Hashtag Sports Live

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

June 16-17, 2020

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"Hashtag Sports has done an incredible job of building a content experience that is unlike anything else"
-Howard Mittman, CEO, Bleacher Report

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 virtual happy hours 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.

C. J. McCollum

Athlete, Host & Creator

Pull Up with CJ McCollum

Rachel Jacobson


Drone Racing League

Kevin Straley

Chief Content Officer


Shiz Suzuki

AVP, Sponsorships & Experiential Marketing


Harish Sarma

Global Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Development


Anup Daji

VP, Growth & Development


Rachel Hoagland

VP of Gaming and Esports


Didac Lee

Board Member

FC Barcelona

Kristen Gambetta

Sr. Director, Sports and Entertainment


Taylor Rooks

Host, Take It There

Bleacher Report

Donn Davis

Founding Partner

Revolution Growth

Tatiana Tacca

Director of Esports

Momentum Worldwide

Jorge Urrutia del Pozo

Head of Fan Audience Strategy & Engagement


Stefanie Rapp

Chief Revenue Officer

Bleacher Report

Rick Alessandri

Managing Director

Turnkey Search

Julie Foster

Senior Director, Marcom Activation

EA Sports

Christian Lau



Sarah Crennan

Head of Content

Yahoo Sports

Shaun Carrigan

Director of Experience

Intel Sports

Florence Bossard

Global Marketing Director


Beckley Mason

Executive Director, Playmaker

Bleacher Report

Marc Kohn

Chief Content Officer


Lyndsay Signor

VP, Consumer Engagement

NBC Sports

Frantz Cayo

Executive Producer


Paul Brewer

SVP, Brand Partnerships


Shaina Wiel


Minorities in Sports

Stuart Lipson

Executive Director

Esports Ad Bureau

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Engagement Must Go On

Hashtag Sports LIVE is 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.

Want to participate in our Speaker AMA (Ask Me Anything) interviews or gain access after the event to the virtual conference content on-demand? Upgrade to a Hashtag Sports 2020 Pass (Digital or Conference Pass both eligible).

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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.


Our matchmaking tool suggests relevant & valuable connections based on topical interests and intent-based networking categories. It’s never been easier to generate leads & meetings with people interested in you.