Wharton Sports Business Summit 2018

Tickets for the 2018 WSBS can be found here.

Join us on Friday, November 9th for the second annual Wharton Sports Business Summit, a collaboration between the Wharton Undergraduate Sports Business Club and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. Founded last year, the inaugural Summit was headlined by speakers such as Don Smolenski and Aileen Dagrosa, President and Senior Vice President / General Counsel of the Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, as well as Josh Harris, Principal Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils and Founder of Apollo Global Management.

This year, the Wharton Sports Business Summit strives to continue to grow, inform, and connect this community of current and future leaders in the sports industry. Through a series of keynote discussions, panels, workshops, research presentations, a career fair and more, it is to be a full day of learning and networking. With more than 30 speakers and nearly 20 companies engaged in recruiting efforts, attendees will be able to learn from and build their networks with a number of prominent figures from across the industry. Held in Huntsman Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, the Summit is also designed to bring students from Penn and other schools together with industry leaders from across the country. Dress code is business formal; lunch will be provided and the event will be capped off with a happy hour from 5pm - 6pm.

Featured Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote

  • Scott O'Neil, CEO, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

Afternoon Keynote

  • Jeff Luhnow (W'89, EAS'89), GM & President of Baseball Ops, Houston Astros


Draft Day Analytics: Decision Making in Sport & Evaluating Players Beyond the Numbers

  • Moderator: Cade Massey, Practice Professor, The Wharton School

  • Glenn DuPaul, Director of Basketball Analytics, Brooklyn Nets

  • Scott Freedman (WG'18), Director of Baseball Operations, Philadelphia Phillies

  • Mike Lombardi, former NFL GM and front office executive, current NFL insider for The Athletic and The Ringer

  • Stu Siegel (W'85), Founder & CEO, HockeyTech

Sports Content Distribution & Monetization

  • Moderator: Eric Fisher, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

  • Amy Geary (WG'06), VP Content Acquisition, Comcast

  • Zack Weiner (C'14), CoFounder & President, Overtime

  • Laurie Shackell, Account Executive, Turner Sports

  • Will Deng (W'04), Director of Media Strategy, NFL

Social Activism Through Sport

  • Moderator: Ken Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute and Professor Emeritus at the Wharton School

  • Scott Shirley, Founder & CEO, PledgeIt

  • Melanie LeGrande, VP of Social Responsibility, MLB

  • Jeremy Goldberg, President, LeagueApps

  • Julie Hirshey, Director of Community Relations, Philadelphia Eagles

Sports Journalism

  • Moderator: Dan Shanoff, former columnist at ESPN, current Partner at Five Out Media

  • Chris Stone, Editorial Director, Sports Illustrated

  • Jenny Vrentas, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated and The MMQB

  • Oskar Garcia, Deputy Sports Editor, Associated Press

Investment Opportunities in Sports

  • Moderator: Mitchell Ziets (W'84), CEO, Tipping Point Sports

  • Debbie DiVito, SVP Sports Finance & Advisory, Citi

  • Caroline Rebello (W'03), Principal, Evolution Media Capital

  • Wayne Kimmel, Founder and Managing Partner, SeventySix Capital

Breakout Sessions

M&A in Sports: Inside the Carolina Panthers Acquisition

  • Charles Baker, Co-Chair, Sports Industry Group, O'Melveny & Myers

Sports Agency

  • Andrew Brandt, former VP of the Green Bay Packers, current contributor to ESPN, The Athletic, & The MMQB

Sports Media: The Economics of Advertising and Television Sports

  • Bruce Lefkowitz (C'87), EVP, Fox Networks


  • Moderator: Jeff Eisenband, Senior Editor, ThePostGame

  • Tucker Roberts (W'13), President, Philadelphia Fusion

Sports Gambling

  • Eliot Crist, Sports Product Manager, The Quant Edge

The Future of the Fan Experience Powered by CLEAR

  • Alex Magid, Sports Partner Manager, CLEAR

Breaking Into the Front Office: How to Get Your Start in Sports

  • Sergi Oliva, Senior Director of Analytics & Strategy, Philadelphia 76ers

  • Brendan Harris, Player Development & Pro Scouting, Los Angeles Angels

  • Theo Feder, Quantitative Analyst, New York Yankees

Career Fair Attendees

  • Philadelphia 76ers


  • Leagueside

  • Madison Square Garden

  • Major League Baseball

  • National Football League

  • Penn Athletics

  • Philadelphia Eagles

  • Philadelphia Flyers

  • Philadelphia Phillies

  • Philadelphia Union

  • The Quant Edge

  • Scout Sports & Entertainment

  • Turnkey

  • Wasserman

  • Wells Fargo

Tentative Schedule of Events

8:00 AM: Check In

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM: Morning Keynote

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM: Two Panels & One Breakout Session

  • "Draft Day Analytics" Panel

  • "Sports Content Distribution & Monetization" Panel

  • "Sports Gambling" Breakout Session

11:10 AM - 11:25 AM: Networking Break

11:35 AM - 12:25 PM: Two Breakout Sessions & Lunch

  • "M&A in Sports: Inside the Carolina Panthers Acquisition" Breakout Session

  • "Breaking into the Front Office" Breakout Session

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM: Two Breakout Sessions & Lunch

  • Research Presentations

  • "The Future of the Fan Experience Powered by CLEAR" Breakout Session

1:25 PM - 2:15 PM: Two Breakout Sessions & One Panel

  • "Social Activism Through Sport" Panel

  • "Sports Media: The Economics of Advertising & Television Sports" Breakout Session

  • "Sports Agency" Breakout Session

2:25 PM - 2:45 PM: Networking Break

2:55 PM - 3:45 PM: Two Afternoon Panels & One Breakout Session

  • "Investment Opportunities in Sports" Panel

  • "Sports Journalism" Panel

  • "eSports" Breakout Session

3:55 PM - 4:45 PM: Afternoon Keynote

4:50 PM: Closing

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Happy Hour at Smokey Joe's (210 S. 40th St. 18 to enter, 21+ to drink w/ valid ID)

Interested in Sponsoring the Wharton Sports Business Summit?

Email the planning committee at usbcupenn@gmail.com to learn about the various partnership opportunities, including customizable packages

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Turner Sports, the Philadelphia 76ers, Fox Sports, and Clear!