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Hashtag Sports & Intel Sports Announce Industry-Wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Working Committee Formed Out of The Engagement Academy of Sports & Entertainment

NEW YORK, NY – June 15, 2020 (PRNewswire)

Hashtag Sports, the premier conference, awards, and community for media and marketing professionals and the next generation of talent across the converging sports and entertainment industries, has mobilized a working committee alongside Intel Sports aimed at increasing gender equality and representation in the business behind sports and entertainment.

Led by Sandra Lopez, VP and GM of Intel Sports, the first of its kind committee will set aim at enabling the sports and entertainment industries to more effectively represent the audiences they are engaging. Research from McKinsey found that among younger generations of sports fans, the gender gap is closing, with women making up as much as 45% of Millennial sports fans.

Additionally, a study from the Boston Consulting Group shows that increasing diversity on leadership teams unlocks innovation and creativity, adding to the bottom line by as much as 19% and driving market growth. As the 21st-century sports fan continues to diversify, it is critical that sports-led content and campaigns as well as the marketers and creators behind them reflect the modern fan who is young, multicultural, and increasingly female.

“Intel has seen business and societal impact when we foster a diverse and inclusive environment. As we continue our journey, we believe we should challenge other industries to do the same, including sports. Based on the most recent Race and Gender Report Cards from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, women are underrepresented in positions of power or influence at senior leadership levels across all sports. That is why Intel Sports decided to partner with Hashtag Sports to not only challenge the industry but to also make forward progress in advancing women as well as underrepresented minorities in leadership roles,” said Sandra Lopez, VP Intel Sports.

“We’ve seen the power of a collective group, bound together for a greater cause as evidenced by the outpouring support,” Lopez added. “The comradery and empathy in our community are strong, and I am proud and equally enthusiastic to work together as we explore new ideas and opportunities for change.”

In 2015, Intel challenged both itself and the technology industry to establish a more diverse and inclusive workforce in order to ensure the organization was able to effectively represent the markets that it serves as well as innovate and drive tangible business results. Since that announcement, Intel has achieved full representation in its U.S. workforce two years ahead of the 2020 goal.

As Intel moves into the next decade, the company will extend their impact by partnering with others to advance diversity and inclusion across its global workforce and industry. As part of their RISE strategy, Intel intends to expand opportunities through technology inclusion and digital readiness initiatives.

Joining Sandra Lopez on the D&I working committee will be 10 members of The Engagement Academy of Sports & Entertainment, a society of sports media, marketing, and entertainment professionals whose mission is to inspire creative talent of all ages while championing diversity, inclusion, and new ideas that galvanize the sports and entertainment industries. Academy members are responsible for determining the winners of The Hashtag Sports Awards, announced each year at the annual Hashtag Sports conference, which recognizes excellence in fan engagement.

Founding members include Jill Gregory (Chief Marketing Officer, NASCAR), Jarvis Sam (Talent Sourcing & Diversity Recruiting, Nike), Alex Flanagan (Partner & Head of Women’s Growth, The Familie V2), Taylor Rooks (Talent, Turner Sports), Tyger Danger (Director of Communications, Bleacher Report), Shiz Suzuki (AVP Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing, AT&T), Dev Sethi, (Head of Sports, Instagram), TJ Adeshola (Head of U.S. Sports, Twitter), Blake Stuchin (VP, Digital Media Business Development, NFL), and Sarah Crennan (Head of Content, Yahoo Sports/Verizon Media).

Building on this foundation, Hashtag Sports will add industry partners and select new members to support the initiative’s growth and reflect the perspectives of all key industry stakeholders, including athletes, teams, leagues, federations, sponsors and advertisers, agencies, talent, and media companies.

“Now, more than ever in the midst of the global pandemic and racial unrest in the United States, we have an opportunity to unite and catalyze through collaborative coalitions that will build a rising tide out of the economic losses experienced and the calls for action expressed by black Americans,” said Anthony Caponiti, CEO & Founder at Hashtag Sports.

“The Engagement Academy’s working committee will advocate for the industry to proactively build organizations that represent all genders, backgrounds, and voices and to do so with purpose and accountability. It’s challenging yet simple—executive leadership, content creators, and marketers should look and think like their fans,” added Caponiti.

After months of organization, the committee will begin working this month in the lead up to Hashtag Sports 2020 on October 21-22 to combine existing market research with first-hand knowledge and experience. This work will include evangelizing the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce and encouraging sports and entertainment executives to pledge a business commitment to the advancement of opportunities for women and minorities in the workplace, with a focus on enabling the next generation of marketers and content creators.

Individuals and organizations interested in supporting the effort may reach out directly to Emily Black at the contact information listed below.

Emily Black, Hashtag Sports
emily@hashtagsports.com
479-518-1224

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Hashtag Sports 2020 Announces Inaugural Sports Betting Media Summit

Half-Day Summit Set to Explore Fan Engagement and Monetization Opportunities

NEW YORK, NY – February 13, 2020

Hashtag Sports, the most influential conference, awards, and community for media and marketing professionals across sports and entertainment, has launched its inaugural Sports Betting Media Summit, set to take place on June 17th, 2020 at The TimesCenter in New York City.

Presented by boutique research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, the Summit will begin at noon on the second day of Hashtag Sports 2020 and effectively doubles the amount of sports betting content previously offered as part of the annual conference programming.

As legalized sports betting rapidly expands across the United States following the Supreme Court’s strike down of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, fan engagement opportunities abound for leagues, teams, brands, and media companies. A survey by the Seton Hall Sports Poll found that 70% of Americans are more likely to watch a game that they bet on.

“As the sports and entertainment industry rapidly evolves, so does our programming including the introduction of new summits and experiences to educate our attendees,” said Anthony Caponiti, CEO of Hashtag Sports. “Our goal is to fuel the rising tide of sports media and content consumption, and sports betting is poised to create a more dynamic fan and engaged consumer in North America.”

The Summit will emphasize education surrounding sports betting’s importance to fan engagement experts and will focus on critical areas including content strategy, streaming’s impact on in-play betting, growth of online and mobile sportsbooks, advertising impact, and content partnerships. A three-hour seminar led by sports media veteran Chris Russo will expand upon immediate revenue and monetization opportunities for sports teams and publishers.

Confirmed speakers include executives from Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, Bleacher Report, Monterosa, FanDuel, SBTech, William Hill, Phenix RTS, and PointsBet with dozens more to be announced.

Executives interested in speaking at the summit are encouraged to submit here: https://nyc.hashtagsports.com/speaking-submission.

For sponsorship inquiries, please reach out directly to emily@hashtagsports.com.

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About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® is the premier and authoritative global event celebrating, recognizing, and educating people who excel at creating engaging experiences for sports fans and consumers.

