2016 Connect Marketplace Keynote Speaker: Shaquille O’Neal

By Connect Sports Staff, December 14, 2015

Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal (aka Shaq) is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors. The four-time NBA champion, 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes magazine, in addition to being the highest-ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Power Sports 100.

But O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among the 100 most creative people in business in 2013 by Fast Company, O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning show, “Inside the NBA.”

In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, O’Neal has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity on Twitter, O’Neal announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a new social media app that allows users to tape 15-second video statuses.


Jennifer Todd, co-founder and executive vice president of strategic partnerships of The Basketball Tournament, explains her unlikely path to TBT.

The NCAA is seeking bids to host the NCAA 2021 Division III Field Hockey Championship, to be held the weekend before Thanksgiving. RFPs are due July 15.

David Siegel, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, talks life after the Dodgers.

Slated to host the NFL’s Raiders starting in the 2020 season, Las Vegas Stadium has also landed another marquee football attraction: the Mitsubishi Motors