IACS Summit 2014

Welcome to the IACS Summit, hosted by the Marist College Center for Sports Communication. On this page, you will find information about this year's summit to be held at the Cornell Club of NYC in Manhattan, NY. This will be updated frequently as schedules and speakers are finalized. This is also the place to register for this year's event.

Click here to register.

Click here for the full conference program.

Conference Info:

Location: Cornell Club, NYC.  6 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017.

Corporate Partner: The IACS Summit couldn't be possible without the generous support of corporate partners. This year's summit is sponsored by Taylor PR. Since its founding in 1984, Taylor has forged a reputation of excellence in public relations by partnering with the world’s most admired consumer brands, utilizing their sports, lifestyle, and entertainment assets to drive consumer engagement. Taylor has worked with leading sports properties throughout the world, from the Olympic Games to the FIFA World Cup to the Super Bowl, and counseled top companies, including Coca Cola, Nike and Procter & Gamble. In addition to its New York headquarters, Taylor maintains offices in Charlotte, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. In 2010, the prestigious Holmes Report named Taylor the Consumer Agency of the Decade. The 2014 IACS Summit thanks Taylor PR for its support of this important event.


Date: March 14-16, 2014. Pre-conference events run March 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Welcome reception on March 14, 6 p.m. (at The Press Box, 932 2nd Ave, between 49th & 50th street). Academic Summit held March 15 & 16 (at the Cornell Club), 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Welcome Reception (Friday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.), The Press Box NYC

The official summit kick-off will happen at our welcome reception at The Press Box, located at 932 2nd Ave, between 49th and 50th St. It is approximately a 15-20 minute walk from Grand Central Station.  The reception will be held upstairs and will feature free appetizers and beverage specials. Attendees may also check-in to the summit at the reception.

Keynote/Industry Panels:

There will be three industry panels featuring to. All will allow vital interaction between academics and top working professionals. Two of these panels will happen during lunch sessions, and the third is scheduled for Sunday, 11 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m. Below are the keynote sessions and speakers;

Saturday, noon -- 1:45 p.m. (Lunch Keynote): Sports Marketing and PR in the Digital Age

John Liporace (Managing Partner, Taylor PR)
Jackson Jeyanayagam (VP, Digital Strategy, Taylor PR)
Matt Arnhols (Digital Strategist, Taylor PR)

Saturday, 11 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m. The Present and Future of Sports Media: Content, Delivery, and Audience

John Lasker (VP, Programming Strategy & Acquisitions, ESPN)
Frank Golding (Head of Sports for North America, Google/YouTube)
Nick Dolin (Senior Coordinating Producer, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel)

Sunday, 12:15 -- 1:45 p.m. (Lunch Keynote) The Sports Reporters

Selena Roberts (CEO, Roopstigo; Former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NY Times; author)
Ian O'Connor (Columnist, ESPN New York; Host of "The Ian O'Connor Show" on ESPN Radio NY; author)
Harvey Araton (Columnist, the NY Times; author)

Summit Schedule:

Friday, March 14:  6 p.m. Welcome reception and event sign-in. Free appetizers, cash bar. The Press Box, NYC. 932 2nd Ave, between 49th and 50th St.

Saturday, March 15: 8:00 a.m. Event Sign-In/Registration (Cornell Club)

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Cornell Club). This is free with event registration.

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presentations and Panels (Cornell Club)

12:15 p.m. to noon. Keynote lunch (Cornell Club). This is free with event registration.

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. IACS Board of Directors meeting

Sunday, March 16: 8:00 a.m. Event Sign-In/Registration (Cornell Club)

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Cornell Club). This is free with event registration.

8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presentations and Panels (Cornell Club)

12:15 p.m. to noon. Keynote lunch (Cornell Club). This is free with event registration.

4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Pre-Conference (SOLD OUT): 

The preconference will run from approximately 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and will involve opportunities to interact with New York based sports professionals and watch live college basketball in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

All pre-conference attendees should assemble in Grand Central Station next to the Information Booth (in the center of the main concourse) between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. At 8:45, we will walk to the MLB offices for a tour and discussion and will eventually make our way, by subway, to the Barclays Center for a noon tipoff of the A-10 men’s basketball tournament. In between games, we will be given a backstage tour of the arena and talk with several Nets/Barclays staff, including Bobby Marks (Nets assistant GM) & Leo Erhline (Nets executive vice president, chief administrative & Relationship officer). We will travel back to Manhattan at the conclusion of the session in time for the welcome reception at 6 p.m.

