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Charlotte Sports+Business is a networking group connecting sports industry executives in the Queen City. Since founding in 2014, we’ve grown to a community of more than 2,500 professionals who either work in the sports business or aspire to work in the sports business. Our monthly events have attracted thousands of attendees to network and listen to some of the brightest minds in our industry share their knowledge and their personal stories.


This group was founded with a benevolent spirit, an attribute that is magnified by our shared belief that we can all benefit greatly by giving time and effort to get to know our fellow Charlotteans.



Charlotte is home to more than 180 companies that work in the sports industry, and dozens more professional services companies that support our ongoing efforts. Our members and speakers come from all facets of the business. Media companies like ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, FOX Sports and NBC Sports; prominent sponsors such as Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Bank of America, Novant and Lowe's; leading agencies like Bespoke, 160 Over 90,, Octagon, Red Moon and GMR; major events such as the Wells Fargo Championship, Duke's Mayo Bowl, Jumpman Classic and ACC Championship; top collegiate sports management programs; sports-based nonprofits; and, of course, our hometown Panthers, Hornets, Checkers, Knights, Charlotte FC and Independence.


Our presenters are some of the best and brightest minds in the sports business. We've heard from prominent executives like Bill Polian, John Swofford, Steve Lauletta, Nick Kelly, Susan O'Malley and Danny Morrison; marketers Jonathan Gibson, Jim Bailey, Jaime Cardenas and Tamera Green; media stalwarts Rob Temple, Abe Madkour and Marty Smith; property executives Jacqie McWilliams, Nick Kelly, Tera Black, Mike Hill; athlete/entrepreneurs like Steve Smith Sr. and many more.


Anyone looking to expand their network in Charlotte and learn more from some of the smartest people in our industry - a young professional looking to jumpstart a career, an experienced executive interested in making a career change, or perhaps you're interested in offering advice and assistance from your years of experience working in the sports business.


Bring a business card and come prepared.


Upcoming Events

In 2023 we'll be launching a new series of events including morning speakers at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, events targeted to young and seasoned executives, special nights with local sports teams and more. The schedule will be updated so check back to see what we'll be offering and how you can attend.


Once a month we bring together the current and future leaders of the Charlotte sports industry. Events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated.



Job Postings

Our members regularly share event listings, sports business jobs, news and other relevant content to our social pages. Click on the icons below to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.


Mike Boykin, Bespoke Sports & Entertainment 

Wade Leaphart, Dick's Sporting Goods

Grayson Moore, ESPN

Ali Starnes, Muddy Creek Experiential 

Jon Show, Show Sports Media



Cover image courtesy of James Willamor

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