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Friday, March 13

11:00am CDT

Problem Solvers: Compensating College Athletes for Their Likeness

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Emmanuel Acho

NFL Athlete, Philadelphia Eagles
Emmanuel Acho is currently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles after being drafted and traded from the Cleveland Browns the preceding year. Graduating from the University of Texas in December of 2011 with a degree in sports management, he is currently working on his graduate degree... Read More →
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Gary Gertzog

EVP of Business Affairs, Fanatics
Gary is responsible for business affairs, government affairs, legal and corporate development across all facets of the company, while also playing a significant role with Fanatics strategic planning.   Prior to coming to Fanatics, Gary oversaw all legal and business affairs for... Read More →
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Brad Wolverton

Sr Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Brad has covered college athletics since 2005, focusing on the confluence of money and sports on campus. Before joining The Chronicle, he wrote about sports business for BusinessWeek. He has published articles in Men's Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and on SI.com. He is... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

11:00am CDT

The Business of Preparing Potential NFL Draftees


Bruce Feldman

College Football Insider, Fox Sports
Bruce Feldman is a New York Times bestselling author. His new book is The QB: The making of Modern Quarterbacks. He also co-wrote Swing Your Sword and is the author of Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting and Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes... Read More →

CJ Laboy

NFL Agent, Relativity Sports
NFLPA Certified Contract since 2005 working at Relativity Sports. Have worked with several of the NFL and NFL Draft's top athletes including Jason Verrett (#25 overall in 2014), Dion Jordan (#3 overall in 2013), Margus Hunt (2nd round in 2013), Courtney Upshaw (2nd round in 2012... Read More →

Andy Staples

Sr Writer, Sports Illustrated
Andy Staples is biding his time at Sports Illustrated until someone hires him to edit and write for a publication dedicated only to barbecue. Until then, his first dream job will have to suffice. Staples can rattle off the best hole-in-the-wall dives in America's preeminent college... Read More →

Jason Verrett

NFL Player, San Diego Chargers
A native of Fairfield CA, Jason followed a stellar career at TCU and a standout performance at the NFL combine (4.38 40, 2nd fastest amongst cornerbacks) by being selected with the 25th overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Jason was the... Read More →

Mark Verstegen

Founder & Pres, EXOS
Mark Verstegen is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative human performance experts. Verstegen pioneered the concept of integrated performance training and has brought that system to the world’s top athletes and sports organizations; the U.S. military; and leading companies... Read More →
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Aaron Williams

Buffalo Bills

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

11:00am CDT

The In-Stadium Fan Experience in MLS

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Max Bretos

SportsCenter Anchor, ESPN
Max Bretos joined ESPN in January 2010 as an anchor, predominately appearing on SportsCenter as well as on College Football Live, MMA Live, Outside the Lines and college basketball wraps.   Bretos is also a premier voice for soccer on the ESPN networks. He has contributed to ESPN... Read More →
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Adrian Hanauer

Owner, Seattle Sounders FC
Adrian Hanauer first kept the flame of professional soccer alive in Seattle before helping to reignite the community’s passion for the game with the arrival of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in 2009. Hanauer has not only guided Seattle to success on the field, but he... Read More →
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Robb Heineman

Owner & CEO, Sporting Kansas City
Recognized as one of the most progressive, forward-thinking leaders in sports today, Heineman is the CEO of Sporting Club, the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City, and one of the club’s five principal owners. Heineman also serves as Managing Partner of Sporting Innovations... Read More →
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Merritt Paulson

Owner, Portland Timbers
Merritt Paulson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Timbers. On March 20, 2009, Major League Soccer announced that the Timbers would become the league’s 18th franchise, starting play in 2011.

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

12:30pm CDT

Coaching Fast and Fearlessly

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Art Briles

Head Football Coach, Baylor University
Art Briles' restoration of Baylor's football program to an elite national level received an exclamation point in 2013 with a Big 12 Conference title and first-ever BCS bowl berth. Powered by a record-breaking offense (106 school records set or tied) and a veteran Top-30 nationally... Read More →
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Kevin Kelley

Sr Football Head Coach / Athletic Director / Motivational Speaker, Pulaski Academy
138-25-1 record as head coach with 4 state championships in 12 years @ 5A Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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George Schroeder

Natl College Football Writer, USA TODAY
George is a 20-year sports-journalism veteran, with experience as both a reporter and columnist. At USA TODAY Sports, he is a national college football writer, covering the scope of the sport across the country. Previously, he was the lead sports columnist at The Register-Guard in... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

12:30pm CDT

How to Remain Relevant in Today’s Digital Age

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Charles Barkley

Turner Sports Analyst, Turner Sports Turner Broadcasting
Charles Barkley is in his 15th full season as an NBA studio analyst for TNT’s Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA. • Barkley won the 2012 Sports Emmy® Award as Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst • Since 2011, Barkley has served as a studio analyst... Read More →
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Richard Deitsch

Media Reporter, Sports Illustrated
Richard Deitsch is a writer and editor at Sports Illustrated, SI.com and TheMMQB.com. He has covered seven Olympic Games, NCAA championships and Super Bowls, and worked for nearly every division of SI, including the Swimsuit Issue, SI For Women and SI For Kids. His specialties include... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

12:30pm CDT

Sport for Development: Affecting Societal Change

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Joey Cheek

Olympic Athlete, GlideSlope
Originally an inline skater from North Carolina, Joey Cheek quickly mastered the ice and became a world record-setting speed skater. In 2002, at the Salt Lake City Olympics, Cheek won his first ever international medal, a bronze.  Over the next four years he would go on to win more... Read More →
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Matt Geschke

Dir, Laureus Sport For Good Foundation
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA is led by Matthew Geschke, Director. He manages strategic partnerships and develops Laureus USA's activities. Throughout his career Matt has become a leading voice in the Sport for Development sector. Prior to this role, Matt served as Director... Read More →
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Dave Mingey

