2015 marked the debut of the Sports Tech Marketplace at CES in Las Vegas and it appears a bigger footprint is in store for attendees, exhibitors and media, the first week in January, 2016. Once again, the Sports Tech Marketplace will be part of CES Tech West, which includes the modern Sands Expo and exhibit areas in the Venetian and Wynn/Encore. At CES, the sports tech area will not only include sporting equipment and apps, but also lifestyle tech, fitness tech, health, sensors and products involving the smart home.
It’s all part of how ground-breaking consumer electronics take over Las Vegas in early January each year. CES 2016 is going to run January 6-9, 2016 at all the convention centers and many hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Sports and technology go hand-in-hand, from the interconnected sports world to enhanced consumer viewing experiences, competitive eSports is becoming an explosive category at CES,” explains Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “We are especially thrilled to welcome Turner Sports to CES 2016 along with its sports-fueled programming, competitions and broadcasts which will feature NBA legends live from the CES show floor.”
For 2016, there will be additional forums and special events taking place alongside the Sports Tech Marketplace. A very important Sports Business Forum, presented by Turner Sports will happen on Thursday, January 7, from 8:30 am until noon at the Sands Expo. Speakers will include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Randadive, Raine co-founder and partner Joseph Ravitch, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and attendees will get a unique perspective from TNT’s Ernie Johnson and NBA great, Shaquille O’Neal.
Speaking of Turner Sports and the NBA, on Thursday, Turner Sports will present an eSports showcase with live coverage of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship. This is a live event which will introduce many to the growing phenomenon of eSports. See two of the best eSports teams competing and be prepared to be amazed. On Thursday night, TNT’s Sports Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA broadcast with the studio team of host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be on-site at CES at the Sands. See the guys to a pregame show with coverage leading up to the NBA doubleheader that evening.
SFIA will also present the 2016 Sports Tech Conference on Thursday, January 7 in the Venetian. Check out the CES website for more information as this event will highlight many advancements coming down the pike for sports tech enthusiasts and others in the industry. CES and sports tech are a perfect marriage. There will be more than sports tech happening at CES as there will be more than 2.3 million square feet of exhibit space hosting more than 3,600 exhibiting companies in Las Vegas. It will be a busy CES 2016 for those involved in the world of sports.