Jul 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM
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The Top Sponsorship Conferences To Consider Attending

While much of the connections and content you find at conferences can be accessed online, there is certainly still value in getting together face-to-face with the leaders and peers in your industry. The schedule of sponsorship conferences can be get dizzying so it's a good idea to carefully plan where you'll spend your conference budget. With that in mind, we've curated a few of the top sponsorship conferences happening over the next 12 months and why you should consider attending:

JULY 2018

  • July 21-24th SEAT 2018 - Dallas

    Seat brings together high-level decision makers who are actively seeking solutions and services.This conference is three days compiled of 80+ sessions, workshops, case studies and round-tables. This year’s technology-focused areas include: venue technology, architecture, design and security; Data, CRM & BI; Digital Marketing & Fan Engagement; and Executive Leadership

    AUGUST 2018

  • August 13-14th - XLive esports Summit - NYC

    For 15 years XLIVE has been providing resources and information to the live event and esports industries. The XLIVE Esports Summit is the first senior level forum of its kind that will bring together esports industry stakeholders and traditional professional sports franchises under one roof to discuss the development of teams, players, organization infrastructure, collegiate-pro ecosystems and player unions. This event will convene esports team owners/players, venue operators, tournament organizers, broadcasters, sponsors, agencies, legal experts, consultants, product developers, venture capitalists with professional sports teams investing in esports for an intimate event focused on developing a growing ecosystem and community within the esports marketplace.

  • August 15-19th - Sponsorship X - Whistler, Canada

    Be part of a fully-immersive conference experience that gathers the boldest minds of the sponsorship and marketing industries. Be inspired to take on your next sponsorship marketing challenge while you conquer Whistler Mountain. This year we’ve partnered with Crankworx, the world’s largest mountain biking festival, so you can experience the power of sponsorship firsthand.

    SEPTEMBER 2018

  • September 4-7th INBOUND - Boston, MA

    Every year, tens of thousands of marketers, salespeople, and customer success pros converge in Boston for a week of learning, inspiration, and connection at INBOUND. Since 2012, the annual INBOUND event has grown to 21,000+ attendees from over 100 countries. It is one of the fastest-growing business events in the world because of the unmissable content.

  • September 12th - Game Changers - NYC

    The Game Changers Conference is a one-day event that will focus on the multiple ways in which women intersect with sports. Built into the program are ample networking opportunities, as well as a recognition period of our 2018 Honorees.

  • September 26-27th - SportsProLive - London, UK

    This year, SportsPro Live has turned its focus to technology, and how it’s shaping the business of sport today. We'll have case studies, presentations and technology on show from the major players, innovators and game changers disrupting the sports industry. This event will be held over two days, with non-stop content throughout and opportunities to meet and network with peers.

  • September 26-27th - SFIA Industry Leaders Summit - Denver, CO

    Learn the latest trends, hear from top decision makers, and connect with executives and retailers from the sports and fitness industry during the SFIA’s 6th annual Industry Leaders Summit. From advances in manufacturing, to consumer behavior and insights, to the changing landscape of sports growth and consumption, it’s all here in this must-attend 36-hour event!

    OCTOBER 2018

  • October 1-3rd - Esports Business Summit - Las Vegas, NV

    The Esports Business Summit brings together all sectors of the Esports ecosystem for two days of networking, education and inspiration. Attend EBS and you’ll meet and learn from key executives from brand marketing, television, sports and technology who are growing their businesses by leveraging the passionate global audience that esports delivers.

  • October 1-4th - TEAMS 2018 - Louisville, KY

    TEAMS: TRAVEL, EVENTS AND MANAGEMENT IN SPORTS, is the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry. Presented by SportsTravel magazine, TEAMS ’18 will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Launched in 1998, TEAMS attracts more than one thousand attendees including CEOs, executive directors and event managers from sports organizations as well as representatives from sports commissions and convention bureaus, corporate sponsors, event suppliers and other hospitality industry opinion leaders. Now in its 19th year, TEAMS has helped define the sports-event and appointment-based trade show industries.

  • October 8-11th - Leaders Week London

    With 10 years well and truly under our belt, the flagship Leaders event has grown from a 1-day summit, to a week-long series of events gathering 3000 of the most senior business executives from all corners of world sport.From the 8-11 October 2018 Leaders Week will gather the who’s who of global sport, technology and entertainment for an unrivalled series of knowledge-sharing, experiential, networking and social events taking place all week across the city of London.

  • October 16-17th - NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference - NYC

    SMT has become a must-attend event for anyone in sports media and it brings together the executives who are paving the way in innovation and distribution. The content takes a deep dive into the topics that are making headlines across the media and tech industries.

  • October 24th - BizBash Live - NYC

    From education to exhibits, activations to the after-party, BizBash Live: New York is the one-day experience that will give you the ideas, resources, and network to make your event dreams a reality. Join more than 2,000 event pros on Wednesday, October 24 at the Jacob Javits Center, and discover the partnerships you need to propel your events forward.

  • October 30-31st - Octogon Sports Marketing Symposium - NYC

    Since 2003, the symposium has studied the marketing plans and results of some of the most active brands in sports. In recent years, the speaker faculty has included senior executives from Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola, MillerCoors, Dick’s Sporting Goods, GM, McDonald’s, Gatorade and many others. Join us in New York City as we discuss the strategy and creativity behind brand sponsorship, experiential marketing and content creation, while exploring emerging trends and challenges across the vast opportunities available for brands across sports and entertainment.

