Bobby Sharma, Special Adviser, Foley & Lardner LLP, trends in the global Esports industry - E131
Bobby Sharma is a special adviser to the Sports & Entertainment Group at Foley & Lardner LLP. He has nearly 20 years of sports, media, and entertainment industry experience.
Bobby is founding partner of Electronic Sports Group (ESG), a market-leading esports advisory firm which helps investment and business leaders navigate and operate in the burgeoning billion-dollar esports industry. He is also a partner at GACP Sports, a sports-related private equity firm, and the chairman of Blue Devil Holdings, LLC, an international sports, media, and entertainment investment company.
Previously, Bobby served as a senior vice president of the Global Head of Basketball & Strategic Initiatives at IMG and as a vice president and general counsel at the NBA Development League at the National Basketball Association for almost a decade.
Bobby provides services to organizations, teams, leagues, and other stakeholders across all professional and amateur sports on a range of subjects, such as league development and governance, team sales and acquisitions, media, sponsorship, licensing, data use and privacy, and technology. His work includes a focus on the rapidly evolving business and legal issues in esports and its broad and complex range of stakeholders, including leagues and teams, game publishers, technology and software developers, investors, media distributors, sponsors, and merchandisers.
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1:31 - Key highlights from the 4th Esports Annual Survey report
11:21 - Issues that are due to the fast pace of growth of the Esports industry
20:05 - How are esports investment deals typically structured? What should investors or the targets be mindful of when closing deals?
27:20 - Esports adopting a franchise legal model
33:24 - Crypto and NFT's in esports
43:16 - Synergies between esports and traditional sports
47:16 - Views on the call by some people in Esports for a single overarching regulatory body
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