FSTA Summer 2013 – Modernization of Fantasy Sports
Wednesday & Thursday, June 12-13, 2013
Doubletree Hotel – Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL
Title & Technology Sponsor: Real Time Fantasy Sports
Doubletree Hotel – Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL
Conference registration is $649 for FSTA members and $749 for non-members
You can book your room Online or by calling 312-224-2125. When you call in, make sure you say that they you’re coming in for Fantasy Sports Trade Association in June of 2013 on 06/12 & 06/13. Book your rooms under the group’s block FAN with our discount rate until May 25th. However we do not guarantee that space is still available. Reservations should be able to pull the group up by name if needed.
FSTA counsel Glenn Colton, a partner at SNR Denton US LLP, will be available to meet with conference attendees on a one-on-one basis at specified times during the conference (“Office Hours”). Both start-ups and experienced, mature businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions privately of our very own legal expert.
June 12, Conference Day 1
1:20 P.M. Cubs Game at the Budweiser Bleacher Suite – in center field, includes unlimited beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and food buffet. After you purchase your ticket, you can pick it up at Will Call Window 11.
5:00 P.M. Elevator Pitch Enrollment – Guidelines
5:30 P.M. FSTA Board Meeting
6:30 Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres Reception-LaSalle Ballroom
7:00 P.M FSTA Experts’ League Fantasy Football Drafts ( Live on SIRIUS XM Radio).
June 13, Conference Day 2
8:00 A.M. Breakfast-LaSalle Ballroom Foyer
9:00 A.M. Welcome and Opening Remarks- Paul Charchian, President, Fantasy Sports Trade Association
9:10 A.M. Welcome and Opening Remarks from Conference Title Sponsor- Real Time Sports-LaSalle Ballroom
9:20 A.M. Glenn Colton – Legal Update
9:30 A.M. Daily Games – Their role in Fantasy Sports
We take a DEEP dive into the Daily Fantasy Games business to try to answer questions for every type of fantasy sports company: Are the Daily Games business a fad? Should a Start Up get involved in this business? ShouldExisting Games Businesses try to offer them to their customers or partner with an existing business? Do theDaily Games have major public misconceptions? What are the best arguments Media Company should make with their legal department to explain that these games are legal and if they should build or partner? How does the Attorney Generals office in New Jersey view Daily fantasy games and fantasy sports in general?
Charlie Wiegert, CDMSports
Justin Hume, FanDuel
Justin Hume is the product operations manager for FanDuel, the leader in daily fantasy sports. Justin has worked in the fantasy sports industry since 2007, with previous companies including RotoHog (later FastPoint games) and FantasyWorld. Justin is responsible for managing day-to-day operations at Fanduel including developing and executing approaches for daily player pricing updates, managing day-to-day contest demand among overlapping sports, and developing new contest offerings and formats. Justin also manages the execution of promotions such as this year’s $1,000,000 Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship with a live final in Las Vegas. Justin has been has been playing fantasy sports since 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, and relocated from Los Angeles to New York City in early 2012 to join the FanDuel team.
Glenn Colton, Dentons, US. LLP
co-hosts “Colton and the Wolfman” on SirisusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210 XM 87) Tuesdays from 8-11pm ET. Glenn has been playing in fantasy sports leagues since 1988 when a group of law school classmates gathered in a classroom to pick their inaugural teams. In his full-time profession, Glenn is the head of the White Collar and Government Investigations practice at SNR Denton in New York. Earlier in his legal career, he spent 10 years as a federal prosecutor in New York. Glenn’s legal and fantasy sports careers intersected when he represented the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in the battle over the right to use player names in fantasy sports games. The result was a huge victory for the fantasy sports industry in what was, in essence, a bet the industry case. Glenn has been successful on the fantasy sports battlefield as well. He and partner Rick Wolf have won three LABR fantasy baseball expert league titles. The tandem also has four FSTA fantasy football expert league titles to their credit.