Pres, Founding Partner, GlideSlope
Dave Mingey is a Founding Partner of GlideSlope, a collective of management advisors focused on the global sports industry. As the company’s President, he leads its mission to guide several of the world's biggest brands looking to increase bottom line results by better leveraging... Read More →
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Paul Teeple

Dir, Sport for Dev, Partners of the Americas
Paul Teeple serves as Partners’ Director of Sport for Development and has led the A Ganar program since its founding in 2005. Described as “a youth workforce development program wrapped inside a soccer ball,” A Ganar uses lesson from the field of play to help at-risk youth learn... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

12:30pm CDT

The Changing Face of Action Sports Media

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Angel Collinson

Professional Athlete, Teton Gravity Research
Like many freeskiers, Angel’s career was cast from a racing background. When Angel narrowly missed the US Ski Team at 18, big mountain skiing became her focus. She won the Freeskiing World Tour her freshman year competing, and repeated the following year, solidifying her place in... Read More →
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Tana Hoffman

Social & Content Mktg Mgr, Teton Gravity Research
Tana is a social media and digital strategist at Teton Gravity Research who focuses on content and influence marketing with the goal of building TGR's fanbase and spurring fan engagement. More than a professional, she's someone who loves good stories.
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Todd Jones

Founder & CEO, Teton Gravity Research
Todd Jones is a founder and CEO of action sports company Teton Gravity Research, which was founded in 1996. Todd has directed over 30 action sports films, countless hours of television programs and national commercials for brands such as Ford and the North Face.
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Keith Sharman

Producer, 60 Minutes / CBS News
Keith Sharman is an award winning producer for 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes Sports who recently produced a profile of snowboard pioneer Jeremy Jones and Teton Gravity Research called 'No Fall Zone.' He also produced a story for 60 Minutes Sports in 2013 on big wave surfer and world record... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

2:00pm CDT

Gameday 2025: What's In Your Living Room?

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Spencer Hall

Editorial Dir, Vox Media/SB Nation

Mark Kramer

Head of Digital Technology, Pac-12 Networks
Mark Kramer is Head of Digital Technology for Pac-12 Networks, leading all development and technology efforts across Pac-12 Networks' digital platforms as well as digital integration with Pac-12 Networks' linear television technology team. Prior to Pac-12 Networks, Mark was Vice President... Read More →
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William Mao

Head of College Sports Partnerships, YouTube
Named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30 in Sports" in 2015 and a SportsPro Media "10 Next" in 2014, William Mao is a Sports Content Partnership Manager for YouTube in New York. Within YouTube's Sports vertical he manages high-impact digital content relationships and develops strategy... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

2:00pm CDT

Millennials and Sports: Reaching Next Gen Fans

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Peter Kafka

Sr Editor, Re/Code
Peter Kafka has been covering media and technology since 1997, when he joined the staff of Forbes magazine. He made the digital leap to Forbes.com in 2005. He may have been the first national business reporter to interview Steve “Stone Cold Steve Austin” Williams.

Patrick McAfee

NFL All-Pro Kicker & Punter, Indianapolis Colts

Pat McAfee

NFL All-Pro Punter, Indianapolis Colts
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Perkins Miller

Chief Digital Officer/NFL Media, National Football League
Perkins Miller is the Chief Digital Officer for the National Football League. In this role, Perkins oversees all digital media activities for the NFL’s media operations, including NFL.com, NFL Mobile, NFL Now, and NFL Fantasy as well as League-wide club digital platforms. Additionally... Read More →
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Eric Weinberger

Exec Producer, NFL Network
Media executive Eric Weinberger was named NFL Network’s first ever Executive Producer by NFL Network EVP and CEO Steve Bornstein, a position he currently holds to this day. He is a TV executive with vast experience in live studio shows, awards and event shows, games and all aspects... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

2:00pm CDT

The Basketball Tournament: A New Model for Sports?

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Luke Bonner

Brand & Mktg Exec, gykantler.com
Luke Bonner played “professional” basketball in Lithuania, Hungary and the NBA Developmental league. He’s currently pretending to be a real-life adult at GYK Antler, a leading marketing agency. He’s the founder/executive director of the Rock On Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit... Read More →
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Gabe Feldman

Assoc Professor of Law & Dir, Sports Law Program, Tulane University Law School
Gabe Feldman is a professor at Tulane Law School, the Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, the Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance and a certified mediator.
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Daniel Friel

Content, Compliance, Counsel, TBT Enterprises LLC
Dan is one of the founders of The Basketball Tournament and a graduate of Tulane Law School. A college baseball player at the University of Richmond, Dan has used a lifetime of sports fandom and friendship to work with TBT's Founder, Jonathan Mugar, to design, develop, and launch... Read More →

Kirk Goldsberry

Staff Writer, Grantland/ESPN

Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

3:30pm CDT

Filmmaking Cues from Top Sports Cinematographers


Skip Clark

Dir, Photography, Fox Sports
I've been in the broadcast television business since I was in high school. I started at a small local station in Mansfield, OH, in 1994 and made my way to network news, NBC News and ABC News. While working for NBC News, ABC News, and then moving on to Fox Sports and ESPN, I spent... Read More →
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Al Francesco

Dir, Cinematography, NFL Films
17 years in the field, but I grew up in the business, my mother and sister are both Make-up/Hair Artists. I used to sweep hair off floors and deliver the mail to the set. I literally learned from the bottom (floor) up. Capturing images for sports documentaries, where the action only... Read More →
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Brian Schulz

Cinematographer & Producer, Major League Baseball
Brian is a national Emmy Award recipient and three-time New York Emmy Award winning cinematographer and producer. A veteran of dynamic branded content campaigns, of special note is his sixteen-year career with Major League Baseball Productions.
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John Tipton

