Announcing Panels and Speakers for Blogs with Balls 3
3rd installment of Influential sports media event to be held in Chicago’s Wrigley Field at the Captain Morgan Club

Chicago, IL HHR Media Group and Modern Hombre are proud to announce the current lineup of sports bloggers, journalists, media industry leaders and technology innovators who will be speaking on a wide spectrum of topics at Blogs with Balls 3, held the June 5 at the Captain Morgan Club in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“We are proud that over the course of the year, BwB has evolved into an industry leader in bringing together all facets of the online sports media community,” said event co-founder Don Povia.

“The continued involvement of not only independent bloggers, but also representatives from companies like ESPN, Bleacher Report, SB Nation, Yahoo! Sports and Yardbarker, shows that collectively online sports media is working and growing together,” Povia added.  “But it’s the fact that more and more members of the newspaper, academic and marketing fields; and tech leaders like Gowalla are participating, that evidences BwB’s growth in size, scope and voice.”

Co-founder Kyle Bunch points out, “We received over a hundred speaker applications for roughly 30 spots, so this process hasn’t been easy, but it reflects the enthusiasm and importance that this event brings to our community. Being recognized as a “blogger” is becoming less and less a stigma and more of an asset.”

Tickets are available at a discounted rate through May 15 here:

Additional speakers and sponsors are to be announced shortly.

Going Local: Evolution of the Local Sports Media Market in the Digital Age

  • Jim Bankoff (SBN)
  • Enrico Campitelli (The 700 Level)
  • TK Gore (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
  • Jon Greenberg (ESPN Chicago)
  • Dave Nemetz (Bleacher Report)
  • Moderator: Amy K. Nelson (ESPN)

Today’s Sports Media Landscape: Blogs and Beyond, Where Are Ad Dollars Going?

  • Rich Gallagher (Taylor)
  • Ian Sohn (Ogilvy)
  • Michele Steele (Bloomberg)
  • Pete Vlastelica (Yardbarker)
  • Mod: Amanda Rykoff (

You’ve Gotta Fight For Your Right…to Blog?: A Legal and Ethical Primer to Sports Media in 2010

  • Jonah Keri (Bloomberg Sports)
  • Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi (U. of Minnesota)
  • Alana Nguyen (Yardbarker)
  • Josh Zerkle (With Leather, KSK)
  • Mod: Jason McIntyre (The Big Lead)

Democratizing Sports Media: How Blogging Players, Fans & Leagues Are Changing the Game

  • Brian Cook (mgoblog)
  • Valli Hilaire (Fast & Fabulous)
  • Kevin Kaduk (Big League Stew)
  • Robert Littal (Black Sports Online)
  • Scott Reifert (Chicago White Sox)
  • MOD: Henry Abbott (TrueHoop)

The Kings of All Media: Leveraging Podcasting and Video to Build a Media Megabrand

  • The Basketball Jones (The Score)
  • Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports)
  • David Jacoby (ESPN, Sports Guy Podcast)
  • Ian Orefice (
  • Michael Rand (Star Tribune)
  • Mod: Matt Sebek (Joe Sports Fan)

The Future of Sports Media (Circa 2010): What Today’s Technology & Innovations Mean for Tomorrow’s Fan

  • Ty Ahmad-Taylor (FanFeedr)
  • Michael Calderon (Big Ten Network)
  • Andy Ellwood (Gowalla)
  • Mike Germano (Carrot Creative)
  • Mod: Kyle Bunch (The Daily Bunch)

About HHR Media Group

HHR Media Group cultivates a favorable online and offline presence for blogs, athletes, and consumer brands. Utilizing creative and relevant content to forge a relationship with both online sports opinion makers and sports media consumers, HHRMG is on the forefront of social media, helping clients bridge the gap between traditional media and emerging internet and technological trends. For more information, visit:

About Modern Hombre

Modern Hombre is the world’s first truly post-digital marketing and creative agency. Modern Hombre works directly with companies and communities — physical and virtual — to forge more meaningful and lasting connections between brand and consumer. Modern Hombre’s world headquarters are located in Austin, Texas.  For more information, visit