Three-day conference celebrates sports media and technology industry

The 29th edition of SPORTELMonaco gets underway this week, as media and marketing professionals from the world of sport gather at the Diaghilev Exhibition Hall for three days of networking and idea sharing. Registration and badge collection for the conference opened yesterday, while Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week will see a series of conventions, presentations and guest speakers address thousands of industry leaders in the sector.

The sports marketing and media convention is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm every day, with networking opportunities at breakfast and lunch and happy hours today and tomorrow. A packed programme – which can be viewed in full on the SPORTELMonaco website – features VIP announcements, celebrity signing sessions and the official SPORTEL awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.

Among other stars, attendees will be able to meet and hear from British sprinter Linford Christie, French World Cup-winning trio Didier Deschamps, Guy Stephan and Christian Karembeu and president of La Liga Javier Tebas. Other guest speakers include SPORTEL’s chief executive Laurent Puons and chief executive of SportBusiness Group Ben Speight, as well as CEO of media innovation company SIXTY Henriette Sæther.

The SPORTEL awards evening represents the pinnacle of the extravaganza and eight different awards will be presented to those responsible for the most striking images and books in the world of sport in the last 12 months. This year’s event is expected to be just as popular as the 2017 edition, when over 3,000 representatives from more than 1,000 companies were in attendance at almost 1,000 exhibitions.

“Monaco and SPORTEL will provide the ideal environment for [industry] leaders to come together, share knowledge and do business. As the speed at which the landscape of global sports business continues to change and intensify, SPORTEL and its events are crucial to the industry leaders who are responsible for shaping the future of sport,” said Prince Albert II of Monaco, who serves as honorary president of SPORTEL.

“Looking back over the past 12 months, sports fans have had the pleasure of watching incredible sporting accomplishments during the Pyeongyang 2018 Olympic Games, 2018 FIFA World Cup and many more events worldwide. The SPORTEL Awards Ceremony will once again highlight these remarkable achievements. I would like to wish all participants a successful SPORTEL and an enjoyable stay in the Principality of Monaco.”