In a few short years, the Hashtag Sports conference and The Hashtag Sports Awards, judged by The Engagement Academy of Sports & Entertainment, have become the industry standard for benchmarking fan engagement and understanding the rapid changes in consumer behavior brought on by the rise of digital media, technology, and culture as a currency.

Held annually each June in New York City, this year’s conference will feature the inaugural Sports Betting Media Summit at Hashtag Sports educating audiences on the hottest trend and biggest growth opportunity in the North American sport world. For more information, visit https://hashtagsports.com.

About Eilers & Krejcik Gaming:

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming is a boutique research and consulting firm focused on sports betting as well as servicing gaming equipment and interactive gaming within the global gaming industry. Primary services include market research, company research, and advising clients, primarily online casino operators and gaming regulators among others. For more information, visit https://ekgamingllc.com.

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Hashtag Sports 2019 Announces Full Speaker Line-Up

Dana White and Julian Edelman to Head Roster of 120 Executives and Athletes for Annual Hashtag Sports Conference

NEW YORK, NY – June 24, 2019

Hashtag Sports, the industry’s most influential conference, awards, and community for media and marketing professionals, has released the final roster of speakers for the 4th Annual Hashtag Sports Conference taking place June 26-27, 2019 at the TimesCenter in New York City.

Notable professional athletes include the New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Benny Snell Jr., New York Giants’ Evan Engram, and two-time NBA Champion, entrepreneur, and investor Baron Davis while sports industry executives include UFC President Dana White and NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern along with other major industry leaders from Amazon, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bleacher Report, Converse, DAZN, ESPN, Facebook, Google, Hulu, IBM, Instagram, Kraft Heinz Company, Moet Hennessy, SAP, Turner Sports, and Univision among others. Media personalities set to make appearances include ESPN’s Mina Kimes and Thursday Night Football’s Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm.

“As the shape and direction of the industry constantly evolves, so does our speaker lineup,” said Steve Cobb, co-founder of Hashtag Sports. “2019 is one of our most dynamic speaker lineups yet, representing a wide range of sports, leagues, backgrounds, and expertise from all corners of the industry.”

Additional speakers include:

  • Geoff Collins, Head Coach Georgia Tech Football
  • Carola Jain, CMO Spartan Race
  • Katie O’Reilly, CMO Philadelphia 76ers
  • Tim Clark, Chief Digital Officer & SVP NASCAR
  • Renie Anderson, CRO & EVP of Partnerships NFL
  • Scott Langerman, CEO ACE Media
  • Howard Mittman, CEO Bleacher Report
  • Connor Schell, EVP of Content ESPN


For a full list of Hashtag Sports 2019 speakers visit hashtagsports.com/speakers.

In addition to the more than 70+ speaker-led sessions held over two days, the event will feature original content showcases and performances including live athlete podcasts, SportsFronts, and the Hashtag Sports Comedy Hour at Bleacher Report featuring an all-star lineup celebrating the convergence of sports and entertainment.

Full conference agenda and session details can be found at hashtagsports.com/agenda.

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About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® is the leading global event celebrating, recognizing, and educating people who excel at engaging sports fans and consumers. In a few short years, the Hashtag Sports has become the industry standard for benchmarking fan engagement and understanding the rapid changes in consumer behavior brought on by the rise of digital, technology, and culture as a currency. Held annually in New York City, this year’s event will feature The Inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards and 120+ speakers representing a diverse mix of thought leaders, decision makers, athletes and, influencers. For more information, visit https://hashtagsports.com.

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Inaugural Shortlist Unveiled for The Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser

Scott Rogowsky to host live show June 25 at TimesCenter in New York City to recognize most engaging sports brands, agencies, properties, athletes and influencers

New York, NY – May 29, 2019 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports, the industry’s most influential conference and community for media and marketing professionals, has announced the finalists for The Inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser.

The Awards honor excellence in fan and consumer engagement with a live show hosted by digital star Scott Rogowsky on June 25, 2019 at The TimesCenter in New York City to kick off the 4th Annual Hashtag Sports Conference.

Finalists and winners were determined by the newly established Engagement Academy of Sports & Entertainment, a prestigious group of CMOs, executives, athletes, and other engagement experts from across the global sports media and marketing ecosystem.

Shortlist highlights for Brands & Properties categories include seven nominations for millennial sports media publisher Bleacher Report and six for brand experience agency Momentum Worldwide.

"We were blown away by the quality and number of entries received in the first year of the awards,” said Steve Cobb, Co-Founder of Hashtag Sports. “The Academy did an amazing job identifying the work that will shape the future of fan engagement, and we look forward to celebrating the organizations and talent who have raised the bar for effective engagement as we kick off Hashtag Sports 2019.”

In addition to finalists in more than twenty Brands & Properties categories, winners of eleven Athletes & Creators categories have been revealed ahead of the show. Selected by a combination of fan voting on social media and peer judging by the Engagement Academy, winners include JuJu Smith-Schuster, Charlotte Flair, The F2, Colin Kaepernick, and Pat McAfee among others.

2019 Shortlist – Brand & Properties:

Best Integrated Campaign

  • American Express Jersey Assurance (Momentum Worldwide)
  • Good Karma Payout (PointsBet / North 6th Agency)
  • Focus On (Bose)
  • Rival Hug (FIFA / Jung von Matt)
  • This is Our Ice (ICF Next)
  • #zLAtan (LA Galaxy)

Best Multi-Platform Campaign

  • Double Clasico (beIN SPORTS USA / VMLYR Miami)
  • New Level of In (Chicago Cubs)
  • Purple Reign (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Rookies Drawing Logos (NFL)

Best Social Media Campaign

  • Brees-A-Thon by The Checkdown (NFL)
  • Lifetime Tattoo Ticket (Hertha BSC / Jung von Matt)
  • NHL Fan Choice Awards (NHL)
  • Rival Hug (FIFA / Jung von Matt)
  • #zLAtan (LA Galaxy)

Breakthrough Sports Ad of the Year

  • Who is Kevin Love? (R/GA / Banana Republic)
  • We Got Now: Kawhi Leonard | New Balance Basketball (The Rec League)

Best Athlete Storytelling

  • Dear Kyle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Lou Williams: Live from the Underground (LA Clippers)
  • Run With Us: Home (Chicago Bulls)
  • Snow Pack: Shaun White’s Horrific Crash (Yahoo Sports)
  • The People (The Ohio State University)
  • Visa Defeats FIFA World Cup FOMO (Visa / Endeavor Global Marketing)

Best Branded Content Series

  • Hockey 101 with Snoop Dogg (NHL)
  • House of UA (House of Highlights)
  • IBM & Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Poster Series (MKTG)
  • JCPenney Style Stories (Bleacher Report)
  • SAP GM School (Momentum Worldwide)
  • Who is Kevin Love? (R/GA / Banana Republic)

Best Fan-Generated Content

  • Believing in Miracles (Minnesota Vikings)
  • FanSided/Sports Illustrated NFL Preview (MKTG)
  • Lifetime Tattoo Ticket (Hertha BSC / Jung von Matt)

Best Original Content or Programming

  • Behind the Scenes with the Storytellers: New York Jets (Libris by Photoshelter)
  • Face to Face (LaLiga)
  • #NBATwitteris… (Twitter)
  • SkoLOL (Minnesota Vikings)
  • The Breakdown (Chicago Cubs)
  • The Grind (Canadian Football League)

Best Real-Time Engagement

  • Bleacher Report (Bleacher Report)
  • ESPN x 2018 NBA Finals (ESPN)
  • Farewell Jersey (beIN SPORTS USA / VMLYR Miami)
  • Kit Launch Wallpaper Wednesday (Atlanta United FC)
  • Real-Time Custom Fantasy Team Logos (NFL)
  • SportsCastr Social First Screen (SportsCastr)

Best Website or Mobile Experience

  • 2018 TCS New York City Marathon App (New York Road Runners / TCS)
  • Bleacher Report (Bleacher Report)
  • ‘See The Puck’ Mobile Campaign (San Jose Sharks / Rover)
  • SportsCastr (SportsCastr)
  • theScore (theScore)

Outstanding Use of Instagram

  • Farewell Jersey (beIN SPORTS USA / VMLYR Miami)
  • @HouseofHighlights (House of Highlights)
  • @NBAKicks at NBA All-Star 2019 (NBA)
  • NFL Throwback (NFL)
  • The Brotherhood (Duke Men’s Basketball)
  • @theScore (theScore)

Outstanding Use of Snapchat

  • Skol Scribbles (Minnesota Vikings)
  • NFL Highlights: Snapchat Discover Story (NFL)
  • Premier League: Extra Time (NBC Sports Group)
  • Showtime Sports: Wilder vs. Fury (Showtime Networks)

Outstanding Use of Twitter

  • 2 Chainz “Rap Or Go To The League” Emoji (Def Jam Recordings)
  • @BleacherReport (Bleacher Report)
  • #NBATwitterLive (NBA)
  • The Metro by T-Mobile Purple Couch (Lagardere Plus)

Outstanding Use of Facebook

  • CFL Game Time (Canadian Football League)
  • DAZN Surpasses 295 Million Facebook Video Views (Grabyo / DAZN)

Best Engagement through Epsorts

  • IEM Katowice 2019 (ESL)
  • NBA 2K League (NBA 2K League)
  • State Farm Esports Partnerships (ReKTGlobal)
  • theScore Esports (theScore)
  • The Overwatch League: World Class Ecosystem (Activision Blizzard)

Best Use of Culture, Music, or Entertainment

  • 2 Chainz x LeBron James “Rap Or Go To The League” (Def Jam Recordings)
  • Brooklyn Nets City Edition Campaign (BSE Global)
  • Mostly Football (Yahoo Sports / Complex Media)
  • @NBA x UnitedMasters (NBA)
  • “The Bullchelor” Starring Robin Lopez (Chicago Bulls)
  • Who is Kevin Love? (R/GA / Banana Republic)

Best Activation to Reach Young Fans

  • B/R Kicks Presents: The Drop Up (Bleacher Report)
  • Cox Flight Speed 4D Experience (Cox Communications)
  • Skol Scribbles (Minnesota Vikings)
  • NBA TikTok: #AllStarTalent Challenge (NBA)

Best Engagement Through A Live Event

  • All-Star Access: A Front-Row Seat to All-Star Week (MLB Network)
  • Minnesocial: The Minnesota Vikings Fan-Focused Gameday (Minnesota Vikings / Tagboard)

Best Event-Based Activation

  • 2018 NBA Draft Social Circuit (NBA)
  • Australian Open #EmiratesPlay (Tennis Australia / Brizi)
  • IBM at the US Open (IBM)
  • Rival Hug (FIFA / Jung von Matt)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens (CSM)

Best Use of Immersive Media

  • Cox Flight Speed 4D Experience (Cox Communications)
  • NASCAR Playoffs AR Experience (NASCAR)
  • SAP Battles from the Bench (Momentum Worldwide)
  • The Drone Racing League (DRL)

Best Use of Technology

  • American Express Super Rally (Momentum Worldwide)
  • Artificial Intelligence = Athlete Insights (Miro AI)
  • CBS Sports: Google Assistant Ultimate Fantasy Advisor (CBS Interactive)
  • Fox Sports World Cup Highlights Machine (Thuuz)
  • IBM & ESPN Fantasy Football (IBM)
  • ShotTracker Broadcast Solution (ShotTracker)

Best Engagement for Good

  • Dear Kyle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Hockey’s Declaration of Principles (NHL / The Vault)
  • Kevin Durant Charity Foundation (KDCF)
  • Rival Hug (FIFA / Jung von Matt)
  • Touchdowns Against Cancer (Pledge It)

Most Creative Partnership With an Athlete or Influencer

  • American Express Jersey Assurance (Momentum Worldwide)
  • CAHILLTEX (TLA Worldwide)
  • NHL’s Jason Zucker Co-Designs for a Cause (Lola Pro Sports Marketing)
  • Rock Your Routine - With UCHealth, the Colorado Rockies and Charlie Blackmon (UCHealth)
  • Who is Kevin Love? (R/GA + Banana Republic)

Most Creative Partnership Without An Athlete or Influencer

  • #BarstoolDoesDaytona (Barstool Sports / NASCAR)
  • Minnesota Vikings and 3M Light Up U.S. Bank Stadium Purple (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Natural Light Beer - Race Resume (M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment)
  • SAP GM School (Momentum Worldwide)
  • The AI Revolution in High School Sport (PIxellot / NFHS Networks)
  • #TheDebut - Live High School Basketball Games (Twitter / Gatorade / Intersport)

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2019 Winners – Athletes & Creators:

Best Female Athlete on Social Media

  • Charlotte Flair

Best Male Athlete on Social Media

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster

Best Creator

  • The F2

Best Athlete Show or Series

  • Tom vs. Time

Best Sports Podcast

  • The Pat McAfee Show 2.0

Best Parody or Comedy Account

  • Bob Menery

Best Streamer

  • Ninja

Social Highlight Star

  • Katelyn Ohashi

Most Gif-Worthy

  • Gritty

Best Engagement for Change

  • Colin Kaepernick

Best Engagement for Good

  • LeBron James

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For more information on The Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser, visit https://awards.hashtagsports.com.

For more information on The Engagement Academy, visit https://awards.hashtagsports.com/academy.