Dir, Photography, Major League Baseball
John had been shooting documentaries and commercials for 20 years. His broadcast clients include HBO, CBS, ESPN, and NBC, to name a few. For the last seven years, John has had a critical role in shaping HBO Sports’ series, 24/7, which documents days in the lives of athletes in boxing... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

3:30pm CDT

The Athlete Slash Entrepreneur

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Israel Idonije

CEO & Founder, Athlitacomics
Israel Idonije, an 11-year NFL veteran, is the founder and CEO of Athlitacomics (www.athlitacomics.com), the first company to offer a high-level blend of comic content, merchandise, and properties that showcase professional athletics and super-heroic mythology. Idonije's entertainment... Read More →
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Mike Kafka

Founder & CEO, Roo Outdoor
Mike Kafka is a professional quarterback in the NFL and Founder/CEO of Roo Outdoor, an active lifestyle brand specializing in outdoor gear and performance apparel. Mike graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in communications. During his final year at Northwestern, Mike... Read More →
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Linda Lacina

Special Reports Editor, Entrepreneur

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

3:30pm CDT

The Evolution of Audio in the 21st Century

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Bonnie Bernstein

VP Content & Brand Dev/On-Air Host, Campus Insiders
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Colin Cowherd

commentator, ESPN
Colin Cowherd is host of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, broadcast nationally from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET Monday – Friday and simulcast on ESPNU. In September 2013, Colin’s New Football Show, which looks at college and professional football through Cowherd’s singular... Read More →
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Traug Keller

SVP, Production, Business Divisions, ESPN
For ESPN Audio, Keller oversees all aspects of the business including talent, staffing, national programming content, scheduling, and event production. ESPN Audio is comprised of ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN... Read More →
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Stephen A Smith

Commentator, ESPN
Stephen A. Smith, along with Skip Bayless, is a featured commentator on ESPN2’s First Take weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, discussing and debating the sports topics of the day.

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

5:00pm CDT

Can Sports Help End a Culture of Violence?

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Ben Casselman

Chief Economics Writer, FiveThirtyEight
Ben Casselman is the Chief Economics Writer for ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, where he has written on such subjects as income inequality, immigration, education and the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Prior to joining FiveThirtyEight, he was a national economics correspondent for... Read More →
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Katie Hnida

Athlete, NO MORE
Katie Hnida graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Psychology. She is a pioneer in the world of sports, being the first woman to play, and score points, in a NCAA Division One football game. Her cleats and jersey are in the College Football Hall... Read More →
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Donald McPherson

Pres, Don McPherson Enterprises LLC
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Jane Randel

Co-founder, NO MORE
Jane Randel is a co-founder of NO MORE, a national initiative intended to raise the profile of and normalize the conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault while generating greater resources for the national, state and local organizations addressing these issues (nom... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

5:00pm CDT

Does Playing Sports Equal Brain Damage?

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Joanne Gerstner

Professor/Author, Michigan State University
Joanne C. Gerstner is an award-winning multi-platform sports journalist, with her work appearing in the New York Times, USA Today, Detroit News, ESPN.com, espnW, NPR, PGA Magazine and other outlets. She has covered the world's biggest events, such as the Olympics, soccer World Cups... Read More →
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Jeffrey Kutcher

Dir, University of Michigan NeuroSport
Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher is a sports neurologist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan and the Director of Michigan NeuroSport, the university’s academic sports neurology program where he oversees clinical care, education and research activities. In 2012, his NeuroSport... Read More →
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Ben Utecht

Advocate/Athlete/Singer, Surrender The Game
Ben Utecht spends every minute of every day making his dreams become a reality. Utecht achieved football’s highest honor when his team the 2006 Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI. Utecht is now 4 seasons removed from his NFL career as a tight end due to Traumatic Brain Injuries... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

5:00pm CDT

Live Podcast: The Solid Verbal

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Ty Hildenbrandt

Host, Solid Verbal Media LLC
Ty Hildenbrandt is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. To the confusion of most, he’s also a rabid Notre Dame fan. After winning the “Next Great Sportswriter” contest on FOXSports.com in 2006, he eventually jumped over to SI.com where he met his co-host. He lives... Read More →

Dan Rubenstein

Co-Host, The Solid Verbal
Dan Rubenstein is a video host and producer for SBNation. He’s formerly of Los Angeles, CA and currently of New York, NY, though somehow is also a graduate of the University of Oregon. Prior to SBNation, Dan hosted and produced a video series called “The SI Tour Guy” interviewing... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

6:30pm CDT

SXsports Kick-Off Reception Presented by Octagon
Join fellow SXsports enthusiasts and Octagon for the SXsports Kick-Off Reception! Food, drink, fun and games await.

View official listing on sxsw.com

Friday March 13, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Half Step
Saturday, March 14

9:30am CDT

Beyond the Bar Graph: Insights Over Info

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Christopher Glode

GM, Under Armour Connected Fitness
As General Manager, Chris is responsible for the Consumer line of business within MapMyFitness including the MVP subscription, mobile purchases, and all digital and physical goods, as well as the Under Armour Digital roadmap and products. Chris has a deep background in mobile product... Read More →

Gavin Teo

GM, Comcast Ventures
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Marybeth Thompson

Head of Partnerships, MyFitnessPal
Marybeth Thomson is Head of Partnerships for MyFitnessPal, the world’s most popular health & fitness app with over 80 million users. She is focused on expanding MyFitnessPal’s ecosystem of partners and services that support MyFitnessPal members living healthier lives.

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

9:30am CDT

Old Game, New Tricks: What's the Future of Golf?