Jeremy Elbaum, Draftstreet
Jeremy Elbaum is the Chief Marketing Officer for DraftStreet.com, a leading daily fantasy sports site. Jeremy’s efforts at DraftStreet have led to geometric growth and DraftStreet has awarded more than $40 Million in cash prizes. Jeremy carries with him an unmatched digital marketing expertise. He has in-depth knowledge of marketing strategy on every digital platform currently utilized today including online display, search, mobile, social media and video. During his career, he has overseen flawless campaign execution and is considered by many of his colleagues to be one of the top motivators of people in the industry Prior to DraftStreet, Jeremy was VP of Distribution at Epic Media Group (formerly Azoogle where he was a key contributor to the exponential growth in revenues that eventually totaled nine figures in revenue per year. His work led to expanding the total number of publishers to over 50,000, as well as building out the distribution platform which culminated in Epic Direct Network’s status as the largest performance-based ad network in the world. Jeremy is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tim Jensen, Real Time Sports
Tim Jensen is the Chief Operating Officer for Real Time Fantasy Sports, a leader in fantasy sports games and services for more than 18 years. In 1998, Jensen became an investor and has led product/technology since then. Jensen’s dedication to products that are both reliable and deep in features is what keeps Real Time Fantasy Sports ahead of the competition. In 2007, Jensen and his partners branched out to cash games for Fantasy Football. Moving into this area has increased Real Time Fantasy Sports’ ability to compete in more areas of fantasy sports.In 2010, Jensen and his partners added Fantasy Baseball to their product mix. This year, Real Time Fantasy Sports is hosting the FSTA Expert Fantasy Baseball League and The League of Alternative Baseball Reality, the oldest Expert league in the country being played since 1994.Prior to Real Time Fantasy Sports, Jensen worked on Air Force Information Systems and software for fighter jets.
Robert Moncrief, NJDGE.org
Robert A. Moncrief Jr. currently works as a Deputy Attorney General in the Regulatory Prosecutions Bureau at the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. In addition to prosecuting regulatory violations Robert is also responsible for helping draft regulations relating to all aspects of the gaming industry. Most recently, Robert has been involved with the development of regulations relating to internet gaming as well as regulations permitting New Jersey casinos to offer fantasy sports tournaments to their patrons. Prior to working at the Division of Gaming Enforcement, Robert served as Counsel at the Casino Control Commission in its Compliance Division. In total Robert has worked in the gaming industry for over five years. Prior to working in gaming Robert served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Cape May and Cumberland Counties in New Jersey. As an Assistant Prosecutor Robert worked on trial team and handled various types of criminal matters, however, his primary focus was in prosecuting crimes against children. Robert is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law and lives in New Jersey with his wife Francine and three year old twin daughters Alexandra and Kimberly.
10:15 A.M. IPSOS Research Presentation
Julio Franco: Julio is an Associate Vice President with Ipsos Public Affairs based in Boston. Julio’s research focus includes public opinion polling for communications, social research, and corporate reputation. He is responsible for managing global and domestic projects with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Julio is a member of Ipsos’ Media Specialization where he has worked with numerous private and public sector clients designing studies for publication ranging from public releases to peer reviewed journal articles. Some of Julio’s clients in this area include CitizenPaine, CRT/Tanaka, Procter and Gamble, and Council for Responsible Nutrition, among others.Additionally, Julio manages reputation trackers for major global companies in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. These projects that are global in scope include several stakeholder audiences such as employees, customers, consumers, distributors and opinion elites among others. Julio is an expert in the Hispanic market, and using his linguistic and cultural knowledge has been instrumental in the creation and management of Ipsos Public Affairs’ Hispanic Research Center, focusing on U.S. Hispanics as well as Latin American research. In addition, Julio manages Ipsos Public Affairs’ relationship with its polling partner for the Hispanic market, Telemundo Communications Group; serving repeatedly as Ipsos’ spokesperson for analysis and commentary of public opinion polls of the Hispanic community on television and radio.Before joining Public Affairs, Julio was part of Ipsos Health where he managed a variety of global studies. Before joining Ipsos North America, Julio worked in Colombia at Ipsos Napoleon Franco, where he conducted qualitative and quantitative studies in positioning research, consumer segmentation, product and concept tests, habits and attitudes, public opinion and electoral polls. He has a degree in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
10:45 A.M. Networking Break-LaSalle Ballroom
Glenn Colton’s “Office Hours”
11:15 A.M. Sports Analytics in the Digital Age: Big Data and Sports has been a hot topic in the news these days. We want to ask the question of how can fantasy sports companies capitalize on this trend and how does big data translate to Fantasy sports games? We have just the panel to give you some terrific ideas.
Rob Phythian, Sports Data
Greg Ambrosius, STATS
Jeff Jonas, Sportvision
Jeff Jonas, EVP, Business Development, has been instrumental in forming and fostering Sportvision’s key relationships with major clients (ESPN, FOX, Turner, CBS, NBC, NFL, NHL, NBA, PGA Tour, Comcast, Olympics, and MLB) as well as creating new ideas to bring to market. Jeff was one of the earliest employees of Coach’s Edge, which was acquired by Sportvision in 2000. During the past thirteen years, Jeff has helped orchestrate several campaigns on both broadcast television and the Internet, resulting in numerous Emmy Awards and various accolades. Jeff received distinction in earning his Ph.D. in sport psychology from the University of Kansas and holds a B.A. in political science from Carleton College.
