Slapshots to Selfies: The Business of Sports

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Slapshots to Selfies: The Business of SportsJoin us for an exclusive breakfast event at Real Sports Bar & Grill at Maple Leaf Square. We’ve convened an expert panel (see the details below) to discuss how leaders in the industry are shaping the future of sports experiences.

In business terms, sports present an enduring value proposition – an endless supply of compelling narratives, heroes, excitement, and passionate allegiances. We’re excited to be partnering with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment to bring you this event, where we’ll explore how sports management is evolving to reflect changes in business and society. We’ll discuss topics such as:

  • How analytics is advancing the management of sports teams
  • How digital technology is changing the on-field experience
  • Smart arenas and the new game-day experience
  • Shifting demographics and cultural preferences
  • How fan engagement is going deeper… and digital

Event open to alumni, business community members, and students.

Event Details

When: October 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill, Maple Leaf Square, 15 York Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Contact: Kristine Leadbetter

Real Sports Bar & Grill, Maple Leaf Square, 15 York Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

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7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration, networking, full breakfast
8:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation
9:00-9:30 a.m. Optional networking


Nick Bontis, Associate Professor, DeGroote School of Business.

Nick Bontis is an award-winning Canadian academic researcher and author. He is currently Chair of Strategic Management at DeGroote and Chair, Strategic Management at the Canadian Soccer Association. Dr. Bontis is the only McMaster professor to win Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Faculty Researcher of the Year simultaneously. He has won over a dozen teaching awards and is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in Canada. He is recognized the world over as a leading professional speaker and management consultant.



Jonathan Carrigan, Senior Director, Business Intelligence & Platforms at MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment)

Jonathan currently leads business intelligence practices at Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment (MLSE), one of North America’s leading providers of top quality sport and entertainment experiences. In this role he works with senior leadership across MLSE to leverage strategic digital product design and advanced data analytics to drive new revenue opportunities and innovative customer experiences. Prior to joining MLSE, Jonathan lead digital product development and design at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), where he operated at a national level in support of strategic planning across business lines, including News, Sports, TV and Radio services. Jonathan speaks regularly at industry events and conferences in Canada and the US.

John Levy, Chairman and CEO, theScore

John is a media industry entrepreneur, growing his family’s small cable business into one of the 10 largest distributors in the country before founding and building theScore Television Network to become a leader in authentic and interactive sports entertainment, providing sports news, highlights and live games to more than 6.6 million homes in Canada. In October 2012, John and his team structured and executed the sale of Score Media’s television assets to Rogers Media and the spin-out of Score Media’s digital assets into a new entity – theScore, Inc. This allowed John and his team to focus 100% on growing theScore’s hugely popular mobile platforms, including its flagship app ‘theScore,’ one of the most popular sports apps in North America.


glen-grunwald-smGlen Grunwald, Former GM, Toronto Raptors; New York Knicks

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Glen Grunwald was a high school All-American basketball player, who went on to play at Indiana University under legendary coach Bobby Knight.  Drafted by the Boston Celtics of the NBA, he did not pursue professional basketball and instead completed a law degree and a MBA.  Working as a corporate attorney, Grunwald returned to his basketball roots in 1990 as VP and General Counsel of the NBA Denver Nuggets.  He joined the Toronto Raptors’ organization in 1994 and assumed the role of General Manager from 1997 to 2004.  Upon leaving the Raptors, Grunwald became the President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade, the largest local business organization in Canada.  Grunwald returned to the NBA in 2006 with the New York Knicks and became the team’s General Manager in 2011. Moving on from the Knicks in 2014, he was hired to assume the position of Director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster.

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