About Hashtag Sports:
Hashtag Sports® is the leading global platform celebrating and educating people who excel at engaging sports fans and consumers. In only three years, the Hashtag Sports Conference has become the industry standard for benchmarking fan engagement and understanding the rapid changes in consumer behavior brought on by the rise of digital, technology, and culture as a currency. Held annually in New York City, this year’s event will feature the inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards and 120+ speakers, including Dana White, Carola Jain, Connor Schell, Howard Mittman, Mina Kimes, David Stern, and more. For more information, visit http://www.hashtagsports.com.

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Hashtag Sports Unveils First Annual Hashtag Sports Engage 150 List

Inaugural editorial list recognizes the 150 agencies that best engage consumers through U.S. sports and fan culture across more than 20 areas of expertise

New York, NY – March 26, 2019

Hashtag Sports, the industry’s leading conference, awards, and community for sports media and marketing professionals, has unveiled The Hashtag Sports Engage 150. It is the first and only editorial list of agencies excelling in fan and consumer engagement through the lens of U.S. sports and fan culture.

Just as The Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser were created to establish an industry benchmark for engagement excellence, The Hashtag Sports Engage 150 is designed as a resource to guide brand marketers seeking new agency partners for sports-related projects and features profiles that showcase each agency’s core capabilities, relevant clients, notable work, and RFP contact information.

“In today’s rapidly changing and digital-first world, effectiveness is synonymous with engagement,” said Anthony Caponiti, Co-Founder of Hashtag Sports. “We created this list to establish an industry resource and benchmark by recognizing the elite agencies that are truly transcending the status quo for sports-led content, campaigns, and experiences and establishing the new rules of engagement.”

Hashtag Sports accepted submissions throughout the first three months of 2019. The agencies recognized on this list were selected by editorial staff based on criteria that include: demonstrated expertise in U.S. sports, athletes, and fan culture; ability to drive effective engagement across multiple sports-related projects and platforms; award-winning work in sports; and bold displays of innovation and creativity that push the industry forward. The 150 agencies selected for this inaugural list are proven experts in helping their clients leverage the unique power of sports to authentically engage consumers.

For more information on The Hashtag Sports Engage 150, please visit https://hashtagsports.com/engage-150.

For more information on The Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser, please visit https://awards.hashtagsports.com.

About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® is the leading global platform celebrating and educating people who excel at engaging sports fans and consumers. In only three years, the Hashtag Sports Conference has become the industry standard for benchmarking fan engagement and understanding the rapid changes in consumer behavior brought on by the rise of digital, technology, and culture as a currency. Held annually each June in New York City, this year’s event will feature the inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards celebrating work reflecting excellence in engagement from brands, agencies, sports properties, publishers, and athletes. For more information, visit https://hashtagsports.com.

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Athlete & Creator Nominees Announced for The Inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards

Budweiser will be Presenting Sponsor of Inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards taking place June 25, 2019 at The TimesCenter in New York City

New York, NY – March 6, 2019

Hashtag Sports announced today the official nominations of the ten Athlete & Creator categories for the inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser, which honor excellence in fan engagement across more than thirty categories. The Awards will take place June 25, 2019 at The TimesCenter in New York City.

The Awards represent an important expansion of Hashtag Sports’ industry-leading conference to showcase the game-changing work of brands, agencies, publishers, and sports properties.

“Athletes and creators play a key role in the engagement ecosystem and have a unique ability to amass audiences and build authentic direct-to-fan relationships,” said Steve Cobb, Co-Founder of Hashtag Sports. "It’s only right the best talent is also recognized side-by-side the industry’s best work.”

Winners for the ten Athletes & Creators categories will be determined by a combination of fan voting and the newly established Engagement Academy for Sports & Entertainment, a prestigious group of CMOs, executives, athletes, and other engagement experts from across the global sports media and marketing ecosystem. Fans may vote now through March 29 using unique hashtags on Twitter.

Notable Academy members who will be voting on these categories include:

  • Baker Mayfield
  • Jemele Hill
  • Martellus Bennett
  • Gotham Chopra
  • Jay Williams
  • Michael Ratner
  • and more

Notable athletes and influencers who received nominations for their efforts in building direct-to-fan relationships on digital and social platforms include:

  • Tom Brady
  • Joel Embiid
  • Lindsey Vonn
  • FamousLos
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Katie Nolan
  • Ninja
  • Pat McAfee
  • CC Sabathia
  • Aly Raisman
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • and many more

Highlights include Katelyn Ohashi’s nomination for Social Highlight Star stemming from a pair of viral gymnastics routines that generated over 100M views on social media, Chloe Kim whose mid-competition Tweet about breakfast outshined her Olympic gold medal, and Tom Brady’s Tom vs. Time series on Facebook Watch which gave 50M fans an inside look into the Super Bowl champ’s otherwise private life.

2019 Hashtag Sports Awards Nominees

Best Male Athlete on Social Media

  • Boban Marjanovic
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Adam Rippon
  • Alex Bregman
  • Tom Brady
  • Joel Embiid

Best Female Athlete on Social Media

  • Charlotte Flair
  • Chiney Ogwumike
  • Lindsey Vonn
  • Sydney Leroux
  • Chloe Kim
  • Naomi Osaka

Best Creator

  • The F2
  • Taylor Rooks
  • Katie Nolan
  • Scooter Magruder
  • Rachel DeMita
  • Rob Perez

Best Social Highlight Star

  • Dude Perfect
  • Kendall Coyne
  • Katelyn Ohashi
  • Mac McClung
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Zion Williamson

Best Parody or Comedy Account

  • Gritty
  • What He Looks Like
  • Barstool Big Cat
  • Dragonflyjonez
  • Bob Menery
  • Capt. Andrew Luck

Best Streamer

  • Ninja
  • KittyPlays
  • Demetrious Johnson
  • Castro_1021
  • Dr Disrespect
  • Timthetatman

Best Original Show or Series

  • I Am More: OBJ
  • Martellus Bennett: Mostly Football
  • Parking Lot Chronicles
  • The Famous Los & Filayyyy
  • Tom Brady
  • Behind Baker

Best Sports Podcast

  • The Mina Kimes Show
  • R2C2
  • The JJ Redick Podcast
  • Glass Case of Emotion
  • The Pat McAfee Show 2.0
  • The Fighter & The Kid

Best in Engagement for Good

  • Serena Williams
  • Shaquem Griffin
  • DrLupo
  • PK Subban
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • LeBron James

Best in Engagement for Change

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chris Long
  • Breanna Stewart
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Aly Raisman
  • Colin Kaepernick

For a full list of categories and more information on The Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser, visit https://awards.hashtagsports.com.

About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® is the leading global platform celebrating and educating people who excel at engaging sports fans and consumers. In only three years, the Hashtag Sports Conference has become the industry standard for benchmarking fan engagement and understanding the rapid changes in consumer behavior brought on by the rise of digital, technology, and culture as a currency. Held annually in New York City, this year’s event will feature the inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards and 120+ speakers representing a diverse mix of thought leaders, decision makers, athletes and, influencers. For more information, visit www.hashtagsports.com.

