Sport & Entertainment Analytics Conference


USF Sport & Entertainment Analytics Conference

March 28-29, 2018

Vinik Sport and Entertainment Analytics Conference

Strategies revealing how to get sport and entertainment fans into seats and engaged are the focus of the fourth annual University of South Florida's Sport & Entertainment Analytics Conference, scheduled for March 28-29 on the Tampa campus.

The conference is gaining prestige in the emerging world of analytics and creativity as it relates to sports and entertainment. Guest speakers come from around the country are on the cutting edge of data collection and analysis and devising ways to improve customer/client/fan experiences.

The conference, to be held in the USF Alumni Center, provides a platform for students and industry professionals to discuss the important role of analytics in the global sport and entertainment industries. Key thought leaders will share valuable insights that promote education, business growth and analytics innovation.

The two-day conference will take place from 1-6 p.m. on March 28 and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. the following day. The conference is organized by the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program, which is part of the Muma College of Business. Price of admission ranges from $46.46 for USF students, faculty and program alumni to $92.90 for non-USF faculty and professionals. Admission for non-USF students is $70.16. To register, click here.

"We think the 2018 conference will certainly be one that will attract an audience of front-line professionals as we continue to establish a reputation for hosting this first-rate analytics event," said Mike Mondello, conference chair and associate program director who teaches sport/business analytics and finance classes.

"This has been achieved by inviting industry leaders to serve as speakers and panelists," he said. "We are delighted to honor our first lifetime-achievement award recipient and we look forward also to recognizing our second honoree for the Innovator in Sports Analytics Award."

Last year's inaugural recipient of the award was Jessica Gelman, CEO of Kraft Analytics Group, a technology company based in Boston which does much of the data analytics work for the NFL's New England Patriots and the MLS' New England Revolution.

Mondello said that conference goers, including sports/business students, industry practitioners and faculty, will have an opportunity to learn, engage and network over eight sessions spanning the conference's two days.

"Attendees are encouraged to register early," Mondello said, "as participants at last year's conference filled the venue."

Here's a list of our speakers.

For tickets, click here.