A Changing of the Guard

After a quiet month of December for the SDSU sports MBA program, the Class of 2014 is scurrying off to our internships this month while the Class of 2015 prepares to arrive on campus for their year immersed in sports business.

Along with that comes a changing of the guard on this blog. The Class of 2015 will now be responsible for providing classroom updates, professor interviews, student of the week interviews and edgy features that blend classroom experiences with real-world sports. Their editors will surely put their own spin on this content with new innovations and interesting features.

As for my class, I’m proud to say many of my classmates have landed awesome internships and jobs. We have students working for teams such as the Sacramento Kings as a partner business manager, the New Orleans Saints/Pelicans in business analytics, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics; companies such as Wasserman Media Group, CAA and IMG; and schools such as USC, USD (as a football graduate assistant/video coordinator) and Nevada. We even have an El Paso Chihuahuas intern in corporate partnerships, and I’m heading off to Bristol to work a production research internship for ESPN Stats and Info.

I’m confident my classmates and I have some incredible experiences ahead of us in the coming months as we work these internships and write our BA 780 and BA 795 papers. The 780 allows us “to integrate [our] academic work with experience in the community,” whereas the 795 is a culminating project on a topic of our choice related to our internships.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I loaded up my car and drove to San Diego to start this program’s adventure. I’ll repeat the advice many alums have given to me by saying it really goes by too quick and incoming students should take advantage of every opportunity in front of them. Although at times it seems the workload will never end, when I got to the end of the year it’s amazing how much I realized I learned.

Perhaps best of all was becoming a community with my fellow classmates. Like any family, we had our squabbles at times, but after experiencing 16 classes together and an international trip to the Dominican Republic, we became more than classmates. I know these bonds will help us as a collective class as we advance in our sports careers.

Carrie Bregman: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week

Lorne Housley: You are originally from Canada, but most recently lived in Chicago. How did you hear about the program and what made you decide to apply?

Carrie Bregman: I heard about the program through some intense Google searches. Fortunately I stumbled across this program and was sold immediately. I was really taken by all of the sports-specific opportunities and classes and knew that if I wanted to work in the sports industry, this was where to start.

LH: You worked prior to joining the program. How has your experience at your previous job benefited you here in this program?

CB: Firstly, putting in long hours at work really prepared me for the program’s workload. It helped me get used to spending full days in class. Secondly, my previous job really prepared me by further confirming that this was what I wanted to do.

LH: Being from Canada you are a big hockey fan. What is the best thing about hockey and the Maple Leafs?

CB: In my opinion, hockey is the best sport to watch live. The game is really exciting and the atmosphere just makes for a great live experience. As for the Maple Leafs, I think they have the greatest fan base. While they haven’t had incredible success on the ice in recent years, fans always rally behind them. Continue reading “Carrie Bregman: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week”

Lorne Housley: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week

Tony Frias: As we approach the end of classes, what’s been your favorite class and why?

Lorne Housley: One of my favorite classes was Operations Management and Supply Chain. The concepts that we learned in that class were very applicable to the job I had before coming to the program. I also think that we learned valuable skills and techniques that will help all of us in future roles that we get. As a marketing person I also really like Marketing Strategy. In that class we have had great speakers that have taken the concepts we have learned in class and demonstrated their application to the sports world.

TF: We’ve been working on a lot of projects for all our classes. What’s been your favorite one and why?

LH: Overall I would say those projects that we have been able to work with real organizations. Specifically, the marketing projects with the USFL and the Anaheim Ducks. It helps to be able to take the concepts and skills we have learned in the classroom and apply them to a consultive project with an organization. I also enjoyed our strategic marketing project since it required us to analysis all aspects of marketing for a sports organization.

TF: I know you used to study abroad in Spain. Can you tell us more about your experience? Continue reading “Lorne Housley: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week”

Tony Frias: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week

Jade Borella: How did you first hear about the SMBA program and what made you interested in it?

Tony Frias: Working for IBM back home I realized that what I really wanted to do the rest of my life was to work in something related to sports. I’ve always seen myself as part of a sports organization in which my decisions and my contribution to the organization would make both me and the team succesful. I needed to be prepared for that, so I started doing some online research of sports MBA programs in America and I found the SDSU sports MBA program. It looked like a perfect fit for what I was looking for, talked to my family about it and decided to apply with all their support knowing I was changing my career path, and today I am very thankful I decided to do it.

JB: I know you used to work for IBM. How long did you work there and what did you do?

TF: I worked for IBM in México City for almost two years. While with IBM I was part of the finance department and my position was “BPRM” Business Partner Relationship Manager. I was in charge of building the relationships between business partners and IBM with the main objective of looking for all the ways to finance the most potential final sales from IBM’s Business Partners to their clients. It was a great experience and it gave me a great sense of the best ways to manage sales, relationships and financing.

JB: What’s been your favorite class so far and why? Continue reading “Tony Frias: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week”