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Hashtag Sports Launches New Awards Show to Honor Excellence in Fan Engagement

Budweiser will be Presenting Sponsor of The Inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards taking place June 25, 2019 at The TimesCenter in New York City

New York, NY – March 5, 2019 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports, the industry’s most influential conference and community for sports media and marketing professionals, has unveiled The Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser to celebrate excellence in fan and consumer engagement. The live awards show will take place June 25, 2019 at The TimesCenter in New York City to kick off the 4th annual Hashtag Sports Conference.

Following three years of explosive growth for the Hashtag Sports Conference, the Awards represent an important expansion of the industry-leading event to showcase the game-changing work of brands, agencies, publishers, and properties across more than 30 categories. Athletes and influencers will also be recognized for their key roles in the engagement ecosystem and unique ability to amass audiences and create authentic direct-to-fan relationships.

“Connecting with consumers through sports and fan culture is a critical skill for marketers so it’s only right that the best work is recognized on the industry’s biggest stage,” said Steve Cobb, Co-Founder of Hashtag Sports. "Based on early entries and b support from innovative and creative organizations, we’re confident these awards will inspire and fuel the future of fan engagement.”

Winners will be determined by the newly formed Engagement Academy for Sports & Entertainment, a prestigious group of CMOs, executives, athletes, and other engagement experts from across the global sports media and marketing ecosystem who will play a key role in helping establish benchmarks for effective engagement. The Academy's mission is to continually enhance the fan experience by recognizing excellence in fan and consumer engagement, while championing diversity and new ideas to galvanize the industry and better serve sports fans in the digital age.

Early members of The Engagement Academy include:

  • Heidi Browning – Chief Marketing Officer, NHL
  • Martellus Bennett – Athlete & Founder, Imagination Agency
  • Lisa Murray – Chief Marketing Officer, Octagon
  • Gotham Chopra – Founder, Religion of Sports
  • Jay Williams – Athlete & Sports Personality
  • Melissa Brenner – EVP Digital Media, NBA
  • Michael Ratner – Chief Executive Officer & Founder, OBB Pictures
  • Tina Davis – SVP Corporate Sponsorships & Marketing, Citi
  • Jemele Hill – Writer & Creator
  • Dev Sethi – Head of Sports, Instagram
  • Jennifer Storms – Chief Marketing Officer, NBC Sports
  • Larry Weintraub – Chief Innovation Officer, The Marketing Arm
  • Sandra Lopez – GM & VP, Intel
  • Mick Batyske – DJ & Entrepreneur
  • Carola Jain – Chief Marketing Officer, Spartan Race

“We’re thrilled to support Hashtag Sports in this awards initiative to inspire the industry and raise the bar on fan and consumer engagement,” said Nick Kelly, Head of U.S. Sports Marketing for AB InBev. “Sports is a leading consumer passion point, and it’s important that we all work together to celebrate new meaningful ways to connect with fans through sports-led content, campaigns, and experiences.”

Entries for the inaugural awards are now open and will be accepted through April 5. Prices increase on March 15 and categories include:

  • Most Creative Partnership With an Athlete
  • Breakthrough Sports Ad of the Year
  • Best Social Media Campaign
  • Best Real-Time Engagement
  • Best Fan-Generated Content
  • Best Branded Content or Series
  • Best Use of Esports or Gaming
  • Best Connected Experience
  • Best Use of Culture, Music, or Entertainment

Fans are also able to vote for the most engaging athletes and sports influencers using Twitter hashtags through March 29. Fan-voting categories include:

  • Best Male Athlete on Social Media
  • Best Female Athlete on Social Media
  • Best Social Highlight Star
  • Best Sports Podcast
  • Best in Engagement for Good
  • Best in Engagement for Change

For a full list of categories and more information on The Hashtag Sports Awards Presented by Budweiser, visit https://awards.hashtagsports.com.

About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® is the leading global platform celebrating and educating people who excel at engaging sports fans and consumers. In only three years, the Hashtag Sports Conference has become the industry standard for benchmarking fan engagement and understanding the rapid changes in consumer behavior brought on by the rise of digital, technology, and culture as a currency. Held annually in New York City, this year’s event will feature The Inaugural Hashtag Sports Awards and 120+ speakers representing a diverse mix of thought leaders, decision makers, athletes and, influencers. For more information, visit www.hashtagsports.com.

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Hashtag Sports 2018 Announces Full Speaker Line-Up

Steve Stoute and Hope Solo Headline Roster of 200 Executives and Athletes for Annual Industry Conference

New York, NY – June 21, 2018 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports, the industry’s largest and most diverse gathering dedicated to sports content, culture and innovation, today unveiled the final roster of speakers for Hashtag Sports 2018 taking place June 25-27 in New York’s Times Square.

Professional athletes including the NFL’s Ju-Ju Smith Schuster and U.S. Soccer star Hope Solo, sports and marketing industry executives including Translation CEO Steve Stoute and leaders from ESPN, WWE, FOX Sports, NBA and NHL among others, and media personalities including ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Katie Nolan, will take part in the three-day event at the TimesCenter in Times Square. Speakers for Hashtag Sports 2018 will include:

Athletes and Talent:

  • Hope Solo (Soccer)
  • Ju-Ju Smith Schuster (NFL)
  • Mike Greenberg (ESPN)
  • Victor Cruz (NFL)
  • Ryan Blaney (NASCAR)
  • Katie Nolan (ESPN)
  • Jay Williams (The Players’ Tribune)
  • Omar Raja (House of Highlights)
  • Josh Norman (NFL)
  • Ryan Howard (MLB)
  • Marques Colston (NFL)

Industry Executives:

  • Steve Stoute, CEO & Founder Translation
  • Tom Rogers, Founder CNBC
  • Heidi Browning, CMO NHL
  • Ed Ehrhardt, President Global Sales & Marketing ESPN
  • Alicia Tillman, CMO SAP
  • Jennifer Storms, CMO NBC Sports
  • Sandra Lopez, GM & VP Intel
  • Erika Nardini, CEO Barstool Sports
  • Bonin Bough, Producer & Host Cleveland Hustles
  • Shelley Zalis, CEO & Founder The Female Quotient

For a full list of Hashtag Sports 2018 speakers, go to hashtagsports.com/speakers.

In addition to the more than 70+ sessions held over three days, the event will feature original content showcases and performances including live athlete podcasts, the SportsFronts, and the Hashtag Sports Comedy Hour at Bleacher Report featuring an all-star lineup celebrating the convergence of sports and entertainment.

The full conference agenda and session details can be found at hashtagsports.com/schedule.

To secure your seat at this year’s event and to find out more information about Hashtag Sports 2018, go to hashtagsports.com.