Ryan Warkins, STATS
11:50 A.M. Sponsorship Pitches
12:00 P.M. Lunch & Networking-LaSalle Ballroom Foyer
1:30 Elevator Pitch
Do you have a new business or idea that will revolutionize the fantasy sports industry? This is your chance to get your idea out to a room full of decision makers! Get noticed by pitching your product at the FSTA conference. Prize for best pitch!
Clif Ma, Yahoo!
2:30 P.M. Game Design Foundations looks at how the underlying principles of hobby game design can be applied to sports gaming products. In addition to design basics, the presentation discusses how social contracts, the gacha mechanic, and economics affect the gameplay experience. Exploring these topics can help a developer provide a more engaging gaming product for their target audience.
Presenter: Jay Little, Fantasy Flight Design
Facilitator: Paul Charchian, League Safe
Jay Little is an award-winning game designer with more than 20 years of experience in the hobby gaming industry and a strong background in sports. With more than 50 published titles, Jay has designed a broad range of games, many for popular licenses including Major League Baseball and Star Wars. Jay frequently presents at workshops, seminars, and conventions where he discusses the basic principles of game design and how they can be applied to a variety of fields.
3:30 P.M. Networking Break-LaSalle Ballroom
Elevator Pitch Announcement Winner!
Glenn Colton’s “Office Hours”
4:00 P.M. Fantasy Sports On The Airwaves: The goal of this panel is to show how mainstream talking about fantasy sports is on national TV and radio, something that was unheard of just five short years ago. We’ll bring in hosts and executives from ESPN, the NFL Network, the MLB Network, SiriusXM, the Fantasy Channel in Canada and even upstarts like CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network to learn why fantasy sports on the airwaves is so hot. And we’ll discover what the future holds for increased fantasy sports exposure as networks look for more industry talent and content for their round-the-clock fantasy programs.
Matthew Berry, ESPN
Matthew Berry is ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst. Known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” he’s an Emmy winner for his work on ESPN2’s Fantasy Football Now. As one of the most popular columnists and podcasters on ESPN.com, he appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows, including Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, and NFL Live. He is one of only four people to be in the Hall of Fame of both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. His first book, “Fantasy Life” will be released by Riverhead/Penguin on July 16th.
Matt Deutsch, SiriusXM
Nate Ravitz, ESPN
Nate Ravitz was named Senior Director of Premium & Fantasy Content for ESPN.com in July 2011. In this role, Ravitz oversees all Fantasy content for ESPN Digital Media as well as premium content for ESPN Insider. Previously, Ravitz served as Deputy Editor, Fantasy for ESPN.com. He began his career in Fantasy as a sportswriter for Total Quality Stats and went on to found the website RotoTimes.com, before serving as Executive Director of Content for CDM Fantasy Sports/Fanball. Ravitz received a Sports Emmy Award in 2008 for his work on ESPN’s Fantasy Football Now, as well as five PodcastAwards.com trophies for co-hosting ESPN’s Fantasy Focus Football podcast. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Michigan.
Dylan Milner, NFL Network
Dylan majored in Broadcast Journalism at USC where he first got his chops whet working in sports radio and television. After a short stint working at the NFL and MLB on Fox, Dylan worked as a producer for the Fox Sports Radio network working with many hosts including Mike Goldberg, Scott Ferrall, David Stein, Steve Duemig, and others. Dylan moved on to NFL.com when the league re-launched the website in 2007 as the site’s first video producer/editor. During his NFL tenure, Dylan has worked on many projects including NFL movie trailers, on-demand features, the Dave Dameshek podcast, and the animated feature N if L. Dylan’s also had a heavy hand in producing the live video content on NFL.com including NFL.com Live at the Super Bowl, NFL.com Live at the Combine, Draft Xtra, and NFL Fantasy Live. Dylan was the first line producer for NFL Fantasy Live when it was a Sunday morning only show streaming online and has helped grow the program each year. Dylan’s helped oversee the program go from an online only, Sunday only show, to a 30-minute daily show airing both online and on NFL Network in year two, and last year saw the show grow to a 60-minute daily program on both NFL.com and NFL Network. Dylan currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Welsh Terrier.
5:00 P.M. Conference Concludes
6:30 P.M Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres Reception-Quay Lounge www.quaychicago.com
7:00 Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
Paul Charchian presented by Sam Charchian
Glenn Colton presented by Rick Wolf
John Hunt presented by Steve Gardner
7:30 – 10:00 A.M. Complimentary Continental Breakfast-Markethouse Restaurant