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1 Sport Management SPM professors named Falk College faculty of the year Two faculty members from the Department of Sport Management were honored for excellence in teaching and research with 2014 Falk College Faculty of the Year Awards. The honorees, who are nominated by their peers for outstanding performance and contributions to students, the Falk College, Syracuse University and beyond, were recognized during the Falk College s Convocation for the Class of 2014 on May 10. Professor Rodney Paul was honored by Falk College for Excellence in Research; and professor of practice Dennis Deninger was honored for Excellence in Teaching. DR. RODNEY PAUL, Excellence in Research Dr. Paul received the 2014 Award for Extraordinary Accomplishments in Research by the Academy of Economics and Finance, the organization that selected him as the Research Fellow in Economics in It was the first time the honor had been awarded since In January 2014, he reached the top 10 percent of Economists (by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) in terms of number of distinct academic articles published and in the number of journal pages published. As a sports economist, he brings a strong financial and analytical business background into the classroom, which is immeasurable in Sport Management. In the past year, his research has focused on attendance variables and predictability among different minor league baseball leagues; Department of Sport Management Summer 2014 Rodney Paul honored for research betting and wagering in college football; ticket pricing variables affecting Major League Baseball; fan satisfaction levels in the National Football League; and attendance predictability in minor league professional hockey, among other contemporary topics. It s an honor to be awarded the Falk College Excellence in Research Award and to be a part of the Department of Sport Management, said Paul, who teaches SPM 300 Data Analytics, SPM 315 Sport Finance and SPM 664 Financial Management of Sport Facilities and Events. I thoroughly enjoy teaching our students and assisting them with award-winning research projects. Paul also serves as the faculty sponsor for honors theses, independent studies, research projects and sport practicums, and advises the SPM Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club. What makes Dr. Paul so exceptional is his extensive knowledge of Dennis Deninger honored for teaching sports and statistics and his ability to relate it to his students, said Sabermetrics Club president Matt Filippi. He is one of the smartest people I ve had the pleasure of working with, and in addition, he is very approachable and always open to new ideas and perspectives from his students. It is professors like him that make this program so great. I can think of no one more deserving of this award. Paul has taught at Syracuse University for three years. He also taught at St. Bonaventure University and Montana State University. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in economics from Lebanon Valley College; and a M.A. and Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University. Paul s research and articles have been featured in Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Sports Economics, Sport Marketing Quarterly, International Journal of Sport Finance, Academy of Economics and Finance Journal, Reading Eagle, New York continued on page 2

2 continued from page 1 Economic Review, Los Angeles Times, NBC Sports, The New York Times, and Journal of Prediction Markets, among others. Sport Management director and chair Michael Veley said, Professor Paul has proven himself on a number of pedagogical levels that bring great credibility, recognition and respect to Sport Management, Falk College and Syracuse University. Rodney is an incredibly ambitious academic author; has involved students in diverse research projects and writing academic papers for publishing; presented research at numerous academic conferences throughout the world; and incorporates real-world research projects into his classroom teaching. Veley added, Since his appointment at Syracuse, Dr. Rodney Paul has established high standards in terms of the quantity, quality and breadth of academic publications produced. He is a voracious writer of academic manuscripts and is recognized internationally for his research and scholarly focus in the areas of analytics, gambling, attendance predictability factors and other financial and analytical-based aspects that are applicable to the sport industry. During the academic year, Paul attended sport industry conferences in Denmark (European Sport Economic Conference), Spain (IX Gijon Conference on Sports Economics), and Chattanooga, TN (Academy of Economics and Finance