Inaugural Sports Innovation Conference To Be Held at Stanford April 9

Event Gathers Industry Leaders and Stanford Alumni To Discuss the Future of Sports

--()--For decades, the world of sports has trailed other industries in embracing innovation. However, a growing number of organizations have now accepted the value of business analytics and entrepreneurial thinking. Stanford alumni have been at the forefront of this effort and are returning to campus with other industry leaders to discuss the problems they are working to solve.

Amy Brooks, head of NBA Team Marketing and Business Operations (MBA '02), and Sam Hinkie, general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers (MBA '05), will be joined by panelists Joe Lacob (owner of the Golden State Warriors), Paraag Marathe (president of the San Francisco 49ers), and Andre Iguodala (player for the Golden State Warriors). Also participating will be leaders from ESPN, Google, the NFL, the Pac-12, the Sacramento Kings, the San Francisco Giants, the San Jose Sharks, and Wasserman Media Group.

The 2014 Sports Innovation Conference will feature eight panels on topics ranging from in-stadium analytics to media rights to venture capital, as well as morning and afternoon keynotes.

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Knight Management Center
655 Knight Way
CEMEX Auditorium (and surrounding classrooms)
Stanford, CA 94305-7298


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Registration: 8:00 am

Opening Keynote Address: 9:00 am

Morning Breakout Panels: 10:00 am

  • The Future of College Sports
  • A Fireside Chat on Sports Content
  • Innovations in Fan-facing Technology
  • Managing an Athlete's Brand in the 21st Century

Featured Presentations: 11:30 am

Afternoon Breakout Panels: 1:00 pm

  • The Future of Televised Sports — Online and on TV
  • The Intersection of Brands and Teams
  • Basketball Analytics and the Future of Data
  • Sports Technology and Venture Capital

Closing Keynote Address: 2:30 pm

For more information, including panelist bios, please visit:


Media interested in attending should contact Greg Viverito or Kyle Shackleton as soon as possible. Valid press credentials required for entry.

Greg Viverito, Stanford GSB,

Kyle Shackleton, Stanford GSB,


Conference attendees, including press, will be able to park in the Galvez parking lot for $8. A map is available at:!schedule/c15a8


Stanford Graduate School of Business
Greg Viverito, 314-803-1712
Kyle Shackleton, 650-520-8723

Release Summary

Stanford Graduate School of Business will hold its first-ever Sports Innovation Conference on April 9, 2014, featuring Joe Lacob of the Golden State Warriors and Paraag Marathe of the 49ers.


Stanford Graduate School of Business
Greg Viverito, 314-803-1712
Kyle Shackleton, 650-520-8723