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Welcome

Opportunities are erupting across the sports landscape. With technology titans vying for scarce consumer attention, sports leaders are finding new ways to inspire the passion, and allegiance of fans. Backed by unprecedented analytical capabilities, franchises are reflecting the complexity of their fans to usher in a new era of sustained growth.

Celebrating it 8th year, the Business of Sport Summit is a prestigious event that congregates local and international business leaders from all sectors of the sports industry. Uniting all the key industry stakeholders, it is the ideal platform to unlock the competitive edge to lead and succeed in 2019.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, business-focused sports agenda with over 40 C-Suite perspectives from the highest levels of the Sports industry in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from local and international sports executives.

  • Learn from the exemplary workplace practices of the world’s most successful sporting franchises
  • Discover first hand experiences on new approaches, differentiators and concepts from premier sports thought-leaders
  • Acquire actionable insights for your business in the era of fan empowerment
  • Gain forward insight on advanced analytics, fan engagement and commercial activations
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers, where CEOs talk to CEOs in a five-star environment
  • Discover what the future holds for Australian sports
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Gain access

// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 250+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


speaker
Todd Greenberg
Chief Executive Officer
NRL
speaker
Jack Harari
Vice President - International Partnerships
Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues (USA)
speaker
Gabrielle Valdez Dow
Vice President Marketing & Fan Engagement
Green Bay Packers (USA)
speaker
Peter Campbell
Chief Executive Officer
Fox Sports
speaker
Murray Barnett
Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships
Formula One (UK)
speaker
Jean-Marc Pailhol
Head of Global Market Management & Distribution
Allianz SE (GER)
speaker
Alexandra Willis
Head of Communications, Content & Digital
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) (UK)
speaker
Alan Gilpin
Chief Operating Officer
World Rugby (IRE)
speaker
Jeremy Loeliger
Chief Executive Officer
National Basketball League
speaker
Andrew Abdo
Chief Commercial Officer
NRL
speaker
Jaimie Fuller
Executive Chairman
Foundation for Sports Integrity
speaker
Marina Go
Chair
Wests Tigers
speaker
Alex Alderson
Chief Digital Officer
NRL
speaker
Blake Solly
Chief Executive Officer
South Sydney Rabbitohs
speaker
Luke Bould
Chief Commercial Officer
Football Federation Australia
speaker
Dominic Remond
Chief Executive Officer
Gfinity Esports Australia
speaker
Danny Townsend
Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Football Club
speaker
Peter Kloczko
Vice President, Australia & New Zealand
Ultimate Fighting Championship
speaker
Patrick Moloughney
Director of Sports Sales
Seven West Media
speaker
Emma Highwood
Head of Community, Player Development and Women’s Football
Football Federation Australia
speaker
Darren Birch
General Manager of Growth, Digital and Audience
AFL
speaker
Jodie Hawkins
General Manager
Sydney Sixers
speaker
Julian Dunne
Head of Marketing & Insights
AFL
speaker
Leigh Russell
Chief Executive Officer
Swimming Australia
speaker
Kim McConnie
Head of Big Bash League
Cricket Australia
speaker
Kevin Stafford
Head of Technology
Rugby Australia
speaker
Simon Hawk
Manager, Marketing Australia and New Zealand
Etihad Airways
speaker
Craig Phillips
Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth Games Australia
speaker
Professor Hans Westerbeek
Professor of International Sport Business
speaker
Tanya Gallina
General Manager Strategic Projects
Hawthorn Football Club
speaker
Renee Quirk
Head of Sport Business Affairs
Seven Network
speaker
Nick Vanzetti
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
ESL Australia
speaker
Adir Shiffman
Executive Chairman
Catapult
speaker
Thomas Klingebiel
Commercial Director – Asia
Genius Sports
speaker
Sam Irvine
Director - Customer Strategy and Success, Australasia
KORE Software
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Sessions

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Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • 08:25Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:55Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Professor Hans Westerbeek
    Professor of International Sport Business

  • 09:00Opening Keynote

    The NRL Agenda: Integrity, Digitisation and Authentic Engagement
    Todd Greenberg
    Chief Executive Officer
    NRL
  • 09:30Outlook Session

    Right of Competition: The Contested State of Australian Sport

    Economic, social and digital forces are colliding to provoke change in the business of sport. While technological titans with direct access to consumers move through the sports ecosystem, traditional players are reacting to changes in media consumption to reach fans in innovative ways. How are media entities responding to the swelling influence of technological giants? And how is rights distribution strategy changing in pursuit of consumer connections? How is sports consumption faring against other modes of entertainment, and where are the opportunities for creation?

