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  • SportAccord 2020 Moves to Europe -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) It only took SportAccord a week to find a new home for the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2020.

    The Swiss Tech Convention Centre in Lausanne (ATR)
    Lausanne, which last held the event in 2016, replaces Beijing. The Chinese capital was removed as host city on Feb. 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.

    The dates for SportAccord, April 19-24, remain the same. The Swiss Tech Convention Centre will be the venue in the Olympic capital.

    “We are delighted that Lausanne will be hosting SportAccord once again,” SportAccord President Raffaele Chiulli said in a statement.

    “We truly look forward to delivering another successful SportAccord in this dynamic city and within this short period of time.”

    “After the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games and before the World Hockey, Petanque and Road Cycling Championships, the Canton of Vaud is pleased to welcome, still in 2020, the largest sports convention in the world,” added Philippe Leuba, State Councilor, Department of Economy, Innovation & Sport.

    Partners, exhibitors and delegates who had registered to attend the event in Beijing will be contacted shortly. Registration will be re-opened on Feb. 24 for SportAccord 2020 in Lausanne.

    SportsPro Brings OTT Summit to Atlanta

    SportsPro OTT Summit in Atlanta (ATR)
    The studios of Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta were filled this week with 300+ delegates for the SportsPro OTT Summit.

    The two day gathering was aimed at examining the impact of OTT content on sports media under the theme “Disrupting the Sport Business”.

    It’s the newest edition of a global series of OTT Summits that includes Singapore Oct. 21-22 and Madrid Dec. 1-3. 

    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.

    Executives from Sky, Eleven Sports, and Manchester United are among the latest speakers added to SportsPro Live.

    Soccerex Details for Europe, Americas

    Soccerex unveils its plans for 2020 events in Europe and the Americas but says details on its China event will be announced “in the near future”.

    Panel at Soccerex Europe 2019 (Soccerex)
    Soccerex Europe revealed last week that it will return to Oeiras, Portugal on Sept. 8–9, in partnership with the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and the Municipal Government of Oeiras. The venue will be the Mario Wilson Stadium.

    The event will look to build on the success of the inaugural gathering in 2019, with more than 1,500 delegates expected in Oeiras. The city, part of greater Lisbon, is home to the Cidade do Futebol, the FPF’s state of the art headquarters and national team training centre.

    Soccerex Americas will be in Miami on Nov. 16–17 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry resort. This event will connect nearly 2,000 decision makers from across North, Central and South America. It is supported by the region’s key leagues and governing bodies, including Concacaf, MLS and US Soccer.

    Last year, Soccerex China was held in May in the Mission Hills Haikou resort in Hainan province. But the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China appears to have delayed plans for 2020. Soccerex says “China continues to be a key strategic destination” and “is an important global football market that Soccerex has made a long-term commitment to”.

    Concacaf President at SIGA Sport Integrity Forum

    Concacaf president Victor Montagliani (ATR)
    Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani will take part in a dedicated session at the 6th SIGA Sport Integrity Forum on March 24.

    He will discuss the process of reform of both his own organization, which he has led since March 2015, and that of FIFA, where he was a member of the FIFA Reform Committee established following the corruption scandals faced at the global soccer body in 2015.

    This year’s SIGA Sport Integrity Forum, to be held in New York City, coincides with the launch of SIGA America.

    Among the key issues that will be addressed during one to one sessions and interactive panel discussions are gender equity and diversity; sports betting integrity; youth and culture change; and media rights and anti-piracy.

    Early bird delegate passes are still available here.

    "Heavyweight" Panel for Sportel Miami 

    The spring 2020 edition of Sportel in Miami includes a keynote panel on boxing in the digital era.

    Among those discussing this will be Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy and former world boxing champion. Also on the panel are Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter and group managing director of Matchroom Sport, and DAZN executive chairman John Skipper.

    The boxing panel is part of a high-end one-day conference that will be held on March 3 ahead of the three-day deal-making convention on March 4-6. The format is a first for Sportel.

    Among the many panel sessions scheduled for the conference will be ones focused on sports media content, living with piracy, and whether North America is a major soccer territory.

    "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.

    Companies who have already confirmed their participation in Miami include ESPN, Eurosport, FIFA, Infront, ITF, NBA, Premier League, LaLiga, Turner and BeIn Media Group.

    Esports Venue Summit Offers Discount

    Twickenham Stadium (Flickr)
    The new Esports Venue Summit will be at the home of England Rugby, Twickenham Stadium, on Oct. 21-22, 2020.

    Organizers say the event is designed to inspire ideas, connect communities and generate exciting business opportunities for sports venue professionals.

    Delegates will be connected to senior management from existing stadiums and arenas as well as esport specific venues, venue operators, developers, municipal officials with esports games publishers, esports tournament/league organisers and more.

    Event organizers are offering a “founding partner” offer until the end of February. The benefits include a savings of 20 percent and a guaranteed speaker slot at the Esports Venue Summit.

    Written by Gerard Farek 

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