The Second Annual All-Star Weekend Business Inside the Game (BIG) Brunch happened Sunday in Charlotte, NC, at Sophia’s Lounge at The Ivey’s Hotel. Athletes, entrepreneurs, influencers and more were in attendance. The topics on the table were all issues concerning the business aspect of being a player, both on and off the court.
Founder, Baron Davis, started BIG as a platform to help assist athletes, artists, entertainment professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors with insights into how business dealings work behind the scenes.
This year’s panel was filled with experts in building businesses, brands and platforms that utilize tech resources that have become more readily available — social media, branding tools, venture capital, and digital marketing. The Commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver also made a special appearance and dropped some knowledge as an impromptu panelist.
Speakers among the panel included:
- Baron Davis, Moderator, Founder of BIG
- Noah Lichtenstein, Advisor at Teamdom
- Robert Smith, Venture Capital Consultant
- Chloe Pavlech, Digital Content Manager, Overtime Sports Network
- Jon Stewart, NFL Pro Bowl Running Back
- CJ Anderson, NFL Super Bowl Champion
- Josh Luber, CEO, StockX
- Chris Lyons, Chief Of Staff, Andreessen Horowitz
- Ro Parrish, NBATV
- Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner
- And More!
Robert Smith, Venture Capital Consultant, said it best,
“people are stingy with the true knowledge behind the business inside the game,”
and that’s exactly why BIG was created. The conferences, brunches, experiential events and more help facilitate those conversations and lift the veil — so many more can succeed off the court.
BIG aims to help those in entertainment create wealth, understand branding and provide insight into how the business side actually works. The ultimate goal is to help athletes establish themselves entrepreneurially, even after they leave the league.
As a panelist, Noah Lichtenstein, Advisor at Teamdom, added,
“athletes and entertainers, their brands are so much more powerful than they were years ago, and that’s because of technology. You look at who’s driving culture, who’s driving the value creation for these platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, etc… Yet, these content creators are not actually seeing the value — the equity, the ownership, in what they’re helping to create value around.”
BIG works to bring awareness around these opportunities and help athletes rise out of just the influencer role and start becoming stakeholders in the value they create.
Here are some highlights from the Second Annual All-Star Weekend Business Inside The Game Brunch. Each speaker brought something different to the table. Watch for Adam Silver’s comments, insights and hard truths, as well as how NFL Super Bowl Champion CJ Anderson markets himself on and off the field to maximize his ability to monetize his brand and create value for stakeholder opportunities.
Stay tuned for more from Business Inside the Game.
Raptors Blow Out Bucks to Even Eastern Conference Finals
While the Western Conference Finals did not live up to its billing, as the Trail Blazers were swept in four games, the Eastern Conference Finals has become as compelling of a series as we have had all postseason.
In the first two games of the series, the Milwaukee Bucks narrowly won Game 1 before they blew out the Toronto Raptors in Game 2. Then the series shifted to Toronto, where the Raptors have replicated that exact same formula to take both Game 3 and Game 4.
Tonight it was a blowout for the Raptors, as they played maybe their best team game of the playoffs to beat the Bucks by 18 points.
The Raptors needed their role players to step up, after Kawhi Leonard suffered a leg injury in Game 3 and was playing Game 4 hobbled.
Toronto ended up getting a great performance out of Kyle Lowry, as he recorded six assists, five rebounds and a team-high 25 points.
The Raptors will need all of their players to continue to making these contributions, as no team has won a game on the road in this series and two of the last three games will be played in Milwaukee if the series goes seven games.
Meanwhile as these two teams battle it out, the Golden State Warriors have already punched their ticket to the NBA Finals and are left to rest and wait to see who they will face.
Golden State Warriors Win Western Conference For Fifth-Straight Year
The Golden State Warriors reign over the Western Conference continues, as they are heading to the NBA Finals for the fifth-straight year.
While the Warriors were challenged by the Houston Rockets in the second round, the Portland Trail Blazers proved to be no match for Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.
Portland did carry a lead into the second half in each of their last three games, but they just could not find a way to close out a game.
Tonight the Warriors rallied from down 17 points to beat the Trail Blazers in overtime. Steph Curry once again led his team offensively, scoring a game-high 37 points.
With 11 assists and 13 rebounds, Curry put up a triple double in his outstanding closeout performance.
Curry was not the only Warrior to accomplish that feat though, as Draymond Green had a triple double of his own.
By advancing to their fifth-straight NBA Finals, the Warriors have truly cemented their legacy as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
Since they took care of business in four games, the Warriors can now sit back and wait to see who they will be playing in the NBA Finals.
The Warriors can use the rest, as they hope to get both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins to return from injury.
Whether they return to the lineup or not, the Warriors will prove to be a formidable opponent to whoever comes out of the Eastern Conference.
Bucks Completely Dismantle Raptors in Game 2
The Milwaukee Bucks are really starting to look like a champion, as they have been dominating everything in their path so far in the playoffs.
After a tightly contested Game 1 loss, the Raptors looked like no match for the Bucks tonight as they were losing by 25 points after the first half.
While the Raptors put up a better fight in the second half, they still were no match for Milwaukee as they cruised to the victory.
This win makes the Bucks 10-1 since the start of the playoffs. Considering the fact that Milwaukee also had the best record in the NBA this season, their playoff dominance should not come as such a surprise.
The Raptors will need to change up their game plan in Game 3 on Sunday, if they want any chance to get back in this series.
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