Conferences in Sports Business & Sports Tech Across North America in 2020 (and what’s happening to them because of COVID-19)

Conferences for sports business & tech also affected by COVID-19 this Spring. Here is a list of events that all professionals in the sports business deserve to know about. And what seems to be the latest updates about going virtual or postponing. Kudos to organizers taking quick action, so the show can go on. Remember to also check out their sites for news and webinars.

Conferences in Sports Business & Sports Tech Across North America in 2020 (and what’s happening to them because of COVID-19)

We have such a vibrant community of sports business and sports tech professionals in Canada and USA. We all count on reputable media groups that organize some must-attend events, built for us to network, learn and share. I am grateful to their leaders for their resilience and quick action about spring conferences in the horizon – either transforming into virtual events or responsibly rescheduling until brighter times. Thank you for your “show must go on” attitude.

Now it’s our turn to support them, attending and spreading the word about the shows. Here is a list of events that all professionals in the sports business deserve to know about. And what seems to be the latest updates about their decisions to postpone or go virtual. Remember to also check out their news sites and some of them host webinar series.

Admittedly, I might have missed some – please send your suggestions and the list will be updated. Bookmark this page for future reference. Comment or connect for me to send you the formatted XL table.

Stay healthy, stay positive, stay connected. Cheers.

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Each event entry contains: Original date & location, Event website & organizer, Status or new date/location, About the program (in their own words, from their promotional materials).

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Feb 9-11, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | 25th Annual National Sports Forum

https://sports-forum.com/. Organized in conjunction with Official Hosts: Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Airport District.

Was held.

#sportsforum2020 – Largest annual sports business conferences in North America, gathering league, team, and property executives from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, UEFA, the Minor Leagues, NCAA, Auto & Horse Racing, and many more.

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Feb 19-20, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | SportsPro OTT Summit USA

https://usa.sportspro-ott.com/ by https://www.sportspromedia.com/

Was held. On demand sessions available. Recaps posted at #OTTUSA20

#OTTUSA20 | #OTTUSA21 – The inaugural OTT Summit USA took place at the Turner Studios in Atlanta. It brought together over 300 of the brightest minds in the industry for two days unpicking the major changes the sports industry is facing.

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Feb 21-22, 2020 | Washington, DC | Sports Industry Networking & Career Conference (SINC) https://www.sincconference.com/

Was held.

SINC is the premier sports industry conference where hundreds of college students just like you come together to learn about the sports industry and network with well-known leaders from across the industry.

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Mar 5, 2020 | Boston, MA | Wharton Alumni and Friends Event at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Was held.

The Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative and Wharton MBA Career Management Office invite you to an evening of networking before the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

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Mar 6-7, 2020 | Boston, MA | 14th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

http://www.sloansportsconference.com/

Was held.

Brief recap posted at SSAC20 Day One Recap and SSAC20 Day Two Recap

#SSAC20 – A forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry. MIT Sloan is dedicated to fostering growth and innovation in this arena, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. The conference is open to anyone interested in sports.

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Mar 12, 2020 | Colorado Springs, CO | NGB Technology Council Meeting 2020 (hosted by USA Hockey)

https://myevents.usahockey.com/ngbtech2020

Was held, or at least so it seems.

The National Governing Body Technology Council is an invitation-only event. A gathering of representatives from respective amateur sports National Governing Bodies in the Olympic sports movement. The goal is to share information and lessons learned with the mission of improving the business practices and technology processes across the sports landscape.

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Mar 13-16, 2020 | Austin, TX | SXSW (Sports Track)

https://www.sxsw.com/conference/sports/

Cancelled for the first time in 34-year history. Announcement and Update

#SXSW – The Sports Track explores the future of competition from a cultural, philosophical, and technological perspective. Topics will include how esports challenge our traditional understanding of competitive athletes, big data’s role in revolutionizing various areas within the sports industry, and reimagining the state of fan engagement.

