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  • SportsPro Live Undergoing Transformation -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) Organizers for this year's SportsPro Live say the event is undergoing its biggest transformation to date.

    Former IOC member and Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero is a guest speaker (ATR)
    More than 700 delegates are expected for the sixth edition, which will be held at The O2 in London on April 30 and May 1.

    There will be 75 speakers across 50 sessions and tech demos. Former IOC member Angela Ruggiero, who is the CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab, will be speaking on tracking trends in sports investment.  

    The event will feature what organizers say is "a future-focused sports agenda looking at the meeting point between tech, business and fandom".

    Alongside the main agenda, five new specific forums have been added, including finance, artificial intelligence, esports, digital transformation and broadcasting.

    Tickets are available here at a 20 percent discount until Feb. 28.

    SportAccord Exhibition Proving Popular For Gold Coast

    Organizations involved in the business of sport are taking advantage of the SportAccord exhibition available at Gold Coast, Australia edition coming in May.

    SportAccord says exhibitor uptake has risen quickly for the exhibition, adding that its prime location together with the SportAccord Cafe "provides the ideal setting to have business conversations, as well as enjoy the many networking events on offer throughout the week."

    The next price increase is in early March, so organizations are being urged to take a look at the options available in the interactive floor plan and register before then.

    “Each year we look at ways to improve and ‘localize’ the SportAccord exhibition, and this year is no exception. With the support of Host City Gold Coast, we will be revealing some new additions for SportAccord 2019," said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord, in a statement.

    SportAccord 2019 will run from May 5 to 10.

    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.

    Esports Business Summit Registration Opens

    (Esports Business Summit)
    The Esports Business Summit runs from September 10-12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    The event is described by organizers as “the world’s only conference that connects the entire esports ecosystem”.

    The Esports Business Summit promises those who attend will “meet and learn from key executives from brand marketing, television, sports and technology who are growing their businesses by leveraging the passionate global audience that esports delivers”.

    Click here to register at discounted rates.

    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.

    Book your place for Soccerex China before March 23 and save more than 40% from the final rate. Click here to sign up.

    SPORTELAsia Registration Still Open

    Online registration is open until March 3 for SPORTELAsia 2019, which is March 5-7 in Macau.

    “SPORTELAsia is the ideal environment for the SPORTEL Community to come together to do business in the Far East and across Asia Pacific,” SPORTEL CEO Laurent Puons has told Around the Rings.

    “It is a unique opportunity for SPORTEL participants to meet the leading sports business decision makers from Asia who do not attend any of SPORTEL's other events.”

    Among those who are attending are representatives from Spain's La Liga, the NBA, the International Table Tennis Federation, Dentsu, and Infront.

    The program includes a session devoted to esports, entitled "The Rise of Esports - Opportunities for Growth".

    SPORTEL has launched its new cost effective and flexible exhibitor package with opportunities starting at €3,000 ($3,389).

    Other Conferences:

    March 27-28: SportsPro OTT Summit Asia in Singapore

    April 11: HIVE Esports Business Conference in Berlin

    April 11: Host City Asia in Beijing

    May 28-29: THE SPOT in Lausanne

    June 24-26: Los Angeles Sports Summit

    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, Japan

    Nov. 25-27: Host City 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Written by Gerard Farek 

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