During Spring Break, a group of 11 Sport Management Students made the typical college student pilgrimage to Florida. However, this was not your typical Spring Break trip. This trip was led by Sport Management Professor Chris Amos and was designed as a way for students to examine and experience Central Florida's Sport Tourism Industry.
The students were able to meet with Tim Brought, the Sports Event Manager for ESPN's Wide World of Sports; Erik Anderson and Chris Cavender, the Director and Assistant Director of Stadium Operations for Osceola County Stadium (Spring Training home of the Houston Astros); and Kirk Wingerson, Marketing Division Manager of the Amway Center (home of the Orlando Magic and Solar Bears).
During this SMGT 497 class trip, students were able to learn about promotions, marketing, event and facility management, sales, and tournament and special event structuring among many other topics in a region that is tourism based. Students also had an opportunity to shadow and assist Mr. Anderson and Mr. Cavender during an Astros/Cardinals Spring Training Game.
Last week ten Sport Management students led by Dr. Heisey attended the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The students were able to attend a number of sessions at the conference in which some of the speakers included Adam Silver (NBA Commissioner), Bob Meyers (GM, Golden State Warriors), Daryl Morey (GM, Houston Rockets), Don Garber (MLS Commissioner), along with over 100 others. The students were able to meet and talk with hundreds of representatives and coaches from college and professional sports teams as well as numerous sports media personalities and other influential figures in the sports industry.
A panel discussion during the conference with Benjamin Alamar (Director of Analytics, ESPN), Shane Battier (Basketball Analyst, ESPN), Brian Burke (Founder, Advanced Football Analytics), and John Anderson (SportsCenter Anchor, ESPN).
Beginning with the Spring 2015 semester, the Sport Management Department will no longer be requiring Event Experience for Sport Management Students. Instead, the Department has a number of CSER opportunities available exclusively for Sport Management Students.
The available CSER opportunities are posted on the Bulletin Board in the SMGT Office. Come by the office to sign up for one and knock out your university CSER requirements while also building your Resume!