Sport Business Conference At The University of South Dakota

Bringing the advancement of the Sports Business World to the Midwest.

Vermillion, South Dakota

Take Exit 26 onto Highway 50 right off of Interstate 29

Places to Eat:

  • McDonalds
  • Taco Johns
  • Subway
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Red's Steakhouse
  • Old Lumber Company

Places to Stay:

  • Red Roof Inn
  • Best Western Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Prairie Inn Motel

April 21 & 22



12:00-2:00- eSports: The New Playing Field


  • Mark Burns- Senior Writer, SportTechie
  • Happy Walters- CEO, Catalyst Sports & Media
  • Matthew Kauffman- Head of Sports & Entertainment Partnerships, Intel

Speaker Panels

3:00-5:00- Future of Sports Media


  • John Stankey- CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group
  • Bill Koeing- President, Global Media Distribution of the NBA
  • Chad Millman- Editor in Chief, ESPN The Magazine

6:00- Friday Night Key Note Speaker: Bill Sutton

(Professor at University of South Florida, Author, Consultant)


10:30-12:00- Morgan Lunz (Executive Assistant/HR Coordinator at Portland Timber)

Speaker Panels

1:00-3:00- Sport Science: Extending The Athlete's Peak Perfomance


  • Christie Aschwanden- Lead Science Writer,
  • Brian Kopp- President, North America, Catapult Sports
  • Ryan Deatrick- Assistant Director for Football Performance at Houston
  • Stephen Smith- CEO and Founder, Kitman Labs

4:00-6:00- Marketing to Millennials


  • Marcus Collins- Senior Vice President of Social Engagement
  • Howard Handler- Chief Marketing Officer of the MLS
  • Brian Jennings- Cheif Branding Officer of the NHL

7:00 Saturday Night Keynote Speaker: Don Garber (MLS Commissioner)

University Campus Map


Keynote Speakers: Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall

Speaker Panels: Muenster University Center Ballroom (MUC) [Upstairs]

Regional Sports Booths will be located in the lower half of the MUC


  • MidCo Sports Network
  • Sioux Falls Canaries
  • Sioux City Musketeers
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • College World Series of Omaha
  • Denver Broncos

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The USDSBC was developed by a group of undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Kinesiology and Sport Management and the Sports media and journalism programs. Its objective is to inspire creativity and innovation in the sport world.


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