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Shane Bacon

Host "The Turn", BACK9NETWORK
Shane Bacon is the host of Back9Network's "The Turn," a daily news, golf and lifestyle show exclusively on DIRECTV Channel 262.
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Charlie Kautz

Mktg Consultant, Golf Digest
A card-carrying "milennial" with background in global marketing and communications at TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company. I'm as passionate about growing golf as I am getting better at it, and spent the last year serving as project manager for Hack Golf - a new, open innovation initiative... Read More →
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Andrew Kipper

Agent Dir Golf, Excel Sports Management
As an agent with Excel Sports Management, Andrew Kipper is directly involved with the businesses and careers of some of the biggest names in professional golf. A New Yorker by way of Los Angeles, Andrew received his JD and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a proud... Read More →
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Ashley Mayo

Sr Editor Audience Engagement, Golf Digest

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

9:30am CDT

Problem Solvers: Tech + Youth Sports = Universal Access

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Tom Farrey

Executive Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
Tom leads the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program, whose mission is to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest. He founded the program in 2011 and in April 2013 launched Project Play, a multi-year, multi-stage effort... Read More →
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Jeremy Goldberg

Pres, LeagueApps
Jeremy is the President of LeagueApps, a sports technology company that enables organizers to better manage local sports programs and makes it easy for participants and their families to have amazing sports experiences. He is also a partner at [212]MEDIA, a NYC-based venture development... Read More →
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Risa Isard

Program Coord, The Aspen Institute
Risa Isard is program coordinator for the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, whose mission is to convene leaders, foster dialogue, and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest, with a focus on the development of healthy children and communities. She is leading... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

9:30am CDT

Cross Is Coming: Cyclocross Meet Up
A casual, social meet-up for Cyclocross riders from across the country to get together and discuss dirt, #svenness, and cool bikes. Everyone will be able to discuss what Cyclocross is like in their specific area of the world and what they have done to grow the sport. Optional CX ride after the meet-up to Mckinney Falls State Park.

View official listing on sxsw.com


Andre Chelliah

Sales bro, Mellow Johnny's
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Tim Johnson

Founder, Johnswah Enterprises

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
JW Marriott Room 509

11:00am CDT

Battling Tradition to Reinvent Youth Sports

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Christine Brennan

Columnist, USA TODAY
Christine Brennan joined the Novartis Venture Fund in November 2013. Prior to joining Novartis Venture Fund, she spent 3 years at Vitae Pharmaceuticals as Chief Business Officer responsible for strategy & business development. Prior to Vitae, she spent 5 years at Novartis Institutes... Read More →
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Matt Farrell

Chief Mktg Officer, USA Swimming
Matt Farrell is the Chief Marketing Officer at USA Swimming overseeing sponsorships, marketing, public relations, social media and publications. USA Swimming is experiencing all-time high in revenue, with partners such as Marriott, BMW, Phillips 66, AT&T.
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Kurt Kamperman

Chief Exec Community Tennis, US Tennis Association
Kamperman leads the USTA’s efforts to increase tennis participation in the U.S., and in recent years has played a major role in overseeing the USTA’s historic 10 and Under Tennis initiative. Kamperman was a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors from January to April... Read More →
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Jeff Price

Chief Commercial Officer, PGA of America
Jeff Price leads the primary commercial areas, including media, sponsorship, merchandise, marketing communication and international. A growth oriented business leader with a 25-year record in the sports industry, Price most recently drove the digital transformation of the iconic Sporting... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

11:00am CDT

How the Data Era Will Build High Performing Humans

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Victor Cruz

Professional Athlete, IMG
NFL Super Bowl champion, Victor Cruz is a wide receiver for the New York Giants. Growing up in Paterson, NJ - just a few miles from the Giants’ home field at MetLife Stadium - football was always Victor’s first love. He was an all-state receiver for Paterson Catholic High School... Read More →

Michael Gervais

High Performance Psychology, Pinnacle Performance Center
Michael Gervais has spent his career pushing on the limits of human potential. A high-performance psychologist, Gervais has flown onto aircraft carriers during wartime to work with fighter pilots, developed high-performance strategies for action sport athletes who attempt the impossible... Read More →
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Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Pres, Equinox
Sarah Robb O’Hagan joined Equinox in September 2012 as President of the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, comprising the Equinox, Soul Cycle, Blink Fitness and Pure Yoga brands. Under her leadership Equinox is undertaking an aggressive expansion strategy to grow its family... Read More →
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Haile Owusu

Chief Data Scientist, Mashable
Haile Owusu is Chief Data Scientist at Mashable where his main responsibility is the development and refinement of the company's proprietary Velocity technology, which predicts and tracks the viral life-cycle of digital media content.

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

11:00am CDT

Tech That's Changing Sports and Building Empathy

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Derek Belch

Asst Football Coach, Stanford University

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe grew up in Southern California among a colony of wild chinchillas and didn't learn how to communicate outside of barking and howling until he was fourteen years old. He has played football in the NFL, once wrestled a bear for a pot of gold, and lies occasionally. He is... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

12:30pm CDT

Acing the Sports Game with the Oculus Rift

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Jordi Bruin

Technical VR Lead Beyond Sports, Triple IT
For the past 1,5 years I've been the Technical Lead at Beyond Sports. By converting real match data into virtual reality simulations we can provide new ways of analysing situations and creating new training methods.

Ruben Jongkind

Head of Talent Dev, Ajax
Started as a individual trainer / coach. 6 years experience in elite athletics. 7th place World Championships Berlin, 4th place World Finals 2009, 4 golden & 2 silver medals national championships. As an entrepreneur, started: Aprendo (I learn). Consultancy in individual development... Read More →

Robert Overweg

photographer and virtual reality, Triple IT
My name is Robert Overweg. I explore and melt virtual and physical worlds together.

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

12:30pm CDT

Can MLB Data Solve Arm Injuries in Youth Pitchers?


Rick Riccobono

Sr Dir Dev, USA Baseball
Rick Riccobono was promoted to senior director of development for USA Baseball in March 2013 after serving the organization as the director of development from 2010 to early 2013. Riccobono has directed a multitude of programs since his hiring in 2004. In his current role, Riccobono... Read More →
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Logan Stout

CEO, Dallas Patriots
Logan Stout has been featured in numerous publications such as Philadelphia Life Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times and numerous print and live media outlets. He has been on CBS Radio, The Fan, The Ticket, FOX and was named “Man of the Year” by Philadelphia... Read More →
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Ted Sullivan

CEO, GameChanger Media Inc
Ted co-founded GameChanger to enhance the amateur sports experience for coaches and team communities. He also co-founded Headfirst Camps, pitched at Duke and in the minors for the Cleveland Indians, led marketing for Rave Wireless and coached Little League in NYC. Ted has a BA from... Read More →
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Morgan Sword

VP League Economics & Strategy, Major League Baseball
Morgan is the Vice President, League Economics and Strategy at Major League Baseball. He joined Major League Baseball in 2008 and is a member of the team responsible for economic initiatives across the industry including the revenue sharing system, player contract valuations and salary... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

12:30pm CDT

Social Media Playbook: Activating Fans on Gameday

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Brian Cheek

Director of Business Development, Postano, Sports, Postano
Currently heading up the Sports Vertical for Postano. Helping sports organizations capture fan content and drive it to websites and stadium screens. Planned and oversaw product launch activities for TigerLogic’s search and social media aggregation and syndication solutions. Helped... Read More →
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Pat Donahue

Dir, Digital Media, LA Kings Hockey Club
Pat Donahue is a Director of Digital Media for the LA Kings with expertise in social media, digital content, and sarcasm. He is known as the voice behind the worlds greatest twitter account, @LAKings, and has been named part of Sports Business Journals Most Innovative NHL Franchise... Read More →
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Grace Hoy

Social Media Coord, Sun Devil Athletics
Grace Hoy is a speaker on the SXsports panel, "Social Media Playbook: Activating Fans on Gameday" She is the social media coordinator for Sun Devil Athletics at Arizona State University.
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Meghan Ryan

Social Media Mgr, Boston Red Sox
Meghan is the social media specialist for the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. She drives innovative content across platforms to generate revenue and enhance the fan experience for Red Sox Nation. Meghan is responsible for all aspects of social strategy including, design... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

12:30pm CDT

UFC: Women Breaking Ground Inside the Octagon


Jessica Eye

Fighter, UFC

Allison Glock

Senior Writer, ESPNW

Ronda Rousey

UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, UFC

Dana White

Pres, UFC

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

2:00pm CDT

Now Athletes Are Funny: Power of Comedy and Sports

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Baron Davis

Pro Basketball Player, Funny or Die
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Tim Nudd

Creative Editor, Adweek
Tim Nudd is creative editor at Adweek. He has written for Adweek since 1997 and run its popular AdFreak blog since 2004. Tim is also a contributing writer for People magazine. Born in England and raised in Illinois, Tim now lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
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Alex Richanbach

Exec Producer of Funny or Die Sports, Funny or Die
Alex Richanbach has been with Funny Or Die since 2011. In addition to working at Funny Or Die as a writer, director and the Executive Producer of Funny Or Die Sports. In 2013 he wrote, directed and starred in the feature film "We Are Young" and was the show runner for the FOD/TNT... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

2:00pm CDT

Out on the Field: LGBT Pro Athletes in 2015


Jason Collins

Speaker, NBA
One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, NBA player Jason Collins made news in 2013 when he wrote the cover story for the May issue of Sports Illustrated. It was in that story where Collins announced that he was gay, becoming the first active male athlete from... Read More →
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Mike Foss

Managing Editor, USA TODAY Sports

Brittney Griner

Speaker, WNBA

Megan Rapinoe

Managing Editor, Seattle Reign FC
Megan Rapinoe vaulted herself into fame when she set up Abby Wambach's goal in the dying seconds of the United States' quarterfinal match against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal.

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

2:00pm CDT

Science Over Tradition: The New Edge in Sports

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Gary McCoy

Sr Sport Analyst, Catapult Sports
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Scott Goldman PhD

Sport Psychologist/Proprietor, Athletic Intelligence Measures LLC
As the Director of Athletic Counseling for the University of Michigan’s athletic department, Scott Goldman, Ph.D. provides direct patient care to the student-athletes as well as consulting services for the coaches and staff. Dr. Goldman has provided mental health care in a variety... Read More →

Lindsay Thornton

Sport Psychologist, United States Olympic Committee

Leonard Zaichowsky

Sport Psychologst, BIOCAM LLC
Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky is a licensed psychologist (Ma) who specializes in sport, exercise, and performance psychology. He has a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry, and Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. He is a past- president... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

3:30pm CDT

Drones and the Texas 500: A Broadcast Challenge

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Jaime Carlin

Director of Marketing, Texas Motor Speedway
Jaime Carlin has been at Texas Motor Speedway for six years and began the Marketing Department there three and a half years ago. After a lengthy tenure marketing technology-based products, a turn toward sports was a welcome change. Utilizing the knowledge gained in technology, she... Read More →

Benjamin Martin

VP of Engineering, Arch Aerial LLC
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Michael Rocha

Dir of Content Services, Panasonic
For over 2 decades Michael Rocha’s career has focused on interactive media and digital storytelling. Primarily working with large displays featured at sporting venues, he helped pioneer much of the ways fans enjoy events. This experience includes two Olympic Games, several Super... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

