Politics Isn’t the Only Game in Town: Events DC and Washington Business Journal Host Second Annual Business of Sports Summit on May 9

Summit Will Showcase Distinguished Sports Business Professionals

(WASHINGTON, DC) – May 4, 2017 – The Washington Business Journal in collaboration with Events DC, the city’s official convention and sports authority, will host a panel of influential sports industry leaders for the second annual Business of Sports summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

WHAT: The 2017 Business of Sports summit is divided into two parts: a featured interview and a panel discussion. The featured interview will explore the intricacies of negotiating collective bargaining agreements on behalf of athletes and advising players as they become more socially and politically active, while the panel discussion examines how modern athletes effectively manage their personal brand and business endeavors on and off the field.

WHO: Opening and Closing Remarks

•Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer, Events DC
•Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment and special events, Events DC
•James MacGregor, publisher, Washington Business Journal

Panel Discussion:
•Phil de Picciotto – founder and president, Octagon
•Ryan Nece – managing partner of Next Play Capital, 7-year NFL player and philanthropist
•Jon Runyan – NFL vice president of policy and rules administration, 14-year NFL player and two-term U.S. Congressman
•Moderator: John Ourand, reporter, Sports Business Journal

Featured Interview
•Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association
•Interviewer: Doug Fruehling, editor-in-chief, Washington Business Journal

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: West Salon (adjacent to Grand Lobby)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

For more information or to register for the Business of Sports summit: http://ow.ly/90MX30bgUgf.

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC and @TheEventsDC_SED for the Sports Entertainment and Special Events Division), and Instagram (@EventsDC).

About the Washington Business Journal
The Washington Business Journal, owned by Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, is the leading source for local business news in DC, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. It publishes daily Morning Edition and Afternoon Edition e-newsletters and a weekly print edition. For more information, go to www.washingtonbusinessjournal.com.