Sports Tech Salon: How Data is Changing the Game




 dodgers.jpgThere are few places with better opportunities, both financial and creative, to apply real-time and predictive analytics than the sports and entertainment industries.  Massive amounts of data have been captured over the years to improve spectator experience, talent performance, statistics and more.  Exciting breakthroughs in software and hardware recently have allowed for rapid, efficient, and accurate processing of this data. But how is this information being used?  From sabermetrics for improving team performance to fan analytics personalizing live and virtual spectators' experience, big data applications in sports are weaving together incredible narratives that end-users have never had access to before.

Join us Thursday, September 25th at the Dodgers Stadium Club. We're going to kick things off with a tour of their brand new statistics center, followed by trophy room access and a peak at the field. Afterwards, we'll hop back into the exclusive Stadium Club for a panel discussion featuring some of today's top sports and entertainment minds in the big data realm. We'll close the evening with great conversation, tasty food, and libations abound.






Keynote, Richard Whittington, SVP Media, Sports and Entertainment - SAP


Richard is Senior Vice President of Media, Sports and Entertainment in SAP's Industry Cloud Solutions Organization. His focus is on the intersection of Sports and Media where he is responsible for the strategic direction for the Media industry, oversees the global Media business and leads go to market activities as it relates to Media, Sports and Entertainment. Prior to joining SAP in 2009, Richard has worked as Partner in management consulting for IBM Global Business Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers with many household media companies like Universal Studios, DirectTv, Yahoo!, Google, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Richard has a broad cross-functional background in the Media, Sports and Entertainment Industry with Executive assignments in Sales, Services, Marketing, Solution Management and Operations. Richard is based in the US but has a global focus.






Tucker Kain, Chief Financial Officer at Los Angeles Dodgers


Tucker Kain joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. Kain is also Managing Director of Guggenheim Baseball Management, LP, the Club Ownership Group. Previously, Kain was a Vice President at Guggenheim Partners in New York City, working in the corporate credit group overseeing an investment portfolio in excess of $2 billion. Kain grew up in Cleveland, OH, and received a bachelor of arts in Economics from Williams (MA) College.




Todd Sims, SVP of Digital Strategy and Corporate Development at AEG



Todd Sims serves as AEG's Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy and Corporate Development, overseeing strategy, M&A and investments for, AEG’s new ticketing service.  Prior to AEG, Sims spent more than 15 years building successful Internet businesses.  In the mid-90's, he served as ESPN's executive producer of, and NASCAR Online.  He also served on the management team of eCompanies, an incubator which created successful ventures like Jamdat (acquired by EA), (acquired by RHDonnelley) and Boingo Wireless (IPO).  Sims began his career on the Internet by co-founding Sun Valley Internet, a web development firm based in the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho.  Todd holds a BA from The Colorado College and lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife and four children.




Andrea Gallego, Associate at McKinsey & Company



Andrea Gallego recently joined McKinsey & Company as an associate in their New York Office. Prior to McKinsey, she worked at a consulting firm helping clients derive business value through data driven insights. Ms. Gallego also contributed to the strategic development and growth for a private multi-billion dollar science foundation.

Ms. Gallego received a BA in Economics from Stony Brook University and the London School of Economics and holds a Masters in Business Analytics from Fordham University. She spent her graduate studies focusing on map-reduce technologies, web-crawling, data mining, and natural language processing. Prior to graduate school, she spent a number of years developing lean systems and efficient solutions in finance for a Fortune 500 company. In the past, Andrea was a USA Team duathlete, a Boston marathon finisher, and actively participates in similar endurance events.




Josh Spivak, Product Marketing Manager - Baseball Products at Sportvision


As the Product Marketing Manager in Sportvision’s baseball business group, Josh works on a variety of computer vision products that provide advanced data sets for analysis, and enhanced broadcast features for a number of sports networks. Providing existing products and creating new ones (like PITCHf/x, HITf/x, COMMANDf/x, and FIELDf/x), he works with partner organizations including MLB team front offices, ESPN, FOX, TBS, MLB Network, and a number of regional sports networks and amateur baseball groups.

Prior to Sportvision, Josh was a Product Manager at Virgin Mobile USA for several years, in addition to holding a variety of Sales and Marketing roles. He has a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Moderator: Mark Francis, Sports Management Instructor at UCLA


Mark holds an MBA and MA in Sports Administration as well as a Diploma in University Teaching.  He works as an Instructor in Sports Management at UCLA’s Center for Managing Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES), an Adjunct Instructor in Sports Technology at Camosun College and as a Sports Management Consultant for BaAM Productions in Los Angeles where he overseeing the firm’s marketing interests throughout the professional sports industry.









September 25, 2014 at 5:30pm - 9pm
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
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    commented 2014-09-24 18:01:42 -0700
    Hi Katherine—

    Thanks for your inquiry. We have sent an email regarding directions and parking logistics. However the information you have requested is as follows:

    There is only ONE gate open while the Dodgers are out of town, so you must enter through Sunset Gate A. If you are using GPS, enter the following address for directions – 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. This address will take you to the main entrance off Sunset Blvd., Sunset Gate A. It may also be helpful to use the Dodgers’ driving instructions.

    After you arrive at the gate, enter through the furthest entry terminal to the right. There will be a blue line painted on the right side of the road to help guide you towards the correct part of the stadium. In addition, there will be signs for the “Stadium Club” and “Lot L.” Please park in Lot L and proceed to registration inside the Stadium Club. If you get lost the point of contact is Dakota Ortiz, 310.776.0186.

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