JULY 25, 2023

CNBC x Boardroom: Game Plan

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Boardroom, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s premier media brand covering the business of sports, music and entertainment, are teaming up to produce Game Plan, an all-new, high-powered event taking place on July 25 in Los Angeles.

From what drives the modern-day sports fan to emerging opportunities in teams and leagues, this invite-only event will host the most influential leaders from across the sports landscape including athletes, owners, investors and innovators to devise a GAME PLAN for a rapidly evolving world.


Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is a 14-year NBA veteran and forward for the Phoenix Suns. He is a 2x NBA Champion and Finals MVP, having also won an NBA MVP Award, four NBA scoring titles, two Olympic gold medals, two NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards, 13x NBA All-Star, and an NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is also included in the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

Off the court, Durant is co-founder of Thirty Five Ventures (35V) alongside his business partner Rich Kleiman. Founded in 2016, 35V incorporates the duo’s business entities across sports, tech, media, philanthropy, and more.

35V’s portfolio includes Boardroom, a media network covering the business of sports, entertainment, and culture; ownership stakes in emerging and undervalued teams sports properties, including Athletes Unlimited, Gotham FC, Philadelphia Union, Premier Lacrosse League, and Major League Pickleball; film and TV projects including the Academy Award-winning Two Distant Strangers (Netflix), the critically acclaimed scripted series SWAGGER (Apple TV+) and documentary NYC Point Gods (Showtime.) The company’s investment portfolio also includes 100+ early stage investments.

The Durant Family Foundation’s signature programs include Build It and They Will Ball, a global basketball court renovation project with 28 courts completed to date, and The Durant Center, a 10-year, 10-million dollar program in partnership with College Track that helps low-income and underserved students enroll and graduate from college. Durant received the season-long NBA Cares Community Assist and ESPN Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian awards in 2018.

Clara Wu Tsai

Clara Wu Tsai is a businesswoman, investor, and philanthropist. Ms. Wu Tsai is the Governor of the WNBA's New York Liberty and, along with her husband, is an owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and the NLL's San Diego Seals. As Vice Chair of BSE Global, she oversees all matters relating to civic and community engagement, fan development, and the role Barclays Center plays within Brooklyn. As Founder of the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, Ms. Wu Tsai pursues philanthropic investments across the arts, sciences and social justice spaces. She established the Social Justice
Fund in 2020 to work toward economic mobility and racial justice in Brooklyn, New York. She is a founding partner of the REFORM Alliance, which seeks to reform the criminal justice system. In science and technology, the Foundation supports the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University and the Wu Tsai Institute at Yale University for understanding human cognition. In 2020, Ms Wu Tsai founded the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, which works across six universities to bring together world-class talent to advance the science of human performance. Ms. Wu Tsai serves on the Boards of Trustees for Stanford University, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington. She was an executive producer of Into the Okavango, a 2018 conservation documentary, Blue Bayou, a 2021 drama, and Unfinished Business, a 2022 documentary about the WNBA. Previously, Ms. Wu Tsai was General Manager of the Hong Kong operations of Taobao, China’s largest online shopping website, and a Vice President at American Express in New York and Hong Kong. Ms. Wu Tsai holds a B.A. in International Relations and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and a M.B.A. from Harvard University.

E. Stanley Kroenke

An American businessman, entrepreneur and conservationist widely regarded among the towering figures in professional sports, Stan Kroenke owns the Los Angeles Rams (NFL) Arsenal Football Club (English Premier League), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), the Colorado Rapids (MLS) and the Colorado Rapids (NLL).

In recent years, his success as a leader and owner is unrivaled. Under his stewardship, his teams have won two Super Bowls, two Stanley Cups, an MLS Cup, x FA Cups, two National Lacrosse League titles and mostly recently an NBA title in June.

In addition to his sports holdings, Mr. Kroenke owns numerous entertainment venues, including Eimirates Stadium in London and Ball Arena and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. He is the developer and owner of the celebrated SoFI Stadium, often referred to as “the 8th Wonder of the world.” The venue, situated in Inglewood, California, hosted Super Bowl LVI—where Mr. Kroenke’s team, the LA Rams, won the championship.

