SXSW announces Klinsmann + more SXsports sessions

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SXSW continues to delve, bit by bit, into the world of sports. This time, giving soccer fans a huge panel previewing the 2014 World Cup.

Austin’s biggest festival of the year, a two-week bonanza featuring the newest in technology, movies and music — not to mention the best celebrity watching of the year — added SXsports to the 2014 lineup. This is a part of SXSW Film & Interactive, taking place March 7-9, and will feature more than 40 panels and movies profiling athletics.

SXsports’ newest panel, announced Monday, will feature Jurgen Klinsmann, the USA National Team head coach, and Grantland’s Roger Bennett. The pair will look ahead to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which the US has already qualified for. The sessions will feature a wide array of topics from fan engagement to the development of future athletic stars.

Other new sessions include:

  • 24-Hour Sports in the Age of Bite-Sized Content (Eric Shanks, FOX Sports)
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  • Baller Status: Sports Brands’ Impact on Culture (Lia Vakoutis, adidas)
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  • Blown Coverage: Journalism with Onion Sports (Chad Nackers, The Onion)
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  • Connected TVs and the Future of Sports Entertainment (Hank Adams, Sportvision)
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  • Crushing Second Screen: The Ultimate TV Companion (Stephanie McMahon, WWE)
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  • Drones in Sports: The Sky’s the Limit (Ty Hildenbrandt, Solid Verbal Media)
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  • The Future of Sports Can Be Found in the Data (Brian Kopp, STATS)
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  • Heads Up: Concussions in Sports (Will Brinson, CBS Sports)
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  • How Future Star Athletes Are Being Discovered (Kai Sato, FieldLevel)
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  • Knocking Down the Door: The U.S. National Team and America's World Cup Dreams (Jurgen Klinsmann, U.S. Men's National Soccer Team)
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  • NASCAR, NBA, MLS: Storytelling to Build Affinity (Steve Phelps, NASCAR)
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  • On Principle: Embracing Sports as a Human Right (Athlete Ally)
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  • Paid to Play: The Future of College Athletics (Spencer Hall, SB Nation)
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  • Sports Don’t Look the Same Anymore (John Meyer, Statographics)
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  • Sports Matter: The Need to Support Youth Sports (Ryan Eckel, Dick’s Sporting Goods)
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  • Stop Pricing Tickets Like Its 1999 (Barry Kahn, Qcue)
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  • Talking the Talk: Sports Lingo in Pop Culture (Professor Andrei S. Markovits, University of Michigan)
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  • Where are the Fans? What Happened to Traditions? (Mark Drosos, Lodestone Social)