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March 25, 2021 6:00 pm
Season 3

Duke Sports Business Conference 2021

with Duke Sports Business Conference
Sports Marketing, Branding & Influencers Journalism, Podcast & Creative Writing Social Impact

The inaugural Duke Sports Business Conference (DSBC) launches on Thursday, March 25, 6–9pm EST. DSBC is a student-led event committed to inspiring students to explore the intersection of sports and business.

Alex Rodriguez (Chairman & CEO of A-Rod Corp) and Jason Robins (CEO & Co-Founder of DraftKings) will be the featured keynote speakers, and the conference will include panelists from CAA Sports, ESPN, Twitter, and more!

Stay up to date by following @dsbconference on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Opening Keynote: 6–6:30pm EST

Fireside chat with:

  • Jason Robins ’03, CEO & Co-Founder, DraftKings
  • Devin Johnson, COO, The SpringHill Company

Sports Media Panel: 6:30–7pm EST

No longer do television broadcasts and print newspapers dominate the sports media landscape. The seismic shift toward social media and digital streaming has provided unprecedented coverage for fans to access athletes and teams, transforming the industry like never before. Featuring:

  • Zack Weiner, Co-Founder & President, Overtime
  • TJ Adeshola, Head of U.S. Sports, Twitter

Sports Marketing Panel: 7–7:30pm EST

The crux of the sports industry is the marketing of athletes, products, teams, and networks. As audiences and mediums evolve, the focus is shifting to digital/social marketing and promoting athletes’ voices. Featuring:

  • Laura Gentile ‘94, ESPN, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Social Media, ESPN
  • Mike Levine, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Board Member & Co-Head, CAA Sports

Future of Sports: Gambling Panel: 7:30–8pm EST

The legalization of sports gambling has revolutionized the sports viewing experience worldwide, expanded new viewership, and transformed fan engagement of every property. Moderated by Reggie Love, Duke Men’s Basketball Alum, Former Personal Aide to President Barack Obama, & Senior Advisor, Apollo Global Management, featuring:

  • Jason Sondag, Vice President, Strategy & Development, Chicago Cubs
  • Jamie Shea, Vice President, Sportsbook Operations, DraftKings

Social Justice in Sports Panel: 8–8:30pm EST

From Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, athletes have continually advocated for social justice. 2020 was an unprecedented year marked by a shift in how athletes and organizations promote change through their unique platforms. Sports is an arena where key stakeholders can inspire change to dismantle systemic racism and other forms of social injustice.

  • Nolan Smith, Director of Operations & Player Development, Duke Men’s Basketball
  • Sydney Colson, Veteran Player & Social Justice Council Member, WNBA

Closing Keynote: 8:30–9pm EST

Fireside chat with:

  • Alex Rodriguez, Chairman & CEO of A-Rod Corp
  • Ezra Kucharz, Adjunct Professor, Duke University & CBO, DraftKings

About DEMAN Live

We know that finding a job/internship in all industries during these unprecedented times is confusing and stressful. We are here to help with DEMAN Live—a new Zoom series featuring conversations with alumni working in creative industries to help students and alumni navigate careers and opportunities during this time.