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    Influencer (INFLCR) is a SaaS platform for sports team properties to store, track and deliver their content across their influencer network of athletes, coaches, former athletes, media, etc. Each influencer can access their personalized gallery of content on their INFLCR mobile app, which they can use to download and share specific content to their social media platforms, with all influencer user activity tracked back to an INFLCR dashboard for the sports team properties.

    Visit their website at http://inflcr.com/.

  • DLR Group
    DLR Group

    DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge, and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment.

    Visit their website at http://www.dlrgroup.com.


    College sports is our business, and we love what we do. On game day and every day, our countless innovations connect brands to fans. LEARFIELD – a leading media and technology company in college athletics – is the number one provider of multimedia rights, licensing, ticketing, fan-targeted digital advertising, official athletic websites, original content programming, digital signage, social, ticketing, and development services, and more to our college partners and beyond. We love to help our university & brand partners achieve their goals.

    Visit their website at https://www.learfield.com/.

  • Playfly Sports
    Playfly Sports

    Playfly is a leading sports management and marketing company bringing an innovative, digitally enabled approach to the growing collegiate, high school and pro sports sectors through five distinct business units. Playfly looks to advance the passion of the student athlete, the aspirations of academic institutions, the objectives of media partners/pro teams, and the goals of our brand partners.

    Playfly enables brands to reach and engage with fans in meaningful and authentic ways, surrounding them with a true, 360-degree approach, all year long. With fully national coverage, a strong local presence and touchpoints stemming from youth-to-pro, Playfly meets the needs of every sports fan.

    Visit their website at http://Playfly.com.

  • Lightfoot, Franklin & White
    Lightfoot, Franklin & White

    Lightfoot, Franklin & White is revered by clients and respected by opponents. True to its “Trial Tough, Solution Savvy” mantra, Lightfoot achieved the coveted recognition as a 2021 “Top 20 Trial Law Firm” in the U.S. by Benchmark Litigation for three consecutive years. Working from offices in Birmingham and Houston, the firm’s 60+ lawyers have established an enviable record of success in complex, bet-the-company litigation; internal and government investigations; risk management; and compliance representation for clients across the country and around the world.

    Visit their website at http://www.lightfootlaw.com.

  • Eventellect

    Eventellect is the leader in driving incremental ticket revenue for sports organizations and entertainment companies by developing and executing distribution and pricing strategies. Combining proprietary software and unparalleled experience, Eventellect helps content rights holders build custom strategies to accomplish their revenue and attendance goals. Eventellect has helped revolutionize ticketing for dozens of professional sports teams and select entertainment companies while also creating a world class work environment.

    Visit their website at http://www.eventellect.com/.

  • RealResponse

    RealResponse is a risk management platform for athletic organizations. We provide a secure and centralized place for your athletes to give feedback and report urgent concerns, and for administrators to respond in real time and document interactions.

    Over 1,500 athletic organizations and teams across the country trust RealResponse as a safe space for their athletes to use their voice.

    Visit their website at https://www.realresponse.com/.

  • DHR Global
    DHR Global

    DHR is a leading, privately-held provider of executive search, leadership consulting, and emerging leader search solutions in more than 50 markets spanning 22 countries. With expertise in more than 20 industries and functional areas, DHR pairs clients with resourceful consultants who have the most experience in their world.

    For more than 30 years, DHR has solved talent challenges by being connected, accountable, attentive, and prepared to hit the ground running to ensure clients have the best talent available.

    Our emerging leader search services are delivered through Jobplex, a DHR company.

    Visit their website at: https://www.dhrglobal.com/

  • Events DC
    Events DC

    Events DC is the premier host of conventions, entertainment, sporting and cultural events in the nation’s capital.

    From the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena, to our new home for virtual events, GATHER by Events DC, our state-of-the-art venues and dynamic portfolio of events showcase the best of Washington, DC for visitors from across the city and around the world.

    Large or small. in-person, virtual or hybrid. We Make DC Happen!


    Visit their website at  https://eventsdc.com/.

  • ICON Source
    ICON Source

    We are Former SportsPlayers and Lifelong Fans

    And our overarching mission reflects how much we care about sports and the people involved in them. We strive to bring a human element to brand partnerships in order to create something more meaningful.

    Our company was founded in 2019 by Sports Marketing professional Chase Garrett. We are proud to be a Denver-based company connecting brands of all sizes with professional athletes looking for marketing and endorsement opportunities.

    Visit their website at https://iconsource.com/

  • National Archives Foundation
    National Archives Foundation

    The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy.

    As the National Archives’ nonprofit partner, the Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world.

    Visit their website at https://www.archivesfoundation.org/

  • Women's Sport Foundation
    Women's Sport Foundation

    The Women’s Sports Foundation was established in 1974 to advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. Our mission is to enable all girls and women to reach their potential in sports and life. We provide financial fuel to aspiring champion athletes. We fund groundbreaking research. We educate. We advocate. And we help communities get girls active. Sure, there’s a long way to go but we’re not going to stop until we get there.

