Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Water Cooler Talk: Giving Back

Today is Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful for everything in your life and a good time to reflect on the last year.  I am very thankful to be where I am right now.  I have about a year left of my undergraduate studies and have made many great connections during my two coops.  I have met a lot of great friends while at Drexel and stayed in touch with my closest friends from high school.  In the spirit of the holiday, I am going to leave you guys with a great piece of advice: always try to give back.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Under Further Review: Will Peralta's Deal Spur Change?

When you read the headline online or saw the ESPN SportsCenter that 31-year-old Jhonny Peralta inked a four year, $52 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, you probably didn't even blink. Ho hum. Nothing to see here. The contract is nothing new. Cheating pays the big bucks, I guess.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Sports Biz Report - Episode 2.6 - Bryan Fyalkowski

Leaving your Mark: Be Thankful in Your Sports Career Pursuits

One of my esteemed blog colleagues, Kevin Rossi, wrote a piece in 2012 titled “Under Further Review: Saying Thank You”.  While I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, I can’t help but revisit the topic of being grateful in your career (and during college) with Thanksgiving less than a week away.  While you should absolutely thank your family and friends, do not forget about that person that you interviewed with or met with at a networking event or career fair.  Don’t forget to thank your clients/customers or prospective clients/customers.  Be sure to express your appreciation to the professor or advisor that as provided advice and mentorship.  These minor gestures of appreciation go a long way in building and maintaining professional, and sometimes personal, relationships.  In the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” sports industry that we are all in, this aspect is especially crucial.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Water Cooler Talk: Interviewing Keys to Success

Coop search can be a very stressful time.  I am searching for my third coop and honestly this one has been the most stressful out of all of them.  This week the interview requests come out for A round.  The interview is the most important part of the coop process.  Your resume was able to get you the interview but now you need to show the company you are the person for the job.  From my experiences I have learned a few keys that can help during the interview.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Under Further Review: Braves Bolt for Cobb County's Public Money

Public funding for private facilities seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. Sports welfare, as some call it, puts tax payer money into the pockets of billionaire sports franchise owners. Yes, these are the same billionaire owners that own teams in leagues that dodge taxes because their hide under the ugly guise of not-for-profit status. This is how Roger Goodell made $29.5 million from the NFL and Bud Selig made $22 million from the MLB. The money has to go somewhere. So why not into someone’s pockets that are already lined with Benjamins. The sports welfare aspect is perhaps the most difficult part to digest, though. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Major League Baseball Funding for Additional Replay

By: Alexa Fontanella

How would baseball history be different if the MLB acquired instant replay years ago?

Guard the Post: Why this College Basketball season will be the best ever

The 2013-2014 College Basketball season promises to be one of the best ever. National Letters of Intent combo-commitments, upsets,  growth of the mid-major, the best season-opening tournament in the history of season-opening tournaments, and the most highly anticipated Final Four ever. Sure, we have no idea what teams will make it there, but we do know, based on what we have seen through week 1, that it will be a crazy ride.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Inspiration For The Week: Everyone Has a Story

The other week, I heard a story that really captivated me and made me think about my life. I currently am an intern for the Philadelphia Flyers in the Game Presentation Department. One of the duties I have is to deliver birthday packages during home games at TV stoppages. It is one of my favorite parts of the job because you really get to improvise and have fun with each delivery. Two weeks ago, while waiting for a stoppage, I met an usher who really inspired me.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Global Scope: Farewell to a Cricket Legend

At the end of the week, one of the greatest athletes of our time and a true cricket phenomenon will be playing his last test match ever, an unparalleled 200th! Ultimately it will be the last chance India fans have to watch their star batsman Sachin 'The Little Master' Tendulkar in action, since he has recently retired from T20s and One Day Internationals (ODIs) already. This could essentially mean the sun is setting for Tendulkar's gigantic brand, who's appeal basically dominated the big money game in India, selling a dozen of products every year. Actually, his brand allure was on full display this week after a massive crowd of people swarmed the Wankhede Stadium in Tendulkar's hometown of Mumbai in order to get tickets for his farewell match on November 14. Unfortunately for those fans only 6,000 tickets were being sold online, and the website offering the services ( crashed after a record 19.7 million hits were registered. This may seem as a surprise, but if you ask anyone in the streets of Mumbai what they think of Sachin Tendulkar, chances are they'll respond with a popular local saying: "Cricket is our religion and Sachin is our God."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The NFL’s First Female General Manager?

With the Miami Dolphins loss against the once winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week on Monday Night Football may lead to an internal collapse, but with that a historical event for the NFL could unfold. A good amount of this article will be based off of speculation. It will be speculation,  but it will be based off of logic events that have taken place so far. So lets start at the beginning of the 2013 regular season for Miami.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Week 8 General Body Meeting - Thursday 7-8 p.m. in Room 141

Phillies Offseason Outlook

Carlos Ruiz (2008).

