Hashtag Sports Live

A two-day networking-led virtual event on the future of fan engagement

June 16-17, 2020

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What is
Hashtag Sports Live?

Hashtag Sports LIVE is not a webinar. The goal is to ensure you create new connections and build your community, just like you would at an in-person event.

The event will offer groundbreaking content, conversation, and connections to thousands in the sports, media + entertainment ecosystems.

Conducted online, it will feature a two-day virtual conference, speakers AMAs, virtual 1-on-1 meetings fueled by personalized matchmaking, and community discussion built to lift spirits and bring together our community to learn, discuss and network—all while working from home, the office or just about anywhere.

Hashtag Sports LIVE will feature an A-list speaker lineup reflecting the full range of perspectives that our in-person events are known for, including leading leagues, brands, athletes, teams, agencies, media companies and more.

Attendance Benefits.


Set to be expanded at our in-person event this fall, the virtual conference will feature video conference-enabled facilitated meetings that are fueled by AI-driven matchmaking, enabling individuals across the sports, media & entertainment landscape to connect with one another at unparalleled scale in distributed and digitally interactive environments.

Types of matchmaking:

  • Technology Buyers < > Suppliers
  • Job Seekers < > Hiring Managers
  • Startups < > Investors
  • Strategic Partners
  • General Networking


We bring together the most influential names, brightest minds, and next generation of talent in traditional & digital sports media for creative exchange, inspiring talks, and actionable insights. Learn from fan engagement's leading experts how the sports pause will change your day job moving forward and stay ahead of the trends in content creation, media, and monetization.


Sports is paused, but engagement must go on. Our exclusive Speaker AMAs will provide you unrivaled & interactive access to the industry's brightest minds and busiest executives, while our virtual Happy Hour presented by Budweiser replicates real-world mingling for intimate and impactful conversation. Learn more about exclusive opportunities like our Virtual Happy Hour and Speaker AMAs below.

Agenda Themes.

Our series of back-to-back panels, presentations and interviews will address the most critical challenges and opportunities in fan engagement today. Sessions will be conducted via live stream video and organized around five agenda themes.

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Brand Content & Engagement

New approaches to reaching and engaging fans are becoming strategic imperatives for modern marketers. As sponsors and advertisers grapple with changes to consumer demand and where to allocate ad dollars, broadcasters and publishers are experimenting with new content types and new partnership strategies. Join us as we break down the complexities of the modern marketing landscape and explore how brands & media companies are adapting to keep fans engaged.

The Future of Video

The future of video is now. Consumption habits and fan expectations are different than they were to start 2020. With demand and competition for content accelerated, live streaming on social platforms growing explosively, and new platforms emerging as trusted channels, content is likely forever changed. Learn how to adapt your live, mobile, and social strategies to grow your audience and engagement through the power of video.

Esports & Gaming

A new generation + new challenges for live entertainment have equated to a bigger spotlight on esports and gaming. The esports industry is having more than a moment: gaming has conquered global markets and established itself as a sporting discipline with staying power and perhaps the key for marketers to connect with the next generation of fans. Learn how sports organizations, brands, and media companies can navigate entry into esports and engage new fans on the gaming platforms where they already live.

Transformation of
College Athletics

As the digital landscape grows, so do opportunities for universities, student-athletes, and marketers. Many programs have embraced content as a mechanism for recruiting. Others have rolled out innovative technologies to create more engaging fan experiences and increased ROI with limited resources. Layer a new framework for name, image, and likeness (NIL) on top of it all and college athletics seems primed for disruption. Learn where the industry is headed and how to prepare.

Market Insights & Opportunities

The total pause on live sports has led to economic uncertainty and left the industry trying to figure out how to manage the present and plan for the future. Join us for frank conversation meant to inspire resilience and expedite recovery. We’ll identify new revenue models, outline areas of expected market growth, and explore new opportunities and best practices that might have never emerged if not for the COVID-19 crisis.

Confirmed Speakers.

