Fantasy Football: An Interactive Event for Teambuilding, Fundraising, or Celebration
Award-winning fantasy sports analyst MATTHEW BERRY – universally regarded as “the face of fantasy football” – creates a unique and engaging experience in this Fantasy Football-focused event. Matthew is in-demand with groups including Dell, Thuzio, CDW, Okta, and more for this exciting session. Whether your group is looking to get ready for the Fantasy draft, offer a fun team-building event, or plan a memorable fundraiser, Matthew generates buzz and positivity with audiences of all kinds.
Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Industry
When award-winning fantasy sports analyst and NYT bestselling author MATTHEW BERRY was starting out, his dream career didn’t exist. From starting to play Fantasy Football at age 14 and doing his stats by hand, Matthew created a fantasy sports blog, which he sold to ESPN, and went on to create ESPN’s $100M+ Fantasy Business. In this motivational talk, Matthew shares how he developed resilience, banished self-doubt, created a brand-new industry – and how he continues innovating today.
Motivational: How to Chase Happiness
Deciding to forgo money to #ChaseHappiness, MATTHEW BERRY stepped away from a successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter and followed his passion, fantasy football, ultimately creating the now billion dollar industry that he is the face of. In this inspirational talk, Matthew shares practical advice about following your passion, creating an innovative career, and becoming a game-changer in any field.
Matthew Berry – “the face of fantasy football” – finds a new home at NBC and continues to innovate the industry he created
Universally regarded as “the face of fantasy football,” fantasy sport pioneer MATTHEW BERRY has joined NBC as a Fantasy Football Commentator and Analyst. He is the host of Fantasy Football Happy Hour, an analyst for Football Night in America (the second-highest rated show in America), and is part of the broadcast team for the NFL Hall of Fame game. Berry receives continuous accolades for his entrepreneurship and innovative vision: USA Today called him “the symbol of excessive expertise,” Jimmy Fallon dubbed him “The Godfather of Fantasy Football,” and The Wrap writes that Matthew is “One of the major reasons why the game today is played by over 50 million people.”
The most well-known sports betting personality, Matthew is the creator of FantasyLife – a sports betting destination on the web – and writes the Fantasy Life Newsletter, which reaches over 325K readers. Forbes recently profiled Berry’s career journey, and Entertainment Weekly writes, “Berry is simply the most-ubiquitous and influential voice in a massive business that has changed the way fans consume and follow sports.” Berry shares his substantial insights about entrepreneurship, building your own dream job (and the industry itself), and how to #ChaseHappiness in motivational events.
Award-winning fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry offers motivational insights on creating your own industry, and being a game-changer in any field
When award-winning fantasy sports analyst MATTHEW BERRY was starting out, his dream career didn’t exist. He’d been playing fantasy football since he was 14 years old, doing all his stats by hand, but there wasn’t a clear career path to follow – or even an industry to break into. Matthew became a successful Hollywood writer instead – and created a sports blog on the side. While he was working on hit shows and movies, making a good living, all he cared about was his website and the following he was building. Finally, he decided to #ChaseHappiness.
Matthew taught himself about the world of venture capital, how to make money on the internet, and self-promotion – doing free appearances on local TV and radio stations. He grew his following to epic proportions, sold his blog, and went on to build ESPN’s fantasy sports infrastructure – and create the industry of his dreams. Only after leaving Hollywood, Matthew got on TV, won an Emmy, and earned a cameo role in the Avengers movies. As he shares in motivational events, “The road is surprising, but you gotta follow your dream!” In uplifting events, Matthew offers insights from his journey to his dream job, with practical takeaways audiences can embrace to inspire innovation.
Universally regarded as “the face of fantasy football,” Matthew Berry, aka “The Talented Mr. Roto,” is a Fantasy Sports Analyst and Commentator for NBC.
Named the 2013 Marketer of the Year by the Academy of Marketing Science for his leading role in fueling the national growth of fantasy football, Berry previously served as the Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst for ESPN and was the most read weekly columnist on ESPN.com during football season. His annual pre-season "Love/Hate" consistently ranked among the top trafficked stories on ESPN for the entire year, while the in-season edition was the most read weekly column across the ESPN Fantasy App and ESPN.com.
Berry is an Emmy Award winner for his work on ESPN2's Sunday morning show Fantasy Football Now (the highest rated non-live event show on ESPN2). He also hosted the award-winning The Fantasy Show on ESPN+, regularly among the most watched studio shows on ESPN’s streaming service. Berry also appeared regularly across ESPN’s most popular television and radio shows including Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter, NFL Live and ESPN’s annual coverage of the NFL Draft. And for the past five August’s, Berry somehow managed to broadcast live for 28 hours straight hours as part of ESPN’s popular “Fantasy Football Marathon” without getting himself fired.
Berry's multi-award-winning podcast Fantasy Focus: Football was ESPN’s most downloaded original podcast on a per episode basis and is regularly in the top ten in the sports category and the top 40 overall on iTunes during the season. In 2018, the show also made it’s debut on Twitter, broadcasting their show live every day on the popular social network, quickly becoming one of Twitter’s most watched and highest engaged show.
His first book, Fantasy Life (from Riverhead/Penguin Books) was a New York Times Bestseller, spending many months on the list. Inspired by the book, Berry’s Fantasy Life App is a robust social network for fantasy players and sports gamblers that has over three quarter of a million highly engaged users and was recently featured by Apple in their App store.
Speaking of social media, Berry was named to USA Today’s “NFL’s 100 most important people”, Sports Illustrated’s “Top 100 to follow on Twitter,” and to Mashable’s “32 Must Follow Accounts for NFL Fans,” He currently has over 1.5 million highly engaged social media followers.
Matthew started his fantasy sports career writing for Rotoworld (now NBC SportsEdge). He wrote for The Sporting News, was the national fantasy expert for Fox Sports Radio, wrote the daily fantasy blog on MLB.com and was a fantasy columnist for NBA.com. He was also a consultant to the NBA, helping shape it’s fantasy basketball strategy prior to joining ESPN. He started his own website TalentedMrRoto.com in 2004 and it soon became a leading and award winning source in the fantasy industry. The site was acquired by ESPN in 2007.
Named by his peers as the 2017 FSTA “Analyst of the Year,” Berry is one of four people to be named to the Hall of Fame for both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has appeared on or in Late Night with Seth Meyers, The View, CBS This Morning, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, 60 Minutes Sports, CBS Sunday Morning, AdWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, The Howard Stern Show, People.com and YES, that is him doing a cameo in Avengers: EndGame, helping Robert Redford recover a briefcase from Tony Stark and Thor.
In addition, he has done cameos on ABC’s One Life to Live, the FX comedy The League and the Pop TV / Netflix comedy sketch show Hot Date. He has played with The Globertrotters (and sank a 20 footer!), is a featured "tweeter" in the popular EA Sports Madden Football video game and gives fantasy advice to celebrities from Jay-Z to Chris Pratt. A co-founder of FantasyMovieLeague.com, which sold to National Cinema Media (NASDAQ:NCMI), Berry is a graduate of Syracuse University. He lives with his wife and children in Connecticut.