A native of Missouri, Mr. Kroenke ranks is one of the world’s leading real estate developers, owners, and operators. He has developed, owned, and managed more 100 million square feet of real estate, including retail, residential, and warehouse properties throughout North America and the United Kingdom. A deeply committed conservationist, Mr. Kroenke also ranks among the world’s leading ranch owners.

James Pitaro

James "Jimmy" Pitaro was named Chairman, ESPN in February 2023, responsible for full operational control and financial responsibility for ESPN, one of the three core business segments of The Walt Disney Company. This includes the management and supervision of the company’s full portfolio of sports content, products and experiences across all of Disney’s platforms worldwide, including its international sports channels, creative development, marketing, sales, distribution and technology.

This includes eight linear domestic networks, including ESPN and ESPN2; sports content across all Disney domestic and, going forward, international platforms; ESPN+; ESPN Audio; ESPN Digital; ESPN Social; ESPN Fantasy and a variety of owned sports events, among other responsibilities.

Previously, he was Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, since October 2020. He was named ESPN president and co-chair, Disney Media Networks, on March 5, 2018, after serving eight years as a top Disney executive.  In making the announcement, Bob Iger, then The Walt Disney Company chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Jimmy’s appointment was the result of more than 20 years spent at the intersection of technology, sports and media.”

Pitaro’s record of success leading businesses focused on consumer products, digital initiatives and sports made him the quintessential selection for ESPN at a pivotal point in its then 38-year history: a time of unprecedented technological advancements and rapidly changing consumer habits.

A visionary leader, Pitaro has identified and consistently communicated internally and externally five business priorities — Direct to Consumer, Innovation, Storytelling and Programming, Audience Expansion as well as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within ESPN’s ranks — to keep ESPN poised for future success.

Since Pitaro was named ESPN’s leader, his collaborative leadership style has led to impressive employee engagement and results, clearly evident in ESPN’s performance during the pandemic and social justice movement in 2020 and continuing today.

Under Pitaro, ESPN has reached creative new rights agreements with the NFL, UFC, SEC, NHL, MLB, PGA Tour, XFL, La Liga, Wimbledon and more, encompassing Disney-wide assets; achieved linear ratings successes in 2022 in total day (+8%) and primetime (+22%); remained cable’s leader in the key male and adult demos; achieved several ratings successes with a variety of shows and series, including ESPN’s signature show, SportsCenter,  Get Up and First Take; and fueled consistent growth in ESPN+’s distribution and offerings since the April 2018 launch of Disney’s multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service.

Also, ESPN continues to further strengthen its hold as the sports leader on digital and social platforms, standing as No. 1 among U.S. digital sports properties; the ESPN App is the clear No. 1 U.S. sports app; and ESPN Social remains the No. 1 sports media publisher. In 2022, ESPN set all-time records across its digital platforms, including an average of more than 108 million unique users in the U.S. each month and 7.5 billion engagements on social media.

Pitaro’s focus on innovation has led to two developments that have changed how fans watch sports: Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli, and putting microphones on Major League Baseball players on ESPN’s popular Sunday Night Baseball series.

During the pandemic, the innovative and hard-working culture of ESPN led to: moving up “The Last Dance,” which shattered ESPN records for documentary viewership and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series; a ground-breaking collaboration with the NFL for a totally virtual NFL Draft telecast; critical contributions to the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando; the successful presentation of Major League Baseball’s “Fall Frenzy;” and many other accomplishments in event and news programming.

From February 2016 through March 2018, Pitaro had served as chairman of Disney’s consumer products and interactive media division, the world’s largest licenser of consumer products. Among his many responsibilities, he oversaw the creation of branded digital and physical products, including a robust digital game slate. He and his team brought to life the characters and stories of four iconic brands – Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel – across toys, apparel, home goods, the world’s largest children’s publisher, hundreds of Disney store locations worldwide, the e-commerce destination ShopDisney, and the Disney Digital Network of social and digital channels that reach one out of every three U.S. social media accounts.

Pitaro originally joined The Walt Disney Company in 2010 as co-president, Disney Interactive, where he successfully led the turnaround of the digital media and gaming division.

Pitaro came to Disney from Yahoo, where he rose to head of media.  He was in charge of, and set, strategy and executed growth-driving initiatives for, Yahoo’s media properties, including Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Music. In 2009, he was named to Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” annual list of top achievers in sports for his dynamic leadership and “breathless flurry of market-moving pacts” with major sports rightsholders and media companies.

Since joining ESPN, Pitaro was honored as 2018’s Multichannel News Sports Executive of the Year. Sports Business Journal named him Sports Executive of the Year for 2019-20, citing that the biggest company in sports media continued to grow, highlighting the expansion of its linear footprint with ACC Network, growth from ESPN+, moving further into the sports betting space and continued aggressive moves in the digital and social arenas, which saw significant growth.

He serves on a variety of industry and charitable boards, including the NCTA, the Paley Center for Media, The V Foundation, The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, Pacer and CoachArt. Pitaro also serves as Co-Committee Chair of the March of Dimes, and is a Board Observer at Draft Kings. In October 2022, he will serve as Honorary Chair of NAMIC’s 36th Annual Conference. He is a member of the Cornell Athletic Alumni Advisory Committee.

Pitaro earned a bachelor of science degree in economics in 1991 from Cornell University. He earned his Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law School in 1994.  After practicing law in New York for five years, he was named head of business affairs for in 1999 before joining Yahoo.

A native of Westchester County, N.Y., Pitaro, 53, is ESPN’s eighth leader.

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Paolo Banchero

2023 NBA Rookie Of The Year, Paolo Banchero, is a professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic.

After an impressive high school career in Seattle, Paolo committed to Duke where he earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors, led all true freshmen in scoring nationally and owned one of the highest NIL valuations in all of college sports.

Drafted #1 in the 2022 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, Paolo had one of the best rookie seasons in NBA history, winning 4 consecutive Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards and ultimately 2023 Rookie of the Year.

More than an NBA superstar in the making, Paolo looks forward to giving back to the community in his new home of Orlando, as well as hometown of Seattle.

Jessica Berman

Jessica Berman is the Commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League where she oversees all operations of the league with a focus on supporting players on and off the pitch, working with NWSL clubs to continue to build on the positive momentum of the league’s growing audience, and collaborating with NWSL partners to create the most engaging and entertaining fan experience.

Berman joined the NWSL after two and a half years serving as deputy commissioner and executive vice president of business affairs at the National Lacrosse League. During her time with the NLL, Berman’s responsibilities included overseeing team services, operations, marketing and communications, broadcast and content, community engagement, human resources, and league governance.

Prior to her time with the NLL, Berman spent 13 years with the National Hockey League, first serving as vice president and deputy general counsel for the organization before becoming vice president of community development, culture and growth and executive director of the NHL Foundation. In her role as Deputy General Counsel, she was involved in collective bargaining negotiations, and was a key contributor in creating and executing the NHL’s labor strategy during the 2012 talks.

Berman’s later roles with the league focused on bolstering the sports experience for NHL and hockey enthusiasts around the globe. This included implementing a positive, inclusive, community-friendly approach across the league and working to increase access to hockey at all levels of the game. In addition, Berman oversaw the design and execution of the NHL’s corporate social responsibility goals and initiatives, an area she is particularly passionate about.

A graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, Berman also worked as an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in the labor and employment sector where she represented several employers in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, mediations and litigations, and worked on pro bono cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault and military matters.

Berman completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating with a degree in Sports Management and Communications.

During her time at Michigan, Berman was involved with the men’s hockey and football programs as an assistant in the sports information office. While completing law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Fordham Sports Law Forum and was an associate editor of the Urban Law Journal.

Berman has earned several distinctions throughout her sports career. She was named to Sports Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list in 2014. She currently sits on the Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors, the University of Michigan Sport Management Advisory Board, the Fordham Sports Law Forum Board of Advisors, Sports Innovation Lab Women Executive Network, the Vice Chair of SIGA America Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Pro Sports Assembly, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity & inclusion in the professional sports industry.

A Brooklyn, New York native, Berman resides in Larchmont, New York, with her two sons and two rescue dogs.