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Hashtag Sports Announces Lineup for First-Ever Full Day “SportsFronts” at 2018 Annual Conference

ESPN, FOX Sports, WWE, YouTube, Hulu, Oath, Bleacher Report, and Barstool Sports Among Leading Media Companies Presenting at Hashtag Sports in NYC

New York, NY – June 18, 2018 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports, the industry’s largest gathering dedicated to sports content, culture and innovation, today unveiled the final lineup for its SportsFronts presentations held during its annual three-day conference in New York. This year’s SportsFronts take place on Wednesday June 27 at the TimesCenter in Times Square and will mark the first-time-ever that it will encompass a full-day schedule of presentations, discussions, and announcements from over a dozen of the leading sports broadcast and digital media companies.

“There is no other event in the industry that delivers this breadth of diverse opinions, creative insights, bold predictions, and candid discussions on hot-button topics,” said Hashtag Sports Co-Founder Steve Cobb. “The continued growth of our SportsFronts series provides a powerful platform for executives, marketers, and creators to showcase what’s next in sports media and discover how today’s connected fan consumes and engages with premium sports content.”

Hosted by sports journalist and on-air personality LZ Granderson, the full-day agenda will feature executives and talent from the most prominent broadcasters, publishers and platforms serving the connected fan. Speakers will include ESPN President of Global Sales and Advertising Ed Erhardt, WWE Co-President Michelle Wilson, YouTube Global Head of YouTube TV and Originals Marketing Angela Courtin, and Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini. Participating media personalities and athletes include Mike Greenberg, Victor Cruz, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Jay Williams.

“Extending SportsFronts to an entire day underscores the excitement today’s leading sports media executives have about showcasing the latest content, partnerships and innovations making sports-viewing more engaging, enjoyable, and compelling for today’s young, tech-savvy audience,” said Hashtag Sports Co-Founder Anthony Caponiti. “We couldn’t be more excited that Hashtag Sports has become the premier event and platform to provide a unique lens on both what is happening now and what lies ahead as the worlds of sports and entertainment continue to converge.”

The 2018 SportsFronts will feature presentations, interviews and panels to an audience of brand marketers, media buyers and industry professionals seeking to reach and engage the highly-coveted 13-34 year old demographic of digital-native, multi-platform sports fans and consumers.

The morning session, beginning at 9:30 am ET, will include:

  • 9:30am - Opening Words with LZ Granderson
  • 9:35am - DAZN
  • 10:00am - Hulu
  • 10:20am - Oath
  • 10:45am - YouTube
  • 11:30am - WWE
  • 11:50am - ESPN

The afternoon session, kicking-off at 1 pm ET, will feature:

  • 1:00pm - Bleacher Report
  • 1:45pm - Industry Panel
  • 2:30pm - FOX Sports
  • 2:50pm - The Players’ Tribune
  • 3:15pm - Barstool Sports
  • 3:35pm - SB Nation
  • 4:00pm - UNINTERRUPTED

The SportsFronts, first introduced by Hashtag Sports in 2015, will also feature an industry panel discussion titled “Disrupting Sports Media: A Look Ahead” featuring author and host of Cleveland Hustle Bonin Bough, Head of Digital Media for the NBC Sports Group Rick Cordella, Twitter’s Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships TJ Adeshola, and Fancred President Andrew Miller. The day will close with a special live recording of The Victor Cruz Show podcast featuring Victor Cruz and Paul Rivera.

To secure your seat at this year’s event and to find out more information about all three days of Hashtag Sports 2018, go to hashtagsports.com.

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Hashtag Sports to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell

New York, NY – June 30, 2017 (GlobeNewswire)

What:

Hashtag Sports will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to celebrate a successful week of innovation and thought leadership that gathered executives, entrepreneurs, athletes and influencers from across the global sports economy.

In honor of the occasion, Steve Cobb & Anthony Caponiti, Co-Founders of Hashtag Sports, will ring the Closing Bell.

This year’s event (#HS17), featuring over 175 speakers and 1,200 attendees, was held on June 26-28, 2017 at The TimesCenter and Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square, NYC.

Where:

Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Friday, June 30, 2017 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® is an innovation conference and thought leadership platform that explores key trends and technologies in sports across media, advertising, sponsorship, content, and culture. Held annually in New York City, this year’s three-day industry event featured 50+ sessions and 175+ speakers representing leading brands, agencies, properties, rightsholders, publishers, startups, investors and athletes. Hashtag Sports is the most diverse gathering of thought leaders, decision makers, and influencers across the sports economy and innovation ecosystem, providing a media-friendly platform to learn, collaborate, and evolve. For more information, visit www.hashtagsports.com.

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to 3,800 total listings with a market value of $11 trillion. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.com

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Innovative Leaders in Sports, Media, and Tech To Gather At Hashtag Sports

Athletes and Executives from Microsoft, Verizon, ESPN, Twitter, and NFL Among Over 100 Confirmed Speakers

New York, NY – May 25, 2017 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports, a new innovation conference and thought leadership platform, has unveiled its preliminary agenda and initial lineup of 100+ confirmed speakers from leading media, marketing, and sponsorship executives representing the global sports ecosystem.

Hashtag Sports will feature 175+ speakers in Times Square to explore the trends and technologies around sports, media, content, and culture. The three-day event will take place on June 26-28, 2017 at the TimesCenter and Microsoft Technology Center and confirmed speakers include:

“Our speakers represent the industry’s best and brightest when it comes to understanding and shaping the evolving sports media landscape and Millennial fan experience” says Steve Cobb, co-founder of Hashtag Sports. “No other event dives as deep into understanding and serving the needs of today’s connected fan, which is showcased by our diverse speaker roster and comprehensive agenda.”

A full list of the first 100 speakers can be found at http://hashtagsports.com/speakers.

Hashtag Sports’ preliminary agenda includes the following programming tracks and sessions filled with original insights and announcements:

  1. Content & Distribution (Presented by Verizon Digital Media Services): Sessions include The Future of OTT: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Televised, The Evolution of SportsCenter, and The State of Streaming Audio in Sports.
  2. Athletes & Creators: Sessions include Beyond the Digital Megaphone: What’s Next in Athlete Activism, Going Live with Twitter, and Nickelodeon + NFL = A Dream Team.
  3. Fan Engagement (Presented by Omnigon): Sessions include Soccer in the States: A Digital Coming of Age Story, FANchise: Taking Fan Engagement to the Extreme, and Industry 2020: A Vision for the Future of Engaging Fans.
  4. Sponsorship & Advertising: Sessions include Building Lifelong Affection with Generation Z Kids in a Hyper-Competitive Market, and Pasion for Sports: How Hispanics are Driving the Future of Sports Marketing.
  5. Esports & Gaming (Presented by Genius Sports): Sessions include Esports: Big Buzz or Big Business, How to Effectively Capture the Esports Fan, and The Real Road Ahead for Esports.
  6. Transformational Analytics (Presented by Microsoft): Sessions include Data Intelligence is the New Black, Unlocking a World of Content & Data with Affordable Automated Technology, and Evolving Athlete Performance through Predictive Outcomes & Sports Analytics.
  7. Investment & Startups: Sessions include Where Investors Are Placing Their Bets in Sports Technology, and OneTeam Collective: Inside the First Athlete-Driven Accelerator.

