2018 RSN Summit

Full Program

Tuesday, June 26:

3:00 p.m.: Registration and Technology Showcases Open

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.: Welcoming Remarks

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.: 
RSN Market Analysis: Audience Measurement & Commercial Trends
Nielsen Sports will provide regional sports network audience insights including a view on the changing media consumption habits of sports fans. The presentation will also look at the top commercial trends impacting the global sports industry.
Presented by: Lyndon Campbell, Nielsen Sports, SVP, Leagues and Rights Holders

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.: State of the RSN Industry: Network Presidents on the Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
Presidents from three of the biggest players in the RSN market – AT&T Sports Networks, NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NESN – take the stage to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities facing the industry in 2018 as it undergoes a tectonic shift on multiple fronts. Expect a wide gamut of topics to be addressed, including the evolving rights and distribution landscape, OTT and streaming, ratings and audience measurement, the latest production technologies and techniques, business and programming opportunities, and much more.
Confirmed Panelists:
Patrick Crumb
, AT&T Sports Networks, President
Sean McGrail, NESN, President and CEO
David Preschlack, NBC Sports Regional Networks & NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy, President

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Opening Night Reception in Technology Showcase Area

Wednesday, June 27:

8:00 – 8:55 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast in Technology Showcase Area

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Production Perspectives: Where Storytelling and Technology Collide
Unlike national networks, RSN’s are uniquely positioned to tell the story of a team’s journey throughout the entire season, delving deeper into storylines and putting a brighter spotlight on key players and personalities. And today, RSN production teams have more ways to enrich their storytelling than ever before, including ultra-high-speed cameras, augmented reality, player tracking, and much more. How are they making use of these tools, what is on producers’ wish list for next-generation technologies, how do they embrace these tech toys in a cost-effective manner?
Confirmed Panelists:
Jeff Filippi, MSG Networks, SVP of Production/Programming and Executive Producer
Ron Gralnik, Fox Sports Regional Networks, VP, Production
Jon Slobotkin, NBC Sports Regional Networks, SVP, Content and Live Programming

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.: Case Study #1: TBD

9:45 – 9:55 a.m.: Technology Showcase Preview

9:55 – 10:40 a.m.: Networking Break in Technology Showcase Area

10:40 – 11:20 a.m.: League Perspectives: A View From the Top
As the sports-media landscape undergoes unprecedented change due to the changing consumption habits of fans, the relationship between leagues and RSNs has never been more important. Broadcast operations leaders from the major U.S. leagues take the stage alongside top RSN production execs to discuss a wide variety of topics, including production operations, the rise of in-market streaming, and how they can work together to create a better product for fans.
Confirmed Panelists:
Michael Connelly
, Fox Sport Regional Networks, SVP/EVP
Steve Hellmuth, NBA, EVP, Media Operations and Technology
Bernadette McDonald, MLB, SVP, Broadcast Operations

This morning workshop will take an up-close-and-personal look at how several RSNs create and distribute content across a swath of social media channels. In addition to presenting behind-the-scenes case studies on their own operations, these social-media pros will offer practical tips and best practices on how to make the most of your social efforts. More information on specific sessions will be available soon.

11:20 – 11:35 a.m.: Case Study #2: TBD

11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Team Perspectives: Creating Quality RSN Partnerships
For RSNs, maintaining a quality relationship with the teams for which you hold the rights is essential for success. Hear from a mix of team execs and RSN leaders on how they work together to create mutually beneficial partnerships, as well as their views on they see the regional sports industry evolving in the future.
Confirmed Panelists:
Brooks Boyer
, Chicago White Sox, VP, Sales/Marketing
Kevin Cross
, NBC Sports Chicago, VP, Content
Jared Stacy, Spectrum Sports, VP, Production and Strategy

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: The Move to OTT: How Regional Rights & Distribution Are Evolving
The regional-sports rights landscape is changing rapidly, as organizations like the MLS’s Chicago Fire, LAFC, Orlando FC, Real Salt Lake, and Seattle Sounders, as well as the Portland Trailblazers, move all or some of their live-game rights to direct-to-consumer OTT platforms. In addition, linear RSNs are now carried on several vMVPDs, while in-market streaming has opened up new opportunities for RSNs throughout the country. Learn how these new OTT platforms are looking to change the face of regional sports distribution and how RSNs are reacting to the shift.
Confirmed Panelists:
Chris Schlosser, MLS Digital, SVP and GM

This workshop take a deep-dive look at how technology and operations are evolving in today’s RSN market. Topics will include A Real-World Timeline for HDR, 1080p, 4K, and IP for RSNs, How AI and Automated Production Could Impact RSNs, and whether At-Home Production Is The Future of the RSN market. 

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.: Case Study #3: TBD

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Networking Break in Technology Showcase Area

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: All Under One Roof: When Linear-TV Production Meets Digital
The walls between linear and digital production teams are coming down, as RSNs are looking to become more efficient and distribute content across an ever-growing number of platforms. Whether you work at a multi-RSN organization or an independent, the days of siloing the linear digital operations are gone. Learn from top digital execs and executive producers regarding how they are uniting both operations under one roof and the benefits they are reaping as a result.
Confirmed Panelists:
Kevin Marotta
, MSG Networks, SVP, Marketing and Content Strategy
Larry Meyers, Pac-12 Networks, EVP, Content
Michael Wargo, NBC Sports Regional Networks, Senior Director, Multi-Platform Content