David Blitzer

David S. Blitzer is the Global Head of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Blackstone Tactical Opportunities employs an opportunistic investment strategy across asset classes, industries and geographies and seeks to capitalize on time-sensitive or non-traditional investment opportunities that are differentiated and difficult to source, analyze or execute. Since joining Blackstone in 1991, Mr. Blitzer has been involved in the execution of Blackstone investments across a variety of asset classes, including establishing and leading Blackstone’s European private equity business. Mr. Blitzer is also a co-managing partner of a global portfolio of sports companies that include the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ; ownership in the NBA (Philadelphia 76ers), NHL (New Jersey Devils), the Premier League (Crystal Palace) and most recently, Team Dignitas, an eSports team in the fastest growing professional sport in the world. Mr. Blitzer is based in New York and graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Blitzer currently serves on the Boards of Harlem RBI, an East Harlem social services and educational organization, the Riverdale Country School, the Advisory Board of the Mount Sinai Surgical Department, and the Board of Overseers at the Wharton School.

Aryeh Bourkoff

Aryeh B. Bourkoff is Chairman and CEO of LionTree, an independent merchant bank advising and investing in the companies and entrepreneurs leading the evolution of the global digital economy. Through its M&A advisory, capital markets, and asset management businesses, LionTree works in partnership with CEOs, creators, and investors to build and shape industries over the long-term, leveraging its thematic advice, strategic insights, capital resources, and global connectivity.

Prior to founding LionTree, Aryeh spent 13 years at UBS, closing his tenure as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking. Prior to UBS, he was a high‐yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets and Smith Barney and ranked as the number one cable and satellite analyst by Institutional Investor for seven consecutive years.

Aryeh serves on the boards of Yahoo, Gagosian, and Carnegie Hall. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees of both The Paley Center for Media and the Royal Academy of Arts. Aryeh graduated from the University of California at San Diego and resides in New York City with his family.

Lexie Brown

Lexie Brown was one of the founding members of Athletes Unlimited when it launched in 2021. She spent her first season on the Player Executive Committee in 2023 and was recently appointed Chairwoman of the PEC for the 2024 season. Brown finished fourth on the leaderboard in 2022 and earned a place on the inaugural Athletes Unlimited All-Defensive Team. In 2023, Brown recorded another successful season in which she accumulated almost 4,000 leaderboard points and led the league with a .448 three-point field goal percentage.
Brown, currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks, won a WNBA title with the Chicago Sky in 2021. She signed on with the ACC Network as a college basketball analyst for the 2022-23 season.

As a standout with Duke, Brown earned the 2018 ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. She became the first player in NCAA history to earn AP All-American honors at two different schools (Duke & Maryland) and just the 41st player in NCAA history to earn three AP All-American recognitions.

Stuart Duguid

Stuart Duguid is the founder of the talent management agency EVOLVE and the production company Hana Kuma with his business partner, Naomi Osaka. Stuart has been a tennis agent since 2010, most recently Senior Vice President at IMG for the past 6 years where he was a Sports Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree, among other accolades. Instrumental in managing Naomi Osaka’s meteoric rise as a global superstar and multi grand slam winner, Stuart has overseen a number of industry firsts, including an unprecedented Nike deal which allowed for third party logos and helping Naomi to become the first female athlete ever to earn more than $50M in a calendar year. He has been a proponent of advancing women’s sports including a strategic investment in the North Carolina Courage NWSL team and helping Naomi launch Play Academy, a charitable venture to increase girls’ participation in sports. He sits on the board of Kinlo, a sun care product for people of color.

Jalen Green

Jalen Green is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

Ashlyn Harris

Ashlyn Harris, former United States Women’s National Team & Gotham FC goalkeeper and current Global Creative advisor for Gotham FC, made her debut in 2013 with the National Team. She was a member of the 2015 and 2019 World Cup Champion team, is a two-time CONCACAF Champion, and is a three-time SheBelieves Cup Champion.

Known for her distinct sense of style, her love of expressing herself through fashion, and her extensive tattoo work, Ashlyn is a champion of self- expression and self-love, and, as a result, her fan base is extremely devoted. Ashlyn is also a fierce advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and Women’s rights and uses her platform to promote positive change.