3:30pm CDT

MLBAM and NASCAR: Sports and Technology Converge


Bob Bowman

Pres & CEO, MLB Advanced Media
Bob Bowman joined Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, as its first President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000 following two years of work in the Internet space, and also gained oversight of MLB Network... Read More →
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Brent Dewar

Chief Operating Officer, NASCAR
Brent Dewar was named NASCAR’s Chief Operating Officer in December 2013 after a nearly three-decade career as an automotive executive with hands-on experience in a variety of motorsport disciplines, including NASCAR, IndyCar and sports car racing. In his current role, Dewar oversees... Read More →
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Rachel Nichols

Reporter, TNT/CNN

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

3:30pm CDT

The Future of Doping and PEDs


Matthew Futterman

Sr Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal
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Jason Gay

Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
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Tim Johnson

Founder, Johnswah Enterprises

Edwin Moses

Chairman, US Anti-Doping Agency

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

4:00pm CDT

4:30pm CDT

The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks
With unparalleled access to the recruits, coaches, and gurus shaping football’s future, Bruce Feldman has written a modern-day tale about the making of the next superstars in the game’s most important position: the quarterback.

In the world of modern football, with NFL teams worth more than a billion dollars, no position defines a franchise like the quarterback. The QB is the story of a year in the making of those star players, and of the most significant year in QB development in sport’s history… with the meteoric rise of various quarterback gurus finally coming to light. George Whitfield, profiled in the New Yorker and called the “Quarterback Whisperer,” gets a regular spot on ESPN’s College GameDay, Trent Dilfer, former Super Bowl quarterback, starts his own qb business, Steve Clarkson, another qb maker, gets profiled on 60 minutes, among many others. It is also the year 5’10” Russell Wilson wins the Super Bowl and for the first time in over 60 years a sub-6-foot QB, Johnny Manziel, gets drafted in the first round, forcing NFL power brokers to re-examine how they look at the position—and the game.
To tell the story of all that goes on to create the perfect quarterback, bestselling author Bruce Feldman gained unique access to "Johnny Football" (that's Johnny Manziel), George Whitfield and many other players in what has become a specialized and high-stakes business. In the past decade the boom of the private quarterback-coach business, with its pageant-world-for-boys vibe, has changed the position and the game. The QB tells the story of the interlocking paths of the most fascinating characters involved in this secretive world, examining how advanced analysis has taken root in football. Manziel’s portrait is the most intimate look at him yet, detailing all his talents and antics. His guru is a man who has come to be known for making QBs--George Whitfield, unparalleled in the business. And then there is Trent Dilfer, the quarterback who never could get to the superstar level, despite winning the Super Bowl. He is the Salieri to Manziel's Mozart. There is the computer/brain analysis company trying to quantify how playmakers think, the biomechanics expert who saved Drew Brees’s career, and many more fascinating behind-the-scenes looks into this world. Never before has the game so relied on the development of the quarterback. In The QB, the stories of these men illustrate how high the stakes of the quarterback’s game really are, taking readers on a compelling journey into the heart of America's beloved game.

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Saturday March 14, 2015 4:30pm - 4:50pm CDT
ACC Ballroom G

5:00pm CDT

Competitive Advantage: Mental Health in Athletics

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Patrick Baillie

Sport & Forensic Psychologist, Patrick Baillie
Dr. Patrick Baillie is a forensic psychologist and lawyer based in Calgary, Alberta. Since 1995, he has been the Consulting Psychologist with Calgary Police Services, providing crisis intervention services for police officers and their families, and assisting in negotiations and stand-offs... Read More →
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Doug Hankes

Director, Student Counseling Services; Sport Psychologist, Auburn University
Doug completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1996. He is a licensed psychologist in Alabama and Tennessee. Doug returned to his alma mater in 1998 after working at the University of Tennessee. He holds graduate faculty status in the Department... Read More →
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Nicki Moore

Sr Assoc Athletics Dir, University of Oklahoma
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Mary Wilfert

Assoc Dir, NCAA
Mary Wilfert is an associate director in NCAA Sport Science Institute. Since 1999, she has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs and worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices. She serves as primary liaison to... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

5:00pm CDT

Live Podcast: His and Hers

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Jemele Hill

ESPN.com Columnist, ESPN
JEMELE HILL is knowledgeable and versatile sports enthusiast. She is the co-host of His & Hers TV Show and a regular contributor to ESPN’s SportsCenter, Around The Horn, Sports Reporters, Outside the Lines and other programs. In the fall of 2012, Hill served as the sideline reporter... Read More →
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Michael Smith

Talent/Host/Reporter, ESPN
Michael Smith is a 21st century leader setting new standards in technology, innovation, and health care. As the CIO of Mylan, his work is focused on driving paradigm-shifts resulting in access to high quality medicine for the world's 7 billion people. Michael excels at building, leading... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

5:00pm CDT

The Near-Future of Sports TV

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Marie Donoghue

EVP Global Strategy & Original Content, ESPN
Marie Donoghue is the executive vice president, global strategy and original content, reporting to ESPN President John Skipper. Having managed ESPN’s global strategy, business affairs and business development since 2012, Donoghue’s portfolio has expanded to include the management... Read More →

John Ourand

Media Reporter, Sports Business Journal

Dan Shanoff

Dir of Digital Dev, USA TODAY Sports
Dan Shanoff focuses on content development for USA TODAY Sports. He was the founder of Quickish, a news-recommendation start-up acquired by Gannett in 2012. Previously, he has worked for ESPN, SI, the NFL and Real Fans, a pioneering sports-news start-up acquired by AOL.
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Ron Wechsler

VP Original Programming & Dev, NBC Sports
Ron Wechsler, Vice President, Original Programming and Development for the NBC Sports Group is responsible for growing the NBC Sports Network through acquisition and original content (Studio Programming, Documentary Films, Docu-Series, and Branded Content). The goal is to create a... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD
Sunday, March 15