Conference). He will attend the European Sport Economics Association (ESEA) conference in Belgium in September. His research focuses on two main areas. He uses sports betting market data to test the efficient markets theory, and he develops models for attendance and TV ratings. His classes focus on sport finance and research methodology. Modeling of attendance and TV ratings is important for both revenue and understanding how leagues and teams schedule games, he says. And his influence is felt on a new generation of sport managers. One of his students recently had the findings of an independent study project published in the Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics. DENNIS DENINGER, Excellence in Teaching Deninger is described as having a genuine passion for teaching and mentoring students. His courses draw from 25-plus years as a production executive and innovator at ESPN. Deninger, a threetime Emmy Award winner, recently wrote and produced his second documentary, Changing Sports, Changing Lives, which premiered at Syracuse University in April 2014 and focused on sports that have been adapted for people with disabilities. The 2013 documentary about the origins, culture, and rapid growth of lacrosse was entitled America s First Sport, and has aired nationwide on ESPNU. Veley said, Professor Deninger s teaching style and level of student engagement is contagious in the classroom and often leads to brisk dialog, critical thinking and deeper understanding of the subject matter. Dennis courses are characterized by thought-provoking lectures. His professional connections with industry practitioners add a wow factor into his lectures and courses and he has an infectious personality that is engaging and holds the students attention. In addition to service in the Falk College Department of Sport Management and Syracuse University, he has served as a national judge for the annual College Sports Media Awards. He also completed teaching and administrative responsibilities in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he was the founding director of the Sports Communications graduate program. I want to thank Michael Veley, Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, and especially all my students for their generous support in selecting me for the Excellence in Teaching award, said Deninger, who teaches SPM 199 Super Bowl and Society, SPM 325 Sport Communications, and SPM 346 Sport in American Society. I am honored to work with so many outstanding people who make what I do in the classroom possible. Deninger has written and published a book, Sports on Television: The How and Why Behind What You See. He joined ESPN in October 1982 as one of the first four coordinating producers for SportsCenter and held that position until A 1973 graduate of Syracuse University, Deninger started teaching at his alma mater in the year 2000 as an adjunct professor. Professor Deninger is by far one of my favorite professors at SU, said student Jesus Ortiz, who worked with Deninger on the film and took his History of Sport and Super Bowl and Society classes. His tremendous knowledge and passion for sports, along with a great attitude, make his lectures an absolute joy to be a part of. Professor Deninger will go above and beyond to ensure that his students succeed. Deninger is known for his extensive sports media knowledge and is often called upon by newspaper and television reporters to offer his expertise and insight on a particular topic. During the academic year, he was quoted by several local and national media outlets, including US News and World Report, Wall Street Journal Market Watch, the Sacramento Bee, CNY Central in Syracuse, the Charlotte (NC) Observer, PBS in Connecticut and Massachusetts, among others. In the summer of 2014 he visited Beijing, where he was invited to make a presentation for China Central Television and lecture at Beijing Sports University. SPMNews 2 Summer 2014

3 DIRECTOR S GREETING As we prepare to usher in another academic year which will be our 10 th in Sport Management I extend best wishes to each of you on behalf of our faculty, staff and students. Recently I was reflecting on the growth and development of our program, and thought I d share this experience. The very first assignment in their initial Sport Management class that I teach requires each student to conduct a personal interview with an industry executive or practitioner with at least 10 years of managerial experience. This is an exercise of getting the students out of their comfort zone ; learning how to network; building their personal brand; and navigating the system of connecting with sports executives. One of our enterprising students actually tried to get an interview with Art Michael Veley Rooney, the iconic owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mr. Rooney s administrative assistant called the student to follow up on the interview request and asked, Who are you with? The student, somewhat shocked that the owner of the Steelers was actually contacting him for this assignment said, Nobody, I m by myself in the library! And so, the academic journey begins! We continually reinforce with our students that the world of sports is uber competitive. Engagement outside of the classroom is not only expected, but it is now an absolute necessity if students wish to succeed. Getting a job is a lot like sports. It s about skill, timing, and positioning. Rejection and disappointment are never easy for anyone, but students need to accept that failure is part of the overall learning process. Learn from the disappointment. But remember, no is only a temporary pause in life until YES! Sports remain a great metaphor for life s more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team, the whole is more than the sum of the parts; and that the ability to be a hero, surprisingly, lies within. It s been said that only 10 percent of your life is what you experience; the remaining 90 percent is how you react to it. Some of you will succeed because you are destined to, but for the majority, you must prepare yourself to succeed because you are determined to. As you plan for this challenging mission, remember the words of the greatest college coach and humanitarian ever John Wooden who said, Today is the most important day of your life. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is dependent on today s preparation. If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Develop passion and demonstrate perseverance and you will likely reach your goals. I extend my heartiest congratulations to the Class of 2014, which established many noteworthy milestones. Twenty-one students in this year s class graduated with honors achieving a 3.4 and above GPA. Nearly one out of four students graduated magna or summa cum laude. A record 11 students earned the distinction of being named to the Academic Achievement Honor Roll by attaining a minimum 3.4 GPA for each of the seven consecutive semesters at SU, which is an outstanding accomplishment. Our second class of graduate students are all on track to receive their M.S. in Sport Venue and Event Management, and we wish them much success. The momentum continues. Our applications and enrollment have reached an all-time high, and we will welcome the largest first-year group of students in our 10-year history when the Class of 2018 arrives in August. Additionally, the number of Intra University Transfer applications has reached unprecedented levels. We have successfully completed 59 Senior Capstones with professional teams, leagues, sport marketing and communications agencies and other sport organizations that are documented in this issue. Students completed their 12-credit Senior Capstone not only in the U.S., but also the United Kingdom and Germany. Our SPM faculty have been quoted or interviewed in more than 25 print or broadcast media outlets including Sports Business Journal, National Public Radio, SportsBusiness International, The New York Times, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Sports Business Daily, ESPN s Outside the Lines, Wall Street Journal and ESPN Radio. We ve been fully engaged in the social responsibility and social justice aspects of sports throughout the year as you ll read in this issue. Final proceeds of the Sport Management Club s 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction netted $30,500 for the Food Bank of Central New York and the club received the 44 Stars of Distinction award for its community service involvement throughout the year, presented to individual students and student organizations by Bloomingdale s and Macy s. Two of our students, Lauren Strand and Fergus Barrie, were selected as Remembrance Scholars, one of the most prestigious honors given to SU students to honor the 35 SU students returning from a semester studying abroad who were killed in a Libyan terrorist attack over Lockerbie, Scotland, in Our undergraduate alumni base continues to grow with nearly 350 students. We re very proud of their accomplishments and wish them continued success. Please keep us updated on both your personal and professional accomplishments. The challenges facing higher education and the sports profession are numerous. Engagement in the global enterprise of sports is essential to meet the competitive structure of this industry and prepare students for a professional career. We pledge to continue to meet these needs and demands with your help and support, and I invite you to become engaged however you can. Best wishes for a productive year ahead. Sincerely, Michael Veley Director and Chair Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor Department of Sport Management SPMNews 3 Summer 2014

