SportsPro's virtual event series
The go-to place to connect, engage with and learn from sports’ global leaders.
Uniting thousands of sports professionals from 112 countries, the series has returned in 2021 to tackle the most urgent topics facing the business of sports. Join us online to hear how sports leaders are overcoming their challenges, and to secure the frameworks and new thinking allowing their organizations to thrive.
Each session is free-to-attend, with upcoming events in the 2021 schedule set to address; Esports, Matchday Experience, Sponsorship, OTT & Broadcast and much more.
Esports & Gaming
Understand the growth and opportunities of esports as it reshapes entertainment.
19 May | 1pm – 4pm BST
Guidance to keep your fans safe, engaged and spending in a post-pandemic world.
16 June | 1pm – 4pm BST
Discover the hybrid sponsorships dominating a blurred world of physical and digital.
July 21 | 1pm – 4pm BST
OTT & Broadcast – A New Age of Sports
August 18 | 1pm – 4pm BST
Hearthstone Streamer & Competitor
Slysssa is a Hearthstone Battlegrounds streamer and competitor for Team Liquid. A former school teacher and coach of three sports, Slysssa chose to pursue a career as a full-time streamer after experiencing health issues as a result of her job. She had her first taste of esports competitions while at a DreamHack Hearthstone event, and since then Slysssa has competed at several World Series of Esports tournaments, winning the December 2020 Hearthstone Battlegrounds 10K with her Fade 2 Karma teammate TwleveWins. She currently plays on both the North American and European Hearthstone leaderboards, and streams full-time.
Anne Marie Giantusos
Chief Marketing Officer
Drone Racing League
Anne Marie Gianutsos is the Chief Marketing Officer at The Drone Racing League (DRL), the global, professional drone racing property. Prior to DRL, she served as CMO at Berkshire Hathaway’s luxury real estate company Houlihan Lawrence. Before that, she held senior-level marketing positions at NBC, NewsCorp, and Conde Nast. She is currently a judge for the prestigious International Webby Awards and was recently named a Business Council of Westchester 40 under 40 member. As a founding member of professional mentoring network W.O.M.E.N in America, Anne Marie takes pride in advocating for equal opportunity for all in the workforce.
Craig Levine is co-CEO at ESL, the world’s largest esports company. In his current role, Levine leads the global business strategy and operations. Previously, Levine served as CEO of North America and Global Chief Strategy Officer, focusing on strategic partnerships and strengthening ESL’s digital platforms and technology to engage fans and players worldwide.
Levine has helped pioneer the esports industry for over 20 years. As a longtime gamer, Levine founded Team 3D, the first truly professional and successful video game team in North America, in April 2002. In addition, Levine also co-founded ESS Agency, an event marketing and technology
company specializing in video game entertainment. ESS Agency was acquired by ESL in 2014 to expand ESL’s global footprint to North America.
Levine holds a B.S. in Information Systems and Management and Organizational Behavior from the Stern Business School at New York University.
Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion
As Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion for the National Basketball Association, Melissa Palarea develops and manages partnerships and programming to help the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League build and sustain an inclusive and equitable culture, and to recruit, retain and advance diverse talent at all levels. In her role, she oversees inclusion learning experiences for the league, leverages partnerships with a variety of affinity and professional organizations, and serves as a leadership resource and staff support for the NBA’s seven employee resource teams.
Palarea previously worked in the NBA’s Communications and Marketing departments, where she led executive, internal and fan communications for the league office. Prior to joining the NBA in 2008, Palarea was Public Affairs Manager for the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she was the first person to hold that position. Previously, she held roles with Americans for the Arts, a national arts advocacy organization, and U.S. Representative Stephen Horn in the House of Representatives.
Palarea holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in New York City with her husband and their three children.
Alex J. Nuñez
Partnerships & Advertising Lead, EA SPORTS Madden NFL
General Manager, Marketing & Commercial Growth
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