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The 2018 State of College Athletics Forum


The Big 12 Conference periodically hosts "The State of College Athletics" Forums in an effort to stimulate conversation about the current state of intercollegiate athletics and its place within the context of higher education.  The 2018 Forum, "eSports: Entertainment or Sport?", brought together an exciting panel to discuss the intersection of eSports and intercollegiate athletics.  Following the Forum was a League of Legends Show Match between two area collegiate esports teams.


Forum Segments

Commissioner Bowlsby - Why Athletics? Kurt Melchner - Case Study Mark Candella on Student Opportunity Michael Sherman - Scholarships Esports and Brands Conversation
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Commissioner Bowlsby Mark Cuban Bonnie Bernstein Mark Candella Gene Taylor
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Bob Bowlsby Commissioner, Big 12 Conference
Mark Cuban Owner, Dallas Mavericks and Mavs Gaming
Mark “Garvey” Candella Director of Collegiate Partnerships, Twitch 
A.J. Dimick Director of Esports, University of Utah
Kurt Melchner Executive Director of Esports, Intersport 
Michael Sherman Esports Manager - College, Riot Games
Gene Taylor Director of Athletics, Kansas State University

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