We’re still working on the agenda for our Summer 2019 Conference, but in the meantime take a look at the panels and speakers from our Winter Conference below.
DAY 1 – TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
*Please note: Agenda and Speakers are subject to change.
10:00 am – 10:30 am
The Power of Purpose: Do Well by Doing Good
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Why should fantasy sports businesses consider raising money and donating to charitable causes? Our panelists will briefly highlight the charitable work currently occurring in the fantasy industry, but focus on the tremendous potential for growth in this area. Specifically, they will explain the various ways that companies can “do well by doing good” and how companies, and the industry as a whole, will benefit from an increased commitment to social impact.
|Stephania Bell||Injury Analyst||ESPN|
|Scott Fish||Founder||The Scott Fish Bowl;|
|Andy Holloway||Host||The Fantasy Footballers|
|Ramin Mohajer||Director of Operations||How I Decide Foundation|
|Lou Raiola||Founder||The Purpose Alliance|
Flag on the Play – “Off Sides”: Where is the Line of Scrimmage?
11:15 am – 12:10 pm
This panel of experts will provide insights on the line between fantasy sports games and sports betting and where the proverbial neutral zone might be found. This panel will provide perspectives to Game Creators, B2C Operators, and anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the factors affecting legal game play nationally and of potential business opportunities on the horizon in and around the sports industry following the demise of PASPA. Learn from a former professional league executive, an iGaming expert and an operator as they discuss expanding game offerings nationwide. Each panelist will share their experiences and insights as they discuss strategies for going to market in this ever evolving regulatory framework.
|Glenn Colton||Partner||Arent Fox|
|Jennifer O’Sullivan||Partner||Arent Fox|
|Mark Balestra||US Special Counsel, iGaming law||Segev LLP|
|Ari Borod||VP Fantasy Sports||The FanDuel Group|
Lunch & Awards
12:10 pm – 1:00 pm
Awards presentation part 1: Paul Charchian & Awards Committee
- Best Fantasy Commissioner
- Best App
- Best News and Analysis Site
- Innovator of the Year
- Fantasy Business of the Year
- Small Fantasy Business of the Year
Fan Empowerment: Giving More Control Over Outcomes
At the heart of the appeal of fantasy play is fan empowerment and engagement. Fantasy sports allows fans to control their own roster of players in a way that previously only real life general managers could. As the fantasy sports industry continues to grow in its fourth straight decade, companies are inventing new, fascinating ways for fans to break down the barriers that separate the most ravenous fans from the sports teams and players they love. This panel highlights several of those companies and explains why fan empowerment is good business to be in.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
|Rick Wolf||Founder||Full Moon Sports Solutions|
|Jason Chilton||Head of Football Experience||Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL)|
|Mat Sposta||Founder and CRO||The Crown League|
|Nathan Lindberg||Sr. Director, Global Sponsorship Sales||Twitch|
Elevator Pitch & Awards
The FSTA Elevator Pitch is a contest for up-and-coming fantasy businesses and those that have a revolutionary product/service who pitch their innovative idea to a crowd. Interested in joining the program and being a pitch participant? Learn more here.
Awards presentation part 2: Paul Charchian & Awards Committee
- Best Season Long Fantasy Sports Game
- Best Daily Fantasy Sports Game
- Best Data Provider
- Most Outstanding Social Media
- Rookie of the Year
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Affiliate Marketing in the Post-PASPA Age
Legalization of sports betting in several states is opening up a significant new revenue opportunity for fantasy sports content providers. Affiliate marketing professionals from both the operator and affiliate sides discuss what it takes to get a piece of the pie.
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
|Charles Gillespie||CEO||Gambling.com Group|
|Adam Kaplan||VP, Content Business & Operations||The FanDuel Group|
|Erica Anderson||Director of Marketing||Income Access|
What Data Is Actually Important, and More Importantly, What Data Just Doesn’t Matter Anymore?
With all of the overlap between fantasy sports and sports betting, what data should we care about and why? What data will help us grow our businesses? What data is most valuable to consumers? What data doesn’t matter anymore? What are the most exciting areas of data innovation? Our moderator, Brad Evans, will explore all of these questions and more during our panel discussion with some of our industry’s most distinguished leaders in the areas of data analytics and product management.
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
|Brad Evans||Fantasy Sports Columnist, Personality||Yahoo! Fantasy Sports|
|Elling Hofland||Product Manager||Sportradar|
|Kenny Kendrena||VP Product & Sales||Inside Edge|
|Gregory Karamitis||SVP Product||DraftKings|
FSTA Experts League Baseball Draft
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Post-Draft Party (onsite)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
Breakfast & Awards
Join fellow conference attendees for a morning breakfast and great networking opportunity. An FSTA Board member will also be available at each table so you can learn about the latest organizational developments and voice your ideas to the leadership.
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Awards presentation part 3: Paul Charchian & Awards Committee
- Best Podcast
- Best Radio Show
- Best Long Form Video Show
- Host of the Year
- Analyst of the Year
- Elevator Pitch Winner
Intersection of Gaming with the FSTA
10:00 am – 11:00 am
TopGolf Networking Event (add-on, extra registration fee)
Join us at Topgolf for a fun event filled with networking, heavy hors d’ oeuvre’s, unlimited beer & wine, and golf! We will provide transportation from the hotel and back. Want to know more about Topgolf? Click Here.
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm