Once you have registered for the conference please contact the Drake Hotel & Conference Center to reserve your room at the special conference rate. Hotel rates start at $175 per night 800-55-DRAKE (800-553-7253) and request the group rate for FSTA.
Pre-Conference, Wednesday, June 17
8 p.m. -- 11 p.m.
FSTA Expert League Fantasy Football Draft
Cocktails with the Experts
Conference Day 1, Thursday, June 18
Conference Registration Opens
Breakfast-- Sponsored by Fantasy Sports Ventures
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Paul Charchian, President, Fantasy Sports Trade Association
Welcome from MyFantasyLeague.com
Realigning FSTA Membership Standards
The FSTA’s membership committee will discuss the new standards the FSTA is putting into place for its member companies.
Fantasy Industry Legal Update
Attorney Glenn Colton will update attendees on a variety of legal issues relevant to our industry. Discussion topics include the status of the NFLPA/CBS case, and probable next steps. He will also address impact of the ruling, and how it applies to entities not specifically named in the suits.
Networking Break -- Sponsored by Titlecraft
Open Source Platforms
An open source alternative exists for nearly every technology and application that companies need – operating systems, databases, programming languages and software applications.
Elevator Pitch: Five Minutes to Fame and Fortune (Sponsored by Echostar)
Do you have a new product or company idea? Kick start it with $20,000 in free advertising! Presenters will have a few minutes to sell their product or idea to our panel of judges: The winner will be awarded $20,000 in interactive media from Dish Network! Interested? Make sure you meet the following guidelines:
Participants, here’s what you need to send to Scott Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Lunch -- Sponsored by Fantasy Coverage
Fantasy Sports In An Economic Downturn
Ph.D professor of economics, Dr. John-Charles Bradbury, author of The Baseball Economist, and www.Sabernomics.com will discuss whether fantasy sports actually grow in a time of recession. He’ll discuss the state of the economy and how leisure activities, such as fantasy sports are traditionally impacted. Bradbury has taught a dozen different classes, including Economics of Sports and Budget & Finance in Sports.
IPSOS Report on the Fantasy Sports Consumer
Aaron Amic of IPSOS presents the latest research on the demographics of the fantasy sports industry. In addition to our traditional data, IPSOS will present data relating to the drop-out rate, and reasons why some sports fans don’t pick up fantasy sports.
Networking Break -- Sponsored by RapidDraft
Fantasy Sports Business 101
Day 1 Evening Activity
Dinner at Gino's East -- Sponsored by Pay the Fan
Conference Day 2, Friday, June 19
Breakfast -- Sponsored by Fantasy Headquarters
FSTA Consumer Behavior Research Study
Dr. Kim Beason presents the results of his latest survey into the behaviors of the fantasy sports consumer. His findings will include possible changes in behavior that may result from the economic downturn.
Rajat Paharia, founder and Chief Product Officer of Bunchball, describes how to address and leverage fundamental human needs and desires through the use of mechanics from game design and behavioral economics. Learn how to incent and motivate consumers through the use of mechanics like points, levels, leaderboards, virtual goods, challenges, and real-time feedback.
Networking Break -- Sponsored by Mission Competition
Delivering Compelling Marketing Data: Obtaining Corporate Partnerships
Roanne Coffey and Lesley Parkinson (Marketing Research for Dish Network Ad Sales), Jonathan Norman (GMR Marketing) The amount of information presented at this conference may seem overwhelming but, if used properly, it can help you build advertising partnerships and ad revenue to put your product at the head of the line.
Conference Sessions Conclude
Optional Post-Conference Events, June 19
Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians from Wrigleyville
Join the FSTA for a Cubs game from the historic Wrigleyville Rooftops
As an FSTA member, you will be given the first opportunity to sponsor FSTA events and programs. With its large and diverse membership, FSTA rarely has sponsorship opportunities that are not first snatched up by corporate members. These are opportunities for high-profile event and program sponsorships. Read More...
Member companies will be authorized to use the FSTA Logo/link on their sites.
FSTA provides ways to give your organization visibility at all levels. Not only do we have sponsorship and event opportunities, but also newsletters for which we solicit articles from corporate members, committees and councils. FSTA provides a way for you to establish your company as a Fantasy Sports industry leader.
Last, but not least, you get support. If you have an idea as to a new program or project you'd like to undertake, or you would like to get something specific out of your membership, talk with the FSTA. We will provide assistance or ideas that help make your goals a reality.