Sports Circle Indy

Sports Circle Indy is a non-profit association of sports business professionals dedicated to creating business opportunities for the sports industry in central Indiana by providing networking and educational events.

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Sports Circle Indy Announces 2017 Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 4, 2017. Sports Circle Indy, a non-profit networking organization connecting sports businesses in the Indianapolis area, has announced its 2017 board of directors.

Amie Peele Carter, a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, will serve as president of the organization, while Norm Wain, general counsel and vice president of business affairs at USA Track & Field, will serve as vice president.

Other officers include Jen Phelps, general counsel at USA Football, as recording secretary, and Ronda Hite, vice president of strategy and planning at CHARGE, as treasurer.

Joining them on the Sports Circle Indy board are:

  •          Ryan Boyle, vice president of specialty brands and international licensing, Learfield   Licensing
  •          Melinda Doehrman, marketing coordinator, Pacers Sports & Entertainment
  •          F. Brooke Dunn, legal clerk, Faegre Baker Daniels
  •          Dawn Howard, regional industry development leader, BKD, LLP
  •          Joel Tragesser, partner, Quarles & Brady

“Sports Circle Indy would like to thank its past president and founder Ken Ungar and the entire team at local sports marketing agency CHARGE for their endless support of Sports Circle Indy since its creation,” Carter said.

Sports Circle Indy recently held a networking event on Thursday, March 30, p.m. at CharBlue. The event provided them with the opportunity to thank outgoing president, Ken Ungar, and to connect with new and existing members of the organization.

Other events planned for 2017 include a tour of Grand Park, an Indiana Fever game, lunch with a speaker panel on sports-related charitable giving, an event at Indiana Grand, outreach events for law students interested in sports law, and a holiday party.

Sports Circle Indy is a local, non-profit networking and educational organization for members of the sports industry in Central Indiana. For more information, to sign up for our newsletter or to join, see

Sports Circle Indy Events

Sports Circle Indy / Sports Lawyers Association
Changing the Conversation on Women’s Leadership in Sports
May 2nd, 2016

Sports Circle Indy and Sports Lawyers Association hosted a lunch conversation with four of Indianapolis’ most accomplished female sports executives. They touched on topics such as their career paths, the importance of diversity in the industry, and opportunities for the next generation of women leaders. Speakers included Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Executive Vice Chair and Co-Owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Renee Chube Washington, Chief Operating Officer of USA Track & Field, Inc., Anucha Browne, Vice President of Women’s Basketball Championships for the NCAA, and Naima Stevenson Starks, Deputy General Counsel for the NCAA.

The Event was hosted by Naima Stevenson Starks, Deputy General Counsel for the NCAA; Norm Wain, General Counsel and Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track and Field, Inc.; and Patrick Reilly, Attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

A Night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
April 12th, 2016

At this event, members and guests got a behind the scenes look at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and attended the Indiana Pacers last regular season home game as they faced the New York Knicks. Members and guests were taken on a tour of Bankers Life Fieldhouse where they had a chance to see; executive offices, conference rooms, suites, media, practice court, and everything in-between.

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Panel Discussion
March 16th, 2016

Every year in May there is one special event that takes place here in the heart of our city Indianapolis, The Indianapolis 500. As an historic year for this event, we brought an engaging panel to discuss: the significance of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a historic milestone, the opportunity for economic and civic impact for our city, an update on the wide variety of celebrations that are being planned, and questions from the audience on how to get involved and show community pride.

The panel was led by Allison Melangton, Senior Vice President of Events for Hulman Motorsports and panelists included Kristi Gaynor, Chair of Residential Engagement for the 100th Running Host Committee, and Lauren George, 100th Running Host Committee Coordinator.

The Big Business of Fantasy Sports
November 17th, 2015

Every weekend, millions of entries are received from players of daily fantasy sports for the NFL alone. It's already a huge business that Forbes expects to continue to grow 41% by 2020. However what is important to the teams and sports leagues is how fantasy sport impacts their ability to engage with fans.

"Fans consume 40% more sports content — across all media
— once they start playing FanDuel."

At our November Luncheon we discussed how fantasy sports...
  • creates a more exciting fan experience
  • provides new ways to engage fan
  • can help a team/league to better know their customers

How the Sports Industry is Embracing Diversity & Inclusion
October 29th, 2015

How does the sports industry embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels within their organization? Our expert panel discussed how their organizations address diversity and the initiatives they've put in place to promote inclusion at all levels – mission, leadership, business development, internal policies, recruitment, retention, community engagement, etc

Sports Circle Indy / Sports Lawyers Association Luncheon
October 13th, 2015

A lunch conversation with Oliver Luck, Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the NCAA, and Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven. We touched on their career paths, unique experiences in amateur and professional sports, and legal issues they faced along the way.

Supplying New Talent for the Sports Industry
August 25th, 2015

The Sports industry in the United States generates more than $200 billion per year. It’s a big industry that require talented individual to keep it running and make it successful. During this panel discussion we’ll examine who is supplying that talent, what skills are needed by the industry, what changes have taken place, and what future trends are anticipated.

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Sports Circle Indy / SLA Luncheon

The landscape of collegiate athletics is constantly evolving. Athletic directors of major universities are challenged with increasingly complex issues. Indiana is home to some of the most accomplished, high-profile athletic directors in the country. Sport Circle Indy members enjoyed a lunch and a conversation about the legal issues these leaders face.

Concussions -- The Business Impact

Sports Circle Indy gathered for an informative panel discussion on concussion awareness and its economic impact. The moderator was Jennifer Phelps, General Counsel for USA Football. Panelists included Ashley Horn, Sales Manager at SG Helmets; Patrick Kersey, MD, Medical Director at USA Football and Sports Medicine Physician at St.Vincent Sports Performance; Erin Snook, PhD, Chief Science Officer at the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention.

Indiana State Fairgrounds
Coliseum Tour & Panel Discussion

Members were treated to a private coliseum tour as well as an engaging panel discussion with Indiana State Fairgrounds Executive Director, Cindy Hoye, Indy Fuel President, Sean Hallett, and IUPUI Athletic Director, Mike Moore.

Inside the NFL Luncheon

Members were treated to an insider's look to the National Football League featuring former team general manager Jerry Angelo and agent Buddy Baker of Exclusive Sports Group. The two discussed their career journeys and what it was like working in the NFL.

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