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Mar 25-26, 2020 | Dana Point, CA | CAA World Congress of Sports

https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Conferences-Events/2020/WCOS.aspx, by

CAA and Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal

Transformed into a series of virtual events. Starting March 25, and more sessions to be announced. Some sessions posted to #SBJWC

#SBJWC – The Congress was launched in 2002 and is the largest and most prestigious sports business conference in North America. However, the program speakers and content often transcend sports.

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Mar 26-27, 2020 | New York, NY | SpotTechie’s State of the Industry (SOTI) https://events.sporttechie.com/SOTI by https://sporttechie.com/

Transformed into a virtual conference, to be held on same dates.

#SOTI – State Of The Industry (SOTI) is the world’s premier conference focused on sports technology and innovation. As SportTechie’s most comprehensive event we cover a wide range of topics, examining the most important matters from the past year, but with an eye towards the year to come.

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Apr 1-2, 2020 | Tampa, GL | Sport & Entertainment Analytics Conference

https://www.usf.edu/business/graduate/mba-sport-entertainment/analytics-conference/

Registration link from event page leads to a ‘page not available message’. To be verified if cancelled, postponed or virtual. The conference, to be held in the USF Alumni Center, provides a platform for students and industry professionals to discuss the important role of analytics in the global sport and entertainment industries. Key thought leaders will share valuable insights that promote education, business growth and analytics innovation.

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Apr 17, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV | SVG NAB Pre-Game Happy Hour

https://www.sportsvideo.org/event/2020-svg-nab-pre-game-party/

Postponed

Pre-NAB networking happy-hour.

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Apr 18 – 22, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV | NAB Show

https://nabshow.com/2020/ by National Association of Broadcasters

Cancelled. To announce new online offerings including NAB Show Express, as well as enhancements to NAB Show New York.

#NABSHOW – For content professionals from all corners of the media, entertainment and technology ecosystem. For those seeking to create superior audio and visual experiences. For those striving to drive listeners and viewers in larger numbers for greater reach. No matter where you fall on the content continuum—from creation to distribution, management to monetization—you’ll find a renewed path to clarity and confidence that takes your work in bold new directions.

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May 2020 | Chicago, IL | NSF Spring Forum

https://sports-forum.com/

Postponed to August 27-28.

See below, in new date.

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May 18-21, 2020 | New York, NY | Leaders Week

https://leadersinsport.com/leaders-week-new-york/

Turning into virtual event.

#LeadersWeek – The only stateside event to unite the North American and European sport business industries through an international speaker line-up and representatives from more than 30 different countries. It will be an expanded multimedia event like never before, available to everyone all over the world, with the biggest names, the smartest stories and, of course, the chance to network with your peers globally.

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May 27-30, 2020 | San Diego, CA | 35th NASSM Annual Conference in May 2020

http://www.nassm.org/NASSM2020/ by North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)

Intended to be held as planned. Invites to regularly checkback for updates. This is

the most recent statement (March 3, 2020).

#NASSM2020 – NASSM is actively involved in supporting and assisting professionals working in the fields of sport, leisure and recreation. The purpose of the North American Society for Sport Management is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study, research, scholarly writing, and professional development in the area of sport management – both theoretical and applied aspects.

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Jun 10-11, 2020 | San Francisco, CA | Horizon Summit

https://horizonsummit.com/ By SF 49’ers & SportTechie.com

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned.

#HorizonSummit – The premier sports business, technology and analytics conference. Together, the San Francisco 49ers and SportTechie will organize executives and thought leaders to discuss and present the most important trends and events that are shaping our industry.

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Jun 10-11, 2020 | Chicago, IL | 2020 Intersport Brand Innovation Summit

https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Conferences-Events/2020/BIS.aspx

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned.

Witness first-hand how innovative brands are disrupting the status quo and changing the game of sports marketing. Be inspired by the CMOs who are thinking unconventionally, making bold moves, connecting to the passion of sports and transforming the consumer experience. And hear from new voices initiating change for the benefit of fans, players and the game.

