Programme Committee and delegate fees ready for Play the Game 2019

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The Play the Game 2019 Programme Committee will gather in Colorado Springs in January 2019. Photo: UCCS


By Play the Game
20 American and international experts have joined the Programme Committee for Play the Game 2019. They will prepare the Call for Papers to be launched in early February.

The preparations for Play the Game 2019 will take an important leap at the end of January when the new 20 strong Programme Committee and a handful of Play the Game employees will meet and discuss how to create the 11th version of the conference programme with cutting edge sports political content.

The Programme Committee is a mix of competences in journalism, academia, sports leadership and activism, and – not surprisingly – with a strong North American component in this first Play the Game conference outside Europe.

The confirmed members of the Play the Game 2019 Programme Committee are:

  • Amelia Salehabadi-Fouques, President, Canadian Sport Law Association
  • Thiago Santos, Postdoctoral researcher, Universidade Federal do Paraná | UFPR
  • Jesper Frigast Larsen, Legal Manager, Anti-Doping Danmark
  • Jayne Greenberg, Chair, ISCA North America
  • Simon Licen, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Washington State University
  • Jens Weinreich, Journalist, blogger and publisher,
  • Lisa Kihl, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Andreas Selliaas, Journalist, Academic Researcher, Freelance
  • Paulina Tomczyk, Policy Officer, EU Athletes - Brussels Office
  • Mike McNamee, Professor, Swansea University
  • Roger Pielke, Professor, CU Boulder
  • Christopher Gaffney, Clinical Associate Professor, New York University
  • Spencer Harris, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, UCCS
  • Eric Olson, Director of Sport Management, UCCS
  • Denise Parker, Vice-President NGB services, USOC
  • Jay Coakley, Professor emeritus, UCCS
  • Samantha Mayer, Head of Communication/Marketing, UCCS, College of Business
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO, Champion Women
  • Steve Maxwell, Editor, owner, The Outer Line/Velonews

In addition to these names, Play the Game will send four employees to the meeting in Colorado Springs, and the Danish NOC is yet to reveal the name of its member.

“The committee represents a good mix of experienced Play the Game participants and people who can add new angles to our thinking about how we best organise this festival for sports democracy,” says Jens Sejer Andersen, international director of Play the Game.

“The female representation is higher than previously, and we hope that this will eventually inspire a better female participation in the conference, something that we have struggled to achieve in recent years.”

Conference fee and hotel prices
After signing a contract with DoubleTree by Hilton as the conference venue, Play the Game is also ready to reveal the delegate costs.

The full conference package – including all meals and activities from Sunday 13 October at 14h to Wednesday 16 October at the evening party – will start at 650 USD for participants who register before 1st July. Day packages will start from 185 USD.

DoubleTree by Hilton offers a single room for 158 USD per person per night including breakfast, and there are cheaper hotels within safe walking distance in the area.

Registration is expected to open in early February, at the same time as the Call for Papers is planned to go out.

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