Event Overview

Following the success of the Financial Times’ Business of Football Summit in London, we are delighted to bring you the inaugural Business of Sport US Summit.

The Summit will gather the most influential leaders in the US sports economy to explore and debate the most lucrative dealmaking opportunities, the reforms and disruptive forces that are driving upheaval across the industry, and the deepening intersection of sport with the US finance, media, technology and consumer sectors.

Combining high-level virtual and in-person discussions, the Summit will provide unparalleled access to the conversations that will shape the future of business in the world's most valuable sports leagues.

Be a part of the discussions on the reforms that will shape sport dealmaking in 2021 and beyond

Network with the movers, shakers and influencers in the US sports market

Hear from the sport ecosystem's top executives on their strategies for navigating the recovery and achieving post-pandemic growth

A full day of unrivalled FT-curated virtual content followed by an in-person gathering at the Lotte New York Palace combining top speakers and exclusive networking opportunities including the high-level Summit dinner

Built on a track record of trusted and successful FT sector-focused events

The Summit will be structured in two sections

A virtual conference bringing together sports economy leaders from across the US, and beyond, before a global audience of senior decision-makers

A special in-person early evening gathering at the Lotte New York Palace, for around 80 guests, which will also be streamed on video

Business Strategy Associate, Arsenal FC (Business of Football Summit, 2021)
“The quality of the speakers was excellent - the most senior personnel from a range of organisations in the football industry - clubs, federations, leagues. Broad range of topics covered with discussion on topical issues throughout.”

Confirmed speakers include:

Lisa Baird,


National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

Gerry Cardinale,

Founder and Managing Partner,

RedBird Capital Partners

Don Garber,


Major League Soccer (MLS)

Andrew Georgiou,

President of Sports,


Christopher Halpin,

Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer,

National Football League (NFL)

Paraag Marathe,

President, 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations,


Amy Privette Perko,


Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Jason Robins,

Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board,


Angela Ruggiero,

Co-Founder and CEO,

Sports Innovation Lab

Jay Snowden,

President and CEO,

Penn National Gaming

Marc Lasry, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Avenue Capital, and Co-Owner, Milwaukee Bucks