Jessica Holtz

Jessica Holtz is the Co-Head of Basketball at CAA Sports, a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA Sports represents more than 2,000 of the world's best athletes in sports such as baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer, in addition to icons in individual sports, on-air broadcasters, coaches, and other pre-eminent personalities. Beyond on-field athlete representation, CAA Sports provides unique opportunities for clients off-field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, video games, and digital. Holtz is based in the New York office and represents many of the world’s top basketball players, including Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Elena Delle Donne, both on and off the court, as well as Chris Paul, D’Angelo Russell, and others off the court. Jessica Holtz began her career at the National Basketball Association from 2007-2011. She then joined Excel Sports Management from 2011-2014 as a Senior Director of Marketing. She joined CAA in 2014. Holtz graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Sports Journalism, and minors in Spanish and International Studies. She earned her MBA at Baruch College. Holtz was named to the Class of 2018 Sports Business Journal’s Game Changers for women in sports. Holtz said her ability to help her star clients deal with the pressure of their careers and to achieve their life goals is what she enjoys most about her job. “What I like to do day to day is making their lives easier off the court, securing partnerships and growing their brand in a way that really matters. It’s authentic to them and that really moves the needle,” she said.

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Rich Kleiman

Rich Kleiman is Kevin Durant’s long-time manager and co-founder in Thirty Five Ventures (35V) and Boardroom. Founded in 2016, 35V incorporates the duo’s existing business entities, including a media network, Boardroom, that sits at the intersection of sports, entertainment, business, and culture; Durant’s personal brand/marketing portfolio and on-court contracts; and an investment portfolio that includes ownership stakes in emerging teams and leagues such as Athletes Unlimited, Gotham FC, Philadelphia Union, and Premier Lacrosse League.

Other projects under the 35V/Boardroom umbrella include the critically acclaimed scripted series SWAGGER in partnership with Imagine Entertainment and Apple TV+, the Academy-Award-winning short film Two Distant Strangers (Netflix), and Emmy-nominated documentary NYC Point Gods (Showtime). The company’s investment portfolio includes over 100 early stage investments across sports, technology, finance, media, and more.

Kleiman serves as the Executive Director of the Durant Family Foundation (fka Kevin Durant Charity Foundation), helping underserved and low-income families and youth across the globe. He also sits on the Board of Directors at New Heights Youth, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to sports-based youth development and education in New York City.

Previously, Kleiman helped launch Roc Nation Sports, where he served as Vice President of the agency founded by Jay-Z. Kleiman started with Roc Nation in 2008 as a music manager representing Mark Ronson, Solange, Meek Mill, Wale, and many others.

Steve Kuhn

Steve Kuhn is the Founder of MLP by Margaritaville (MLP), the leading team-based professional pickleball league, established in 2021. Kuhn was introduced to pickleball by his nephew in 2015 and instantly became passionate about the sport, the joy derived from playing, and his belief that pickleball can unify people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

His vision for MLP began to take shape at a charity event he hosted in 2018 - the first time that professional tennis legends Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick played pickleball - and the league launched its first event with eight teams and 32 pros in November 2021. MLP expanded to three events, 12 teams, and 48 pros in 2022, before doubling to its 2023 iteration featuring six events, 24 teams, and nearly 100 professional players.

Kuhn’s innovations for MLP include establishing promotion and relegation for American professional sport for the first time, the coed team-based format, rally scoring, and the unique and thrilling Dreambreaker tiebreaker. The league boasts the best players, dynamic celebrity owners and investors, and the most exciting live events across the entire sport.

Before taking a leading role in professional pickleball, Kuhn was in the world of hedge funds. In 2008, he joined Pine River Capital Management which grew to a market cap of over $14 billion - the world’s best hedge fund track record from 2008-2013 - and made Kuhn one of the most successful hedge fund managers of all time. He also served as Chief Investment Officer of Two Harbors Investment Corp., a public company which grew to a market cap of over $4 billion under his leadership.