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Jun 16-18, 2020 | Seattle, WA | 6th International Workshop on Computer Vision in Sports (CVsports) http://www.vap.aau.dk/cvsports/ at CPR2020 http://cvpr2020.thecvf.com/ by Computer Vision Foundation

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned.

CVPR is the premier annual computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and short courses. With its high quality and low cost, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.

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Jun 15-17, 2020 | New York, NY | 5th Annual Hashtag Sports Conference

https://hashtagsports.com/

Postponed – Date to be announced

#HS20 | #HSAwards – Hashtag Sports is the leading Sports x Entertainment conference, awards, and community dedicated to helping you engage the next generation of fans and consumers.

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Jun 27-Jul 1, 2020 | Minneapolis, MN | SEAT 2020 https://seatconference.com/

in partnership with Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Mall of America and Sport Minnesota.

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned.

#SEATMinneapolis – SEAT is an exclusive event dedicated to be the best forum for the professionals & executives in the sports & entertainment industry as the ONLY Peer-Driven Industry Conference in the World.

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Aug 27-28, 2020 | Chicago, IL | NSF Spring Forum

https://sports-forum.com/

New target date for the event originally scheduled for May.

#sportsforum2020  – Hear from top sports industry leaders covering topics relating to the Four Pillars of the National Sports Forum: Marketing, Ticket Sales, Sponsorship, and Business Development.

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Sep, 2020 | Ann Arbor, MI | Michigan Sport Business Conference

http://umsbc.com/ by Students from University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and School of Kinesiology’s Sport Management program.

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned.

#HeardAtMSBC – The MSBC was developed by a group of undergraduate students affiliated with both the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and School of Kinesiology’s Sport Management program. The MSBC is the premier undergraduate-run sport business conference in the United States, and its objective is to inspire creativity and innovation in the sport industry.

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Oct 21-22, 2020 | New York, NY | NAB Show New York

https://www.nabshowny.com/

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned. Might get content or attraction from the cancelled main NAB Show.

#nabshowny – Demo new products, make new connections and learn the industry skills needed for what lies ahead. Co-Located: AES New York.

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Oct 21-23, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV | Sports Marketing Association (SMA) 18th Annual Conference

http://www.sportmarketingassociation.com/

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned. Registration opens soon.

#SMA2020 | #SMAVegas – Founded in 2002, the Sport Marketing Association has led the effort in developing and expanding the body of knowledge in sport marketing by providing forums for professional interaction among practitioners, academics, and students dedicated to the sport marketing industry.

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Oct 27-28, 2020 | New York, NY | 2020 Game Changers Conference

https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Conferences-Events/2020/GC.aspx

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned.

The Game Changers Conference is a two-day event that will focus on the multiple ways in which women intersect with sports. Built into the program are ample networking opportunities, as well as a recognition period of our 2020 Honorees.

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Dec 9-10, 2020 | New York, NY | 2020 Intercollegiate Athletics Forum by https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Conferences

Information coming soon at https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Conferences-Events/Event-Calendar.aspx

#SBJIAF – A “must attend” event since 2002 for anyone involved in the business of college sports, the Learfield IMG College Intercollegiate Athletics Forum provides an “insider’s view” by offering firsthand insights from those directly shaping the future of intercollegiate athletics.

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Dec 14-15, 2020 | New York, NY | SVG Summit http://www.thesvgsummit.com/

By The Sports Video Group https://www.sportsvideo.org/

Currently, seems to be proceeding as planned.

#SVGSummit – The SVG Summit will mark its 14th year as the place to be for those involved in any aspect of sports production, content creation, or distribution. Once again, it will bring together more than 1,000 industry professionals from across the country and around the world for two full days of networking, panel discussions, and more! Agenda includes the Sports Content Management Workshop (http://www.thesvgsummit.com/sports-content-management/) and SVG Digital (http://www.thesvgsummit.com/svg-digital/)

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