Hashtag Sports Announces Lineup for First-Ever Full Day “SportsFronts” at 2018 Annual Conference

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ESPN, FOX Sports, WWE, YouTube, Hulu, Oath, Bleacher Report, and Barstool Sports Among Leading Media Companies Presenting at Hashtag Sports in NYC

Hashtag Sports, the industry’s largest gathering dedicated to sports content, culture and innovation, today unveiled the final lineup for its SportsFronts presentations held during its annual three-day conference in New York. This year’s SportsFronts take place on Wednesday June 27 at the TimesCenter in Times Square and will mark the first-time-ever that it will encompass a full-day schedule of presentations, discussions, and announcements from over a dozen of the leading sports broadcast and digital media companies.

“There is no other event in the industry that delivers this breadth of diverse opinions, creative insights, bold predictions, and candid discussions on hot-button topics,” said Hashtag Sports Co-Founder Steve Cobb. “The continued growth of our SportsFronts series provides a powerful platform for executives, marketers, and creators to showcase what’s next in sports media and discover how today’s connected fan consumes and engages with premium sports content.”

Hosted by sports journalist and on-air personality LZ Granderson, the full-day agenda will feature executives and talent from the most prominent broadcasters, publishers and platforms serving the connected fan. Speakers will include ESPN President of Global Sales and Advertising Ed Erhardt, WWE Co-President Michelle Wilson, YouTube Global Head of YouTube TV and Originals Marketing Angela Courtin, and Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini. Participating media personalities and athletes include Mike Greenberg, Victor Cruz, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Jay Williams.

“Extending SportsFronts to an entire day underscores the excitement today’s leading sports media executives have about showcasing the latest content, partnerships and innovations making sports-viewing more engaging, enjoyable, and compelling for today’s young, tech-savvy audience,” said Hashtag Sports Co-Founder Anthony Caponiti. “We couldn’t be more excited that Hashtag Sports has become the premier event and platform to provide a unique lens on both what is happening now and what lies ahead as the worlds of sports and entertainment continue to converge.”

The 2018 SportsFronts will feature presentations, interviews and panels to an audience of brand marketers, media buyers and industry professionals seeking to reach and engage the highly-coveted 13-34 year old demographic of digital-native, multi-platform sports fans and consumers.

The morning session, beginning at 9:30 am ET, will include:

  • 9:30am - Opening Words with LZ Granderson
  • 9:35am - DAZN
  • 10:00am - Hulu
  • 10:20am - Oath
  • 10:45am - YouTube
  • 11:30am - WWE
  • 11:50am - ESPN

The afternoon session, kicking-off at 1 pm ET, will feature:

  • 1:00pm - Bleacher Report
  • 1:45pm - Industry Panel
  • 2:30pm - FOX Sports
  • 2:50pm - The Players’ Tribune
  • 3:15pm - Barstool Sports
  • 3:35pm - SB Nation
  • 4:00pm - UNINTERRUPTED

The SportsFronts, first introduced by Hashtag Sports in 2015, will also feature an industry panel discussion titled “Disrupting Sports Media: A Look Ahead” featuring author and host of Cleveland Hustle Bonin Bough, Head of Digital Media for the NBC Sports Group Rick Cordella, Twitter’s Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships TJ Adeshola, and Fancred President Andrew Miller. The day will close with a special live recording of The Victor Cruz Show podcast featuring Victor Cruz and Paul Rivera.

To secure your seat at this year’s event and to find out more information about all three days of Hashtag Sports 2018, go to hashtagsports.com.

About Hashtag Sports:
Hashtag Sports is the industry’s largest and most diverse gathering dedicated to sports content, culture and innovation with more than 2,000 attendees. The three-day event features more than 70 sessions and 200 speakers representing leading brands, agencies, properties, rightsholders, teams, publishers, startups, investors and athletes. Hashtag Sports 2018 will be held on June 25-27 at the TimesCenter and Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square. For more information, please visit http://hashtagsports.com.

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