Monday, September 30, 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Week 4

The Good: London. The National Football League (NFL) had their yearly game in London this year and this got me to thinking if London might find itself with a team in the future. There were already rumors speculating that London is trying to get a team or at the very least a Super Bowl in their arena. A couple weeks ago I was playing Madden and I decided to start a fantasy with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gutsy decision I know but I’m a sucker for their new jerseys. After the season I moved the team from Jacksonville to London as the London Black Knights. Interestingly enough, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Shahid Khan, has interest London. He has been quoted saying that “Jaguars are the home team for London.” Not to mention that he just became the new owner of Fulham.  It might not be long before we see a team, not necessarily Jacksonville, move to London. The market, fan base, and opportunities that London would provide would be an excellent business decision for a few struggling NFL teams at the moment.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Sports Biz Report - Episode 2.1 - Sport For Social Change Conference

Leaving Your Mark: Post Co-op tips

All too often, faculty, staff, academic advisors, co-op coordinators, and I emphasize what you should do as you start your six-month "ultimate internship." We talk about asking questions, introducing yourself to your bosses and co-workers, being punctual, dressing professionally, etc. However, we may not spend enough time evaluating what you have learned from your recently completed co-op (an applying this to the classroom), reflecting on the experience, and transitioning back to the classroom. Here are some reminders:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The London Experiment

By: Aaron Coleman

Let’s face it, it is probably fair to say that most American NFL fans are not huge on NFL games being played in London during the regular season. Fans are probably not too keen to see their squads potentially lose a home game just so our mates across the pond can watch the Steelers and Vikings play live in a “soccer” stadium. Personally, I would honestly not be too excited for Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, and the rest of my Washington Redskins squad to have to take a 10+ hour flight to go play in front of an unfamiliar “home” crowd.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Under Further Review: College Football, All Players United, and the Media

Over the weekend, if you were watching Georgia Tech or Georgia or Northwestern play football on national television, then you saw the beginnings of current college athletes pushing back against the fraudulent NCAA. Players on each team - 28 to be exact donned "#APU" on their wristbands and towels. APU stands for All Players United, a way for players to show solidarity in the face of injustice.

State of the Student Union: Welcome Back!

It's hard to believe that the 2013-14 school year is already here, but the Drexel Sport Management Student Union would like to give you a warm welcome back!

The Drexel SMTSU has been hard at work all summer long with some exciting events and opportunities coming up right away. We hope that you are as excited as we are to jump right into things and continue on our journey through the sports industry. Throughout this year, we hope to make that journey as enjoyable as possible and help all of you out along the way. After all, it's sports and, at the end of the day, sports are fun!

As mentioned, we have some exciting things on-tap from the onset of the year that I would like to bring to your attention.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Closer: Arian Foster took extra money while at Tennessee...WHO CARES?

The biggest headline to hit the NCAA and college football this past week had nothing to do with what happened on the field. It wasn't that #4 Ohio State shutout Florida A&M 76-0 or that #7 Louisville shutout Florida International 72-0 (tough to play football in Florida right now if you aren't FSU, Florida, or Miami). No, the biggest headline had to do with a player that finished the college game 5 years ago: Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Becoming a Professional MVP: The Press Conference

By: Patrick Gallagher

Imagine for thirty seconds you are the Head Coach of a top-tier Division 1 program and have been called to the stage after a high-profile match up for the post-game press conference. Your job in this very moment: answer questions from the media. Coach, how do you think your team played tonight? What made you decide to use that final timeout with so much time still left in the game? Where would you rate your performance tonight?

3 Quick Tips for the Fall Term

Today is the first day of the 2013-2014 school year! Whether you are a freshman attending your first college class, and upperclassman coming back to classes after co-op, or a sophomore going on your first co-op, you will be experiencing something new this term. I am going to keep this short and simply give some of my advice for the fall term.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Closer: Sport Ideology of Great Britain

This essay was written during my British Culture class while studying abroad in London, England this summer. Its topic is Sport Ideology of Great Britain.

The first thing that everyone thinks about when prompted with the word “sport” and the “United Kingdom” is football. There is a lot more to the sport culture of the UK than what is going on in the Premier League; the make-up of sport in the United Kingdom roots back much further than the creation of football in 1863. The history of sport culture has made sport in the United Kingdom a fascinating subject to study as it has shaped so much of what is seen today on the field and in everyday life. Not unlike any other nation, the United Kingdom clings onto their stars in particular sports and rides with them until they fall off, but it is interesting to follow where people’s allegiances are while taking club affiliation into the equation. By looking at two of the largest sports in the UK, football and tennis, this essay will compare how these sports, teams, and stars are portrayed and followed by the media and the general public. Using small comparisons to sport figures and organizations in the United States, some differences and similarities will become clear. Those comparative points can be attributed to cultural differences between the two nations, which will also be mentioned throughout the essay. Football has always been the international figure of British sport, as it is the most popular sport in the world.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Drexel SMTSU Announces Sport For Social Change Conference!

The First Annual Sport For Social Change Conference presented by the Drexel Sport Management Student Union (SMTSU) will be held on Friday October 25th, 2013 at Drexel University. The conference will be FREE of charge for everyone that attends. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the James E. Marks Intercultural Center.

The purpose of the Sport For Social Change Conference is to examine how we as a society can change in a positive manner via sport. 

In Case You Forgot, The NFL Is Still King

Week one of the NFL is in the books and it is clear that the NFL is still the undisputed king of television.  The NFL dominated television ratings Sunday and Monday as America proved how football crazy they really are as they helped the NFL and its television partners break records like Peyton Manning.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Under Further Review: Tokyo Wins Bid for 2020 Olympics

There was no perfect choice when it came to choosing the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics.  Madrid's bid was hindered by Spain's atrocious economic climate, and the Olympics are an expensive show that must go on.  Istanbul is dealing with civil unrest, the kind that puts lives in danger, which really casts a foreboding light over things.  Tokyo's air supply may contain traces of nuclear radiation, but hey the athletes will only be there for three weeks competing at the top of their game needing the best conditions possible and that's certainly not enough time to turn someone into a creature from The Hills Have Eyes, right?

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Midst a Playoff Run, Thunder are Still Booming

“Fun happens here”. A playful slogan of the Trenton Thunder is able to summarize my summer with the team thus far. In what has evolved to be one of the most historic summers in Thunder history, the fun is far from over. From the numerous rehabilitation assignments to the 8th millionth fan in attendance, this summer has been one for the ages.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Federal Judge Rules In Favor of NFL Players Concussion Case

What is big, ugly, and gives Roger Goodell nightmares? The United States Justice System. Last Thursday a federal judge approved a settlement between the NFL and those who have played in the league for funds to screen for concussions that those players may have endured over the course of their careers. The final settlement number was $765 million in favor of the players. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

U.S. Open Notebook: Experiencing Flushing Meadows in Person

This past Friday I had the privilege of attending the US Open day session featuring Men's Second Round and Women's Third Round matches. I just want to share with you some of my thoughts and experiences of experiencing the open in person! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My Experience at The Barclays

For the past 6 months, I have had the privilege of working for the PGA Tour as the Operations Coordinator on The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, NJ. With a very minimal background in golf I was not sure what I was getting myself into until I actually started back in April. I was not aware that this is one of the five largest tournaments on the PGA Tour as well as the event with the most hospitality structures available on Tour. The Barclays is the first tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which is the postseason where the top 125 players compete for the FedEx Cup.