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[Asia Society Southern California] COVID-19: Its Impact on Global Sports

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Webinar

Asia Society Southern California Presents:

"COVID-19: Its Impact on Global Sports"

A Special Live Video Webcast 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
5:30PM-6:30PM Pacific Time

Facebook Live Link

Most major sporting events worldwide have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The implications range from the social to the economic. The sports industry generates $756 billion annually in global revenue. Millions of jobs are at stake from sports professionals to the workforce in related industries such as retail, food and beverage, arena operations, media, and travel. Sports build bridges, empowering, and inspiring people as embodied by the Olympics and Paralympics, which unfortunately postponed its Tokyo summer games until 2021. What steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the athletes, fans, and broader sport ecosystem to allow for a return to play? How will strategies vary across sports at the national, regional, and international levels? Are there new technologies and channels that can help keep fans engaged? What are the potential long-term effects on the industry? What is the role of sports in our shared recovery?
Join owners from the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Soccer (MLS) as they discuss the way forward for the world of sports. Additional speakers will be announced soon.


Henry Nguyen

Henry Nguyen is the Vice Chairman and owner of the Los Angeles Football Club (MLS). With a deep passion for sports, he established the Saigon Heat pro basketball team, which competes in the ASEAN Basketball League, and the Vietnam University Games (VUG), the country’s official organizer of university athletics. Nguyen is the Chairman of Phoenix Holdings, an investment company with operations in consumer, media, retail, food & beverage, and financial services sectors. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society.

Nguyen earned his B.A. in Classics at Harvard University, and his M.D. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University Medical School and the Kellogg School of Management.

Larry Paul

Larry Paul is a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he and his family are the largest limited partners. Paul is a member of the Steering Committee for the Institute for the Study of the Economics of Sports and Society at UCLA and a member of the advisory board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Paul is the co-founder and managing principal of Laurel Crown Partners and President of The Louis Berkman Company, a family office private-equity fund focused on investing in growth-oriented businesses with established operations and management. He served for over a decade as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross in various capacities including as the Vice Chairman of the board for six years. For his service there, he received the Harriman Award for distinguished volunteer service, the organization's highest honor. He was also honored by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross as Humanitarian of the Year in 2018. 

Paul holds an A.B. from Harvard College (where he was a member of the Harvard Lampoon), a M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens is the managing partner of S-Cubed Capital, his family investment office based in Menlo Park, California. He is a director of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation (USOPF) and is an investor and executive board member of the Golden State Warriors basketball team.

Stevens is also a special limited partner and former managing partner of Sequoia Capital, a prominent and leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, known for backing iconic technology leaders including Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Google and Nvidia. Currently, Stevens serves as a director of Nvidia, the world’s leading graphics technology company, Second Spectrum, a sports data analytics software company, and Innovium, a next generation data center technology supplier.

Stevens earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in economics (both magna cum laude), and an M.S. in computer engineering, all from USC. He also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors for the Harvard Business School. He has served on the USC Board of Trustees since 2001.

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