2016 Rewind

Watch videos from the first Play It Forward summit: Friday, April 15th, 2016. Topics include professional sports management, safety, law, technology and journalism.

Play It Forward 2016 highlights

Watch this seven-minute summary video of our Play It Forward summit 2016.

Breakfast with Champions panel

Sports journalist and BU lecturer Andrea Kremer interviews four masterminds behind the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and New England Patriots. Learn winning secrets and personal reactions to both victories and losses from Tom Werner, Andre Tippett, Charlie Jacobs and chief marketing officer Shawn Sullivan.

What’s Next in Sports Safety panel

The What’s Next in Sports Safety panel featured the pioneer behind the link between CTE brain trauma and NFL players as well as a college athlete and a safety advocate who both had suffered concussions. Learn provocative suggestions about changing the game from Dr. Ann McKee of BU School of Medicine, Chris Nowinski of Concussion Legacy Foundation and BU soccer player Rachel Blauner.

What’s Next in Sports Law panel

Salaries, deals and fantasy sports are addressed by speakers including a top agent for NFL players, a negotiator for the Miami Dolphins, an investigative reporter for ESPN and a BU law school professor. Don Van Natta Jr., Neil Schwartz, Dawn Aponte and Professor Michael Harper debated rules of the game during this engaging session.

What’s Next in Sports Tech panel

Visions of wearable tech, human databases and tracking devices are explored in this fascinating panel about the next new thing in sports technology. Panelists included Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero, New Balance engineer Pedro Rodrigues, Zebra Technologies innovator Dustin Cairo and MC10 entrepreneur Isaiah Kacyvenski.

What’s Next in Sports Journalism panel

A lively discussion between very different practitioners of sports journalism took place during the What’s Next in Sports Journalism panel. Topics included social media, the treatment of female sports journalists and the unusual stories of getting first jobs. NPR’s Bill Littlefield, social media maven Katie Nolan of Fox Sports, journalist and professor Kevin Blackistone and ESPN’s reporter Don Van Natta Jr. traded quips and quotes during the What’s Next in Sports Journalism panel.