9:30am CDT

Problem Solvers: Crowdfunding Competitive Athletes

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Emily White

Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment & Dreamfuel
Emily White is the co-founder of Dreamfuel, the premiere crowdfunding platform for athletes, teams, and sports organizations. As a leader in the Entertainment industry, White is applies proven techniques of a direct-to-consumer field to sports; where the concept is fresh and growing... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

9:30am CDT

Start The Presses: The Rise of Indie Sports Mags

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Megan Greenwell

senior editor, ESPN the Magazine
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Christopher Isenberg

Editor/Founder, Victory Journal
Since graduating from Stanford and Oxford, Christopher Isenberg has explored the intersection of sport and culture as a writer, filmmaker, entrepreneur and marketer. He’s written for The NYTimes, Village Voice, Fader and spent two years on staff at Details. In 2004 he founded the... Read More →

Max Linsky

Co-Founder, longform.org
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George Quraishi

Founder/Editor, Howler Magazine

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

9:30am CDT

The New Cathedral: Sports Stadiums

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Brian Mirakian

Principal, Director of Populous Activate, Populous
Brian Mirakian serves as director of Populous Activate in the Americas and is a Principal at Populous. Populous Activate uses the power of design to link fans, brands, teams and properties by enhancing and extending the in-stadium experience. Mirakian is a master of bringing brands... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

11:00am CDT

Athletes and Musicians Direct-To-Consumer Media

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Jack Gilinsky

Talent, theAudience Inc
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Jack Johnson

Talent, theAudience Inc

Oliver Luckett

CEO, TheAudience
Oliver Luckett founded theAudience in 2011 to capitalize on the exponential growth and influence of social-media networks and deliver a more compelling, authentic experience for both consumers and for major brands and celebrities. At theAudience,

Brodie Smith

Professional American Ultimate Disc Player, Brodie Smith
Brodie Smith is a professional American Ultimate Disc player and viral frisbee disc trick shot performer. Brodie has won 2 National Championships in Ultimate Disc playing for the University of Florida, and currently plays for the Chicago Wildfire in the American Ultimate Disc League... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

11:00am CDT

Developing Character in High Performers


Kim Berard-Ulrich

Dir of Communications, IMG Academy
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Gary Denham

Dir of Instructor Dev, Naval Special Warfare
Gary is an acknowledged professional Public Speaking Coach and owner of Effective Presentation Solutions. He has taught several professional baseball and football organizations and has worked with several forums of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in addition to being the guest... Read More →
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Ashley Merryman

Author & Journalist, IMG Academy
Ashley Merryman's insights change the national dialogue. With Po Bronson, she's written two New York Times bestselling books – Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing and NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Together, they've won nine national awards for reporting including... Read More →
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Angus Mugford

Director/ IMG Institute, IMG Academy
Angus joined IMG Academy in 2004 and helped lead much of the growth and development of the mental conditioning team, managing a staff of 8 consultants developing programs for junior and professional athletes and coaches. During his tenure at IMG, Angus has spent his time working with... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

11:00am CDT

Sports Mega-Events: Do They Have a Future?

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Jules Boykoff

Assoc Professor, Pacific University
Jules Boykoff, Professor of Political Science at Pacific University in Oregon, is one of the world’s leading experts on political activism and the Olympic Games, and has published numerous essays on these issues in "The New York Times" and the "The Guardian." Jules’s two most... Read More →
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Ben Carrington

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Ben Carrington is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the sociology and politics of sports. He has published four books on sports, culture, race and identity; his most recent book is an anthology... Read More →

Piara Powar

Anti-racist sports campaigner, FARE
Piara Powar is the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE Network), the leading organization that tackles discrimination and uses football as a means of overcoming social exclusion. Piara is a vocal figure in sport and a long standing anti-racist campaigner... Read More →
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Dave Zirin

Journalist, The Nation
Dave Zirin is one of the most prolific sports journalists writing today. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation, hosts Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, “Edge of Sports Radio... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

12:30pm CDT

El Nuevo Latino: Fusing Cultures and Values

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Galina Espinoza

GM, Major League Soccer Digital Properties
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Aldo Kafie

Group Dir, Octagon Access
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Jenina Nunez

Mgr of External Communications, McDonald's Corporation
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Gonzalo Perez

Owner, Principal, Motivo Insights

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

12:30pm CDT

Fantasy Sports: Changing the Fan Experience Daily

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Matthew Berry

Sr. Fantasy Analyst, ESPN
Widely regarded as the face of Fantasy Football in the U.S., Matthew Berry is ESPN's senior fantasy sports analyst. Known as the "Talented Mr. Roto," he's an Emmy winner for his work on ESPN2's Fantasy Football Now. As one of the most popular columnists on ESPN.com, he appears regularly... Read More →
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Nigel Eccles

CEO, FanDuel
Nigel Eccles is the co-founder and CEO of FanDuel, the industry leading one-day fantasy sports company, redefining the way fans watch live games and experience sports entertainment.
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Clifton Ma

Head of Fantasy Sports, Yahoo
Clifton Ma is the Senior Director of Fantasy Sports at Yahoo, where he oversees strategy, operations, monetization, and partnerships. He has been at Yahoo since 2007 and has worked across various Yahoo properties including Sports, Games, Entertainment, and News. He also serves on... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

12:30pm CDT

Sports on Facebook: Engaging the Global Stadium


Christopher Golier

VP, National Hockey League

Jeff Mirman

VP of Mktg for Turner Sports, Turner Sports
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Dan Reed

