SportsPro has developed a comprehensive Advisory Board balancing international rights holders, broadcasters and technology leaders to shape the format and strategic direction of the event. The support and participation of these industry innovators ensure that we create the content, environment and ultimate value for each and every attendee.
VP Sales & Services
Eric Armstrong is the Vice President, North America Sales at Harmonic. In this role, Eric leads the Sales and Pre-Sales Engineering teams for Broadcast, OTT, Telco, Satellite, Government and Enterprise markets in the U.S. and Canada.. Prior to joining Harmonic, Eric was President and CEO of Kontiki Inc., an enterprise video and P2P distribution platform company. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and Master of Science in computer engineering from Santa Clara University.
VP, Edge Strategic & Solutions Architecture
As Vice President of Edge Strategy and Solution Architecture at Limelight Networks, Steve is responsible for Limelight’s Edge strategy and innovating to deliver the highest quality online experiences. This includes providing the best platform for delivering digital content and the highest quality user experience through a network edge that positions content and applications next to end users for dynamic and real-time interactions.Steve has extensive experience in the CDN and media distribution industries spanning video workflows from field encoding to global CDN operations, solution engineering for Broadcast, Media & Entertainment and Enterprise markets and running Product Management for Limelight’s portfolio. Steve has overseen thesuccessful growth of Limelight’s products and services, defining new offerings including Realtime Streaming and EdgeFunctions as well as improving the scopeand performance of Limelight’s CDN and Video workflow services.Steve holds an MBA from Henley Management College and resides in Brighton, England.
As Senior Vice President, Media for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing, Seth Bacon is responsible for developing and executing the direction of the League’s media properties and overseeing the distribution of content and programming on international, national and regional levels through advanced multimedia platform channels.
Bacon works closely with all current and future MLS/SUM broadcast partners — ESPN, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, Univision, TSN and RDS — to integrate the League’s television agreements to televise MLS games in the United States and Canada.
Bacon brings nearly 15 years of broadcast experience to MLS and SUM and most recently served as Managing Director, Broadcasting for NASCAR, where he was a core member of the team that negotiated the sport’s multimedia rights agreements. During his 11 years with NASCAR, Bacon managed and maximized relationships and sponsorship opportunities with broadcast partners, developed the organization’s first Hispanic broadcast partnership and was instrumental in renewing NASCAR’s international business with more than 30 broadcast partners.
Before joining NASCAR, Bacon served as an Associate Producer at Fox Sports Net where he was a member of the original production team that launched “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”
Bacon is a graduate of Emerson College. A native of Maine, Bacon currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife Katie and their two sons.
SVP, Strategic Initiatives
Monumental Sports Network
Zachary Leonsis is Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), a multi-platform sports, media, entertainment, and technology company located in the heart of the “DMV” in downtown Washington, DC. MSE is best known for its fan-facing brands which include the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and Capital One Arena, as well as seven additional team brands, three more venues, and equity in two media networks: NBC Sports Washington and Monumental Sports Network. As senior vice president of strategic initiatives, Leonsis manages MSE’s media rights relationship with NBC Sports Washington, all venture capital investment opportunities, and its growing esports division. Leonsis represents MSE on NBC Sports Washington’s board of directors as well as on Team Liquid’s board of directors.
SVP Business Development
Jean-Luc Jezouin is Senior Vice President Business Development at NAGRA, in charge of new opportunities.
Jean-Luc joined the Kudelski Group in September 2007 as Senior Vice President in charge of developing the Mobile TV business. In 2009 he became Senior Vice President Product Line Management responsible for the Digital TV portfolio for conditional access systems and end-to-end solutions. From 2011 to 2017, he was Senior Vice President in charge of Sales and Services for the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to this, Jean-Luc was Vice President UMTS/LTE Product Line Management with Alcatel-Lucent after their acquisition of Nortel Networks’ UMTS business, where he led their UMTS and GSM portfolios from 2004 to 2007 and other executive positions in Sales & Marketing and Operations, in Europe and Asia since 1995.
Jean-Luc holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris, France, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, USA, and an Electrical Engineering degree from the “Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec)” in Paris, France.
Chief Revenue Officer
Lu Bolden has more than 10 years of experience in executive management, as well as an extensive career as an active duty serviceman and government contractor. In 2006, he co-founded CSO Digital, a next-generation systems integration company and long-standing Verimatrix partner, and as President, led the company to a successful acquisition in 2014. Prior to CSI Digital, Lu was the EVP of Technical Sales for Sherpaq Mobile Products where he was responsible for the design and sale of mobile voice, video and data systems to various government agencies. He attended the Air Force Academy, flew on the E-3 AWACS out of Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base.
Head of Sports Digital Content
Director of Digital & Licensing
Senior Vice President, Production Operations
Chief Technology Officer
NBC Sports Group
Chief Digital Officer
Bhavesh Patel is currently the Chief Digital Officer at beIN Media Group based in Paris. He is working on building their next generation global OTT platform and driving innovation across the group. Prior, Bhavesh was an OTT strategy advisor for CBS Studios International and Verizon Go90, headed up Betfair’s US horserace wagering business, and led the launch of FOX Soccer 2 Go and NBA International League Pass.
Senior Vice President, Digital Operations
|Scott oversees the Product Development, Content and Revenue operations teams for the PGA TOUR Digital Platforms. These teams focus on delivering the best experience for the fans of the PGA TOUR on a daily basis. He lead the transition team which brought the TOUR’s digital assets and capabilities in-house in 2013. Scott came to the TOUR in September 2005 having previously worked for Turner Broadcasting, Viant Corp. and New Era of Networks.|
Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President, Japan
More than 20 years’ experience working in sports media with experience leading marketing leading multi-platform sports properties. In 2015 co-founded Goal Studios, Perform’s football digital agency that represents global clients such as UEFA, Nissan, Toyota, Rakuten and Hyundai.
Martyn relocated to Tokyo in 2017 to join the DAZN Japan leadership and assumed overall responsibility for the business in August 2018.
Senior Director & Head of APAC
Carlo De Marchis
Group Chief Evangelist
Managing Director, International
Chief Strategy Officer
Head of EMEA Media Marketing
DFL Digital Sports
Global Head, Digital Partnerships
GM, Subscription Products
Head of International & New Business
Director of Brand & Strategy
House of Highlights
International Table Tennis Federation
Motasem El Bawab
Head of Digital
Vice President and General Manager
UFC Fight Pass
Vice President, Marketing APAC
Chief Operating Officer