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Talking Baseball with Ryne Sandberg, Bill Bartholomay & Alan Nero
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Former Chicago Cubs player and National Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, former Atlanta Braves owner Bill Bartholomay, and sports agent Alan Nero will share favorite stories from their long history with baseball and talk about everything from the impact of analytics to inter-league play and the future of MLB! During the night other topics may be explored, such as how Major League Baseball can appeal to a younger audience, what legal sports betting will mean for the game, and the chances of international expansion to places such as Mexico and Europe.
Our moderator will be David Sweet.The event will take place in the intimate setting of the Stuart Room. A 60-minute discussion will be followed by a 20-minute session for audience questions and end with an opportunity to ask panelists questions in person. A cash bar featuring beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available throughout the evening. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Ryne Dee Sandberg, nicknamed “Ryno”, is an American former professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs for sixteen years (1981–1994 and 1996–97).
William C. Bartholomay led a group which purchased the then Milwaukee Braves in 1962 and moved the club to Atlanta in 1966. He has witnessed his team win 14 Division Championships, five National League Pennants and one World Series. Mr. Bartholomay served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Atlanta Braves from 1963 – 2004. He was a member of the Executive Council for Major League Baseball, former Chairman of the Major League Baseball Ownership Committee and former Chairman of the Major League Baseball Finance Committee. He was a member of the Major League Baseball Opportunity Committee and is a former trustee of the Major League Baseball Players Pension Committee.
Alan Nero is Managing Director of Octagon’s Baseball Division. His clients include about 50 current Major League Baseball players, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs. Alan attended Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, which is home, ironically, to the Basketball Hall of Fame. He started a financial business afterward, and then in 1977 Alan developed innovative ways to insure athletes, right when baseball free agency started to take off. He has been a sports agent for more than 35 years.
David Sweet, Moderator
David Sweet has served as a columnist for NBCSports.com, SportsBusiness Journal and The Wall Street Journal. He has also authored two books, “Three Seconds in Munich: The Controversial 1972 Olympic Basketball Final,” and “Lamar Hunt: The Gentle Giant who Revolutionized Professional Sports.”
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