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios burst onto the pro tennis scene in 2012 after a prolific junior tennis career. Since his start he has captivated fans with a larger than life personality, passion for the game, and unpredictability. He electrifies the Tour with his near unstoppable serve and powerful forehand.

Kyrgios has won 7 singles titles and 4 doubles titles in his career, but 2022 marked the first time Kyrgios displayed his dominance making it to his first Grand Slam Final, winning 3 singles titles, and 3 doubles titles. He also reached the Quarter Finals of the 2022 US Open beating then-ranked No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and is one of the few players on Tour who have beaten the Big Three (Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal) at least once.

Kyrgios was born in Canberra, Australia to Father George, who is from Greece, and mother Norlaila, who is from Malaysia. He played basketball until he was 14 before dedicating himself to tennis.

Kyrgios brings basketball swagger to the game of tennis playing with a level of charisma and authenticity not seen in tennis for a generation. His magnetism has led to a number of brand deals including Nike, Beats by Dre, and Beyond Meat. In addition, Kyrgios displays refreshing honesty when it comes to important conversations including mental health, the ups and downs of being a pro, and veganism and animal safety. He’s an investor in Alive Synbiotic and recently joined the EVOLVE agency founded by Naomi Osaka and Stuart Duguid. Finally, Kyrgios and his family run the NK Foundation in Australia focused on creating a sporting facility for underprivileged children in Melbourne, Australia.

Jay Marine

Jay Marine is VP and global head of sports for Prime Video at Amazon. In this role, Marine oversees all aspects of Prime Video Sports, including the entire customer experience and distribution on more than a billion devices, across living rooms, mobile, and web, as well as all Prime Video Sports production, technology, and business teams around the globe.

During his 20-year career at Amazon, Marine has led teams across all aspects of general management, product, marketing, design, pricing, software development, and business development. Most recently, he spent five years in London as vice president of Prime Video EU & India, where he also led Prime Video’s first sports investments in the UK, with the Premier League and the U.S. Open.

Previously, Marine spent eight years within the Amazon Kindle business, including shepherding the first Kindle device from concept to launch, before going on to serve as Jeff Bezos’ Technical Advisor.

Marine holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management.

Paul Rabil

Rabil's a former professional lacrosse player, Co-Founder and President of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), the 2020 Sports Business Journal’s Sports Breakthrough of the Year. Over 4 years he's constructed an eight team league, a network partnership with ESPN, and corporate partners that include Ticketmaster, Cash App, Adidas, BOSE, Progressive Insurance, Champion, Gatorade, Michelob Ultra and more. In 2022, Rabil was an executive producer on “Fate of a Sport,” an ESPN documentary about the building of the PLL.

Rabil has the all-time scoring record in professional lacrosse, has won championships and MVP’s as an NCAA athlete, professional, and international player, and is a two-time World Lacrosse Champion with Team USA.

Off the field, Rabil's build a robust multi-channel network of over 1 million fans. In 2021, Sports Business Journal named Rabil a 40 Under 40 winner, while Cynopsis Sports Media awarded Paul “Best Athlete in a Web Series”, and SportTechie awarded Paul as the “Most Tech-Savvy Athlete on the Planet”.

In 2017, Rabil launched the award-winning Suiting Up Podcast, an interview-style show that hosts top athletes, entrepreneurs, and entertainers, such as Bill Belichick, Steph Curry, Venus Williams, Tony Hawk, Mark Cuban, Sue Bird and Adam Grant. The show is available on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or wherever podcasts are available.

Annually dubbed a “Top 40 Most Entrepreneurial Athlete” by Entrepreneur Magazine, Rabil's found success as an investor, deploying personal capital through his investment and advisory vehicle, Rabil Ventures.

He started the Paul Rabil Foundation in 2011 to help children with learning differences by creating programs and partnerships through sport and scholarship.

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Tamika Tremaglio

Tamika L. Tremaglio is the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). In this role, she works on behalf of NBA players to ensure their rights are protected and that they are fairly compensated for the value they bring to the court and as ambassadors of the game around the world. Tremaglio began her 4-year term as executive director in January 2022.

