast has presented a wide variety of conference opportunities for the LawAccord programme this year,” Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord said in a statement.

    “With so many influencers and stakeholders in the region, it was felt that a full-day’s conference followed by a networking cocktail, would give delegates more news and current thinking, and provide the perfect platform to discuss the day’s business and insights in welcoming surroundings.”

    Francesco Ricci Bitti, Acting President of SportAccord and President of ASOIF, will provide the welcome introduction and opening for LawAccord. Among the speakers will be Malcolm Speed, former CEO of Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council, Craig Reedie, President of WADA, Benjamin Cohen, Director General of the International Testing Agency and Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    The Gold Coast edition of SportAccord, which runs from May 5-10, will host more than 50 conference sessions with around 100 international speakers and panelists taking part. Besides LawAccord, the four other conference streams include: The Summit, CityAccord, MediaAccord, and HealthAccord.

    Host City Asia Announces Speakers

    Host City Asia announces the first wave of confirmed speakers for its second edition at Beijing’s Four Seasons Hotel on April 11.

    Bird's Nest in Beijing (Host City Asia)
    Hiromi Kawamura, the Public Relations Secretary for the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, and Laszlo Vajda, Senior Operations Advisor for the Minsk 2019 European Games and a Senior Expert for the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee, are two of the early entries to the speakers list.

    Organizers say 200 international event rights owners, Asian event hosts, organizing committees, and experts are set to participate under the conference theme of “Faster, Higher, Stronger: Growth through Event Hosting”.

    Agenda topics include the impact of AI, big data and blockchain on the events sector, integrating event infrastructure planning into city plans, and how to engage young people in sports and culture events.

    With a mix of panel discussions, keynote addresses and case studies, Host City Asia will highlight the issues and opportunities facing everyone in the major events business.

    Soccerex Adding New Event for 2019

    Soccerex is adding a new event for 2019 while also returning to China and the USA.

    The organization, which describes itself as the global leader for the business of football, will be coming to Oeiras, Portugal for the inaugural Soccerex Europe on September 5-6.

    The event will unite key rights holders and businesses from across Europe and the rest of the world and will provide European football with an important in-market gathering ahead of UEFA’s 2020 European Championships.

    Soccerex will also be returning to China and the USA in 2019, a year after inaugural events in both countries

    Soccerex China 2019 will take place on May 23-24 in the coastal city of Sanya, in China’s Hainan Province while Soccerex USA will return to Miami, Florida for a second straight November.

    “2019 looks set to be a spectacular year for Soccerex – we are thrilled to be building on the success of our events in China and the US by continuing to provide the industry with vital business platforms in these two vibrant markets and I am really excited to be bringing Soccerex to a new country with Soccerex Europe in Portugal, home of the European Champions!," Soccerex Co-Founder Rita Revie said in a statement.

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    Los Angeles Sports Summit Debuts in June

    The inaugural Los Angeles Sports Summit will be held from June 24-26 in downtown Los Angeles.
    (LA Sports Summit)

    The three-day event featuring owners, athletes and dealmakers was announced this week by the Los Angeles Sports Council and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG).

    “Los Angeles is the place for sports — teams, leagues, owners, venues, events and players — so it’s only natural that we convene a yearly conference that brings them all together,” said Sports Council President David Siegel. “The LA Sports Summit will do just that.”

    The Los Angeles area is home to 11 professional sports teams, eight NCAA Division I schools, 14 stadiums with at least 10,000 seats, 11 arenas with 5,000 seats or more, dozens of smaller sports facilities, and millions of fans.

    Organizers expect more than 350 high profile attendees from the region, across the country and around the world. Among the topics to be explored at the LA Sports Summit include what’s new in sports innovation, fan experience, fantasy sports and esports; women and sports leadership; and upcoming events such as the 2019 World Urban Games, 2022 Super Bowl, 2028 Olympics, and anticipated 2026 FIFA World Cup matches.

    Interviews and panels with team owners, star athletes and the executives behind the art of the deals will be featured.

    An early bird discount is available here until February 14. Corporate packages for multiple registrations are available along with sponsorship and exhibitor showcase information.

    Other Conferences:

    March 5-7: SPORTELAsia in Macau

    March 27-28: SportsPro OTT Summit Asia in Singapore

    April 30-May 1: SportsPro Live in London

    May 28-29: THE SPOT in Lausanne

    Aug. 29-31: Sport India 2019 in New Delhi

    Sept. 4-7: VISTA 2019 in Amsterdam

    Sept. 10-12: Esports Business Summit in Las Vegas

    Nov. 18-20: Sports Business Japan/Stadia & Arena 2019 in Saitama

    Dec. 10-12: Regional SportAccord Pan America in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Written by Gerard Farek

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