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JohnWallStreet Presents: The Sports & Media Track at iGaming Next

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JohnWallStreet Presents: The Sports & Media Track at iGaming Next

NEXT Summit New York 2024 is North America’s premier iGaming and Sports Betting conference.

The two-day event (March 6-7) has historically drawn a collective of institutional investors and industry insiders. NEXT partnered with JohnWallStreet this time around to broaden its subject matter and appeal.

Below is the lineup for the JohnWallStreet Sports & Media Track on March 7. We plan to announce the keynote speaker in the days ahead.

You can buy your ticket to the conference here. Make sure to use the promo code JWSNYC. It’ll save you 5% and support our efforts.

The two-day event will sell out (it does every year). So, don’t delay!


Thursday, March 7th

08:30am – 9:15am 

Coffee & Registration

9:15am – 9:20am Opening Remarks

Corey Leff, Founder, JohnWallStreet

9:20am – 9.50am Keynote Address

Moderator: Corey Leff, Founder, JohnWallStreet

Keynote Speaker: TBA

9:50am – 10:15am Leveraging Sports Data to Drive Trillion-Dollar League Valuations

Infinite Athlete is democratizing access to proprietary sports-centric data in a controlled and structured environment (think: Google Maps). Its platform empowers developers to create an unlimited number of new products that should help to keep sports valuations rising.

Moderator: Matt Restivo, CEO, Odds Jam

Charlie Ebersol, Founder, Infinite Athlete

10:15am – 10:40am Challenging the Establishment

With a database of over 100 million sports fans and a new way of measuring success Fanatics Sportsbook is working to upend the nascent OSB industry.

Moderator: Corey Leff, Founder, John WallStreet

Matt King, CEO, Fanatics Betting and Gaming

10:40am – 11:05am Capturing a Megatrend: The Convergence of Degeneracy, Entertainment, and Investment

Speculation and degeneracy covers a wide and growing swath of the economy now that crypto, sports betting, and daily options are at nearly everyone’s fingertips 24/7/365. Now smart money is beginning to follow.

Moderator: Jed Kelly, Managing Director, Equity Research, Consumer Internet, Oppenheimer & Co.

Howard Lindzon, General Partner, Social Leverage

Roger Ehrenberg, Managing Partner, Eberg Capital

Ethan Ehrenberg, Partner, Eberg Capital

11:05am – 11:25am Break

11:25am – 11:50am Micro-Betting’s Big Upside

Micro betting enables fans to wager on every moment of every game. By ’27, the fastest growing segment of in-play sports betting could represent $20 billion worth of handlealtering the way fans consume sports in the process.

Moderator: Corey Leff, Founder, John WallStreet

Joey Levy, Founder, Betr

11:50am – 12:15pm Venture Investment in Sports Betting

Sports betting’s diverse revenue streams and expanding audiences are driving venture investment. We’ll dive into where the money is going and where to look for the industry’s next unicorn.

Moderator: John Abbamondi, Founder & CEO, LongBall Capital

Julia Wittlin, Partner, RedBird Capital Partners

12:15pm – 12:40pm Local Sports’ Tenuous Future

Local rights comprise a significant portion of NBA, NHL, and MLB team revenues, and a large percentage of those dollars, tens of millions annually, are at risk of evaporating if the RSN model collapses. We’ll explore why the local landscape is shifting, the downstream effects, and project how it is bound to play out over the next half decade.

Moderator: Craig Sloan, President, Playfly Sports

Hank Ratner, Founder, Ratner Ventures

12:40pm – 1:05pm The Female Sports Betting Opportunity

Women represent nearly half of all sports fans but are the minority amongst core sports bettors. We’ll explore what teams, leagues, and operators can do to attract more female sports bettors and to drive them to bet more money on games.

Moderator: Ishwara Glassman Chrein, Former President, Chicago Fire FC

Riona Mohan, Head of Marketing, Betty Gaming

Val C. Martinez, Founder, Betting Ladies

Karina Martinez, Co-Founder, DRAFTED

1:05pm – 2pm Networking Lunch

2pm – 2:25pm Building a Next-Gen Sports Media Career

Content creators used to strive to work for the biggest platforms. Now many of those with large digital followings and an entrepreneurial spirit are simultaneously building their own media empires. We’ll shine a light on the ongoing evolution.

Moderator: Corey Leff, Founder, John WallStreet

Matthew Berry, Sr. Fantasy and Sports Betting Analyst, NBC Sports and Founder, Fantasy Life

2:25pm – 2:55pm The In-stadium Sports Betting Experience

Fans can now bet at a sportsbook inside of a stadium in several states. In many others, fans now wager on apps while at the game. But teams and leagues can do more to integrate sports betting into the in-stadium experience, and they will in the years to come.

Moderator: Jim Caruso, Chief Innovation Officer, Elevate Sports Ventures

Kenny Gersh, EVP, Media & Business Development, MLB

2:55pm – 3:25pm Reshaping the Broadcast and Streaming Experience

Live media rights are increasingly moving to broadcast networks and streaming platforms as the Pay TV universe shrinks. Reshaping the experience will be critical to keeping the next generation of sports fans engaged.

Moderator: Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Founder & CEO, SportsBubble

Jason Coyle, President, Stadium

Stephen Espinoza, Former President, Showtime Networks Inc

3:25pm – 3:55pm Leveraging the Gaming Halo

JohnWallStreet and Betting Hero recently collaborated on a field research study to better understand sports gaming’s strategic impact on media engagement and economics. We’ll dive into three of the biggest takeaways and discuss how sports properties might want to consider leveraging the findings.

Moderator: Ernie Ropas, Sr. Director of Product & Research, Betting Hero

Patrick Crakes, Principal, Crakes Media

3:55pm – 4:25pm An Intimate Conversation with Stephen A. Smith

Moderator: Corey Leff, Founder, John WallStreet

Stephen A. Smith, Journalist/Commentator, ESPN

4:25pm – 4:45pm Athlete-Owned Media: The Next Move?

An in-depth discussion with PlayersTV, an athlete-owned network dedicated to lifestyle and culture content. PlayersTV has 50+ athlete owners and investors that include Chris Paul, Travis Kelce, Damian Lillard, Dwyane Wade, Vernon Davis and Kyrie Irving.

Moderator: Christiana Yebra, CMO, nVenue

Deron Guidrey, Founder of PlayersTV

4:45pm – 5:10pm How Can Operators Grow Market Share?

Sports betting operators have largely focused on attracting those individuals most apt to wagering on games to date. We’ll explore what can be done to grow the pie, increase market share, and satisfy investor confidence.

Moderator: Adam Grossman, Founder, Block Six Analytics

Chris Bevilacqua, Co-Founder & CEO, Simplebet

Jeremy Stein, CEO, SportsGrid

Bill Yucatonis, Co-Founder, Pro League Network

Mike Salvaris, Co-Founder, Pro League Network

5:10pm – 5:15pm Closing


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