CJ McCollum

Athlete, Host & Creator

Pull Up with CJ McCollum

Larry Scott



Rachel Jacobson


Drone Racing League

Tyler Lockett

Seattle Seahawks WR & Author

Shiz Suzuki

AVP, Sponsorships & Experiential Marketing


Harish Sarma

Global Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Development


Taylor Rooks

Host, Take It There

Bleacher Report

Kevin Straley

Chief Content Officer


Heidi Browning



Kristen Gambetta

Sr. Director, Sports and Entertainment


Gina Scott

Vice President of Partner Services


Donn Davis

Chairman/Co-Founder, PFL

Founding Partner, Revolution

Sarah Crennan

Head of Content

Yahoo Sports

Kate Johnson

Head of Global Marketing Partnerships, Content, Sports Media


Joe Barnes

Director of Sports Marketing

Bud Light

Meredith Kinsman

EVP Strategy


Nathan Lindberg

RVP, Global Sponsorships


Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

Basketball Analyst

Pac-12 Network

Will Yoder

Sports Partnerships


Stefanie Rapp

Chief Revenue Officer

Bleacher Report

Shaina Wiel


Minorities in Sports

Christian Lau



Nick Marquez

Strategic Partnerships Manager


Alison Overholt

SVP, Multiplatform Storytelling and Journalism


Shaun Carrigan

Director of Experience

Intel Sports

Cyndie Wang

Head of Global Sponsorships & Alliances

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Frantz Cayo

Executive Producer


Rachel Hoagland

VP of Gaming and Esports


Seth Ladetsky

SVP, Head of Digital & ELEAGUE Revenue & Strategy

Turner Sports

Allyson Witherspoon

Vice President, Marketing Communications and Media

Nissan North America

John Kosner


Kosner Media

Monique Bowman

Associate Director of Digital Media

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics

Marc Kohn

Chief Content Officer


Lyndsay Signor

VP, Consumer Engagement

NBC Sports

Anup Daji

VP, Growth & Development


Paige Dimakos

Chief Operating Officer

The Draft Network

Keith Hernandez

Founder / Partner

Launch Angle

Tatiana Tacca

Director of Esports

Momentum Worldwide

Ania Sponaski

VP of Partnerships


Jorge Urrutia del Pozo

Head of Fan Audience Strategy & Engagement


Beckley Mason

Executive Director, Playmaker

Bleacher Report

MAJ Patrick Farrell

Army Enterprise Marketing Office

US Army

Florence Bossard

Global Marketing Director


Michael Conner

Director, Event Production

Arizona Cardinals

Tony Page

President of Digital and Live


Shirley Hughes

President, Brand Marketing Division

Rogers & Cowan PMK

Mike Kelley

President, Americas


Kylie Murphy

Director of Ideation

Oregon State Athletics

Rick Alessandri

Managing Director

Turnkey Search

Luis Gonzalez

Senior Director, Digital & Social Media

D.C United

Pamela Duckworth

Head of fubo Sports Network and Original Programming


Richard Jones


Cheetah Digital

Daniel Webster

VP Strategic Accounts, Americas


Katie Carew

Director of Corporate Partnerships

New York Giants

Blake Lawrence



Patrick Cassidy

Global Director, Consumer Brand Marketing

New Balance

Darcy Nichols

VP, NFL Partnership

Dairy Management, Inc

Neill Duffy

Chief Executive & Founder

17 Sport

Colleen Garrity

SVP, Marketing

Excel Sports Management

Brian Leonard

Head of Engineering – Production & Workflows

IMG Media

Paul Brewer

SVP, Brand Partnerships


Rael Enteen

Content Strategist

Elizabeth Schepp-Berman

Chief Human Resources Officer


Tod Plotkin


Green Buzz Agency

Stuart Lipson

Executive Director

Esports Ad Bureau

Anthony Caponiti

CEO & Co-Founder

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Engagement Must Go On

Hashtag Sports LIVE was FREE to attend for industry professionals who work at leagues, teams, brands, agencies, or media companies, as well as individuals who are currently out of work due to the impact of COVID-19.

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Reasons to attend

Unique Focus

Hashtag Sports is the only event platform dedicated to the future of fan engagement and the next generation of creative talent. Learn how you can engage fans right now, get back to work planning for sports' return, and expedite the industry's recovery in the coming months.

Track Record

The industry-transforming Hashtag Sports event experience was born out of a 2014 virtual conference. As we look forward to gathering again soon, get a taste of the high-impact content, A-list speaker lineup, and tailored networking our in-person events are known for.


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