Head of Global Sports Partnerships, Facebook

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

2:00pm CDT

Bike Attraction: Urban Bicycling Gets a Makeover

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Rebecca Gates

Founder, Sound and Associates
Rebecca Gates is an Oregon based musician, artist, curator, and activist. She has toured and released albums internationally (both under her own name and The Spinanes moniker) and appeared on recordings by a range of artists including Willie Nelson, and The Decemberists. Her programs... Read More →
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Susan Peithman-Criss

Research & Ed Program Administrator, OTREC

Tom Smuts

Writer & Producer, Mad Men, AMC
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Kansas Waugh

GM, Bay Area Bike Share
Kansas Waugh is the General Manager of the Bay Area Bike Share system, the first wide-range, regional system in America and a partnership with various municipal and government agencies. Before arriving in the Bay Area last summer, Kansas spent 2 years in Chicago creating the Divvy... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

2:00pm CDT

Play Good, Look Better: Athletes and Fashion

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Rembert Browne

Senior Writer, Grantland
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Rachel Johnson

Pres, Thomas Faison Agency
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Justin Leonard

CEO, Game Seven Marketing

Jon Wexler

Global Dir Ent & Influencer Mktg, adidas

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

2:00pm CDT

The 12-Month Sports Season

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Melissa Rosenthal Brenner

Sr Vice Pres, Digital Media, NBA
As Senior Vice President of Digital Media for the National Basketball Association, Melissa Rosenthal Brenner has led the development, oversight, and implementation of the NBA's global social media strategy and digital portfolio across multiple media platforms. In that role, she has... Read More →

Sam Laird

Sports Reporter, Mashable
Sam Laird reports and writes about a little bit of everything (but mostly sports) from Mashable's San Francisco bureau. Before joining Mashable fulltime in January 2012, his freelance work appeared in publications including the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Slam, and East... Read More →
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Greg Luckman

Global Head of Consulting, CAA Sports
As Global Head of Consulting at CAA Sports, Greg Luckman leads a team that advises corporate clients such as Bose, Emirates Airline, JPMorgan Chase, StubHub and Time Warner Cable on their sports marketing strategies. In less than three years, CAA Sports Consulting has grown to 30... Read More →
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Rudolf Vidal

Managing Dir, FC Bayern Munich US
Rudolf Vidal was named CEO of FC Bayern Munich’s US operations in March 2014. In his role, Mr. Vidal is in charge of advancing the FC Bayern brand in North America by supporting existing partnerships that extend into the US market, developing new business opportunities and engaging... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

3:30pm CDT

10 Most Impactful Sports Gambling Moments Of The Year

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Sal Iacono

Writer/Cousin Sal, Jimmy Kimmel Live
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Jonah Keri

Writer, Grantland

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

3:30pm CDT

Hit A Home Run with Content Creation and Streaming


George Barrios

Chief Strategy & Financial Officer, WWE

Hulk Hogan

Hall of Famer, WWE
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Jeffrey Volk

SVP/Business Dev, MLB Advanced Media

Renee Young


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

3:30pm CDT

The Democratization of Sports Commentary

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Andre Pacheco

Co-Founder, SecondMic
Andre Pacheco is one of the co-founders at SecondMic, a platform that offers alternative commentary on sports broadcasts. With more than 14 years of experience in media and advertising, he is responsible for driving marketing and business development at the company. Prior to SecondMic... Read More →
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Mary Pilon

Sports Reporter, The New York Times
Mary Pilon is an award-winning sports reporter at The New York Times and author of "The Monopolists," a book that chronicles the secret history of the world famous board game (Bloomsbury Feb 2015). She previously worked as a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she wrote... Read More →
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Geoff Reiss

Pres, Hardscrabble Ventures
Geoff Reiss’s career in sports has spanned digital, print, television and live events and he’s helped shape some of the most groundbreaking initiatives in the industry. While at Paul Allen’s Starwave, Reiss oversaw the launch of ESPN.com, NFL.com, NBA.Com and Nascar.com and... Read More →
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Ryan Spoon

SVP of Prod Dev, ESPN
Ryan Spoon is Senior Vice President of Digital Product & Design at ESPN. In this role, he is responsible for digital product management across all screens, including ESPN.com, ESPN's mobile applications, WatchESPN, ESPN3, Fantasy, and Social Media.

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD

5:00pm CDT

5:00pm CDT

Punch Drunk: Hockey Fighting at a Crossroads


Brad May

Brad May

Sean Shapiro

Texas Stars Beat Writer, Yahoo! Sports
Sean Shapiro is a freelance journalist in Austin who has covered the American Hockey League's Texas Stars since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
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David M Singer

Pres, SingerNet
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Greg Wyshynski

Editor, Yahoo! Sports
Greg Wyshynski is an award-winning sportswriter and editor who specializes in blending humor with unique insight. One of the revolutionary voices in the hockey media, he was named one of The Hockey News’s 100 People of Power and Influence for the last five years.

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

5:00pm CDT

The Ticket as Currency: Access to Entertainment in Sport

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Michael Cramer

Program MGR, The Texas Program in Sports and Media
Michael Cramer is the executive director of TPSM. A former president of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars and, more recently, a professor in sports management at New York University, Cramer is the founding director of the Moody College of Communication initiative.

Todd Fleming

Vice President, Sales, Legends Sales & Marketing

Barry Kahn

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Mark Pannes

CEO, Stadio Della Roma
For over two decades Mark has built and revitalized sports and entertainment businesses in the US, UK and Europe. His track record includes each club he worked with across 17 seasons making the playoffs, and in 12 of those years, leading their respective leagues in total revenues... Read More →

Bryan Perez

CEO - AXS, Anchutz Entertainment Group
Bryan Perez joined AEG in August, 2011 as President of Digital, Ticketing & Media. In this role, Perez guides the development and roll-out of the company's digital strategy which is closely linked to the introduction and roll out of AXS Ticketing, the organization's new ticketing... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom CD