In addition, Hashtag Sports will host a startup program to empower early-stage companies in the sports innovation ecosystem. Startups will receive one-on-one sessions with seasoned industry veterans, who are able to offer advice and expertise on starting, growing, and scaling successful sports businesses.

The conference agenda and session details can be found at https://nyc.hashtagsports.com/schedule.

To register for conference passes, please visit https://nyc.hashtagsports.com/register.

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About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® is an innovation conference and thought leadership platform that gathers over 1,000 attendees to discuss key trends and technologies in sports across media, content, sponsorship, and advertising. Held annually in New York City, the three-day industry event features 50+ sessions and 175+ speakers representing leading brands, agencies, properties, rightsholders, publishers, startups, investors and athletes. Hashtag Sports is the most diverse gathering of thought leaders, decision makers, and influencers across the sports economy and innovation ecosystem, providing a media-friendly platform to learn, collaborate, and evolve. The next Hashtag Sports will be held on June 26-28, 2017 at The TimesCenter and Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square, NYC. For more information, visit www.hashtagsports.com

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Six Leading Digital Media Networks for Millennial Sports Fans Kick Off Inaugural SportsFronts in Brooklyn

Founding participants - Whistle Sports, The Players’ Tribune, Bleacher Report, FloSports, Nitro Circus, and ThePostGame - Present to Brand Marketers and Advertisers Looking to Reach Young Sports Fans

New York, NY – September 24, 2015 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports today announced the schedule for the inaugural SportsFronts series to be held during the 3-day Hashtag Sports conference expo and conference at the Brooklyn EXPO Center on October 20, showcasing six leading digital networks creating original video programming for millennial sports fans.

The 2-hour event will consist of a series of engaging presentations from prominent digital-first sports publishers, offering innovative content formats and partnerships with some of the world’s premier teams, leagues, brands, and athletes.

Sports is among the most popular and engaging genres for young viewers and is well-positioned to thrive in an increasingly fragmented media landscape and rapidly evolving multi-screen world. According to Nielsen's 2014 Year in Sports Report, viewers 18-34 posted a 53% increase in digital viewing from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014.

The SportsFronts’ six inaugural participants will each present to an audience of brand marketers and media buyers seeking to reach and engage the elusive 13-34 year old demographic of digital-native, multi-platform sports fans and athletes. The rapid growth of digital video advertising combined with the unique media consumption habits of young sports fans makes for a truly exciting event. View the full schedule below to learn more.

3:20pm ET – Whistle Sports

“Whistle Sports is a Social Sports Media Company that entertains, engages and empowers today’s generation with fun, real, cool, and unexpected content and activations. We attract a highly-engaged, 13-34 year old Millennial audience of avid sports video viewers who are sports, video, digital, social, and brand influencers.

3:40pm ET – The Players' Tribune

"The Players’ Tribune is a new digital media platform dedicated to empowering athletes with the tools they need to tell their stories. Founded by Derek Jeter, the site features first-person essays, an array of video content, podcasts, and original photography, bringing fans closer to the games they love while providing a unique insight into the daily sports conversation."

4:00pm ET – Bleacher Report

"Bleacher Report, a division of Turner Sports, is the leading digital destination for team-specific sports content and real-time event coverage, and is one of the fastest-growing digital properties in the United States. We take a cutting-edge approach to sports content production and delivery based on the most relevant information for each sports fan. With that, we keep fans 'in the know' and ahead of the game at all times."

4:20pm ET – FloSports

“FloSports is a leading sports media company that is unlocking a world of sports coverage via original programming and live streaming video of sports such as wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, elite fitness, track and field, softball, gymnastics and more. FloSports plans to take attendees into our world of sports, athletes, live events, and make you 'Feel The Sweat'.”

4:40pm ET – Nitro Circus

“One of the most prolific content production entities in sports, Nitro Circus creates full length feature films, heart wrenching documentaries, network TV specials, unscripted reality TV series, numerous digital series, right down to 15 second Instagram clips and Snapchat stories.”

5:00pm ET – ThePostGame

"Sports fans are the most engaged of all consumer audiences and TPG Studios, the creative services and production division of ThePostGame, has pioneered content marketing to this crucial group. With original video programming ranging from custom segments to 18-episode series, TPG Studios has created some of the most provocative, arresting and inviting ad content for brands engaging the full spectrum of sports fans."

“With this impressive lineup for the inaugural 2015 SportsFronts, we are anticipating great interest and excitement from marketers and media agencies seeking to reach and engage today’s young sports fan through premium original digital video programming,” says Steve Cobb, Co-Founder of Hashtag Sports. “Sports fans have demonstrated an insatiable appetite for original video programming across social, mobile, online, and OTT platforms, and we are excited to showcase some of the leaders in this new wave of sports media brands for the digital era.”

Lead partners and sponsors of Hashtag Sports conference 2015 include: Barclays Center, IBM, Whistle Sports, and Telescope.

For more information about the SportsFronts, go to hashtagsports.com/sportsfronts and follow the conversation on Twitter at #SportsFronts.

For questions or media inquiries about Hashtag Sports, please contact press@hashtagsports.com.

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About SportsFronts:

The SportsFronts is a new annual series of presentations created to connect brand marketers and media buyers with digital publishers and content creators that reach young sports fans. The goal is provide a marketplace and platform for the new wave of innovative sports digital networks to tell their stories, announce new programming, and connect with brand marketers.

About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® festival is a 3-day expo and conference that will showcase how digital media and emerging technologies are shaping the future of sports. With over 100 executive speakers and 30 cutting-edge exhibitors covering topics ranging from virtual reality to daily fantasy sports, this event will be critical to discovering the unique challenges and opportunities presented by today’s connected fan and athlete.

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Hashtag Sports Festival Expo and Conference in Brooklyn Gathers Leaders in Sports, Media, and Tech

Over 30 Companies at Forefront of Sports Tech Innovation Assemble at Brooklyn EXPO Center for Inaugural Industry Exhibition

New York, NY – September 09, 2015 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports, organizers of the industry leading #SportsConf virtual conference series, announce the inaugural Hashtag Sports conference expo and conference set to take place in Brooklyn, NY on October 20-22 and gather innovators at the convergence of sports, media, and technology.

