Tomorrow, sports industry leaders from across the country will convene at Harvard Law School for the 8th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium. A student-run conference, the Ivy Sports Symposium enables leaders and executives to share best practices and knowledge with their peers and potential successors. The event rotates being held among Ivy League institutions; this year, it’s being held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
ESPN will be represented by company leaders including Executive Vice President Disney & ESPN affiliate Sales and Marketing David Preschlack; Vice President, espnW Laura Gentile; Matthew Berry, senior fantasy sports analyst; and Andrew Brandt, NFL business analyst.
Panel topics include entrepreneurism, sports and social impact, the future of sports television, in-stadium innovations, and international expansion. More than 500 attendees are expected.
Brandt, a former Green Bay Packers executive who joined ESPN in February 2011, is on a panel focused on athlete marketing and representation.
“As a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, I have participated in the event for a few years and have always found it to be informative and interesting,” Brandt said. “This year, I am privileged to join a panel discussing collective bargaining in major sports leagues, presenting alongside executives from the NBA, NFLPA, NHLPA and more. The panel, as well as many from the Symposium, pulls back the curtain on the inside world of sports.”
espnW’s Gentile will be making her Symposium debut. She will participate on a panel focused on digital media.
“I am honored to share the stage with some of the best in the digital media business,” she said. “The Symposium provides an excellent platform for leaders in the sports industry to share best practices and we at espnW are excited to share our successes.”
Berry will moderate a panel focused on fantasy sports and gaming. Preschlack will be on a panel exploring the future of sports television.