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  • Triathlon Industry Event Debut -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) The inaugural Endurance Exchange will bring together the triathlon industry next week.

    Keynote speaker Eric Byrnes is a former MLB player and avid triathlete. (Endurance Exchange)
    The new event in Tempe, Arizona from January 23-25 combines multiple pre-existing gatherings previously put on by USA Triathlon and Triathlon Business International (TBI).

    It replaces the TBI Annual Conference, which was initially scheduled for the same time and place. Endurance Exchange also will include two former events hosted by the USA Triathlon -- the USA Triathlon Race Director Summit and the Art and Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium.

    Former Major League Baseball player Eric Byrnes, who is an avid triathlete and ultra-endurance athlete, is one of two keynote speakers. He joins Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network, who is also a triathlete.

    In the summer of 2018, Byrnes became the first person in history to complete a “Triathlon Across America” — swimming seven miles across San Francisco Bay, cycling more than 2,400 miles from Oakland to Chicago, and running 905 miles from Chicago to New York City. His journey gave awareness to the Let Them Play Foundation while raising funds to combat the growing youth inactivity epidemic. The adventure was documented in “Let Them Play — A Triathlon Across America,” a film which has not yet been released to the public.

    Endurance Exchange attendees will be treated to a special outdoor screening of “Let Them Play” on Jan. 23 at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

    “I am excited about the opportunity to share my story and present ‘Let Them Play — A Triathlon Across America’ at Endurance Exchange,” Byrnes said in a statement. “The world of ultra-endurance sports has positively impacted my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Hopefully by sharing my unlikely journey from Major League Baseball to endurance sports, we will be able to help inspire kids and people of all ages to just keep charging!”

    Click here to register for Endurance Exchange.

    Record Number of Exhibitors at Sports Business Expo Tokyo 

    (Sports Business Expo Tokyo)
    The third Sports Business Expo Tokyo will be held from February 5-7.

    As Japan’s only trade show specializing in the sport business industry, the show offers direct access to a wide range of services for sports teams, audience, athletes and sports facilities, as well as the latest products using AI, VR and IT technologies.

    It provides opportunities for sports marketing and media industry professionals to meet and network with professional team/community club delegates, top athletes and facility owners.

    A record 560 exhibitors will be at the event.

    Among the exhibits are ones featuring athlete performance technology and stadium and arena equipment. Special conference sessions include one on digital marketing and social media strategy for Spain’s LaLiga soccer league.

    The venue is the Makuhari Messe event hall.

    Click here for free tickets.

    Busy Beginning to 2020 for SportsPro

    SportsPro is offering a choice of OTT Summits in the first quarter of 2020.

    The inaugural OTT Summit USA is on Feb. 19-20 at Turner Studios in Atlanta. More than 300 sports business leaders will tackle topics ranging from the challenge of launching in new regions to the approach of niche sports and what to make of the streaming bundle wave.

    The second edition of OTT Summit Asia will again be in Singapore for 2020. SportsPro says the event, which will be on March 25-26, will focus on bringing the key stakeholders from the Asian and international markets together to connect on all aspects of the sports OTT revolution.

    There will be more than 15 sessions providing insights into topics including rights packaging, delivery and latency, piracy, and best practice revenue models.  

    In addition, the seventh edition of SportsPro Live will be taking place in London from April 27-29. LIke the 2019 event, the 2020 agenda will be structured around five pillars including Data, Smart Venues & Cities, Sustainability, Broadcast and Digital Transformation.

    New Format for SPORTEL Spring Event

    SPORTEL will introduce a new format when it returns to Miami after a two-year absence. 

    For the first time, a high-end one-day conference will be held on March 3 ahead of the three-day deal-making convention on March 4-6.

    "We took the decision to organize the conference before the convention in order to make sure everyone has their schedules clear, and it is not running in the middle of other events when clients are already busy in meetings. This way, it is an opportunity for us to gather our community to attend the conference,” said Sportel CEO Laurent Puons.

    Host Needed for Play the Game 2021

    Play the Game searches for a host for the 12th edition of its world communication conference on sport and society.

    Play the Game 2019 in Colorado Springs, USA (Play the Game/Thomas Søndergaard)
    Play the Game 2021 is expected to gather as many as 500 leading media professionals, academics, sports officials, sports business executives, and students from all over the world during four to five days in the second half of 2021.

    Play the Game says a host can be a sports organization, a city, a media company, a university/education center, a sports club or a combination of all. Well-organized groups of interested individuals may also apply, but applicants must document solid organizational skills and financial capacities.

    The deadline for applying is February 17, 2020.

    If necessary, a formal bidding process will be carried out among the most qualified bids.

    The selection process will be managed by the directors and conference manager of Play the Game. They will make a recommendation to the board of Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies, who is expected to make the final decision no later than June 2020.

    The 11th edition of the international Play the Game conference, and the first held outside of Europe, was in Colorado Springs, Colorado in October 2019.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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