What's New in Fantasy Sports
Fantasy Sports long ago became "mainstream" for several reasons--technology that enabled fantasy leagues to rapidly expand online, fans never ending appetite for more information on their favorite sports, and pro sports leagues embrace the industry which gave the industry a "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval. Now, because fans want to get more involved with their favorite sports, the fantasy sports industry continues to evolve and expand to provide more options for sports fans. Companies such as the NFL, NBC/Comcast, ESPN and USA TODAY Sports have all either recently entered the fantasy sports marketplace or expanded their offerings in the fantasy sports space. This panel will discuss many of the new technologies, apps and products being launched in the fantasy space, including the evolution of daily gaming, which is now the fastest growing segment in the fantasy sports business. This session is part of the brand new SXsports programming at SXSW 2014.
Clay Walker is the Vice President of Affiliate Relations for USA TODAY Sports. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President and GM of Big Lead Sports/Fantasy Sports Ventures, a fantasy sports marketing and media company that was sold to USA TODAY in 2012. Before joining BLS/FSV, Clay was the Chairman of the Fantasy Sports Association and the Senior Vice President of the NFL Players Association's licensing and marketing business. He conceived, launched and developed the first-ever fantasy licensing program in the U.S. and produced the first-ever fantasy sports television show in the mid-1990s. An avid fantasy football player, he was once kicked out of his original fantasy football league because the other owners thought he enjoyed an unfair advantage from working for the NFL Players Association.
Dir of Prod, NFL Fantasy Football
Daniel Shlossman is Director of Fantasy Football for the National Football League, leading strategy and game development for NFL.com Fantasy. Hired prior to the launch of the NFL's official fantasy platform, Daniel has managed the growth of NFL.com Fantasy games, platforms and initiatives since 2010. An alum of the NFL's Junior Rotational Program, he previously worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns and NFL Network in various marketing, operations and product management roles.
On Air Talent
Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCS, is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist who now works full time as an injury analyst and senior writer for ESPN. In addition to her written contributions for ESPN.com, Bell appears on various television, radio and digital media platforms for the network, including the Emmy-award winning Fantasy Football Now and the Fantasy Focus Football and Baseball podcasts. After earning her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Bell went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, followed by a certification in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute. She has held teaching positions in the physical therapy programs at Samuel Merritt College and the University of Kansas and has lectured nationally on various topics. Her primary patient population has included complex orthopedic cases involving athletes and performing artists of all ages and she continues to provide consultation in this practice area. Bell has held elected positions in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and remains active in both the AAOMPT and the APTA. She is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the University of Miami Alumni Fellowship Award and the AAOMPT John McM. Mennell Service award.