Don't believe us that the National Sports Forum is the place to be to get business done? Check out what some of our attendees have to say about their experience at the National Sports Forum.


"I was impressed with the entire tone of the conference, there was very much a sense of community, and it was never hard to walk up to someone and start a conversation.  With our Scoutware business we go to 10-12 conferences/trade shows a year, even though I was not an exhibitor here, I was impressed with how you treated the vendors.  Often times you are treated as a necessary evil, somewhat of a second class attendee even though you are paying a considerable amount to be there.  That certainly wasn't the case at the NSF, everyone was treated as it should be."
Andy Clark
DePaul Sports Management Professor

What did you gain from the National Sports Forum?

"A notebook overrun with new ideas and a roladex filled with grade-A industry professionals"

Adam Maher
Copywriter/Director Business Development

“I make it a point to attend the National Sports Forum every year. With 81 home games and a year-round sales cycle, it’s easy to miss out on what’s happening around the industry. At the Forum, I’m able to network with my peers from MLB, make new contacts from other leagues and organizations, and learn about what’s next for the future of the industry. From the breakout sessions to the panel discussions, I always bring back a notepad full of ideas to improve my organization, as well as advance my own professional career. My experience at the Forum every year is invaluable.”


 Steve Carter
Senior Account Specialist & Team Lead, Membership Services
San Diego Padres


"The National Sports Forum has proven to be the number one resource for us to stay ahead of the industry trends in sports.  I believe the future is bright for Minor League Baseball, and attending the National Sports Forum broadens my perspective on the direction we can be going.  Personally, the NSF has provided real world examples on how to interact with decision makers at Fortune 500 companies.  This knowledge gives me confidence that I know the key trigger points to get in the door and get a deal done." 



 Adam Nuse
Vice President
Corpus Christi Hooks


"The National Sports Forum is our company's single most important annual conference and has been since 2004. Almost 50% of the sports business we have acquired can safely be attributed to the relationships we have developed through the NSF. Over time, the sports vertical of our business has grown from a mere 25% to upwards of 90% and the NSF has played a major role in this increase. Teams such as the Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Indians and Orlando Magic all became clients as a direct result of our attendance at the National Sports Forum. It's the place where we nurture our business relationships, create new ones and have fun doing it!"


 Evan Karasick
Channel 1 Media Solutions

"The National Sports Forum provides a networking experience across all sports leagues which is second to none.  As a veteran in the business, I find this aspect of the conference invaluable. Being able to connect with my counterparts across the country, especially those in other sports is something I truly appreciate and look forward to every year."

 Jim Bathey
Vice President, Consumer Marketing
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

"From attending the Forum I’ve been able to meet people in similar roles who’ve shared their latest initiatives and concepts with me. It’s my best opportunity to compare and contrast what we’re doing with other team representatives from across the country. I’ve been able to return home with a notebook full of new ideas, ways to troubleshoot challenges and a number of photos taken on the venue tours. I’m looking forward to returning this year."

 Joe Heller
Senior Director of Marketing
Philadelphia Flyers

"Ever since our partnership began in 2005, I've learned my most valuable lessons in sports marketing through the National Sports Forum.  The caliber of speakers, attendees, and breakout sessions have inspired me to think differently and fine tune my approach to business development initiatives for my role at Access Pass & Design.   If you stick with the Forum long enough, the pay off goes far beyond business as I have made many life long friends throughout the years.   Whether it's the CLICK customer service program for the OKC Thunder, game day operations for the Boston Bruins, or fan affinity programs for the Baltimore Ravens, I have found a way to work with some of the biggest names in the industry through the Forum.  Dallas will be my 10th year; it PAY$ to stay in the game."



 Danny Heinsohn
Client Development
Access Pass & Design

"The NSF is one of the best pro sports marketing and industry conferences in the world…you learn something new every year.  And it all goes back to Ron Seaver’s philosophy: it’s all about friendships and relationships, and I can’t tell you over the years how many relationships and friendships I’ve formed at this event that have helped me in my profession."


 Dave Synowka
Robert Morris University

"When I first started Full House, I decided I would try a few industry conferences.  I attended the National Sports Forum in 2000 and have come back every year since.  The majority of our best client relationships started with a face-to-face meeting at the conference."


 Ron Contorno
Full House Marketing

"I manufacture and sell Remote Control Blimps for sports teams.  I have been attending the National Sports Forum since 2002.  I have found it to be an amazing uplifting experience to meet with Sports teams and learn what they are looking for and the correct time and way to communicate with them, other than cold calling and prearranged appointments.    Most importantly, I learned that networking with the decision makers was the key to sales with many teams.  I can do that in a very casual manner at the National Sport Forum convention each winter.  Blimpworks has been manufacturing RC Blimps since 1998 and the NSF has been an important tool in maintaining AIR SUPERIORITY  in a crowding  marketing field.  My business relationships with leading decision-makers from the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks (among others) have been facilitated by my ongoing participation at the Forum."

 Scott Fisher

"The National Sports Forum has been great for us.  We are already talking to teams and venues over the phone…but having that in-person contact—especially over a couple days where you get repeat impressions and in-depth conversation—is critical.  Ideas get fleshed out, team goals and pain points can be talked about in detail, and we can find areas where we can deliver our technological solution to improve their fan experience."

 Abel Cuskelly


"It’s been a great partnership w/ the Forum.  3 years ago when we entered the sports market we had 2 customers in the sports vertical—both local --and they recommended that we come to the Forum.  This event has been the biggest successful thing we’ve done. We’ve grown exponentially each year in the market, and I cant say enough great things about the Forum.  The audience is very receptive to the vendors that are here, and the networking and marketing opportunities with decision-makers has been well worth our time.  The Forum gives you a chance to be more than just a voice on the phone or an e-mail; it gives you a chance to have that one-on-one face time with them, present your products, message, and build your relationships.  There’s a lot of networking that goes on at this event and a lot of good friendships have developed between our company and our clients."


 Rory Morgan
Account Manager
Creative Data Products

"NuBoard Media has been impressed from not only the response we’ve seen from sports properties, but from agencies as well.  I can honestly say that without a doubt, if your intent is to surround yourself with the highest-level sports industry professionals, showcase your company and enjoy a first class trade show, then you should attend the NSF."

 Jim Allegro
NuBoard Media


"The National Sports Forum allowed Broadnet to meet with the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams (among other teams) and their head decision makers.  This opportunity allowed us to personally share our successes with these teams, giving them the ability to see first hand how our platform works during live time.”


 Frank Ford
VP, Business Development

"The NSF Case Cup Completion continues to be a key part of the  graduate school experience at Ohio University and one that our students look forward to each year. Past contestants that are now working for organizations like the NCAA, IMG College, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers,  Learfield Sports Properties, Team One  and  GMR Marketing were able to use this real word experience as point of differentiation in the interview process  after graduation. I would highly recommend this competition to any graduate program  that is looking to showcase their top students as the industry is now aware of what the 24 hour challenge is all about."

Jim Kahler
Executive Director, Center for Sports Administration
Ohio Universit


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