The new Sports Business Club at The Palm Beaches will hold its first panel discussion on Wednesday, November 10 with the aim of celebrating the growth of the South Florida sports market and exploring new business developments on the sports front.
The event will be held at the Palm Beach Kennel Club Paddock Room and will feature local leaders in sport and economic development, including Pat Rooney and Rick Horrow, co-chairs of the organization. Also in attendance will be Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly, US Polo Association President Michael Prince, former Miami Marlins Colors Analyst Tommy Hutton and Palm Beach Sports Commission Chairman George Linley.
Rooney, president of the Palm Beach Kennel Club, pointed out that his family, including the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney, had been coming to Palm Beach County since the 1930s and had owned the Kennel Club since 1970.
“The close relationship between sport, business and the proliferation of sports betting has sparked new interest in this county and state,” said Pat Rooney. “Talking to various leaders in these industries should help us chart our course for success in Palm Beach County. I’m happy to be a part of it. “
Horrow was the founding executive director of the South Florida Sports Authority, established years ago to use sport as an economic engine, a goal achieved by the arrival of the Dolphins, Heat, Marlins and Panthers, 11 Super Bowls and numerous major golf and tennis events.
“We believe this is a one-of-a-kind attempt to create a regular series of thought leadership events focused directly on sports and entertainment,” Horrow said. “We are delighted to be pioneers in this area.”
Horrow, who hosts the sports radio show “The Boardroom” on ESPN 106.3 with Ken Lavicka, said future roundtables will focus on football (January), golf (February) and baseball (March) as well as basketball, hockey and football. .
“I am delighted with what sport means to this community both in terms of quality of life and economic development,” said Horrow.
As for timing, Horrow said upon exiting the coronavirus pandemic “we need them. These are two of the worst years in the country’s history.”
Tickets for Wednesday’s event will be available at The Door, Eventbrite.com and pbkennelclub.com for $ 20, which includes a buffet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. A cash bar will be available as well as valet parking for $ 5. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Horrow and Lavicka will broadcast their 6-7 show live on location that evening.