ESPN‘s Bill Simmons, FiveThirtyEight statistician Nate Silver, and Mandalay Sports Media’s Peter Guber are among the panelists scheduled for South By Southwest‘s inaugural SXSports program, which will launch during the annual film, interactive, and music festival’s 2014 edition. Last year at the forward-thinking Austin fest Shaquille O’Neal gave a talk on social media and start-ups. The new track highlighting the overlap of film, media, pop culture, innovation, and tech in sports is part of the SXSW Film and Interactive conferences and runs from Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9. SXSports kicks off with an opening session with Golden State Warriors and Dodgers co-owner Guber, ex-Sony head and current CEO of Mandalay Entertainment. SXSports-branded features will screen in the main SXSW Film program which the fest announces in February. Here’s the first batch of confirmed SXSports sessions:

Media & The Personal Brand – ESPN, Grantland & 538
Bill Simmons (ESPN Columnist, Special Contributor and Editor-in-Chief of Grantland.com; ABC/ESPN NBA Analyst) & Nate Silver (Statistician, Author and Founder of FiveThirtyEight)

Hunting for Elephants: Creating Enterprise Value in Sports Media
Peter Guber (Chairman, Mandalay Sports Media)

Juan Vasquez
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Awesome article Jen. Great detail. Thanks! Juan (4th Gen Austin Athlete)
bobby the saint
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Bill Simmons is a one-man cottage industry. He's got books, produces movies, co-hosts a sports talk show,...

Arena vs. Couch: The Battle of Game Day Experience
Bryan Srabian (San Francisco Giants), Jordan Maleh (University of Michigan), Bob Morgan (SportStream)

The End Game: Storytelling Through Sports
Panelists TBA

The Printed Athlete: Sports Embraces 3D Printing
Jeff Beckham (Jeff Beckham) & Mike Vasquez (Tribal Sciences)

Innovation in Big-Time College Football
Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech University) & George Schroeder (USA TODAY)