What is S.P.O.R.T.S.?

 S.P.O.R.T.S. The Relationship Conference is an exclusive and space-limited event designed to bring together sports event owners and rights holders with host organizations and sports-industry suppliers. Our unique format and limited number of supplier participants inspire the development of warm friendships and lasting new relationships which, we believe, is the most effective formula to ensure the results you most want to achieve—namely learning, sharing, enjoying and developing enduring sports business connections. S.P.O.R.T.S. also offers pre-qualified, one-on-one appointments that are twice as long as those at similar industry events—two components we believe are key to generating real business and getting the most out of your conference experience! 

The “Boutique” S.P.O.R.T.S. Experience 

When it comes to building relationships, we believe that less means more. So we limit the number of supplier attendees while hosting nearly the same number of rights holders as other industry events. Our low 3-to-1 ratio ensures unparalleled access to the industry’s top sports event planners. 

QUALITY & QUANTITY  

At S.P.O.R.T.S. you’ll relish in the relaxed format and intimate setting which inspire the development of warm friendships and lasting business relationships. But bring plenty of business cards, because

with 70-80 event planners on site, there will be a wealth of sports business opportunities to close. 

SURPRISE & DELIGHT  

Whether it’s clocking 200 mph around a speedway, racing wooden schooners across Chesapeake Bay or rowing dragon boats through downtown Oklahoma City, there’s always surprising and relationship-building activities at S.P.O.R.T.S. Want to know what you’ll get into while at S.P.O.R.T.S.?  Expect the unexpected. Come and see!

EXCLUSIVE & INCLUSIVE  

By limiting the number of supplier attendees, S.P.O.R.T.S. offers attendees lengthy pre-scheduled, fully qualified appointments that are a full 15 minutes long. And with eight full hours of appointment sessions over the course of two days, you’ll have plenty of time to share your story and make a lasting impression with your future business partners! 

BOUTIQUE SERVICE  

Our professional, warm and welcoming staff takes personal service to a whole new level, ensuring that your conference experience will simply be exceptional. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Is A Reverse Trade Show?

S.P.O.R.T.S. utilizes a reverse trade show format which simply means that event planners will be stationed at designated tables during appointment sessions while suppliers (host destinations, venues and vendors) move from table to table for their pre-scheduled appointments. It's the opposite format of a typical exhibit-style event where suppliers sit at exhibit booths and hope that planner attendees come to them.  Individual appointment sessions are 15-minutes long and an audio recording signals the beginning and end of each appointment.

How Does The Appointment Process Work?

Prior to the conference, suppliers will be able to access our appointment scheduling portal where planner profiles can be viewed and appointment requests can be submitted by priority.  Once all appointment requests are submitted, the system “matches” host destinations and industry suppliers with event planners based their requests. Mutual requests have top priority, then planner requests are considered, followed by supplier requests. It is not a first-come, first-served process. As long as you submit your requests by the pre-determined deadline, your appointment requests will be given the appropriate priority.

When Will The Appointment Portal Open?

The appointment request process will begin approximately 5 weeks prior to the event start date (on or around August 24th). The primary registrant for each organization will be notified via email once the portal is open.

When Will I Receive My Official Appointment Schedule?

Appointment schedules will be emailed to the primary registrant from your organization approximately 10 days prior to the event start date (on or around September 18th).

 

How Much Is Registration & What Does It Include?

Supplier registration is $1,595.00 for the first attendee and $1,395.00 for any additional attendees from your organization. One set of appointments will be granted to each organization, regardless of how many attendees register from that organization. 

Registration includes full breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and dinner on Wednesday night.  Tuesday night is set aside for suppliers to "Take A Prospect To Dinner" at one of Colorado Springs many downtown restaurants.

Planner registration fees are waived pending pre-approval.  Contact Carrie O'Connor for qualification details.

How Do I Book My Hotel Room?

Suppliers are encouraged to utilize the group room block at The Antlers, the official host hotel where meetings and daily banquet functions will take place. Additional group blocks are available at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown and The Mining Exchange.  Click here to reserve your room and see more info about S.P.O.R.T.S. 2020 accommodations.

Planners will receive up to 3 complimentary room nights at The Antlers pending pre-approval. Contact Carrie O'Connor for qualification details.

When Should I Arrive & Depart?

PLAN TO ARRIVE on Monday, September 28th early enough to enjoy Colorado Springs and participate in several afternoon activities including the Opening Reception Monday night at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. 

 

Activities & Events On Monday, September 28th:
 

  • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm    Annual Golf Scramble – Patty Jewett Golf Course ($125 Fee) 

  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm     Jeep Tour – Foothills and Garden Of The Gods ($88.00 Fee) 

  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm    Group Tour – U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum ($20.00 Fee) 

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm    Opening Reception - U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center 
     

PLAN TO DEPART on Thursday, October 1st following Wednesday night’s closing reception at Garden Of The Gods Resort. You won’t want to miss the magic and camaraderie set against one of Colorado’s most spectacular views!

What If I Want To Be A Sponsor?

To inquire about our MANY unique and custom sponsorship options, contact Kelsey Carpenter at (251) 968-5330 or Kaitlyn Bedgood at (251) 968-5328.  But hurry.... they're selling out fast!

What Are People Saying?

"I ALWAYS walk away with business from S.P.O.R.T.S. The Relationship Conference. Due to its intimacy, I never feel rushed or as if I'm running to meet up with 1,000+ people. At this show, you are guaranteed to see everyone at least 1 time a day if not more. Perfect show for a small destination."

 

- Jennifer Rothman, Discover Long Island

"We're fortunate to have built many relationships in the past from attending this conference. It has been so beneficial for us as we select destinations for our event."

 

- Denny Lee, North American Chinese Basketball Association

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SPONSORSHIP

To become a sponsor, contact Kelsey Carpenter

PLANNERS & RIGHTS HOLDERS

Sports events planners contact Carrie O'Connor

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