    NOVEMBER 2018

  • November 13-14th - Lagardere Sports eSports Rising - Hollywood, CA

    Last year's inaugural Lagardère Sports esports Rising conference set the standard for attracting esports stakeholders from all segments of the industry and providing a full day and evening packed with meaningful content and networking from start to finish. More than 300 industry executives were on hand to hear the speakers discuss, debate and share insights in an effort to move the industry forward. However, the thirst for information and questions surrounding the future of gaming remain greater than ever.

  • November 27-28th - Western Sponsorship Congress - Calgary

    WSC is the largest sponsorship-focused conference brand in Canada. The Alberta Forum is held annually in Edmonton or Calgary. This year the Western Sponsorship Congress® Alberta Forum will be held in Calgary on November 27-28. WSC hosts 130 delegates and speakers from across North America. They represent a cross-section of corporations and small businesses that invest in sponsorship, non-profits and charities, sports organizations (professional and amateur), all levels of government and advertising, communications, public relations and sponsorship agencies.This year's WSC Alberta Forum will focus on the art of storytelling. Join us and we will show you how to better tell your story through your partnerships.

  • November 28 - PrimeTime Sports Management Conference & Trade Show - Toronto

    Sports Management Worldwide has partnered with PrimeTime Sports and Entertainment to host a Sports Management Conference and Trade Show in Toronto, Canada. Join an impressive list of speakers and delegates in Toronto where industry leaders meet to discuss and debate the latest challenges facing the business of sports.

  • November 28 - Dealmakers in Sports - NYC

    Details coming soon

    DECEMBER 2018

  • December 5-6th - Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum - NYC

    A "must attend" event since 2002 for anyone involved in the business of college sports, the Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum provides an "insider’s view" by offering firsthand insights from those directly shaping the future of intercollegiate athletics. The Forum’s speaker faculty consists of top industry executives who are on the front lines of college sports business, tackling the critical issues, negotiating the unprecedented deals and making the decisions that drive growth.

  • X-Live Annual Conference - Las Vegas, NV

    XLIVE reflects the passion of this vibrant community bringing together industry leaders to share, learn and explore the latest trends and a vision for the industry’s future. Organizations attending include music festivals, sports, brands, film festivals, beer festivals, wine & food festivals, eSports events, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Economic Development Corporations, event tech solution providers, event services companies, travel providers, financial services firms, production companies, event services, providers, A/V & staging companies and other organizations serving the live event industry.For three days you will interact, learn from and build relationships with the CEO, president, owner, founder, producer, executive director, manager, functional titles – marketing, finance, operations, IT, sales, project manager, talent buyer and other professionals working at live events.The information & insight your organization needs on sponsorship activation, marketing, analytics, technology, ticketing, streaming, big data, mobile, community partnerships, project management, brand partnerships, food & beverage, payment solutions, virtual reality and much, much, more!

    JANUARY 2019

  • January 8-11th - CES Sports Zone - Las Vegas, NV

    The global arena for sports technology innovation showcasing products and technology that enhance athletic performance, smart arenas, eSports and next gen sponsorships. Shaquille O'Neal. Charles Barkley. Joe Montana. Michael Phelps. Legends of all sports gather at CES. And for good reason. As the global event for technology innovation, CES provides the perfect arena for sports technology advancements. From smart products that enhance athletic performance to state-of-the-art venues and next-gen sponsorships, the new CES Sports Zone incorporates exhibit space with four days of conference programming for a customized experience. Discover the themes that will disrupt the industry, influence executives and impact the business of sports, on and off the field.

    FEBRUARY 2019

  • February 10-12th - National Sports Forum - Las Vegas, NV

    The National Sports Forum is one of the largest annual sports business conferences in North America, gathering league, team, and property executives from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, UEFA, the Minor Leagues, NCAA, Auto & Horse Racing, and many more. The 24th annual National Sports Forum conference will convene in Las Vegas, NV February 10-12, 2019, in conjunction with our Official Hosts, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Vegas Golden Knights. The National Sports Forum will once again bring together sports business professions together to discuss the latest trends, ideas, and innovations shaping our industry as we push the boundaries in sports and entertainment. The 2019 National Sports Forum will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas!

    MARCH 2019

  • March 1-2nd - MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference - Boston, MA

    The conference goal is to provide a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry. MIT Sloan is dedicated to fostering growth and innovation in this arena, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. The conference is open to anyone interested in sports.

  • March 4-6th - LeadsCon - Las Vegas, NV

    If finding, nurturing and converting quality leads are essential to your business’s growth and success, then LeadsCon is perfect for you. Nearly 3,000 people rely each year on LeadsCon Las Vegas for unparalleled insights and access to marketing leaders. The opportunities to do business at LeadsCon Las Vegas are going to be greater than ever before—so don’t miss out on the connections and knowledge that will give you an advantage on the competition.

    April 2019

  • IEG Sponsorship Conference

    A staple in the sponsorship conference schedule for over 35 years, the annual IEG Sponsorship Conference brings 1,200 marketers to Chicago each spring covering everything from sponsorship and partnership.