It’s officially spring, and I am sure many a sports fan’s fancy turns to thoughts of March Madness and the opening of the Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons.
Operators of both land-based and online sports betting sites are likely thinking along similar lines, but their attention may be better served exploring the plethora of gaming industry conferences and tradeshows scheduled to take place over the next couple of month—many of them emphasizing sports betting content. What follows are some of the shows and sports betting-centric content I believe worth noting and, if possible, attending.
Betting on Sports America
April 28-29 • Meadowlands Exposition Convention Center, N.J.
The event is in its second year and offers 200 leading industry speakers across 50 sessions, with a 61,000-square-foot exhibition that will showcase 50 exhibitors, world-class hospitality and the very best networking and business opportunities. Each evening there will be networking events at some of the most exclusive venues in New York and New Jersey, according to event literature.
Betting on Sports America is sponsored by Sports Betting Community (SBC), which has become synonymous with sports betting over the past 10 years. Educational tracks for the conference portion of the event include Betting in Society, States of the Nation—Regulatory Roundup, Sports Betting 101, Betting on Sports, Operations Track, Betting on Regulation and Marketing and Affiliation.
I attended this event last year and found the sessions to be extremely informative. And with research firm Eilers & Krejcik signing up as supporting partner for Betting on Sports 2020, I expect an even rewarding educational conference experience.
East Coast Gaming Congress (ECGC) & NexGen Gaming Forum
April 27-28 • Harrah’s Casino Resort Atlantic City • www.ecgc.us
ECGC is co-organized and co-produced by Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law, Spectrum Gaming Group and Sysco Corporation, and more than 650 gaming operators, equipment manufacturers, regulators, attorneys, architects, analysts, public officials, investors and other gaming-related professionals are expected to attend the event, according to a press release.
A critical panel of global experts at ECGC will focus on the future of e-sports, an exploding cultural phenomenon that presents both challenges and opportunities for the gaming industry. The discussion will include a compelling presentation of e-sports in action. Seven experts based around the globe, from the UK to Australia, will examine the intersection of e-sports, gaming, entertainment and sports in a panel designed to answer the core question: What does e-sports in the U.S. mean for gaming?
Following the panel, Rob Johnson, a former executive with the Philadelphia Flyers and the COO of Nerd Street Gamers (NSG), a Philadelphia based e-sports infrastructure company, will demonstrate to the audience the enormous growth of e-sports, the opportunities in the brick-and-mortar world, how tournaments work, and a peek inside an e-sports activation.
ICE North America
May 13-14 • New Orleans, La • www.icenorthamerica.com
Following the success of the inaugural ICE North America, and building on the global power of the ICE brand, ICE North America 2020 will once again bring gaming’s most influential and reputable thought leaders together to discuss the full breadth of U.S. gaming.
According to press materials, the 150-plus speakers will participate in conference sessions that offer deep dives into a host of topics of interest to the sports community, including sports betting, affiliate marketing, responsible gaming and e-sports. The sports betting track will provide intelligence from leading sports betting speakers in inspirational talks and panel discussions, examining the growing role of media and the world of sports, integrity and data, player acquisition and fan engagement, as well as the market shakeouts expected as companies jostle for market share and market access.
Hopefully, I’ll see you at some of these events.