A Day at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Collegiate Bowl

On Saturday, January 19, Sports MBA ‘14 students Alyse Fram, Logan Irons, Dan Claycomb, Dwayne Jones, Lorne Housley, and Adam John spent the day interning at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif. The event was held at The Home Depot Center, which is home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA as well as the US Men’s National Team Training Center.

While this senior All-Star game (formerly known as the Texas vs. The Nation Game) is still in its infancy, it is already beginning to gain significant traction. Over 100 NFL prospects participated in combine-style workouts, youth clinics, fan appreciation events, and the game itself. Former NFL coaching legends, Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards, along with a number of notable assistants, led the two teams from the sidelines.

The six interns provided substantial event operations support throughout the day:

Dwayne and Adam spent a majority of the day in the press box working with all of the media outlets present. This included print and online media, radio, and the ESPN crew that broadcasted the game. Responsibilities included ensuring that all press box operations run smoothly, assisting the media members with any requests, providing support to the Public Address Announcer, and creating and delivering detailed statistics reports to both the media and coaching staffs after each quarter.


Alyse and Lorne assisted Caroline Craffey, an event coordinator with IMG Worldwide, with the logistics and timely execution of the event. This included the organization of the pre-show and halftime performers. Since this event was broadcasted live, communication was critical in controlling all of the moving parts in order to efficiently run a seamless event.

Logan and Dan had the pleasure of working closely with Event Director, Chris Hogan, also with IMG Worldwide. Logan and Dan were crucial in helping out with several last-minute and unforeseen issues that required attention. Their other duties included working with the ticket office to ensure admission of VIPs, distribution of pertinent roster information to NFL scouts in attendance, and assisting sponsors with their on-site campaigns.

Overall, the six interns gained valuable experience in major event operations and got a real behind-the-scenes look at how many moving parts go into putting on an event of this magnitude.

This Person in Sports: Amy K. Nelson

Amy K  Nelson

Amy K. Nelson is an award-winning journalist who covered major league baseball for ESPN.com and was part of the site’s Enterprise team. She also previously served as a moderator for ESPN’s First Take program and has appeared on SportsCenter, ESPNews, Baseball Tonight, and Outside The Lines. She recently left ESPN to launch an online television network for SB Nation, where she is currently a senior correspondent. The television network is scheduled to launch in March of 2013.

Born and raised on the north shore of Massachusetts and a graduate of Hampshire College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism, sociology, and psychology, she has written both investigative and long-form pieces. Her highlights include a piece on the timeline of death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and a breaking news story and in-depth feature on Alex Rodriguez’s infamous cousin who allegedly provided him steroids. Nelson has been covering professional sports for 10 years.

Where to find Nelson

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Know Your Opponent: Boise State

Ken Pomeroy Statistics

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Where the Broncos struggle

The Broncos have been a sieve on defense, allowing opponents to shoot an effective field goal percentage of 51.9%. San Diego State isn’t exactly the Showtime Lakers when it comes to field goal percentage, but they should be able to score on this defense.

Where they are strongest

The Broncos clean the glass with a defensive rebounding rate of 75.4% that ranks third in the entire nation. Boise State’s best chance at pulling an upset comes from destroying SDSU on the backboards.

Boise State’s Season to Date

  • Wins (Team Rank is from KenPom.com)

No. 149 Texas Southern (81-63)
No. 182 Oakland (88-80)
No. 230 Louisiana Lafayette (63-57)
No. 211 UC Santa Barbara (72-56)
at No. 15 Creighton (83-70)
at No. 228 Seattle (87-64)
No. 120 Louisiana St. (89-70)
No. 179 Idaho (78-68)
No. 345 New Orleans (67-51) – neutral
NR Corban (105-49)
at No. 169 Texas Arlington (64-46)
NR Walla Walla (106-39)
at No. 62 Wyoming (63-61)
No. 147 Fresno St. (74-67)
No. 24 Nevada Las Vegas (77-72)

  • Losses

at No. 17 Michigan St. (74-70)
at No. 128 Utah (76-55)
No. 42 New Mexico (79-74 OT)
at No. 83 Air Force (91-80)
at No. 146 Nevada (75-59)
at No. 16 Colorado St. (77-57)

Average Score, Boise State vs. Top 75: Opponent 72.2, Boise State 70.7 (-1.5)
Average Score, Boise State vs. Top 76-150: Opponent 73.7, Boise State 73 (-0.7)
Average Score, Boise State vs. Top 151-250: Opponent  61.8, Boise State 75 (13.2)
Average Score, Boise State vs. Top 251+: Opponent 44, Boise State 105.5 (61.5)

Keys to the Game

The health of Xavier Thames (lower back strain) and Chase Tapley (moderate right wrist strain) will be critical to the Aztecs’ success. SDSU should win this game, but it might be closer than we all hope.


SDSU wins this game. It won’t be decided early. Boise State hangs around, but the Aztecs prevail. The final score: SDSU 70 BSU 63

We believe that we will blog

Best Student Section in the Nation

As students in the San Diego State sports MBA program, we spend our days (and nights … and weekends) learning the latest principles in disciplines such as finance, accounting and statistics.

Yet the reason so many of us were attracted to this program is because along with providing a base of traditional MBA knowledge, this SMBA program lets us indulge our inner sports nerd with class discussions put in sports terms that we can better understand and opportunities to immerse ourselves in this industry that we all love so much.

This new rebranded sports MBA blog will provide another avenue for SMBA 14 to showcase its sports business analysis skills while taking a stab at the hottest topics in the industry.

As has always been the case, this blog exists in part as a promotional tool for the SDSU sports MBA program. We will continue to provide class updates, professor interviews and question and answer sessions with our student of the week.

This year we plan to take the blog to the next level with in-depth analysis on sports business issues of all scopes. We will also take what we learned in Dr. Lackritz’s famed statistics class and apply it to our favorite sports to reach conclusions that go beyond conventional wisdom.

Overall, this blog will be a place where students can stretch their legs a bit and apply some of their newfound classroom skills to their passion areas to produce a collection of posts that will really make you think.

In the end, along with informing potential future students about this great program, we hope to generate a robust discussion on sports business and have a little fun along the way.