eSports Entrepreneur and Miami Heat Business Partner Ben Spoont to Speak at Portada Miami
What: South Florida based eSports leader Ben Spoont will speak at Portada Miami.
Why it matters: The Miami Heat partner will discuss how eSports is bringing value to existing traditional professional sports teams.
Joe Favorito, chair of the Sports Marketing Board, has prepared a background piece on speaker Ben Spoont and the topic he will be discussing at Portada Miami. To join the conversation with him and all our other speakers, register here!
Ben Spoont () is the co-founder and owner of Misfits (@misfitsgg). The Misfits organization owns teams that compete in League of Legends, CounterStrike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, as well as participating in the game Super Smash Bros.
The parnership... associated their young and growing brand with the iconic one of the Miami Heat.
In 2016, Misfits (cofounded by Spoont with Syfy Channel founders Laurie Silvers and Mitch Rubenstein) partnered with the Miami Heat, becoming the NBA franchise’s foray into eSports and gaming.
The partnership was groundbreaking as it gave Misfits resources into the traditional sports world, assisting with merchandise development, marketing, digital, sponsorship, ad sales, and activation as well as associating their young and growing brand with the iconic one of the Miami Heat.
Spoont, a Duke grad, will be part of the panel on April 19 in Miami which will take the audience through the growth of eSports and help explain the great brand value that professional teams are bringing to eSports while exposing a legacy NBA brand to a new and diverse, and younger, audience.
Portada Miami attendees will get to learn how the world of the NBA and the world of gaming have come together, straight from one of the most influential people in such a unique partnership.
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!
Joe Favorito @joefav
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 joefavorito.com, 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.