Finance under the spotlight as leading money men line up for Sports Decision Makers Summit

Investors’ appetite for sports and the evolution of new and creative approaches to funding will come under the spotlight during a high-powered keynote address and panel session at the inaugural Sport Decision Makers Summit in Miami on May 6 and 7.

The keynote, delivered by Bruin Sports Capital founder and chief executive George Pyne will set up a fascinating panel discussion featuring Stephen Duval, managing director and co-founder of 23 Capital, Colin Neville, managing director of the Raine Group, and Charles Baker, co-chair of O’Melveny’s sport business group.

Finance and investment form one of six key subject strands on the agenda for the Sports Decision Makers Summit, which is conceived and organised by SportBusiness and Sportel to deliver high-value data and analysis to company owners and C-suite executives.

Other strands include media, sponsorship, esports, betting and the gameday experience.

Finance keynote George Pyne is one of the most influential figures in sports. He launched Bruin on the strength of a 25-year track record of business transformation, and today Bruin spans five continents while its platforms are relied upon by virtually every major sports league, governing body, rights-holder and blue-chip brand.

Prior to founding 23 Capital, Stephen Duval worked with the Olympic Games, IMG and SFX, after which he went into private consultancy. He has worked with many of the world’s leading athletes, music artists, entertainers and brands and is committed to creative approaches to sports funding.

Charles Baker has represented buyers and sellers of sports franchises in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and many of the European football leagues.

Colin Neville was a founding member of global merchant bank The Raine Group; he works across Raine’s verticals and leads the firm’s sports platform. He helped lead Raine’s investments in DraftKings, Premier Lacrosse League, Beachbody, Olo, Zumba Fitness and Jagex. In addition, Colin has worked on a variety of advisory assignments including the sale of the UFC, Fanatics’ $1bn capital raise from the NFL, MLB and SoftBank, City Football Group’s sale of a minority interest to China Media Capital and Steve Ballmer’s purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The finance speakers join an impressive line-up which includes:

  • James Pallotta, President and Chairman of Serie A team AS Roma and co-owner of the NBA’S Boston Celtics
  • Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference
  • Sean Bratches, Managing Director of Commercial Operations at Formula 1
  • Eelco van der Noll, Head of Partnerships & Experiential Marketing at AB InBev
  • Terrence Burns, Executive Vice-President for Global Sport at Engine Shop
  • Xavier O’Callaghan, Managing Director of FC Barcelona’s US office
  • Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO, World Surf League

Sports Decision Makers ushers in a new era of tightly-focused, data-driven events, designed exclusively for the people whose decisions determine the direction of sports business. It will cover a range of topic strands including media, sponsorship, the game day experience, betting, finance and fan engagement.

The Miami event is the first in a series that will move on to London on July 9 and 10, where it will be staged at the Rosewood Hotel, High Holborn.

Discussion and debate will be given context and direction by exclusive data drawn from a major research project to gauge the preferences and attitudes of 10,000 sports fans in the world’s most important sports markets, enabling the Sports Decision Makers Summit series to deliver on its promise to deliver unmatched value.