4 NEWS AND EVENTS Moving to Campus Within the next year, Falk College will be moving to its new on-campus location! This will be the first time SPM has been housed on the campus and it couldn t be in a better place located adjacent to the Carrier Dome. The move will be phased-in over several months as departments relocate to the existing White and MacNaughton Halls. Renovation and construction planning for the new Falk Complex is well under way. The existing Law School will soon be moving to newly constructed Dineen Hall, located across the street from the Carrier Dome on Irving Avenue. Project Architect, Ashley McGraw, along with design partner, Gilbert Displays, are developing plans for teaching environments, technology advancements, meeting spaces and other needs that are specific for each academic and administrative department. Specifically for Sport Management, a new state-of-the art Sales Call Center and Technology Training classroom will be constructed. These new learning environments will help us maximize the instruction, training and overall student experience. The classroom will feature training modules for digital components associated with game-day entertainment experiences such as videoboards, and LED ribbon boards. We ll keep the specifics under wraps until you return to campus for our 10 th anniversary celebration in Fall Seeing is believing! NEWS AND EVENTS SPM professor Rick Burton named faculty representative to NCAA On July 1, 2014, David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management Rick Burton was named Syracuse University s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA. Burton replaced Michael Wasylenko, the senior associate dean for academics and administration and a professor of economics in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, who held the position since Burton was appointed to the role by Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud. The Faculty Athletics Representative reports to the Chancellor and is an institutional liaison to Syracuse Athletics and also a representative of the University in conference and NCAA matters, Syverud said in a news release announcing Burton s appointment. Key issues this position has focused on in the past include overall student-athlete welfare, compliance with new and ongoing NCAA legislation, and generally advocating for the best interests of the University and its constituencies. Rick has considerable experience in athletics and sportsrelated management. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse in 2009, he served as commissioner of the Australia-based National Basketball League, and as the chief marketing officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, continued Syverud. I have spent significant time with Rick and can assure you his values regarding faculty governance match mine. I am confident that he will serve the faculty and University very well in this important role. Burton said he s honored to be chosen to represent the University to the NCAA. It s a great honor to serve the Chancellor and the University in this capacity, Burton said. And I m thrilled to be able to represent the Falk College and Sport Management in this role. Burton has taught at Syracuse University for five years. During the last 20 years, his scholarly research and commentary has been published in Sport Marketing Quarterly, the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, The Journal of Sport, SAIS Review, Marketing Management, Journal of Brand Strategy, Journal of Marketing Communications, Industrial Marketing Management, International Marketing Review, Football Studies, Sports Business Journal, and The Journal of Sponsorship, among others. He s often quoted by local and national media outlets on a variety of topics in the sporting industry. SPMNews 4 Summer 2014

5 STUDENTS Kylee Haggerty and Andrew Sagarin receive the Matt Brodsky Philanthropic Award from David B. Falk at the Sport Management senior reception on May 9, Students receiving Director s Highest Honors pose for a photo with David B. Falk (back left), SPM associate professor Gina Pauline (left) and SPM Director Michael Veley (far right). The SPM Class of 2014 at Falk College Convocation May 10, Congratulations to the Class of 2014 On May 10, the David B. Falk College celebrated its Class of 2014 Convocation ceremony at Manley Field House. Fifty-nine Sport Management graduates took part in the event. Twenty-six Sport Management students (44%) in the Class of 2014 graduated with honors with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Six were summa cum laude, seven were magna cum laude, and 13 were cum laude. The Department of Sport Management kicked off the 2014 Commencement Weekend by celebrating the accomplishments of our 59 graduating seniors who came to Syracuse from 16 different states and two foreign countries. The celebration May 9 at Drumlins Country Club has become a tradition, with more than 200 students, parents, family members, friends, faculty and staff in attendance. This year s awards ceremony featured congratulations and encouragement from Sport Management Advisory Board member and college benefactor David B. Falk. Awards presented included: Director s Academic Achievement Award Steven Kozar Academic Excellence Award Tyler Wasserman Matt Brodsky Philanthropic Award Kylee Haggerty and Andrew Sagarin Sport Management VIP Award Meg Mankowski and Jack Wentzell Professional Engagement Award Brett Greenfield and Thomas Matschiner Jason Morales Perseverance Award Marcel Lewis Eleven students received the Director s Highest Honors for earning a GPA of 3.4 or higher seven consecutive semesters at Syracuse University. Those students were: Matthew Ashe Jeremy Philipson Kylee Haggerty Stephen Rathbun Max Jacobson Andrew Sagarin Steven Kozar Tyler Wasserman Chad Muratev Jack Wentzell Robert Murray Also, the M.S. in Sport Venue and Event Management program concluded its second year. (See page 6) SPMNews 5 Summer 2014

6 GRADUATE STUDENTS Sport Venue and Event Management master s program graduates its second cohort The Department of Sport Management s master s program in Sport Venue and Event Management (SVEM) welcomed its second cohort of graduate students to campus in July The program, which is interdisciplinary in nature, is offered in conjunction with SU s School of Information Studies (ischool), S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. It comprises 36 credit hours of intensive classroom learning, skill development and experiential opportunities in settings like SU s Carrier Dome. The group included 13 students, a diverse mix of educational backgrounds and geographic locations, with more than one-third of the group as international students. SVEM students took a full load of coursework in the Summer and Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters, while also gaining valuable work experience during the school year at locations throughout Central New York such as SU Athletics, the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse Crunch, and Onondaga Community College s SRC Center. They will complete their practicum work in the Summer and Fall 2014 semesters with organizations such Harvard University Athletics, Disney Sports, and the Grammy Awards. The SVEM class began in a very immersive nature, with the students working three days at the Musselman Triathlon in the Finger Lakes region during the first week of the program. The program s first month also included a trip to Watkins Glen during NASCAR race weekend and a speed networking event, where students met with more than a dozen area industry executives to expand networks and identify experiential opportunities with venues, events, and sports organizations. Other highlights of the year included trips to Philadelphia and New York City, where master s students toured facilities such as Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, the Wells Fargo Center, and the Barclays Center. The SVEM curriculum has been refined for the year, with new courses in the areas of marketing, strategic management, and an advanced event management course in which students will utilize material learned throughout all of their coursework in the planning and execution of an event from start-to-finish during the Spring 2015 semester. Our young master s program continues to develop and become stronger, said Dr. Chad McEvoy, sport management professor and graduate program director. Our first two cohorts have immersed themselves in the program s academic and experiential opportunities, and leveraged the program s relationships to launch their careers in industry. Our curricular improvements and strong incoming cohort point toward an exciting future for the continued development of the Sport Venue and Event Management master s program. The third SVEM graduate class began July 7, Eight members of the Sport Venue and Event Management Class of 2014 took part in Falk College Convocation on May 10, The Class of 2014 poses with Sport Management instructor Pat Ryan (far right) during the Technology in Sport class. Also in Philadelphia, the student toured Lincoln Financial Field and met with Eagles executives. Practicum list for Sport Venue and Event Management master s program Chari Bayanker The Topps Company Danielle D Arcy Syracuse Crunch; Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Emily Fiorini Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Taylor Jackson Galaxy Communications; American Basketball League Kelly Johnson Carrier Dome Sierra Lever SRC Arena; The Recording Academy Yu Liu Point 3 Basketball Julie Rising Syracuse Athletics, Harvard Athletics Wendong Sun Western and Southern Open The students traveled to Philadelphia in November, where they met Philadelphia 76ers guard and former Syracuse University star Michael Carter-Williams (center). SPMNews 6 Summer 2014

7 STUDENTS Two SPM students honored as Remembrance Scholars Fergus Barrie 15 Lauren Strand 15 Syracuse University s Remembrance Scholar Committee has announced that two Sport Management students, Fergus Barrie 15 and Lauren Strand 15, are among the 35 students named as Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships were founded as a tribute to and means of remembering the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were among 270 people who perished in the bombing. Last December marked the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. I am extremely honored to have been chosen as a Remembrance Scholar, said Barrie, who grew up in the village of Lockerbie. The Pan Am 103 air disaster is something that is extremely close to my heart and is ultimately the reason that brought me to study at Syracuse University. Strand, of Branchburg, N.J., who also majors in marketing management in the Whitman School of Management, said, I can t put into words how honored I am to have been chosen as a Remembrance Scholar. I hope I can have a positive impact on the families of the victims, and that I can help expand the program by spreading awareness around campus about the memorial events. Barrie and Strand will participate in several activities on campus within the next year, culminating with Remembrance Week in Fall Previous SPM Remembrance Scholars include Sam Staton 10; Eileen Finn 10; Ashley Robbins 11; and Sarah Costello 13. The scholarships are funded through an endowment supported by gifts from alumni, friends, parents, and corporations. Remembrance Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a rigorous, competitive process. Applicants write three essays as part of a comprehensive application, and finalists are interviewed by members of the selection committee, composed of University faculty, staff and students. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded on the basis of distinguished academic achievement, citizenship and service to the community. The scholars will be recognized during a convocation in Hendricks Chapel on October 24. Remembering SPM student Matt Brodsky In December 2013, the Department of Sport Management mourned the loss of freshman Matt Brodsky, 19, who died unexpectedly of an illness while at his Pennsylvania home over the holiday break. A memorial service was held on campus in February joining Matt s family and friends together to celebrate his life and his short time at Syracuse University. Matt was an active member of the SPM Club, and in his memory the Club purchased a paver in the Orange Grove that will forever commemorate Matt s life and his time at SU. Sport Management will honor Matt s memory through the establishment of the Matt Brodsky Philanthropic Excellence Award given annually to two graduating SPM seniors. Matt was actively engaged in our program, said Michael Veley, director and chair of Sport Management. He was a dedicated and successful student academically. He loved sports and he loved life, but he also understood the value of giving back. Matt performed a great deal of community service that was the primary way he got to know a lot of his fellow classmates. The paver purchased by the Sport Management Club in Matt s honor is displayed in the Orange Grove on campus. Matt Brodsky at the Sport Management Club Charity Auction in the Carrier Dome on December 7, By keeping alive the spirit and memories of talented students who lost their lives well before their time, we create a legacy and strengthen the bonds of the SU community, Veley commented. It is with this kindred spirit that our faculty, staff and students will keep Matt s spirit alive through the establishment of the Matt Brodsky Philanthropic Award that will be presented to a deserving male and female senior graduate every year. This award recognizes: Outstanding service to the campus community, greater Syracuse community and society at large; Exemplary citizenship and individuals who serve as a role model for underclassmen; Excellence in establishing outreach opportunities for students within the Department as well as campus-wide; Quintessential representatives for Sport Management and SU. The inaugural recipients of the award were 2014 graduates Kylee Haggerty and Andrew Sagarin. SPMNews 7 Summer 2014

8 STUDENTS Welcome Class of 2018 undergraduates California 5 Connecticut 5 Georgia 2 Great Britain 1 Illinois 2 Iowa 1 Istanbul 1 Maine 1 Marine Corps, GU 1 Maryland 3 Massachusetts 6 Michigan 1 New Jersey 15 New York 26 Ohio 1 Ontario, Canada 2 Oregon 2 Pennsylvania 8 Singapore 1 Vermont 2 Virginia 1 Washington, DC 1 88 Class of 2018 Totals Percent Total matriculated students 88 Number of female undergraduates 24 28% Canada Cuba Great Britain Singapore Turkey SPM students named to Director s Honor List Congratulations to the following students for achieving an overall cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher at the end of the academic year: CLASS OF 2014 Matthew Andre Matthew Ashe Alexandra Ayres Zoe Bernstein Peter Corasaniti Andrew DiDonato Paige Feldman Brett Greenfield Kylee Haggerty Max Jacobson Robert Kelley Sunghwan Kim Steven Kozar Mari Lee Charles Lerner Tatum Lloyd Courtney Lyons Thomas Matschiner Chad Muratev Robert Murray Jeremy Philipson Andrew Sagarin David Sperino Jennifer Steverson Jack Wentzell John Wilson CLASS OF 2015 Zachary Albright Nico Amantia Meghan Baumer David Berger Keara Bynum Kelly Carr Michael D Accordo Brooke Del Guercio James DiDonato Catherine Dillon Ryan Evans Matthew Filippi Daniel Gorman Scott Kevy Colby Liemer Sydney McAlmont Stephanie Mindock Nicholas Neu Derek Peters Carly Raimo Matthew Rose Kate Ruben Jeffrey Saunders Jay Schaeffer David Skwiersky Austin Stevenson Lauren Strand Kyle Thweatt Sean Wildhack Brian Wilkinson Derek Wohlfarth Alyssa Wood CLASS OF 2016 Julie Bengis Hailey Billitier Jakob Bocianski Megan Brody Emily Campeas Jake Curran Jessica Daniels Sydney Doskow Brian Eo Michael Gutman Sung Ho Kim Adam Laubach Hannah Howe-Lubowich Adam Luther Cameron Lynn Brendan Major C Ara McCrea Anthony Mejia Jordan Mendelson Jeremiah Moriarty V Kathryn Petkevich Jake Polsky Sky Regan Christopher Robinson Jacob Rosen Adam Rothstein Tara Sadat-Tehrani Samuel Sherfey Sophie Siegel Jacquelyn Sparks Hannah Visnosky Marcus White CLASS OF 2017 Samantha Appleby Harrison Avigdor Emma del Sol Matthew Ellman Joseph Feola Jacob Gomolka Erika Larsen Jeremy Losak Jeffrey Maizes Zachary McDonald Casey McHale Pierce Milliken Matthew Mitchell Nicholas Montferret Daniel O Brien Nicholas Parauda Brian Robinson Matthew Russo Gina Safford Elizabeth Scala Talia Schoenbaum Samuel Spector Bradley Trust Sara Tumminia Simon Weiss Samuel Yusim Matthew Zysman SPMNews 8 Summer 2014

9 STUDENTS Senior Capstone Experience Among the most valuable facets of the Department of Sport Management is its connection with the sport industry, which impacts students in numerous ways, including the Senior Capstone Experience. As a part of their degree requirements, Sport Management students must complete a 12-credit Capstone providing an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the sports industry before graduation. Since the Capstone is the culmination of one s academic experience, the planning process begins during a student s freshman year. The process concludes with the full-semester experience with a specific sport entity typically in a location outside of Syracuse. The Capstone Experience requires the student to work with a sport-related organization for a minimum of 540 hours over the course of one semester, gaining experience in areas such as sales, marketing, finance, event management, administration, communication, law. The student gains valuable hands-on experience in a variety of areas under the supervision of qualified sport industry practitioners and executives. Listed below are Sport Management students and the organizations where they completed their Senior Capstone Experience in We are grateful to our growing list of Capstone partners who continue to provide tremendous learning opportunities for our students. This all happens under the leadership of SPM internship placement coordinators Jaime Grillo and Jenna LaManna-Johnson. FALL 2013 Daniel Cohen Peter Corasaniti Paige Feldman Max Jacobson Jameson Kearney Steven Kozar Tatum Lloyd Matthew Pagano Jr Jeremy Philipson Stephen Rathbun Matthew Rosen Brandon Rosenblum Matthew Scott Logan Wallace Clayton Wilburn Buffalo Sabres Syracuse University Athletics Barclays Center Octagon San Diego Chargers NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee Madison Square Garden Humana Challenge Brooklyn Nets PUMA SE (Germany) New York Islanders Monumental Sports and Entertainment Onondaga Community College University of Pennsylvania Athletics Nashville Predators Benjamin Mahar Meg Mankowski Thomas Matschiner Amanda McLean Javier Morel Chad Muratev Robert Murray Eric Peterson Andrew Sagarin Benjamin Shapiro Tyler Southard David Sperino Jennifer Steverson Daisuke Sugiura Ryan Tessler Jack Wentzell John Wilson Onondaga Community College Inside Sports and Entertainment Group Turner Sports Brooklyn Nets Maxx Sports West Ham United Soccer London