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What: Genius Sports Group Communications Director Chris Dougan will be one of this year’s speakers at Portada Miami. He will discuss Gaming and Gambling with Ben Spoont at the EAST hotel on April 19.
Why it matters: This is one of the topics that are changing the future of sports marketing. There will be plenty of questions moving forward as more entities, particularly in the U.S., embrace legal gambling on sports and eSports.

Joe Favorito, chair of the Sports Marketing Board, has prepared a background piece on speaker Chris Dougan and the topic he will be discussing at Portada Miami. To join the conversation with him and all our other speakers, register here!

According to a report on, the buzz words in sports business, not just in the U.S. but around the world, are gaming, eSports and gambling. As sports gambling becomes closer to a reality not just in North America but in other countries, including those in Latin America, how will the consumer be protected and the games stay safe? And how will data protection, and even gambling play a role in eSports?

At the center of all those discussions is Genius Sports, the world’s fast-growing leader in data protection around professional sports. Based in London, Genius (@geniussports) works 24/7 to make sure the data for some of the world’s biggest leagues, from the Premier League to Major League Baseball and the PGA Tour, are safe and secure. And as eSports becomes more valuable, Genius Sports work will take them deep into working with the biggest gaming companies to again make sure all data is secure and protected.

Helping lead the charge for Genius, not just in the U.S. but in Latin America as well, is Chris Dougan.

Dougan will explain the value of data protection, the scope of the gaming and gambling industry, and how companies will work to protect brands.

Dougan is the Group Communications Director for Genius Sports Group, with responsibility for developing and implementing the global corporate communication, marketing and public affairs strategy. He spent his early career at MGM Studios before moving into ballot measures and issue advocacy work. For over fifteen years, Dougan has specialized in managing integrated public affairs, strategic communications and issue advocacy campaigns on behalf of highly regulated sectors. He has planned and executed multiple campaigns across the US, EU, and EMEA region on behalf of national governments, institutions, and multinational corporations.

Since joining Genius Sports Group in 2015, Dougan has driven stakeholder engagement efforts and leads the US advocacy program by providing senior counsel to C-suite executives, opinion leaders, regulators and politicians. Outside the US, he has helped extend the Group’s reach into emerging markets by leading the debate on regulation and positioning the organization at the forefront of sports betting policy initiatives.

On April 18 at Portada Miami, Dougan will explain the value of data protection, the scope of the gaming and gambling industry, and how companies will work to protect brands, players, broadcasters and fans from catastrophic business failures tied to illegal activity in the space.

Check out the stars of Portada’s Sports Marketing Board, who will meet at Portada Miami on April 18-19 to discuss various topics related to the future of marketing and innovation in sports. Register now!

[featured image: Courtesy ESL, Fortune. Streaming of eSports event in Katowice, Poland]


Joe Favorito has over 32 years of strategic communications/marketing, business development and public relations expertise in sports, entertainment, brand building, media training, television, athletic administration and business. The Brooklyn, New York native has managed the day-to- day activities in strategic communications for: Two of the world’s hallmark sports and entertainment brands (the New York Knickerbockers and Philadelphia 76ers), the world’s largest professional sport for women (the WTA Tour), the world’s largest sports National Governing Body (the United States Tennis Association) and the world’s largest annual sporting event (the US Open). He also oversaw the strategic planning, investor relations, communications and digital business development of the International Fight League during its two year run as a Mixed Martial Arts venture and a publicly traded company. Favorito serves on the boards of the Weinstein Carnegie Group, New York Sports Venture Capital, the National Sports Marketing Network, the Drexel University Sports Business program, and Columbia University’s Sports Management program (where he is an instructor in Strategic Communications and Director of Industry Relations). Joe also maintains a well trafficked blog on the sports marketing and publicity field, “Sports Marketing and PR Roundup,” on the website, as well authoring the first- ever text on the sports publicity industry (“Sports Publicity” published in August 2007 by Reed Elsevier and updated in 2012 by Taylor Publishing with a third printing coming in 2018), which is used in over 60 sports management programs in the U.S. He has been a guest speaker on sports marketing, social media and communications at a host of institutions, including Princeton University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, the University of Florida Law School, New York University, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and many others. He is also a frequent spokesperson on the industry for publications ranging from Ad Age and The New York Times to NPR and CBS News. A graduate of Fordham University, Joe, his wife and two children reside in River Vale, New Jersey.

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