Long List of Needs

Ruben Amaro Jr. and company have their work cut out for them as the free agent season starts to heat up in the MLB.  With the "Winter Meetings" underway in sunny Florida, the Phillies' front office is beginning to sculpt their plan for improvement.  Just a few years ago the club may have only needed to upgrade at one or two positions.  Now, heading into 2014, the team has a handful of positional and team needs, complicating how the front office plans to improve the team.  This list includes the following:

Monday, November 11, 2013

John Moffitt Walks Away from Football

John Moffitt is not a huge name in the NFL. However if you ask any viewer of “The Real Rob Report” last year if they knew who Moffitt was, everyone of them would tell you they loved the guy. Moffitt was a fan favorite because of the hilarious moments he shared with Michael Robinson, fullback of the Seattle Seahawks, on his show. Nevertheless, 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Leaving Your Mark: For Reid, Sports Professionals, a Change of Scenery is a Good Thing

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated halfway through the NFL season after going 2-14 in 2012. To say that this is a shocking development would be putting it mildly…especially if you are a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. While we certainly didn’t run Reid out of town, most of us, including Reid, knew it was time to move on. And boy has the change of scenery worked out well! (Arguably for both Reid and the Eagles.)

Drexel SMTSU - Episode 2.4 - Public Funding and University of Louisville

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fiasco in Miami?

Recently, Jonathan Martin went “incognito” from the Miami Dolphins. It was first reported that Jonathan left the Dolphins after an alleged “prank” that his teammates pulled during lunch where they made Martin sit by himself. It was later reported that there were a lot of other factors that played a part in him leaving the team. It was later reported that Jonathan Martin had been verbally abused by Richie Incognito.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Under Further Review: A College, an Arena, and a City in Debt

The University of Louisville is riding high. They are about to embark on defending their NCAA men's basketball championship from last year, and their football team has one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the game right now in Teddy Bridgewater. It is a great time to be a Cardinal. 

SBEN Live to Stream the Sport For Social Change Conference All Next Week

It is hard to believe that it has been almost two full weeks since the first annual Sport For Social Change Conference was held at Drexel University. Throughout the day, five different presentations presented on a variety of topics. Dr. Eric Zillmer and Bruiser Flint presented on athletes giving back and becoming role models. The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation presented on developing our nation's youth with sport. Eli Wolff presented on access and inclusion to sport. Go! Athletes and Craig Cassey Jr. presented on LGBT issues in sport. Patrick Hruby presented on safety issues in sport.

It was a tremendous day and we are happy to announce that we will be sharing it in video again next week in conjunction with the Sports Business Education Network. Over the course of next week, SBEN will stream one presentation each day.

Check it out starting Monday Nov. 11, and use the hashtag #S4SC on Twitter if you tune in! Follow the link HERE.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Guard the Post: The Current (and Future) State of the NCAA

In today's (social) media landscape, stories travel faster than an Alabama fan leaving the Stadium in the 2nd quarter with the Tide up by 40. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been at the forefront of the sport conversation for weeks now, especially during this football season. From Schooled: The Price of College Sports to Arian Foster, and All Players United (APU) to the Ed O'Bannon case, the NCAA is an massive entity that is continuously being criticized by everyone across the country.

The Power of Jay Z: Samsung and the NBA’s New Relationship

The NBA is on the verge of receiving a major payday at the expense of Samsung, which will be taking over basketball arenas and televisions across the country. As the 2013-14 NBA season is underway, Samsung recently signed a whopping $100 million sponsorship deal, that would make the company the official handset, tablet and television provider of not only the NBA, but the NBA’s D-League, and WNBA. This deal will become one of Samsung’s most extensive partnerships, with the hopes of enhancing the game of basketball and providing a much needed and improved fan experience. If you have watched any of the games so far this season, I’m sure you have come across Lebron James’ new commercials with Samsung. The endorsement with such an elite and high caliber player like King James is only the beginning of the company’s takeover. This is a significant deal for Samsung because it is furthering their push to top their competitor Apple, and become dominant in their market.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Becoming a Professional MVP: Finding Your Triple-Threat Stance

With the Philadelphia 76ers starting the NBA season 3-0 (yes, you heard me correctly), I couldn’t help but turn my attention this week to a fundamental basketball skill that I’m sure you were instructed to develop from a very early age: getting into the triple-threat position.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Seattle Sounders set MLS record, average 44,038 fans per game

With the regular season over, Major League Soccer released its annual attendance report. To no avail, the Seattle Sounders once again topped this year’s regular season average attendance. This is the fifth straight year that Seattle has claimed a new benchmark. This year, the Sounders averaged 44,038 fans at CentruyLink Field.