Prior to joining the NBPA, Tremaglio served as the Managing Principal for Deloitte’s Greater Washington offices where she managed over 15,000 professionals across 17 offices that provided market-leading audit, tax, advisory, and consulting services. At Deloitte, Tremaglio built a thriving practice and advised a diverse range of clients on high-profile matters relating to strategy development, corporate governance, talent management, organizational alignment, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Tremaglio held several leadership positions at Deloitte in both the business and talent areas of the firm before she was appointed Managing Principal for the Greater Washington Area in 2017.

In addition to her professional achievements, Tremaglio has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to give back to her community through volunteering, mentorship, and board service.

Tremaglio earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Business & Finance in 1992. She received her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995, and an MBA from the University of Baltimore in 1995.

Will Welch

Will Welch is the Global Editorial Director of GQ.

Julia Boorstin

Julia Boorstin is CNBC’s Senior Media & Tech Correspondent based at the network’s Los Angeles Bureau. She covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. Boorstin also plays a key role on CNBC’s bi-coastal tech-focused program “TechCheck” (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET/8AM-9AM PT) delivering reporting, analysis and interviews around streaming, social and the convergence of media and technology. She joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter and in 2007 moved to Los Angeles to cover media.

In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list she oversees, highlighting the private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. Additionally, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, “Stay Tuned…The Future of TV.” She also helped launch CNBC’s ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative covering the people and companies closing gender gaps, and leads CNBC’s coverage of studies on this topic. She is currently writing a book called, “WHEN WOMEN LEAD: What they achieve, Why they succeed, and How we can learn from them,” about female founders that Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader imprint is publishing in October 2022.

Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000. During that time, she was also a contributor to “Street Life,” a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News.

In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the “TJFR 30 under 30” list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore’s domestic policy office.

She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian.

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin is co-anchor of "Squawk Box" (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET), CNBC's signature morning program. Sorkin is also a financial columnist for The New York Times and the editor-at-large of DealBook, a news site he founded that is published by The Times.
Sorkin is the author of the best-selling book, "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves," which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. The book won the 2010 Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize and the 2010 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. The book was adapted as a movie by HBO Films in 2011. Sorkin was a co-producer of the film, which was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards.

Sorkin is also co-creator of the drama series "Billions" on Showtime starring Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis.

Over the years, Sorkin has broken news on many major mergers and acquisitions, including Chase's acquisition of JPMorgan and Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of Compaq. He also led The Times's coverage of Vodafone's $183 billion hostile bid for Mannesmann, resulting in the world's largest takeover ever.

He won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2004 for breaking the news of IBM's historic sale of its PC business to Lenovo. He was also a finalist in the commentary category for his DealBook column. He won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2008 and 2009, Vanity Fair named him to its "Next Establishment" list. He was also named to the "Directorship 100," a list of the most influential people on the nation's board of directors. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sorkin began writing for The New York Times in 1995 under unusual circumstances: He hadn't yet graduated from high school.

He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree in May 1999.

Scott Wapner

Scott Wapner is host of CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” (M-F, 12PM-1PM ET) and “Closing Bell” (M-F, 3PM-4PM ET), which broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange. Wapner is known for interviewing some of the world’s most influential investors, drilling down into stocks and sectors and navigating viewers through breaking news and market moves during and after the trading day.

He is also the author of “When the Wolves Bite,” which documents the battle between billionaire investors Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn over Herbalife.

Vinciane Ngomsi

Vinciane Ngomsi is a staff reporter at Boardroom, a media network co-founded by Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman. Vinciane reports on all things sports, entertainment, fashion, and more. Prior to joining Boardroom, Vinciane spent three years covering breaking news and commercial partnerships at Yahoo Sports. Born in Yaounde, Cameroon, Vinciane moved to Kansas City, Missouri as a toddler. Upon graduating from Truman State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Vinciane moved to Washington, DC, where she is currently based. Vinciane enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking.



Networking Reception


Event programming begins


The live sports landscape is undergoing a rapid evolution, with the streaming service competition among the major networks heating up, the surging popularity of women’s sports, and key major league rights deals coming up for grabs. We’ll explore the top growth opportunities with the industry’s preeminent dealmakers, and their game plans for the future.    