Pre-Conference Schedule:

8:30-8:45 a.m.  Assemble at the Grand Central Station information booth

8:45 a.m.  Depart Grand Central for MLB Headquarters

9 a.m. Arrive at MLB; tour and visit MLB PR staff

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Travel via subway to Barclays Center

Noon – 2 p.m. Watch A-10 men’s quarterfinal game

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Tour arena, visit with Nets/Barclays staff, including Bobby Marks (Nets assistant GM) & Leo Erhline (Nets executive vice president, chief administrative & Relationship officer)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Watch second game

5 p.m. Leave Barclays Center back to Manhattan for welcome reception

Meals: Note that both a continental breakfast and lunch are included for all pre-registered summit attendees. Meals will be at the Cornell Club, and vegetarian options will be available. Lunches will be used for keynote panels and address and allow for any plenary addresses of all attendees.

Registration: To register for the summit (pre-conference SOLD OUT), please go to our registration page. The cost for registration for IACS members is $250 for faculty/professionals and $225 for graduate/undergraduate students. All attendees are strongly encouraged to join IACS, which can be done at the IACS web page. For non-members, registration is $350 and $300, respectively. Fees are to be collected via paypal, which will accept paypal accounts and credit cards.

Regular online registration will end on FRIDAY, MARCH 7 AT NOON EST. After that point, online registration fees will rise by $50. Late registrations will be accepted in person at the event although there is no guarantee that all late registrants can be accommodated at keynote lunches. Please make sure to register by the regular deadline.

NOTE: Regular registration has been extended to Sunday, March 9 at 10 pm. EST. After this time, fees will increase.

Hotels: Below are hotels that have rates for IACS. These are in relative walking distance to the Cornell Club. Note that these rate may be unavailable in the final week leading up to the conference.Additionally, conference attendees are strongly encouraged to search for other nearby hotels using various search tools, including Hotwire and Priceline. The closest neighborhood to the Cornell Club is Midtown East, followed by Midtown Central, Times Square/Theater District, and Empire State area. All of Manhattan is accessible via mass transit, making other areas (Midtown West, Madison Square Garden Area, Upper East Side, Chelsea) a short trip to the Cornell Club.

1) The Lexington New York City. 511 Lexington Avenue at 48th Street. $183 per night queen/king, $213 per night double. Marist Block (Click here to reserve on this block).

2) Doubletree Metropolitan NYC. 569 Lexington Avenue (at 51st Street). Thursday 3/13: Queen $319, Double $349. Friday & Saturday 3/14-15: Queen $169, Double $199. Sunday 3/16: Queen $139, Double $169. To reserve, call 1-800-222-8733 (US calls) or 001-212-752-7000 (international). When calling, guests can reference Marist College, or group code MRC). For Internet, revervations, reverve online at www.dtnewyork.com.  Click “Reservations," enter arrival / departure dates, and use the group code MRC to reserve at the discounted rate.

Travel: If coming by plane, all three area airports provide easy access to Manhattan. LaGuardia may be the closest option, for those with a choice. Once you arrive at any airport, there are public transportation options to Grand Central Station, which is very close to the Cornell Club and nearby hotels. From JFK, you may take the AirTrain to the NYC subway and easy access to midtown Manhattan (go to the New York Transit page or HopStop for schedules and and maps). You can also take an affordable shuttle bus from any of the three airports that will take you directly to Grand Central Station. Finally, taxis are also readily available from all three airports.

Summit attendees can also travel by train to either Grand Central Station or Penn Station (which is a short subway/taxi ride away) or bus to New York Penn Station. Note that for those planning to drive to the conference, parking in New York City, particularly in midtown, can be challenging. Street parking is typically difficult to find (although easier on the weekend), and it is remarkably easy to inadvertently park illegally. Those planning to drive are advised to park in a garage, of which there are many conveniently located near the venue.

Entertainment: While it's certain that summit attendees will find much to do at the summit itself, New York City does provide endless entertainment opportunities. Visit this page for more information about entertainment, theater, sporting events, restaurants, and all the other things that make New York City the greatest city in the world (excuse the bias). We will have information for all conference attendees at sign-in as well.

Questions: For more information about the IACS Summit, please contact Keith Strudler, Director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, at Keith.Strudler@marist.edu or (845) 575-3506.