Sunday, May 12, 2013

Editors Note: Thank You To Writers And Readers

When The Sports Complex first grew its wings and got off the ground in the early portion of the 2010-2011 academic year, there was one question in mind: how can the Drexel SMTSU contribute to the omnipresent industry-wide sports business conversation while building a solid rapport among professionals and students alike?  As we sit here almost three years later, while we are certainly closer to the answer for such a complex question, we are still figuring things out.

Because of that, there are two major groups that we need to thank.  The first is our readers, who have stuck with us through our trials and tribulations over the past few years. We like to try out new methods of presenting the depth of the sports business that runs so deep.  You have stuck with us through those times of trial and error and success.  You can certainly count on more successes in the future.

Even if you are not a reader of our daily content - if you check in periodically, follow a specific writer, or read when we have a post relevant to your interests - we thank you all the same.  Although it may seem like we write for our own health at times, we do it for you.  We do it to educate.  We do it because we love showing you guys our love for the sports industry.

And thank you to the current writers and the past writers that have contributed to The Sports Complex.  As we try to figure things out ourselves, you constantly adapt to changing formats, demands, and procedures.  With a staff currently at 14 regular contributors, the strength and stability of the site has never been stronger.  The strength is a testament to the hard work and dedication that each and every one of you put into your work, no matter how often you contribute.  The stability shows just how many of you are buying into the mission of the SMTSU and The Sports Complex.

But we are only beginning to scratch the surface.

While we have been around for a little while, we are looking to make a push that will continue to leave a bigger footprint on the sports industry.  We recently launched our weekly podcast, The Sports Biz Report (view: Ep1, Ep2, Ep3 and Ep4).  Airing each and every Friday, The Sports Biz Report tackles the major stories of the week across the four major areas of sport management - marketing, law, media, and business - with a panel of students and guests from the sports industry.

As we move forward, we want to do more.  Because when you like it you want more, right?  We want to engage with the more professionals.  We want to include more students and faculty.  We want the SMTSU name to grow.  The vision will require a buy-in from readers and writers, officers and members, faculty and professionals.  The vision is big, but it surely is not impossible.

We hope for the future to bring more interaction to the site in terms of polls and discussions.  We hope for more interviews with people currently rolling up their sleeves and digging into their piece of the sports industry.  We hope to highlight the achievements of Drexel Sport Management professors and students as their diverse accomplishments are what make Drexel such an incredible school to study at.

SMTSU is not asking you for any new commitments.  All we are asking is that you simply keep doing what you are doing and continue spreading the SMTSU name.  Whether you read once a week, retweet a couple of articles, or contribute regularly or as a guest, every little bit helps.  We thank you for you contributions.  Because with your help - whether you read or whether you write - we can continue moving forward together.


Kevin Rossi is a pre-junior Drexel Sport Management major with a minor in Communications. Kevin has worked at Double Eagle Golf where he is now Social Media Coordinator and Comcast-Spectacor as their market research intern. Since joining the SMTSU, Kevin has worked his way up the ladder to Vice President. Currently, Kevin is a staff writer for, and he has joined Temple University Athletics Communications for co-op this spring/summer.  Follow Kevin on Twitter @kevin_rossi.

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