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Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Join us on Friday, November 9th for the second annual Wharton Sports Business Summit, a collaboration between the Wharton Undergraduate Sports Business Club and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. Founded last year, the inaugural Summit was headlined by speakers such as Don Smolenski and Aileen Dagrosa, President and Senior Vice President / General Counsel of the Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, as well as Josh Harris, Principal Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils and Founder of Apollo Global Management.

This year, the Wharton Sports Business Summit strives to continue to grow, inform, and connect this community of current and future leaders in the sports industry. Through a series of keynote discussions, panels, workshops, research presentations, a career fair and more, it is to be a full day of learning and networking. With more than 30 speakers and nearly 20 companies engaged in recruiting efforts, attendees will be able to learn from and build their networks with a number of prominent figures from across the industry. Held in Huntsman Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, the Summit is also designed to bring students from Penn and other schools together with industry leaders from across the country. Dress code is business formal; lunch will be provided and the event will be capped off with a happy hour from 5pm - 6pm.

We are also expanding the research presentation component and will be accepting abstracts for presentations. If you have any interest in presenting your research on sports business, science, analytics, etc. don’t hesitate to submit an application! You can apply through this form https://lnkd.in/e2nzeRQ.

Announced Speakers, Topics, and Companies (so far!)

Featured Keynote Speakers

  • Jeff Luhnow (W'89, EAS'89), GM & President of Baseball Ops, Houston Astros
  • ... and more!

Panelists & Breakout Session Speakers

  • Charles Baker, Co-Chair, Sports Industry Group, O'Melveny & Myers
  • Andrew Brandt, former VP of the Green Bay Packers, current contributor to ESPN, The Athletic, & The MMQB
  • Debbie DiVito, SVP Sports Finance & Advisory, Citi
  • Glenn DuPaul, Director of Basketball Analytics, Brooklyn Nets
  • Eric Fisher, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal
  • Scott Freedman (WG'18), Director of Baseball Operations, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Oskar Garcia, Deputy Sports Editor, Associated Press
  • Amy Geary (WG'06), VP Content Acquisition, Comcast
  • Wayne Kimmel, Founder and Managing Partner, SeventySix Capital
  • Melanie LeGrande, VP of Social Responsibility, MLB
  • Mike Lombardi, former NFL GM and front office executive, current NFL insider for The Athletic and The Ringer
  • Caroline Rebello (W'03), Principal, Evolution Media Capital
  • Dan Shanoff, former columnist at ESPN, current Partner at Five Out Media
  • Scott Shirley, Founder & CEO, PledgeIt
  • Ken Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute and Professor Emeritus at the Wharton School
  • Chris Stone, Editorial Director, Sports Illustrated
  • Jenny Vrentas, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated and The MMQB
  • Zack Weiner (C'14), CoFounder & President, Overtime
  • ... and many more!

Panel Topics

  • Draft Day Analytics: Decision Making in Sport & Evaluating Players Beyond the Numbers
  • Sports Content Distribution & Monetization
  • Investment Opportunities in Sports
  • Social Activism through Sports
  • Sports Journalism

Breakout Session Topics

  • Sports Agency
  • Sports Media: The Economics of Advertising & Television Sports
  • The Future of the Fan Experience Powered by CLEAR
  • M&A in Sports: Inside the Carolina Panthers Acquisition
  • eSports
  • Sports Gambling

Career Fair Attendees

  • Madison Square Garden
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Major League Baseball
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Leagueside
  • Quant Edge
  • Turnkey
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Scout Sports & Entertainment
  • Wells Fargo
  • Penn Athletics
  • The Aspire Group
  • Clear
  • Philadelphia Union
  • ... and many more!

Tentative Schedule of Events

8:00 AM: Check In

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM: Morning Keynote

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM: Two Morning Panels & One Breakout Session

11:10 AM - 11:25 AM: Networking Break

11:35 AM - 12:25 PM: Three Breakout Sessions

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch

1:25 PM - 2:15 PM: Two Breakout Sessions & One Panel

2:25 PM - 2:45 PM: Networking Break

2:55 PM - 3:45 PM: Two Afternoon Panels & One Breakout Session

3:55 PM - 4:45 PM: Afternoon Keynote

4:50 PM: Closing

Interested in Sponsoring the Wharton Sports Business Summit?

Email the planning committee at usbcupenn@gmail.com to learn about the various partnership opportunities, including customizable packages

Media Requests?

Email whartonsbsummit@gmail.com

Questions regarding the event or ticketing policies?

Contact the event organizers at whartonsbsummit@gmail.com

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