    Leigh Russell
    Chief Executive Officer
    Swimming Australia
    Andrew Abdo
    Chief Commercial Officer
    NRL
    Renee Quirk
    Head of Sport Business Affairs
    Seven Network
    Peter Kloczko
    Vice President, Australia & New Zealand
    Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • 10:20Global Keynote

    Building a Brand Beyond Racing – Sponsorship at Speed
    Murray Barnett
    Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships
    Formula One (UK)
  • 10:45Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:15Partner Keynote

  • 11:45Events Session

    Echoes and Roars: Activating the Live Experience

    Consumer demands for personalised, seamless, and secure experiences have passed through the ticket gates into the sporting arena. In order to get fans off the bench and into the game, sport leaders must continue to differentiate and elevate the live experience. In our world of screens, live sport has an escapist appeal – where is the line between augmenting and obstructing that experience through digitisation? From biometrics recognition to electronic fingerprinting, what digital solutions are being adopted to enhance event efficiency and bolster security capabilities? How are events logistics evolving to accommodate the consumer from inception through to delivery?

    Kim McConnie
    Head of Big Bash League
    Cricket Australia
    Craig Phillips
    Chief Executive Officer
    Commonwealth Games Australia
    Darren Birch
    General Manager of Growth, Digital and Audience
    AFL
    Dominic Remond
    Chief Executive Officer
    Gfinity Esports Australia
  • 12:35Keynote

    Rugby World Cup 2019 – New Markets, New Opportunities
    Alan Gilpin
    Chief Operating Officer
    World Rugby (IRE)
  • 13:00Lunch & Networking

  • 14:05Sponsorship Session

    Tailored Partnerships: Realising the Potential in Sport

    Sponsorship opportunities are erupting across the sports landscape. New sporting leagues are emerging, mobile is penetrating isolated markets, and brands are learning to reach consumers in their own entertainment ecosystems. How are brands building comprehensive consumer profiles to align with fans through the medium of sport?  And how is technology enabling the delivery of more engaging, creative and relevant sponsored content? To what extent is competition in the broadcasting space informing sponsorship decisions? And how can brands and sporting franchises empower fans to control their own sponsored experience?

    Simon Hawk
    Manager, Marketing Australia and New Zealand
    Etihad Airways
    Murray Barnett
    Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships
    Formula One (UK)
    Danny Townsend
    Chief Executive Officer
    Sydney Football Club
  • 14:55Keynote

    Influence Marketing with Sport
    Jean-Marc Pailhol
    Head of Global Market Management & Distribution
    Allianz SE (GER)
  • 15:20Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:50In Conversation with Jaimie Fuller

    The Big Picture: Sport as a Vehicle for Change
    Jaimie Fuller
    Executive Chairman
    Foundation for Sports Integrity
  • 16:10Technology & Data Session

    Minds and Machines: The Technologies Augmenting Sport

    Technology is where pressure meets possibility. Inundated with technological choice and tasked with discerning returns from rhetoric, leaders are scanning for advantage while keeping one eye trained on the bottom line. How are business leaders discerning realistic applications for hype-cycle technologies? And how are sports leaders forecasting the profitability of technological investments? How are leaders quantifying and consolidating consumer touchpoints to enrich fan profiles? How are world-leading sport-franchises structured to absorb rapid, unexpected change?

    Kevin Stafford
    Head of Technology
    Rugby Australia
    Alex Alderson
    Chief Digital Officer
    NRL
    Adir Shiffman
    Executive Chairman
    Catapult
  • 17:00Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Professor Hans Westerbeek
    Professor of International Sport Business

  • 17:05Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:05Close of Day One

Wednesday 3rd April 2019
  • 08:35Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:55Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Professor Hans Westerbeek
    Professor of International Sport Business

  • 09:00Global Keynote

    Remaining at the Cutting Edge of Commercial Innovation
    Gabrielle Valdez Dow
    Vice President Marketing & Fan Engagement
    Green Bay Packers (USA)
  • 09:35Engagement Strategy Session

    Earn My Attention: Ushering in a New Era of Fan Engagement

    Sports fans live in a world of near limitless choice. They are discerning, impassioned, and empowered, and sports leaders are competing for their gaze, attendance and loyalty. How are sport franchises creating opportunities for user-generated content to build a sense of ownership and fidelity to teams? What more can franchises do to engage with consumers in their existing ecosystems and on their own terms? And how are franchises securing the allegiance of fans in emerging markets? How are leaders proliferating consumer insights across the business?

    Julian Dunne
    Head of Marketing & Insights
    AFL
    Luke Bould
    Chief Commercial Officer
    Football Federation Australia
    Marina Go
    Chair
    Wests Tigers
    Sam Irvine
    Director - Customer Strategy and Success, Australasia
    KORE Software
  • 10:25Industry Keynote

    License for Change: Reengineering the NBL
    Jeremy Loeliger
    Chief Executive Officer
    National Basketball League
  • 10:50Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:20Platinum Keynote

  • 11:45Activation Session

    Motion in Focus: Finessing Sports Delivery

    Fan expectations are soaring across the stream to the screen experience. With the consumer’s allegiance won or lost by the smallest of margins, rights holders can’t afford to drop the ball on delivery.  How are sports franchises and content creators leveraging digital and OTT to deliver directly to fans? As TV audiences fragment, what can traditional broadcasters do to solidify their influence in consumer ecosystems? Is investment in the mobile space disproportionate to the increasing prominence of the platform? What can traditional sport franchises learn from large-scale e-sports activations, and vice versa?