Jessica Berman, National Women’s Soccer League Commissioner
Aryeh Bourkoff, LionTree Chairman & CEO
Jay Marine, Amazon Global Head of Sports, Prime Video
James Pitaro, ESPN Chairman
Moderator: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent


The ownership game is taking it up a notch. With the rapid rise of emerging leagues, expansion teams, and current/former athletes getting into the game, today’s owners are more diverse than ever. Meanwhile, successful franchise owners are expanding and doubling, even tripling down on team ownership. We’ll discuss the widening pool of unique investment opportunities, and break down the risks and returns. 

David Blitzer, Blackstone Global Head of Tactical Opportunities and NJ Devils and Philadelphia 76ers Co-owner
Lexie Brown, LA Sparks WNBA Player, Athletes Unlimited Founding Member
Paul Rabil, Premier Lacrosse League Co-Founder and President
Clara Wu Tsai, BSE Global Vice Chair, New York Liberty Governor and Brooklyn Nets
Moderator: Scott Wapner, CNBC “Fast Money Halftime Report” & “Closing Bell” Host 


Until recently, the world of the sports executive was an old-school “boys club”. With the rise of women and people of color in leadership positions, the sports industry is now finally starting to look a little bit more like the teams’ players and fans. We’ll examine how today’s newest leaders are strategically thinking about topics like player empowerment and new technology, along with the key roles diverse perspectives play in driving innovation and profitability. 

Linda Alvarado, Colorado Rockies Co-Owner
Ashlyn Harris, Gotham FC Global Creative Advisor
Jessica Holtz, CAA Sports Co-Head of Basketball
Tamika Tremaglio, National Basketball Players Association Executive Director
Moderator: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent 


The game of tennis is going through a disruption. At the center is a new generation of rising stars who are capitalizing on unique growth opportunities to elevate their brand and the sport as a whole. One of those stars, and his agent, will break down their unique approach to partnerships and marketing, and their road map for the future.

Stuart Duguid, EVOLVE Co-Founder
Nick Kyrgios, Professional Tennis Player
Moderator: Rich Kleiman, Boardroom CEO & Co-Founder 


Networking Break


Event programming resumes


America’s fastest growing sport has attracted millions of new players and created a booming ecosystem of everything from courts to equipment and merchandise. Can big league pickleball capitalize on that booming growth at the professional level?

Steve Kuhn, Major League Pickleball Founder
Interviewer: Vinciane Ngomsi, Boardroom Reporter


He’s one of the most dominant forces in sports, having just celebrated a historic fourth professional league title in under two years. What’s the secret to Stanley Kroenke’s success? In a candid and exclusive conversation, we’ll hear from the championship architect himself about his blueprint for victory and what’s next.

Stanley Kroenke, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment CEO and Los Angeles Rams Owner
Interviewer: Scott Wapner, CNBC “Fast Money Halftime Report” & “Closing Bell” Host 


The saying used to be that athletes want to be rappers and rappers want to be athletes. Now, athletes and rappers are both something very different: Entrepreneurs. In this conversation, we’ll talk about the ways in which the sports and entertainment worlds have bolstered each other and are creating new opportunities in fashion, media, tech, and more.

Paolo Banchero, 2022-23 NBA Rookie of the Year 
Jalen Green, Houston Rockets
Larry Jackson, Gamma Co-Founder & CEO
Will Welch, GQ Global Editorial Director
Moderator: Andrew Ross Sorkin, CNBC “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor


Three Olympic gold medals. Two NBA championship rings. Thirteen-time NBA AllStar. 2014 NBA MVP. Entrepreneur. Kevin Durant is just getting started. We’ll go deep on KD’s game plan for continued success.

Kevin Durant, Boardroom Co-Founder, 2x NBA Champion
Interviewer: Andrew Ross Sorkin, CNBC “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor


Cocktail Hour


Event concludes


Inaugural event on July 25 focused on the intersection of sports and business


The most influential leaders from across the sports business landscape, including top-tier athletes, league owners, multi-media moguls, cultural innovators and cutting-edge investors


Hear from the biggest names who are innovating the business of sport