Peter Guber, Bill Simmons, Nate Silver and More: SXsports Takes the Field in March in Austin

Written by Andrew McNeill | October 1, 2013

Bill Simmons is part of the inaugural SXsports lineup

Get your game face on as we introduce SXsports, a new component of the SXSW festival you know and love that truly encompasses all SXSW has to offer. A sports-focused track of panel programming and film screenings, the inaugural SXsports will take place Friday afternoon, March 7 through the end of the day on Sunday, March 9. This event will highlight the innovation, creativity, competition and storytelling that draw so many people to the exciting world of sports, through the culture and technology-filtered lens that only SXSW can provide. SXsports programming is part of our commitment to convergence and is open to all SXSW Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum registrants.

On Friday, March 7, the Opening Featured Speaker for SXsports is Peter Guber. A force in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, Guber has served as CEO of film studios, produced Academy Award winning films, and is a part owner of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers as well as Co-Executive Chairman of the Golden State Warriors NBA team. He is currently Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media.

On Saturday, March 8, don't miss the the conversation between Bill Simmons of Grantland and Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight. One of the biggest early successes in online sports writing, Simmons joined ESPN.com in 2001. His highly lauded sports and pop culture site Grantland launched in 2011 under the ESPN umbrella, and Simmons serves as a much revered personality on ESPN’s NBA Countdown television show. Simmons’ fellow speaker, Nate Silver, is one of the most influential political forecasters and built the PECOTA statistical system to predict future performance in baseball players. In August, Silver announced that his political blog, FiveThirtyEight, will move from the New York Times to ESPN towards the end of calendar year 2013. At SXsports, Simmons and Silver will discuss the growing personal brands within the media industry.

Other confirmed programming for SXsports includes a conversation in college football innovation between Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and USA TODAY Sports writer George Schroeder, a discussion on the use of 3D printing and sports with Jeff Beckham and Tribal Sciences’ Mike Vasquez, a session delving into universally impactful storytelling in sports filmmaking, and a panel on the battle to keep fans engaged when they’re not at the stadium.

More SXsports programming will be revealed in the coming weeks, with some coming the week of October 14 when the bulk of SXSW conference programming is announced.

SXsports 2014 will also include a number of sports-related film screenings. The deadline to submit films for consideration for SXsports is November 14. Screenings for SXsports will be announced in early February.

Preliminary Confirmed 2014 SXsports Programming:

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Bill Simmons photo courtesy of ESPN Images.