2017 RSN Summit


Chris Bevilacqua
Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures (BHV),Co-Founder
Michael Connelly
Fox Sports Networks,
Ted Griggs
NBC Sports Regional Networks, President, Group Leader and Strategic Production and Programming
Stephen Master
Nielsen Sports,
Commercial Managing Director of Americas

SVG’s second-annual RSN Summit brought together more than 275 top executives from regional sports networks and technology vendors at the historic Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on June 27-28 to address the unique production and business challenges facing RSNs today. The event featured an expanded program and record-high attendance for the Opening Night Reception.

Day 1 kicked off with a trio of sessions focused on the State of the RSN Market, including in-depth presentations on “Ratings and Viewership” and “Rights and Opportunities”. Day 2 featured a full day of sessions, including panels featuring top GMs and EPs, as well well as league and team execs. Sessions also covered the latest technology, streaming/mobile/social trends, ad sales and promos, and original and studio programming. In addition, The Summit featured the RSN debut of the Facebook Video Bootcamp and the Technology and Operations Workshop (covering best practices in Operations, 4K and HDR production, and at-home production).


Tuesday, June 27

3:30 p.m.: Registration Opens
4:00 – 4:10 p.m.: Welcoming Remarks
4:10 – 4:30 p.m.: The State of the RSN Market, Part 1 – Ratings & Viewership
4:30 – 4:50: The State of the RSN Market, Part 2 – Rights & Opportunities
4:50 – 5:30 p.m.: The State of the RSN Market, Part 3: Executive Roundtable
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, June 28

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
8:50 – 9:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: GM and EP Perspectives: View From the Top
9:45 – 9:55 a.m.: Production Tech Case Study
9:55 – 10:05 a.m.: Technology Showcase Preview
10:05 – 10:45 a.m.: Networking Break in Technology Showcases Area
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: League & Team Perspectives: Creating Quality RSN Partnerships
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Inside the Truck: How New Technology Is Changing the Way We Tell the Story
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch in Technology Showcases Area
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: Extra-Linear Behavior: How OTT, Mobile, Social, and VR Are Parts of the ‘New Normal’
1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: Networking Break in Technology Showcases Area
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Reaching the Regional Fan: Ad Sales and Promos Within Content
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.: Making Original Programming Work: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes

Workshops (Wednesday, June 28):

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Morning Workshop: RSN Facebook Video Boot Camp
1:00 – 3:45 p.m.: Afternoon Workshop: Technology & Operations Workshop

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