2019 RSN Summit

Full Program

Location: Capitol Peak Ballroom

3:30 – 3:35 p.m.: Day 1 Welcoming Remarks
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3:35 – 4:00 p.m.: Keynote Presentation: State of the RSN Rights Market – Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
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This presentation will provide an in-depth look at the current state of the RSN media-rights market, how recent deals have impacted the industry, and what to expect for upcoming rights agreements with the RSN industry set to undergo a momentous transformation in the coming years.
Presenter: Chris Bevilacqua, Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures (BHV), Co-Founder

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Keynote Conversation – Q&A With Scott Shapiro, Sinclair Broadcast Group, VP / Corporate Development
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In a matter of months, Sinclair Broadcast Group has suddenly become the biggest name in the regional sports business. After inking a deal in May to acquire 21 RSNs from Disney and announcing plans to co-launch the Marquee Sports Network with the Chicago Cubs in 2020, Sinclair is now crafting a strategy to reshape the RSN sector with its arsenal of nearly two dozen RSNs. VP of Corporate Development Scott Shapiro, who helped lead negotiations in Sinclair’s RSN deal with Disney, takes the stage to offer insight into why Sinclair views RSNs as valuable assets, how he sees the market evolving, and provides a sneak peek at the company’s plans for the future.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Featured Speaker: Scott Shapiro, Sinclair Broadcast Group, VP / Corporate Development

4:30 – 4:40 p.m.: Technology Showcase Preview
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4:40 – 5:15 p.m.: Keynote Panel: RSN Presidents Address State of the Industry
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Presidents and top executives from major RSN organizations take the stage to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities facing the RSN industry in 2019 as it undergoes seismic change on multiple fronts. Expect a wide gamut of topics to be addressed: the impact of recent media megadeals, the evolving rights and distribution landscape, OTT and streaming, ratings and audience measurement, the impact of sports betting, the latest production technologies and techniques, business and programming opportunities, and much more.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Featured Speakers:
Matt Hutchings, KSE Media Ventures, President and CEO
Mark Shuken, Pac-12 Networks, President

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.: The State of Labor in the RSN World
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RSNs persist in searching for innovative solutions to manage the labor related challenges in an ever-capricious market.  Maintaining a skilled and diverse labor pool, fostering consistency across markets, keeping up with changing labor laws and employer liabilities are just a few of the challenges RSN’s face today.  The demand by RSN’s to manage these challenges has spurred innovations in technology and development of high tech labor management systems and applications.  Broadcast production labor services provider, Program Productions, presents an overview of the state of the current market and what to expect in the future.
Moderator: Joseph Maar, NECF, Co-Founder and CEO
Featured Speaker: Robert Carzoli, Program Productions, Chairman and CEO

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

Location: Capitol Peak Ballroom

8:00 – 8:50 a.m.: Breakfast in Technology Showcase Area

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.: Day 2 Welcoming Remarks
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9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: RSN Production Perspectives: Storytelling, Technology, and Evolving Workflows
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The way RSNs create live game and studio programming is evolving rapidly as many embrace next-gen technologies, at-home workflows, and multiplatform distribution. And thanks to the latest advances in technology, RSN production teams have more tools to enrich their storytelling than ever before, including high-speed cameras, augmented reality, and player tracking. Production leaders from RSNs across the country detail how they are advancing their productions to better serve the fan while also utilizing their resources and budgets as efficiently as possible.
Moderator: Jon Slobotkin, NBC Sports Regional Networks SVP, Content and Live Programming
Michael Connelly
, Fox Sports Regional Networks, SVP and Executive Producer
Doug Johnson
, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, VP and Executive Producer
Larry Meyers, Pac-12 Networks, EVP, Content
Ken Miller
, Altitude Sports and Entertainment, EVP and General Manager/Executive Producer
Jared Stacy, Spectrum Networks, VP, Production and Strategy

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.: Networking Break in Technology Showcase Area

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.: The Sports-Betting Factor: How Wagering and Predictive Gaming Will Impact RSNs
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After the Supreme Court’s May 2018 ruling paved the way for states to legalize sports wagering, many RSNs are looking to capitalize on the expected revenue boost. Several RSNs in states that have already legalized sports betting have launched predictive-gaming contests for fans to play during live game telecasts, as well as fantasy-sports and wagering-focused studio shows and other programming. Several execs blazing the trail will discuss how RSNs factor into this new sports-betting economy and how it will help to better engage fans.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Steve Byrd
, Sportradar, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships
Aaron Charlton, STATS, Research Manager
Shawn Oleksiak
, NBC Sports Philadelphia, VP and EP of Live Events
Stephan Shelanski, VSiN, EVP, Distribution and Strategy

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Streaming and OTT Strategy: Serving Your Local Fans on Every Screen
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Authenticated in-market streaming of MLB, NBA, and NHL games allows more and more RSNs to connect with local fans on a whole new level. As a result, the walls between linear- and digital-production teams are coming down, with RSNs looking to become more efficient and distribute content across an ever-growing number of platforms. Digital leaders from several RSNs discuss best practices in designing a live-streaming app, enhancing fan interactivity, differentiating the digital experience, and leveraging non-game content for these streaming/OTT outlets.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Deven Persaud
, NBC Sports Regional Networks, Director of Product
Theresa Spencer, NESN, Digital Technology Manager
Matt Williams, KSE Digital, Vice President

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.: Networking Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.: Social-Media Strategy: Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Social Success
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Be it through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, social video has helped spread consumption of regional sports content and engagement levels of local fans like never before. Each platform has its own identity, so how are content creators using technology and creativity to test the boundaries and develop new ways to interact with and entertain viewers? And most important, how can RSNs find better ways to monetize the content being distributed on these platforms?
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital

Maurice Peebles, SNY, Digital Editor-in-Chief
Sam Silverstein, Pac-12 Networks, VP, Editorial
Eric Vasgaard, Midco Sports Network, Executive Producer

12:45 – 3:00 p.m.: Technology and Engineering Workshop

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.: Networking Break

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: RSN/Team Partnerships: Leveraging One Another To Better Serve the Fan
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For RSNs, maintaining a quality relationship with the teams to which you hold the rights is essential for success. Learn how a great RSN/team relationship can best benefit the fans with intimate team access, extensive content sharing, and other collaborative strategies that are mutually advantageous.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor

Kent Krosbakken, Colorado Rockies, Senior Director, In-Game Entertainment and Broadcasting
Brian Mitchell, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, Executive Producer

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Original Programming Spotlight: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes
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Although live-game coverage may be the axis on which RSNs spin, original programming and studio shows are integral to the success of any RSN. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes docuseries or a pre/postgame studio show, networks are finding new, innovative ways to serve their fans beyond the live-game telecast — both on the linear network and on digital platforms. RSN production leaders detail how to get the most out of your original programming efforts.
Moderator: Larry Meyers, Pac-12 Networks, EVP, Content
Brian DeCloux
, Spectrum Networks, Senior Director, Original Programming
Matt Krol, Altitude Sports and Entertainment, Senior Coordinating Producer
Clay Pahlau, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, Coordinating Producer
Jon Slobotkin, NBC Sports Regional Networks SVP, Content and Live Programming