“Our model is every game is someone’s first game so you want to set the bar really high for the first game of the season but then you want to do this at the next game”: JULIE UHRMAN - SportNXT 2024

“Anything can be turned around if it is giving an opportunity. Create opportunity by generating interest from the fan base.”: SHAUN HARVEY - SportNXT 2024

“The Women’s World Cup and the CommBank Matildas have showed us that if we invest in women’s sport, we will get the rewards.”: JAMES JOHNSON - SportNXT 2024


“Time ultimately allows great brands to develop, it doesn’t happen over night…”: JAY MONAHAN - SportNXT 2023



MELBOURNE, December 5, 2023

A new wave of top-tier speakers has today been announced for SportNXT 2024, headlined by the indomitable leaders of the upcoming Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee’s.

Casey Wasserman is the renowned Chair and CEO of Wasserman, a global leader in sports, music, entertainment and culture. He is also the Chairperson of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games, having led the city’s successful bid campaign. Wasserman, who will be participating virtually, was previously the Chair of LA Super Bowl LVI Host Committee, alongside significant philanthropic contributions across education, arts, health service and global initiatives.

Returning to SportNXT after his powerful ‘fireside chat’ in 2023, President of the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee Andrew Liveris AO also joins the line-up, bringing his unparalleled business insights to the event. The globally recognised business leader was formerly Chair and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company and has advised three US Presidents as part of a stellar list of career achievements. Wasserman and Liveris offer delegates unique global perspectives from across the sport and business landscapes that are not to be missed.

The speakers announced today join an already impressive line-up of industry leaders participating in SportNXT, including the likes of Alan Gilpin (CEO, World Rugby), Brett Gosper (Head of Europe and APAC, NFL), and Andrew Dillon (CEO, AFL), as well as senior leaders from LaLiga, the ICC, FIBA Media and many more.

The new speakers announced today include:

  • Casey Wasserman Chair and CEO, Wasserman; Chair, LA2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games
  • Andrew Liveris AO President, Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee
  • Catherine Carlson EVP, Global Partnerships, BSE Global
  • Rowena Samarasinhe Owner, GENSport; Partner, LEVEL
  • Matthew Jafarian EVP, Business Strategy, Miami Heat
  • Meegan Jones Director, Institute for Sustainable Events
  • Sean Callanan Founder, Sports Geek
  • Tanya Hosch EGM, Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL
  • Edson Crevecoeur SVP, Strategy & Data Analytics, Miami Heat

SportNXT CEO Hamish Anderson says he’s proud to welcome so many top-tier speakers to the event.

“We’re once again honoured to have some of the most influential names in sport joining us to discuss the future of our industry.”

“These highly credentialed speakers are positioned to provide a wide range of views on a breadth of insightful themes that will propel the growth of the industry,” said Mr Anderson.

2024 Themes

SportNXT tackles the most important themes for the ever-changing sports industry, and 2024 will be no different. Main stage panels will cover a range of topics including, the macro trends impacting sport, will analyse media’s ever-shifting landscape, dive into the commercialisation of women’s sport, and tackle issues such as globalisation and the importance of role models as part of sports commitment to diversity on and off the pitch.

In addition to keynote speakers and mainstage panels, SportNXT also features ‘Dedicated Breakout Streams’, allowing delegates the opportunity to deep dive into topics. Expanding on last year’s program, SportNXT 2024 will feature three concurrent breakout streams each afternoon. New in 2024, each stream will feature a ‘keynote’ from an industry headliner, an ‘expert panel’ exploring relevant case studies, and a ‘debate’ on key issues and opportunities for each stream.

The breakout streams topics to be explored at SportNXT 2024 are:

  • Commercial and Revenue
  • Emerging Digital and Technology
  • Social Media
  • Fan Experience
  • Brand and Marketing
  • Sustainability

Delegate passes are on sale now, with a special Pre-Christmas offer available until the 24th of December. Capacity for SportNXT 2024 is limited; delegates are encouraged to secure passes early and avoid disappointment.

View the full speaker list here

** Update – An earlier version of this media release included Jono Oake – Tik Tok as a speaker. SportNXT advises Jono Oake is unfortunately no longer able to participate at SportNXT 2024.

SportNXT would like to note that Matthew Jafarian – Miami Heat has unfortunately withdrawn as a speaker from SportNXT 2024.

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