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June 7, 2023

Livestream: 'The Future of College Athletics' summit in Washington, DC

  • What: Leading voices in college sports convene for a summit to discuss the future of college athletics.
  • When: Thursday, June 8, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EDT)
  • Where: The University of Arizona Washington, D.C. Center for Outreach & Collaboration, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 500
  • Livestream registration
  • To ask questions: Questions will not be answered live. If you have questions for the panelists, email them to, and the panelists will follow up individually after the event.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Arizona Washington, D.C. Center for Outreach & Collaboration will host several leading voices to take part in an invitation-only summit about the future of college athletics.

Speakers will discuss the evolving relationships among universities, student-athletes and the conferences they represent.

Elected officials, conference commissioners, university presidents, athletic directors, coaches, student-athletes, industry leaders and media members will discuss the challenges and opportunities involved with conference realignment; name, image and likeness; and the transfer portal, while seeking to advance knowledge and insights in these important areas.

Panels include:

What's really driving conference realignment?

  • Moderator: Heather Dinich, ESPN
  • Greg Sankey, commissioner, SEC
  • Douglas Girod, chancellor, University of Kansas
  • Dean Jordan, managing executive, Wasserman Media Group
  • Oliver Luck, chairman, Altius Partners

Transfer rules and the transfer portal: What is the new world of college athletics?

  • Moderator: Max Olson, The Athletic
  • Jedd Fisch, head coach, University of Arizona Football
  • James J. Phillips, commissioner, ACC
  • JT Daniels, quarterback, Rice University
  • Graham Neff, director of athletics, Clemson University

NIL: What is the state of play?

  • Moderator: Ross Dellinger, Sports Illustrated
  • Maya Nnaji, forward, University of Arizona Women's Basketball
  • Andy Schwarz, partner, OSKR
  • Desiree Reed-Francois, director of athletics, University of Missouri
  • Walker Jones, executive director, Grove Collective

What comes next in the wild, wild west of college athletics?

  • Moderator: Pete Thamel, ESPN
  • University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins
  • NCAA President Charlie Baker
  • Amy Privette Perko, CEO, Knight Commission

For more information or media inquiries, contact Mitch Zak, communications manager with the University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, at 916-612-0979 or

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Media contact:
Mitch Zak
Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

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