Virtual networking event will connect America’s sports events and tourism industry

The second annual SportsBIZ XChange II presented by Sports ETA, a three-day virtual event featuring business appointments and industry networking opportunities for its members, will be held May 18-20.

Virtual attendees will have multiple one-on-one 15-minute appointments with key decision-makers as well as networking opportunities with sports events rights holders, access to dozens of new and updated RFPs, and numerous social networking opportunities in the virtual ballroom. Additionally, a virtual Locker Room will be open to all attendees to view documents (RFPs, fact sheets, and videos) from each rights holder.

“During our inaugural SportsBIZ XChange held last August, we facilitated more than 5,000 virtual meetings for our participating members,” said Al Kidd, president & CEO of Sports ETA. “SportsBIZ XChange II will provide our members with the opportunity to conduct business with dozens of industry decision-makers in a matter of days through innovative technology offered by our best-in-class provider CSS.”

Each day will feature three to four hours of business appointments, industry updates, and networking:

  • Tuesday, May 18, 1:00 PM ET: One-on-one appointments and open networking
  • Wednesday, May 19, 1:00 PM ET: One-on-one appointments and sponsor networking event
  • Thursday, May 20, 1:00 PM ET: One-on-one appointments and event wrap-up

“As we begin a return to sporting events across America, it’s important for our industry to connect and begin planning for these activities in a safe and thoughtful manner,” said Mike Price, Vice Chairman of the Board, Sports ETA. “SportsBIZ XChange II offers a virtual platform for our industry to do business to bring back the sports events and tourism industry.”

The cost per schedule is $395 per destination organization with additional schedules available for $195. Industry partner registration is $595 per organization and includes the opportunity to participate in one-on-one appointments with full access to the virtual Locker Room.

Registration will open later this month. To participate in SportsBIZ XChange II, you must be a Sports ETA member with current 2021 membership.

Sports ETA has contracted with Conference Scheduling Solutions (CSS) to provide the virtual platform experience.

About Sports ETA
As the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, Sports ETA is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and sports event owners. Sports ETA is committed to the success of more than 850 member organizations and 2,400 sports event tourism professionals. Our promise is to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members, and to protect the integrity of the sports events and tourism industry.  For more information, visit