    Patrick Moloughney
    Director of Sports Sales
    Seven West Media
    Jodie Hawkins
    General Manager
    Sydney Sixers
    Nick Vanzetti
    Senior Vice President and Managing Director
    ESL Australia
    Gabrielle Valdez Dow
    Vice President Marketing & Fan Engagement
    Green Bay Packers (USA)
  • 12:35Mastermind Keynote

    The Opportunity of the Changing Esports Landscape
    Jack Harari
    Vice President - International Partnerships
    Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues (USA)
  • 13:00Lunch & Networking

  • 14:00Keynote

    Beyond the Threat: Opportunities in the World of Sport Broadcasting
    Peter Campbell
    Chief Executive Officer
    Fox Sports
  • 14:25Culture Session

    Watchful Eyes: Curating Cultures with Integrity

    The business of sport unfolds in a high-profile arena where every play is scrutinised by spectators and commercial stakeholders alike. Risk is everywhere, reputation is everything, and business leaders must assume an active role on the cultural frontline for athletes, fans and partnerships to flourish. Given the stature and exposure of athletes on social media, how are franchises striking a balance between personal empowerment and brand control? How can business leaders redirect and realign a franchise’s culture? What initiatives have franchises pursued to fully realise their commitment to diversity? How can leaders manage the ethos of their club when expanding into new markets?

    Blake Solly
    Chief Executive Officer
    South Sydney Rabbitohs
    Tanya Gallina
    General Manager Strategic Projects
    Hawthorn Football Club
    Emma Highwood
    Head of Community, Player Development and Women’s Football
    Football Federation Australia
  • 15:15Visionary Keynote

    Realising the Social Media Advantage – Tools, Tactics and Execution
    Alexandra Willis
    Head of Communications, Content & Digital
    The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) (UK)
  • 15:55Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Professor Hans Westerbeek
    Professor of International Sport Business

  • 16:00Close of Summit

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Sponsorship

www.catapultsports.com

Catapult is the world leader in elite sports technology, working with over 1800 teams in 35 sports worldwide. Catapult products are designed to optimise performance, mitigate the risk of injury, and quantify return to play.

 

www.koresoftware.com

KORE Software is the global leader in sports and entertainment business management solutions. Our applications help more than 100 Major League teams and 200 universities worldwide harness valuable customer and partner data –  including preferences and behaviors – to create valuable insights, and turn those insights into pow­erful revenue-generating action.

From ticketing and fan engagement to sponsorship to managing suites and premium offerings, KORE offers a complete team of applications that drives sales, streamlines business processes, and takes profitability to a whole new level.

www.geniussports.com/sports

Genius Sports is a global leader in sports data, technology and integrity services. We work in partnership with over 500 sports organisations worldwide including the National Basketball Association, Asian Football Confederation and NBL Australia, providing leading software that enables them to capture, manage and distribute their official sports data.

Headquartered in London and located across more than 20 locations globally, Genius Sports is recognised as one of the fastest growing sports technology companies in the world.

Through our Integrity Services, we proactively safeguard some of the largest organisations in world sport, including the PGA TOUR and the English Premier League, from the threats of match-fixing and betting-related corruption.

Celebrating its 8th year, the Business of Sport Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. A strict screening process and strong delegate focus ensures a senior executive only event to discuss the future of sport in Australia

A unique sponsor format will position you and your brand as a thought leader amongst the decision makers across the sports landscape. From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this audience, before, during and after the event.

The Business of Sport Summit offers unrivalled cut-through with limited sponsor packages to allow you stand out amongst a few.

The forum is an ideal marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior sports management professionals.

Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email:  [email protected]

Venue

Intercontinental, Double Bay
33 Cross St, Sydney NSW 2028

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Accommodation

To receive a discounted group rate for your accommodation, please book through the link here.

 

 

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Packages Standard Price Per Delegate
Sports Executive: 1-2 Delegates $2200 + GST
Sports Executive: 3-5 Delegates $1980 + GST
Sports Executive: 6-9 Delegates $1760 + GST
Sports Executive: 10+ Delegates $1540 + GST

Please note if you are a Service Provider to sports professionals, email [email protected] to register.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

     

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

     

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

     

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise [email protected]

     

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

     

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  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    Can I transfer my pass?

    A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to [email protected]

    How do I receive my delegate pass?

    Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    Is media registration available?

    No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy:

    A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    What is a Service Provider?

    A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of sports industry.

    Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees