Thought Leadership in Sports

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Minds Behind the Game is a gathering of the most influential leaders in modern sports. Luminary speakers explore business strategy and future technology in a panel discussion that crosses teams and leagues—often assembled for the very first time. With attendees ranging from sports and business executives to venture capitalists and tech visionaries, each event cultivates a groundbreaking professional community.

Founded in 2014 in San Francisco, Minds Behind the Game has swept the nation with ten sold-out summits. An official partner of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the panel series is presented by Chat Sports.

Chat Sports is the leading sports media brand on mobile, delivering personalized news and scores, shared with friends.





Joe Lacob
Owner, Golden State Warriors
Dan Gilbert
Owner, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jed York
Owner, San Francisco 49ers
Bobby Evans
GM, San Francisco Giants
Keith Bruce
CEO, Super Bowl 50
Host Committee
Charles Woodson
All-Pro Cornerback,
Oakland Raiders
Amy Brooks
EVP, Team Marketing &
Business Operations, NBA
David Shaw
Head Coach, Stanford University
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What People are Saying

“Minds Behind the Game brings together the most innovative and accomplished sports executives and personalities in an informal setting. There is no better way to learn about the future of sports." – Panelist Dave Kaval, President, San Jose Earthquakes

“A phenomenal event. I really appreciate you inviting me to be a part of this great series." – Panelist Joe Stetson, VP of Communications, New York Red Bulls

"I can gladly say that event is going to be hard to beat for decades to come … It was an honor!" - Attendee Wilson Lee, Co-Founder, Squad

“I found MBG incredibly valuable in getting the chance to interact with leaders at companies similar to mine. It was a great opportunity to pick their brain about their challenges and success thus far as we all try to navigate through pretty uncharted waters.” – Panelist Derek Belch, CEO, STRIVR Labs






Develop business. Hire talent. Exchange ideas.

Minds Behind the Game’s intimate networking reception has united visionaries from the these organizations and more:


We thank our past and current partners for their tremendous support:



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For partnership inquiries, sponsorship opportunities, or general information contact:

Suzi Alvarez
Director of Brand Marketing, Chat Sports &
Co-founder of Minds Behind the Game suzi@chatsports.com