Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Bob Costas and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will headline the list of presenters at the TEAMS ‘13 Conference & Expo, to be held Nov. 4-7 in Salt Lake City.
Presented by SportsTravel magazine and hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Salt Lake, TEAMS ‘13 is the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers.
“Our theme for TEAMS ‘13 is the importance of long-term relationships,” said Timothy Schneider, publisher, SportsTravel magazine. “With return appearances by two of the stars of the TEAMS Conference from the last time it was held in Salt Lake City, we hope to drive home the point that there is a tangible value to developing and maintaining relationships for the long haul.”
Costas and Romney will appear as part of the TEAMS ‘13 opening general session. Both are TEAMS Conference alumni, having appeared at TEAMS when it was last held in Salt Lake City in 2001. At that time, Romney was the head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Romney went on to serve as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, was a Republican candidate for president in 2008 and was the party’s nominee for president in 2012.
Costas will be making his fourth live appearance at TEAMS. In addition to his appearance in 2001, Costas served as a presenter at TEAMS 2002 in Chicago and TEAMS 2008 in Pittsburgh. He has won 25 Emmy Awards for his work in broadcast television and has served as the anchor of NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage for a record-setting nine Olympic Games. Costas will lead NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia.