Alex Dawson – an Emory University alum from Seattle – taught high school math in Atlanta through Teach For America before coming to the SDSU Sports MBA program. He was selected as “Student of the Week” for helping edit this blog.
What area of sports interests you most?
I am most interested in the business side of the sports media industry. I’ve always been passionate about sports media on various platforms. I edited the sports section of Emory’s campus newspaper and interned at ESPN Radio in Seattle. Recently I’ve become more interested in the business side of sports media, which has been growing at a rapid pace in recent years. The way leagues manage their media rights and distribution both in the United States and abroad will be crucial to their future success. I’m also interested in the decision making regarding programing and content on the increasing number of 24-hour sports networks.
What are you hoping to gain from the program?
I hope to gain all the fundamental understandings about the business world that an MBA leads to. With the significant work we’ve already done in several core courses, I know the class is well on its way to accomplishing this. I also hope to develop strong, lasting relationships with classmates, professors and alums. We’ve had amazing alums and other speakers willing to take time to come the classroom and share their experiences, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet many more.
What has been your favorite class so far?
The week with Prof. Scott Rosner has been the highlight so far. His breadth and depth of knowledge about seemingly all the key aspects of the sports world was incredible. He was able to explain how the business of sports has evolved over time and what its challenges will be in the future in a thorough, engaging way. I’m eagerly looking forward to the second part of the course next month.
Who has been your favorite guest speaker?
My favorite speaker so far has been Jack Tipton (SMBA ’06), who discussed his career in sports sponsorship (currently at IMG sports marketing) and challenged the class to come up with a creative pitch on a potential sponsorship between a cutting edge company and a team or event. Each group then presented and got constructive feedback from Jack. It was an engaging, memorable learning experience.
How did you hear about the program?
I actually heard about the program a few years ago when listening to Slate Magazine’s sports podcast “Hang up and Listen.” I’ve been a big fan of the show’s thoughtful, smart and entertaining style for several years. Early on the SMBA program was a sponsor, and I heard about unique aspects of the program like the Dominican Republic trip and the connection with the Padres, along with a full MBA curriculum.