    Visit their website at https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/

  • Kiswe

    Kiswe is the interactive video company that transforms live streamed events into immersive and socially connected experiences. Kiswe’s two-way video technology enables audiences to both consume and contribute to live digital content. With its award-winning cloud video technology, Kiswe has delivered the world’s largest digital pay-per-view events and serves the top sports, media, and entertainment companies with its production, content distribution, fan engagement, and audience data solutions. Kiswe is headquartered in New Jersey, USA and has offices in New York, Seoul and Hasselt.

    Visit their website at https://www.kiswe.com/

  • Anthony Travel | On Location
    Anthony Travel | On Location

    Our passion for helping people experience and enjoy the world is what motivates what we do every day and has remained our core purpose since 1989. For over 30 years, we have specialized in providing creative and comprehensive travel solutions for athletes, teams, coaches, parents, universities and fans. Sure, we’ve experienced some growth along the way — from a single office with two associates to dozens of offices nationwide — but we haven’t outgrown our founding premise of providing personal, professional travel service to all of our clients and customers. This people-focused business philosophy is best illustrated by a set of core values that have guided our associates since day one.

    Visit their website here https://www.anthonytravel.com/

  • On3

    The premier college sports digital media, data and marketing company for fans, media, coaches, and athletes. On3 database is the ultimate interactive resource for fans, media, coaches, and athletes. On3 builds, licenses and acquires fan publications and team sites that capture the passion and voice of the fan through local, team-based coverage.

    Visit their website at https://www.on3.com/

  • CCH+A Attorneys at Law
    CCH+A Attorneys at Law

    In partnership with the law firm of Church Church Hittle + Antrim, we have proven experience to provide counsel on the NCAA enforcement investigative process among many other services related to college athletics.

    Visit their website at http://www.cchalaw.com/

  • Ticketmaster

    At Ticketmaster, we strive to put fans first. Every day we’re listening to your feedback and working to improve your experience before, during, and after events.

    In 2010, Ticketmaster and Live Nation merged to create Live Nation Entertainment. Now you have more options than ever to enjoy live events, and things are only getting better.

    We’re making real changes and putting you first in everything we do. Here’s just a taste of what we’re up to…

    Visit their website at https://www.ticketmaster.com/

  • MOGL

    MOGL is on a mission to empower athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness while making a difference in the community.

    MOGL is a minority-founded and impact-focused startup designed to empower athletes and the local community in the name, image, and likeness era. MOGL has committed to donating proceeds to local youth athletic programming in underserved areas of the community surrounding large collegiate athletic programs to continue to foster and promote the accessibility of these programs for all.

    Visit their website at https://www.mogl.online/

  • Jack Porter
    Jack Porter

    Your story matters. How it’s expressed matters. And now, more than ever, where it’s expressed matters. At Jack Porter, we integrate design, storytelling and technology to bring beauty and meaning to the built environment. We make where matter.

    Your facilities are among your most important, most valuable and most visible assets. At Jack Porter, we help you bring your space – and your brand – to life.

    Visit their website at https://jackporter.com/

  • Robinhood

    At Robinhood Markets, our values are in service of our customers. We strive to uphold our values every day. We believe the financial system should be built to work for everyone. That’s why we create products that let you start investing at your own pace, on your own terms.

    Visit their website at https://robinhood.com/us/en/

    To learn more about their Financial Education Program for Student-Athletes check out this blog


  • Collegiate Sports Connect
    Collegiate Sports Connect

    Collegiate Sports Connect (Connect) was founded by Collegiate Sports Associates and D1.ticker to be the digital home for intercollegiate athletics and serve as a community for industry professionals to engage with Connect’s exclusive content vertical, exchange ideas and best practices, and to elevate their careers. 

    To join their mailing list to receive collegiate sports updates visit their website at: https://csconnect.live/login

  • NBC Sports
    NBC Sports

    NBC Sports has been synonymous with innovation, storytelling, iconic moments, legendary voices and record audiences since the 1920s, when it first began radiocasting events. No media company has more “firsts” than NBC Sports. As a result of its pioneering ethos, the iconic moments in NBC Sports’ historic portfolio are overflowing and unforgettable.

    Recent events have positioned NBC Sports to excel for decades to come. In 2011, the NBC Sports Group was formed when Comcast acquired NBCUniversal. The group’s portfolio now consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio, NBC Sports Digital, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine, among others.

    Visit their website at: https://www.nbcsports.com/

  • NFL

    National Football League (NFL), major U.S. professional gridiron football organization. The league was founded on August 20, 1920 in Canton, Ohio. It is headquartered in New York City. The NFL is comprised of 32 teams located in 22 states plus Washington, DC.

    Visit their website here: https://www.nfl.com/

  • NHL

    The National Hockey League organization of professional ice hockey teams in North America. It was original formed in 1917 by four Canadian teams. The first US team was added in 192, the Boston Bruins. The headquarters are in New York City. There are 32 NHL teams representing 18 statues plus Washington, DC.

    Visit their website here: https://www.nhl.com/