"...The Round Mound of Rebound’s coming through. Announced today, Charles Barkley’s headed to Austin this March for featured speaker role at SXsports, the second-year Convergence component of South by Southwest...."
"...The first track to issue news of next year’s megalo-meeting is SXsports, which enters into year three after a successful sophomore effort. Reports out of the company’s downtown office have it that the session’s Opening Featured Speaker will be none other than NBA Commissioner Adam Silver..."
"...The former litigation attorney sure has it down pat – just hitting a register combining 5th Avenue highbrow and gee-gosh humility. Always at ease and ready to provide the good word, the NBA commissioner – this year’s most important SXsports speaker – has mastered the art of maximizing the necessarily velvety intangible-speak, only for you to get exactly what he’d like to give you – regardless of the question asked..."
"...Four experts on the history of the impact of these SMEs got together for the SXsports track on Sunday morning. The session was moderated by Ben Carrington, a sociology professor at the University of Texas who focuses on the politics of sports..."
"...Other panels may boast more prominent speakers – Bill Simmons, Nate Silver, and the U.S. Men's Soccer coach Jürgen Klinsmann, among them – but the enduring title from the initial SXSports panel list remains a small session hosted by a South Dakotan named John Meyer...."
"...Also of note: Two of last year's innovations are returning, and expanding – SXsports programming and the TV track, Episodics, which will premiere five new series, including the CW’s iZombie from Austin's native son, Rob Thomas...."
"...16. As part of the Convergence programming, any badgeholder can attend Episodic screenings, plus other SouthBites, SXsports and SXstyle Convergence designated screenings..."
"...Born to Fly Director: Catherine Gund Born to Fly pushes the boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight. (World Premiere) (SXsports screening)..."
"...In October, SXsports joined SXSW Eco and SXSWedu as the three newest tracks to latch onto Interactive, Film, and Music, with SXsports taking part in the conference’s Convergence program, which caters to conference components (the Next Stage and SX Bookstore, among others) available to individuals with Film, Interactive, Gold and Platinum badges...."
"...Perhaps of most interest to Austinites is the SXsports premiere of Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some with the director, star (Tyler Hoechlin), and Linklater’s college baseball teammate Rick Keeler all in attendance...."
"...It’s daunting, but you can peruse the myriad panels on the SXSW site. We recommend you choose a specific track (i.e., SXsports, Health & MedTech, Branding and Marketing, etc.) to narrow your search for the perfect panel...."
"...The South by Southwest hype train continues to pick up speed. Just yesterday SXsports announced it will feature NBA Commissioner Adam Silver..."
"...ALSO THIS!: Today's geek doesn't get shoved in the gym locker; he's the sabermetrics star. SXsports programming – open to all Interactive and Film badge holders – includes sessions with the likes of Sir Charles Barkley and UFC fierce fighters Ronda Rousey, Dana White, and Jessica Eye, plus movies that spotlight kicks culture (Sneakerheadz), stenographer speed trials (For the Record), and LGBTQIA athletes (Out to Win), among others...."
"...In addition to all the SXSW Film festival and conference has to offer, your Film badge gains you admittance to SXComedy and SXSports programming. There are also free events like the Auditorium Shores concerts and SXSW Gaming Expo at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd.), which runs Friday-Sunday (3/13-3/15), noon-8pm..."
"...Seen as a spiritual successor to Linklater's 1993 comedy, Dazed and Confused, the film features an ensemble cast of mostly unknown actors. The film is designated as a SXsports film, which means the screening is open to Film, Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badge holders..."