This groundbreaking 3-day event will showcase how digital media and emerging technologies are shaping the future of sports covering a diverse range of topics including virtual reality, social platforms, daily fantasy sports, eSports, OTT, mobile ticketing, predictive analytics, and wearables. Over 80 thought leaders will present from Twitter, Facebook, FanDuel, ESPN, AMEX, AIG, FC Bayern Munich, NASCAR, NBA, Whistle Sports, The Players’ Tribune, Showtime Sports, and more.

Notable speakers include Danny Keens, Head of Sports Partnerships for Twitter; Elisa Padilla, SVP and CMO for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center; John West, CEO and co-founder for Whistle Sports; and Patrick Willis, former San Francisco 49ers All-Pro Linebacker.

More than 30 cutting-edge tech companies and startups including IBM, STRIVR Labs, Athos, Catapult, Krossover, Second Spectrum, Next Galaxy, Vulcun, Grabyo, Omnigon, and Telescope will be exhibiting across 30,000 square feet at the new Brooklyn EXPO Center in Greenpoint. The expo floor, Innovation Stage interviews, and Opening Night Party will be accessible to sports industry professionals, startup founders, and investors with a free Expo-Only pass.

“Disruptive macro trends in technological innovation such as mobile, social, big data, and IoT are rapidly transforming how fans watch and experience sports,” says Steve Cobb, co-founder of Hashtag Sports. "Niche sports are reaching global audiences in real-time, young tech-savvy fans are consuming and producing social content at dizzying paces, and a new wave of digital-first media brands catering to this multi-platform, cord-cutting audience is emerging. All this has created substantial challenges, confusion, and opportunity."

“It is our goal to bring together the entire sports industry and create a much-needed platform for innovation, discovery, and education surrounding this new generation of connected fans and athletes,” adds Anthony Caponiti, Hashtag Sports co-founder. “We couldn’t think of a better place to host this event than the sports capital of the world.”

Conference programming spans two stages of keynotes, exhibitor demos, panels, workshops, and TED-style presentations designed to educate and inform today’s sports marketer. View the full agenda to learn more.

Day 1 will feature the inaugural "SportsFronts" presentations from six leading digital media brands that reach millennial sports fans. Chat Sports will bring its prestigious “Minds Behind the Game” series back to New York City with a Day 2 afternoon keynote panel on athlete investors. Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will host a special invite-only closing breakfast, panel, and tour at Barclays Center on Day 3.

Lead partners and sponsors of Hashtag Sports conference 2015 include: Barclays Center, IBM, Whistle Sports, and Telescope.

To register for the free expo or purchase conference passes, please visit https://nyc.hashtagsports.com/register.

For questions or media inquiries, please contact press@hashtagsports.com.

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About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® produces events and content that drive innovation at the convergence of sports, media, and technology. Our #SportsDaily email newsletter and global conferences now reach a growing community of over 45,000 professionals including more than 300 teams and leagues.

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#SportsConf Virtual Conference Unites Leaders of Sports, Media, and Technology

Free Educational Event on February 18th and 19th Assembles over 70 Thought Leaders to Explore Convergence of Sports, Media, and Tech

New York, NY – February 18, 2015 (PRWeb)

Hashtag Sports will host a free virtual conference on February 18th and 19th that brings together thought leaders from around the world to explore the convergence of sports, media, and technology in a global online summit designed to inform, innovate, and inspire. The two-day event will also feature 1-on-1 interviews with Whistle Sports’ CEO, John West, and Golden State Warriors’ small forward, Andre Iguodala.

What: #SportsConf is an online conference and conversation with more than 20 interactive Google+ Hangout panels, presentations, and interviews covering the future of mobile video, daily fantasy sports, eSports, virtual reality, OTT, predictive analytics, wearable tech, and much more.

When: Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 19th, 2015 from 10am EST – 6pm EST.

Who: Speakers include 70+ thought leaders from NBC Sports, STATS, AEG, Nitro Circus, New Balance, Catapult Sports, Liverpool FC, Twitch, Atlanta Hawks, theScore, Stanford Athletics, Player’s Tribune, San Francisco Giants, and more. Sports professionals and fans alike are invited to join the conversation on social media and participate in live speaker Q&A.

Why: Technological innovation is revolutionizing how we watch, analyze, play, and experience sports. #SportsConf will conveniently connect an international audience of industry professionals to discuss trends and share best practices surrounding technology’s growing impact on sports with a focus on media, mobile, gaming, data, and wearables.

Register: Register at http://www.hashtagsportsconf.com to view the live Google+ Hangout presentations and panels.

Participate: Follow @Hashtag_Sports on Twitter and join the #SportsConf discussion.

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About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports™ produces events and content that drive innovation at the convergence of sports, media, and technology. Our #SportsDaily email newsletter and global conferences reach a growing community of over 50,000 professionals including more than 100 teams and leagues.

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Hashtag Sports Presents Inaugural #SportsConf, Powered by Google+

Over 60 leaders in sports, social media & technology unite for first-of-its-kind virtual conference.

New York, NY – January 13, 2014 (PRWeb)

Thought leaders from around the world will come together today to explore how social media and technology are disrupting the sports industry in a virtual conference powered by Google+.

This open online event will feature representatives from leading sports brands, teams, leagues, agencies, networks and startups in a series of live interactive panels, case studies, interviews and Q&A sessions from 10:00am EST – 6:30pm EST.

"The goal of #SportsConf is to conveniently and affordably connect a global audience of sports digital marketers and industry professionals to network, learn, share and innovate," said Steve Cobb, Co-founder and Partner of Activ8Social. "This event will be the largest single usage of Google+ Hangouts on Air in any industry to date."

Participating organizations include the San Francisco 49ers, Everton FC, ESPN, Google, USA Today Sports, Red Bull, Octagon, NBA, Mashable, USOC, Bleacher Report, Turner Sports, Deadspin, Wasserman, Bloomberg Sports and over 40 other leading sport and technology brands.

The conference will feature an action-packed agenda that includes topics ranging from social media's influence on the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2014 World Cup to content creation strategies and in-stadium fan engagement. Cisco, Hendrick Motorsports, Tagboard and the Green Sports Alliance will present case studies.

The day will conclude with back-to-back Hangouts featuring professional athletes Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Team USA and Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, among others.

For free registration to #SportsConf, please visit www.hashtagsportsconf.com, and to learn more about Activ8Social, please visit www.activ8social.com.

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About Activ8Social:

Activ8Social is a digital agency that specializes in driving fan engagement and loyalty for sports, entertainment and lifestyle brands. Activ8Social affects change for clients though a growing network of strategic partners and properties that extend its reach and relevance to an international sports audience. In 2011, Activ8Social created Hashtag Sports as a free daily email newsletter to curate the top stories in sports, social and tech. It has since grown to an industry leading publication.

About Hashtag Sports

Hashtag Sports® is the leader in curation for sports, social and tech through its growing network of properties and events that include the #SportsDaily email newsletter, #SportsAwards series and #SportsConf virtual conference.

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