Tech and the Future of Sports

Date(s) - 11/28/18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Tech and the Future of Sports


Wednesday, 28 November 6 8 pm CST
Data is involved in nearly every aspect of the sports industry today. From wearable technology to analytics-driven recruiting services, athletes, coaches and teams all use data to get better.Next College Participant Athlete (NCSA), the world’s largest and most successful college recruiting network, uses its Recruit Match technology to help participant-athletes find the right fit at the college level. With a network of over 100,000 participant athletes and 35,000 college coaches, NCSA provides in-depth data for colleges and universities to build the best possible teams.

Join NCSA and other sports tech panelists as they discuss the future of data, technology and sports.


About the Instructors

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Senior Data Scientist,

Jennifer Hobbs is a Data Scientist at STATS working with player-tracking data for basketball. Previously she was a Risk Insights Analyst in Predictive Analytics at Zurich Insurance. Jennifer completed her PhD in Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University with a research focus in computational and statistical neuroscience. Her research explored the natural scene statistics of touch in order to understand how tactile features could be encoded by the brain.

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Product Manager,

Tyler Joyce is product manager at Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), the world’s largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network. In his role, Tyler is responsible for creating innovative digital experiences for student-athletes and college coaches that help improve the college recruiting process. Tyler champions the NCSA product vision, defining/executing the product roadmap, and works along NCSA data scientists to help push the business to solve problems with cutting edge technology.

Tyler earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and his MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management from the University of Colorado Denver.

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VP Business Development,

Rick Ehrman is currently responsible M&A, revenue diversification, and partnership management for SportsEngine / NBC Sports, the worlds largest Software-as-a-Service platform for youth sports and reside in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and five children.

Prior to this role, Rick was executive vice president of at Univision Communications, Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In that role, he oversaw and managed all aspects of strategy, finance and operations for Univision’s Corporate Development Group. He was responsible for identifying new services and opportunities with companies that recognize the benefits of investing in the Hispanic marketplace.

Mr. Ehrman is a 25-year industry veteran with deep experience in asset creation. Prior to joining Univision, he was managing director of Business Development at Frank N. Magid Associates, a leading research-based strategy consulting firm. Prior to this role, Ehrman served as founder and managing partner of Excelsior Equity Partners, where he led COO responsibilities for multiple portfolio companies which included providing strategic operational guidance, capital formation, business development and merge & acquisition advisory services.

He spent twelve years at General Electric, where he held multiple senior-level roles including vice president of Corporate Development at NBC Universal and senior vice president of Business Development at ShopNBC, general manager of WWDP Channel 46 Boston and president and COO for ShopNBC Direct. Ehrman holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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Founder & CEO,