SportsPro Live 2015: 10 reasons to join us on 12th March

23 February 2015 | Posted in SportsPro Blog | By David Cushnan | Contact the author

SportsPro Live 2015: 10 reasons to join us on 12th March

SportsPro Live returns on Thursday 12th March, at London’s Emirates Stadium. This year’s theme is ‘How to Build the Ultimate Sports Event’, and we’re assembling a day of high-level debate and punchy conversation featuring many of the sports industry’s major players.

If you’re still in doubt about whether to join us, here are ten reasons to come. To book your seat, visit

The CEO of WME was the driving force, along with Patrick Whitesell, for the Hollywood talent agency’s takeover of IMG early last year, and Emanuel will be making a rare appearance in London to discuss the newly-monikered WME | IMG and the wider sports industry, in an in-depth on-stage interview with SportsPro editor James Emmett.

There are few more qualified to offer an opinion on how to stage a successful sports event than Barry and Eddie Hearn. The father and son Matchroom Sport executives will take to the stage to discuss boxing – Eddie masterminded last year’s sell-out at Wembley Stadium between George Groves and Carl Froch – as well as darts, snooker and, most probably, anything else that takes their fancy.

SportsPro Live’s overarching theme in 2015 is events and we’ll recognise the importance of broadcasters and broadcast to a successful delivery in an afternoon session, presented by Dolby Laboratories, led by Eurosport parent firm Discovery Networks International. JB Perrette, Discovery Networks International’s president, will be joined by Racecourse Media Group and Racing UK chief executive Richard FitzGerald, Perform chief executive Simon Denyer and, providing an insight into the French league’s relationship with Qatar’s BeIN Sport, Mathieu Ficot, the chief commercial officer of Ligue de Football Profesional.

As well as Emanuel, we’ll be joined by several leading figures from the United States to provide essential perspectives from across the Atlantic. Al Guido, chief operating officer of the San Francisco 49ers, will be on hand to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Levi’s Stadium, the team’s new ultra-modern home venue. The hospitality chat, meanwhile, will be served up by Shervin Mirhashemi, president and chief operating officer of Legends.

Technology will be a talking-point, as ever, and we’ve assembled some of the sharpest minds in the sector to discuss how it can be used to maximise the fan experience, the broadcast product and is influencing modern-day sports venues in a host of ways. Senior figures from Omnigon, Seven League, Deltatre, Liverpool FC and Surrey County Cricket Club will be our guides.

For the first time at SportsPro Live, we’ll be showcasing the best of the sports industry in our Technical Area. Confirmed exhibitors include the UIPM, Deltatre, Feeling Sport, Cambridge Imaging, Dolby Laboratories, Clipper Ventures and DotFans; you won’t want to miss it.

The planning and delivery process for several major sports events of the near future will, of course, be on the agenda. England 2015 Rugby World Cup chief executive Debbie Jevans will provide an update on a tournament now just months away, while Sally Bolton, who ran the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, will be on stage to discuss preparations for the London 2017 World Athletics Championship. Leading names from Silverstone, the IAAF, NBA and FEI, organisations all with major events on the way, will also be joining us on stage.

Talking of the future, SportsPro Live will also be an opportunity to learn more about eSports. The world of professional video gaming may be an alien concept for some, but the numbers don’t lie: it is growing quickly and organisations like Gfinity, the UK’s leading eSports platform, are making hay, with the help of significant agencies such as Pitch International. Neville Upton, Gfinity’s founder, will be speaking at SportsPro Live.

At last year’s SportsPro Live, once the cameras had been switched off, we held the first SportsPro Great Debate, a meeting of minds featuring some of the biggest names in the sports industry. By popular demand, we imagine, the Great Debate returns this year as the grand finale of SportsPro Live 2015, with another contentious topic on the agenda.

It’s included in the ticket price and it’s not to be missed: if you were with us last year, you’ll know what we mean…

SportsPro Live 2015 takes place on Thursday 12th March at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. To see the full speaker line-up and agenda, visit and for all the latest build-up follow @SportsProLive. SportsPro Live is presented by Odgers Berndston. Our platinum partner is DotFans, while our event partners are Omnigon, Clipper Ventures, Whitestone International, the IAAF and Repucom.

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