Olin Sports Business Summit


On Friday, September 29th from 8 AM to 4 PM in Emerson Auditorium within Knight Hall, the Olin Business School is pleased to welcome you to the 2017 Olin Sports Business Summit.  

The Summit is our kickoff event ahead of the 2017-18 Lacob Family Business of Sports Speaker Series.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM  (To visit the program's website, click here)

The Business of Sports program within the Olin Business School has been generously underwritten by the Lacob family.  As such, we are deeply indebted to Joseph Lacob (majority owner of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association), and his sons Kirk (Assistant General Manager of the Warriors, and Vice President of GSW Sport Ventures) and Kent (a 2015 Wash U alum, and General Manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors).  

The Lacob family's generosity has created numerous impactful educational and learning experiences for our students, such as (1) new academic programming, (2) sports immersion trips to network with sports industry executives in major sports markets like Los Angeles and New York, (3) internship stipends which have allowed students to pursue work experiences domestically and globally, (4) numerous guest speakers who have visited Wash U, and (5) our annual Olin Sports Business Summit.  

In addition to the Lacob's considerable support, we also wish to thank other key contributors to the success of our program.  The Theofilos family, Steve Horowitz, Bill Squadron, Bill Mendel, Ken Borkan, Sean Wallis, and Rick Schlesinger are among the many friends of Olin who have dedicated time and/or resources to help ensure the growth of the program.



We have a fabulous array of speakers for the 2017 Olin Sports Business Summit on Friday, September 29th in Emerson Auditorium within Knight Hall.  This year's Summit is broken into 4 sessions:

(1) Sports Tech, Analytics, and Management (Sport Performance, Sponsorship Analytics, Sport Management)

(2) Brand Building in Sports (Warriors Championship Brand, Athlete Branding, Rebranding a Div I Collegiate Conference)

(3) Sports Industry Innovators and Disruptors (Esports, Stadium Design and Sport Science, Ticketing Technologies)

(4) Franchise and Facility Developments (New MLS Franchise, New Soccer Stadium, Scottrade Renovations)

Our panelists will touch upon topics spanning facility renovations, the growth of esports, athlete representation, ticketing and business strategies, leadership and player personnel decision-making, brand refining of a college athletic conference, and the birth of a new MLS franchise in Los Angeles.

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Olin Sports Business Summit.  Game on!


NOTE:  The seating capacity within Emerson Auditorium is limited to 300.  Thus, the first 300 people who registered for the event will be assured a seat.  Anyone who registers after the 300th registrant will still be able to watch the event, but will likely have to view the event from Frick Forum located just outside Emerson Auditorium.