SportsBIZ XChange: Former NFL Player Announced as Keynote

 Posted on: July 14 2020
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CINCINNATI  (July 14, 2020) – SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA, a month-long schedule of virtual business appointments and industry networking opportunities to connect its members to sports events rights holders, announced today that former NFL player Andrew Hawkins will serve as the keynote speaker on August 10, 4 p.m. ET.

Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins, is a former NFL wide receiver, sports executive, Shorty Award-winning writer, Emmy Award-nominated host, and Oscar-winning producer. At only 5’7”, Hawk’s seven-year NFL career was as improbable as his post-NFL successes in media, business and entertainment. 

The former NFL team captain, who graduated with a master's degree and a 4.0 GPA from Columbia University, has become synonymous with creative cultural content, and digital media expertise and development. After retiring from the NFL, Hawk began his media career at ESPN, where he was a two-time Emmy Award-nominated host of SportsCenter on Snapchat. Behind the camera, Hawk, who is currently on-air talent for the NFL Network and Uninterrupted, has written and produced award-winning comedy sketches and was the Executive Producer of Hair Love, which won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. For the past three years, Hawk has simultaneously served as the Director of Business Development for The SpringHill Company, the media and marketing conglomerate of LeBron James and Maverick Carter.
SportsBIZ XChange will be held from August 3-21. Registration closes July 15. The full schedule and registration information can be found at
Attendees will have the opportunity to virtually meet with numerous rights holders including NCAA, AAU, and several USA governing bodies ranging from USA BMX to USA Wrestling during multiple 20-minute one-on-one appointments and several 30-minute event overview appointments. The full list of rights holders attending can be viewed at
The appointment portal opened on July 10. Registered attendees may log in as often as necessary before the portal closes on July 22 to request, accept, decline, and rank appointments.  
Virtual attendees will have access to dozens of new and updated RFPs, and numerous social networking opportunities in the Virtual Lounges. Additionally, a virtual Locker Room will be open to all attendees to view documents (RFPs, fact sheets, and videos) from each rights holder.
Thank you to our 2020 SportsBIZ XChange sponsors: Greater Birmingham CVB, Visit KC, Myrtle Beach Area CVB, Conference Scheduling Solutions, Mobile Sports Authority, Play Tennessee, EventConnect, Sports Alabama, Traveling Teams, Orlando North Seminole County Sports, TEAM Kentucky, and Visit Tri-Cities.
Important Dates:

July 15: Registration Closes
July 22: Appointment Portal Closes
July 29: Schedules Distributed to Attendees
August 3: SportsBIZ XChange Begins


About Sports ETA
As the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, Sports ETA is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and sports events rights holders. Sports ETA is committed to the success of more than 850 member organizations and 2,400 sports events and tourism professionals. Our promise is to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members and to protect the integrity of the sports events and tourism industry.  For more information, visit


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