renowned baseball executive billy beane highlights speakers at nsga management conference and team dealer summit

Oakland Athletics General Manager Scheduled to Share His Success Story with Sporting Goods Industry on April 29 in Indian Wells, Calif.



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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (January 29, 2014) – You won’t find many major league sports executives portrayed by a major motion picture star.

But you won’t find many executives like Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane – depicted by Brad Pitt in the movie “Moneyball” – who broke away from traditional beliefs and methods to form one of the biggest success stories in baseball, sports and business.

You will find Beane sharing his insights for success and how they equate to the business world when he makes the keynote speech at the historic 50th Annual NSGA Management Conference and 16thAnnual Team Dealer Summit on Tuesday, April 29 in Indian Wells, Calif. The NSGA event runs from April 27-30 just outside of Palm Springs.

“Billy Beane’s story and record of success with the Oakland Athletics are truly impressive. We are delighted to have someone of his stature in the sports world participate in our management conference,” said NSGA President and CEO Matt Carlson. “Mr. Beane is also an accomplished speaker who can relate his business acumen and leadership to all members of the sporting goods industry. His story of overcoming numerous obstacles, and using methods which were once scorned to build one of baseball’s best organizations, will definitely make an impact on our audience.”

Beane will convey his innovative and winning style of management and leadership, which identifies undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage. Beane, who studied economics in college, will show the parallels between baseball and business and will also inspire those attending the conference with his underdog success story.

Under Beane’s direction, the A’s have won six American League Western Division titles since 2000 and also claimed an AL Wild Card berth. They have won 90 or more games in eight of the last 13 seasons. What makes these accomplishments more impressive, and easily relatable to members of the sporting goods industry, is they were achieved with what has traditionally been one of baseball’s lowest payrolls. Their 2012 division championship team had the smallest payroll in baseball.

Beane and former assistant GM Paul DePodesta overcame the belief that big money equates to big success by using strategic methodology that was once considered unorthodox but is now part of the standard business practice for baseball and other major-league sports. Best-selling author Michael Lewis wrote about their success in his 2003 best-seller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.

 The former first-round draft pick of the New York Mets played for four teams in his six-year big-league career. Beane has been named The Sporting News’ Executive of the Year in 1999 and 2012, Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year by Baseball America, one of Street & Smith’s Sport Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2004 and was rated 16th on its list of Baseball’s Heavy Hitters.

More about the Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit

The NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, the longest-running event of its kind and the premier educational and networking event in the sporting goods industry, will also provide plenty of formal and informal opportunities for connecting with leaders and colleagues from all corners of the industry at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. There will be general education sessions and education sessions geared specifically toward the team dealer side of the business. The event will include a tennis clinic, golf tournament, “Mr. Newsome’s Neighborhood Walk” with Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Famer Mickey Newsome, and new opportunities to connect in a social setting.

On Tuesday night, April 29, the industry’s past will be embraced with the annual Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. Ira Silberman of Diversified Products and Bob Zide of Zide’s Sports Shop make up the Class of 2014 and will join more than 150 leaders, innovators and industry icons who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1956.

On Monday afternoon, April 28, the industry’s present and future will be recognized at the third annual NSGA All-Star Awards Luncheon. Awards will be presented to companies that have made significant contributions to the industry and the 2014 NSGA College Scholarship program recipients will be announced.

More details on other speakers will be announced soon and registration for the 2014 Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit begins Friday, Jan. 31. For more details on the Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, go to the conference site at