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The Duke Sports Business Conference (DSBC) is committed to inspiring students to explore the intersection of sports and business.

Jason Robins (CEO & Co-Founder, DraftKings)

By: Taylor Perlman

The Duke Sports Business Conference is proud to announce our opening keynote speaker: Jason Robins.

Robins is the co-founder, chief executive officer and Chairman of the Board at DraftKings. He co-founded DraftKings in 2012, and in the early years was responsible for establishing relationships with investors and sports leagues. Robins has also worked with policy makers to help pass sports betting legislation, enabling DraftKings’ rapid expansion.

The Miami native has appeared on both Fortune’s and the Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” lists, and was named the 2020 ‘American Executive of…


Jamie Shea (Vice President of SportsBook Operations, DraftKings)

By: Evan Kolin

The Duke Sports Business Conference is proud to announce our second speaker on our Future of Sports Gambling panel: Jamie Shea.

Shea has had a firsthand account of the meteoric rise of sports gambling over the last 30 years, working as an oddsmaker in the mid-1990s before going on to run the Las Vegas sportsbooks of both The Venetian from 1999–2002 and The Hard Rock Casino from 2002–2009. …


Jason Sondag (Vice President of Strategy and Development, Chicago Cubs)

By: Evan Kolin

The Duke Sports Business Conference is proud to announce our first speaker on our Future of Sports Gambling panel: Jason Sondag.

Sondag has worked with the Cubs since 2010, rising from an associate, to director and now vice president of strategy and development. In his current role, Sondag is responsible for driving the strategic planning efforts for the organization, developing new business opportunities and managing external investments. One of his most recent projects was leading the Cubs’ monetization plans for the sports betting category, which resulted in a long-term partnership with DraftKings. …


Sydney Colson (WNBA veteran)

By: Evan Kolin

The Duke Sports Business Conference is proud to announce our second speaker on our Social Justice in Sports panel: Sydney Colson.

Colson was a star point guard for Texas A&M from 2007 until 2011, leading the Aggies to the 2011 NCAA Championship during her senior season. She’s played in the WNBA and overseas since graduating, while also serving as an assistant coach at Rice from 2015–17.

Now playing for the Chicago Sky, Colson has been heavily involved in the WNBA’s social justice initiatives over the last year. The Houston native is one of…


Nolan Smith (Director of Operations & Player Development, Duke Men’s Basketball)

By: Taylor Perlman

The Duke Sports Business Conference is proud to announce our first speaker on our Social Justice in Sports panel: Nolan Smith.

Smith was born and raised in the DMV area, attending Oak Hill Academy for his final two years of high school before going on to play at Duke, where he won a national championship in 2010 and earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 2011. After college, Smith played professionally in the NBA, Turkey and Croatia. He returned to Duke in 2016, spending two…


Alex Rodriguez (Chairman & CEO, A-Rod Corp)

By: Evan Kolin

The Duke Sports Business Conference is proud to announce our closing keynote speaker: Alex Rodriguez.

While well-known as one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, ranking fourth in MLB history in both home runs (696) and runs batted in (2,086), Rodriguez has made a name for himself in the business world as well. The New York native formed A-Rod Corp in 1996, just two years into his MLB career, and made his first investments with the company in 2003. …


Zack Weiner (Cofounder and President, Overtime)

By: Taylor Perlman

The Duke Sports Business Conference is proud to announce our second speaker on our Sports Media panel: Zack Weiner.

Weiner is the co-founder of Overtime, a popular multifaceted media network with programming across Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok, with a focus on youth basketball. On top of founding Overtime, Weiner founded the Sports Quotient, a platform made so that college students can write about sports. A 2014 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Weiner has been recognized on Forbes’ “30 under 30” and Sports Business Journal’s “New Voices Under 30” lists.

If you want to learn more about Weiner and his insights into sports media and its future, sign up for Duke’s inaugural sports business conference.

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TJ Adeshola (Head of U.S. Sports, Twitter)

By: Taylor Perlman

The Duke Sports Business Conference is happy to announce our first speaker on our Sports Media panel: TJ Adeshola.

Adeshola is currently in charge of all U.S. Sports Partnerships for Twitter. Before moving into his current role, he worked for ESPN in digital sales and marketing, helping popularize both ESPN.com as well as WatchESPN. A graduate from the University of Georgia, Adeshola is also very active in terms of advocating for diversity in the sports world. He is a member of Minorities in Sports (MIS) as well as the chair…


Mike Levine (Co-Head, CAA Sports, and CAA Board Member)

By: Evan Kolin

The Duke Sports Business Conference is happy to announce our second speaker on our Sports Marketing panel: Mike Levine.

Levine has served as the Co-Head of CAA Sports, the sports division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), since the division’s founding in 2007. Under Levine’s leadership, CAA Sports has grown to become the most dominant sports agency in the world, with clients such as Zion Williamson, Drew Brees, Chris Paul and many more. In addition to its player-representation business, CAA Sports has negotiated billions of dollars of corporate sponsorships…


Laura Gentile (Senior Vice President, Marketing & Social Media, ESPN)

By: Evan Kolin

The Duke Sports Business Conference is happy to announce our first speaker on our Sports Marketing panel: Laura Gentile.

Gentile has held a variety of roles since joining ESPN in 2003, including Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Content Strategy and her current role as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Social Media, which requires overseeing all of ESPN’s social media content. Ranked №22 on Forbes’ 2018 list of the “Most Powerful Women in U.S. Sports,” Gentile is credited as the founder of espnW, a business…

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