The National Sports Forum (NSF) is an annual gathering of hundreds of sports business professionals. Each year in February the event convenes in a new host city, giving attendees an all-access pass to the local teams and venues. Our first experience of the conference was the latest chapter, held in Portland, Oregon February 15 to 17, 2016.
The NSF put great emphasis on the sports business community, creating a collaborative and welcoming environment to connect with peers in the industry. Together this network, with the solid content on offer created an overall rewarding experience.
While market size, administrative structure and the code might differ, each sports business, no matter the geographical region, shares similar opportunities and challenges.
Our team at Eastwood found great benefit in the event, able to share our expertise and learn from experts in the industry. With each conversation, we relished in the opportunity to discuss what's next for the collective industry as the landscape, and the consumer continues to evolve.
1. The conference welcome at Providence Park, with a tour through the stadium
2. Getting detailed insight behind the Portland Timbers fan-centric marketing
3. Personalised tours of Providence Park and Moda Center stadiums, consulting with team and stadium staff.
5. For first-timers, the 'New Comers Breakfast' focused on connecting attendees with each other, facilitating a positive environment for sharing and networking.
Given the thoroughly enjoyable experience, we'll be back at the NSF, seeing you at Minneapolis in 2017!