While speaking during a Sport Management roundtable discussion at Post University, Al Santasiere, Director of Publications for the New York Yankees says “There is no margin for error in being professional. A professional reflects positively on me and the organization.”
WATERBURY, Conn. (November 11, 2009) Post University played host to a roundtable discussion on the $250 billion sports industry with panel members from the New York Yankees, New Britain Rock Cats, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and other industry experts. Students had the opportunity to learn how to turn their passion for sport into a rewarding career.
“When you hit the job market you need to differentiate yourself from the other candidates,” said Al Santasiere, Director of Publications for the New York Yankees. “A student should put together the complete package and get involved in the sports industry as early as possible.”
Many participants said the best way for students to get started in this field is to complete an internship program while getting a strong educational background.
“Internships are extremely valuable, especially if you can show the ability to intern, attend classes, and work a job at the same time,” said Kevin McGinniss, Associate Director of Athletics for Advancement for the University of Rhode Island. “Those experiences and your education give you instant credibility, which says a significant amount about you and your work ethic.”
John Willi, Vice President and General Manager of the New Britain Rock Cats added, “Over the past seven years it is rare for me to hire someone who has not interned at a university, baseball team, or similar organization. What students need to understand is that everything in sports is sales. Everybody in the stadium sells something, so how you present yourself and your public speaking skills are all things we look at when hiring staff members.”
The seven panelists agreed that one of the most important skills a person can have is the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
“The lost skill is the ability to write short, concise paragraphs,” said Lee Lewis, Executive Sports Editor for the Republican American newspaper. “If you have the ability to write well you will have a leg up on the competition.”
A consistent theme throughout the discussion was that a career in sport management is rewarding, but it takes long hours and a dedicated individual who is passionate about the industry.
“You have to understand the value of hard work and the importance of doing what you are asked to the best of your ability,” added Santasiere. “Be in the industry, meet people, network, and work hard.”
Post University added a Sport Management Degree Program this fall for both on-campus and online students. Sport Management students have the opportunity to learn through hands-on experience with Post University’s NCAA Division II athletic programs.
“We've created a program that fuses Sport Management courses, business courses, and a Co-op experience to best prepare our students for a career in the exciting field of Sport Management,” said Deron Grabel, Post University’s Sport Management Academic Program Manager. “Today’s discussion provided valuable insight for current and prospective students about the sport management industry and how to turn their passion into a career.”
Founded in 1890, Post University is a career-oriented university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields. Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality academic programs, small classes, national award-winning student activities, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its 2,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace. To learn more about Post University, visit www.post.edu or call 800-345-2562.