Sports industry experts from Chicago and around the country are preparing to discuss and debate the sector’s key issues ahead of the 4th annual Chicago Sports Summit. Topics are set to include the future of legalized sports betting, whether or not college athletes should be paid, the latest techniques to keep pro athletes healthy, and how sports agents seal the big deals.

The Summit, which is open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and features four panels of experts moderated by popular sports media and other sports industry experts. 

This year’s participants include  sports influencer Darren Rovell; former seven-time NFL pro bowl player Nick Mangold; major sports agent Mark Bartelstein; Illinois state senator and sports betting proponent Napoleon Harris; nationally renowned sports medicine physicians Dr James Andrews and Dr Brian Cole; founder of BetChicago Frank Ignatius; and Gatorade global sports marketing head Jeff Kearney.

In addition to providing a compelling program, the Summit raises funds for the Chicago Sports Summit Foundation, an organization supporting the physical and educational development of Chicago-area youth through partnerships with local charities sharing the same vision. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Girls in the Game, Big Green and Chicago Run and sports medicine research at Rush University Medical Center.