Bloomberg Sports New Jersey Devils Tempe Diablo Stadium United Sports (Eastern Sports Mgmt) Front Row Marketing PGA Cadillac Championship LeMoyne College Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Union Boston Red Sox Play Rugby, Inc. SPRING 2014 Richard Ackah Matthew Andre Matthew Ashe Alexandra Ayres Curtis Baylor Brian Blewis Beau Brooks Andrew DiDonato Kylee Haggerty Robert Kelley Sunghwan Kim Mari Lee Marcel Lewis Courtney Lyons Virginia Beach Field House Todd Martin Tennis Academy Doman Group Cercone Brown Company Syracuse Chiefs Impact Sport Management PGA Cadillac Championship Burns Entertainment and Sports Marketing Octagon Front Row Marketing Services Turner Sports Zuffa, Ultimate Fighting Championship AEG Charlotte Bobcats SUMMER 2014 Stephen Bailey Andrew Beck Zoe Bernstein Alex Boory Anthony Dragona Molly Gilroy Nolan Hart Devin Hill Jasmine Jordan Andrew Ross Gabrielle Rubach Jordan Smith Jan Stransky Alex Tavernier Syracuse Post Standard - Football writer Syracuse Chiefs Van Wagner Philadelphia Soul Met Life Stadium City Islanders Excel Sports Inside Lacrosse Magazine Charlotte Bobcats United Soccer League Wheels Up Rice University Athletics Syracuse Crunch PMG Sports SPMNews 9 Summer 2014

10 STUDENTS SPM senior Steve Kozar puts social media, management skills to work at Super Bowl XLVIII By Kathleen Haley SU News During the Fall 2013 semester, sport management major/marketing studies minor Steve Kozar completed his 12-credit Sport Management Senior Capstone working for the NY/NJ Host Super Bowl Committee Marketing Department for Super Bowl XLVIII, which was held Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. He was selected for the internship with the Super Bowl Host Committee Executive Department earlier in the summer. From project management of multiple fan experiences in the Join the Huddle Tour, to numerous detail-oriented logistics for Super Bowl Boulevard, including contests and sweepstakes, Kozar put his classroom skills and leadership experience as a member of the Sport Management Club to work. Through his hands-on work in multiple facets of the organization s operations, including ticketing, marketing, community relations and educational outreach. He was asked to remain with the organization through Super Bowl XLVIII. His assignments during Super Bowl Week included being a team captain at the Social Media Communication Center, which focused on listening to questions, comments and concerns regarding the Super Bowl. In this role, he responded to the fans tweets regarding the Super Bowl. He worked on Super Bowl Boulevard between 35th and 36th Streets, where the Join the Huddle Tour presented by P.C. Richard & Son was located. He was in charge of creating five different stage activities to provide family fun to fans, and managed the ceremony that took place on Super Bowl Boulevard. The true purpose of the Join the Huddle Tour is to give fans a taste of the Super Bowl even if they are not going to MetLife Stadium Feb. 2, notes Kozar. Thanks to Kozar s teamwork and leadership, the mobile tour made stops at military bases, Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics New Jersey, family festivals and high school football games. While at SU, Kozar was active on campus, holding leadership positions in the SPM Club that, since its inception nine years ago, has raised more than $222,000 to benefit local charities. During the year that he was the chair of the Charity Sports Auction, the total raised for Special Olympics New York was $35,239. After seeing Steven shine in this environment, it reaffirmed for me his passion for engaging himself in the world, said associate professor of Sport Management Gina Pauline, who also serves as undergraduate director for the SPM program. I could not be any prouder of what Steven has accomplished. Kozar stands with the Vince Lombardi trophy. Steve Kozar 14 stands with other Super Bowl fans outside Met Life Stadium before the start of Super Bowl XLVII in February. Kozar spent his Sport Management Senior Capstone working with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee in Fall Kozar (left) joins New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford at the Tailgate Party before Super Bowl XLVIII. Kozar tried on Weatherford s Super Bowl ring for size. SPMNews 10 Summer 2014

11 STUDENTS SPM senior immerses himself in Red Sox spring training By Jack Wentzell SPM 2014 I completed my Capstone with the Boston Red Sox in the team s Florida Business Operations department as a ballpark operations intern. I worked at JetBlue Park, the spring training home and year-round training facility for the Red Sox and their minor league affiliates. As someone who grew up in the New England area, within 35 miles of Boston, working for this organization was a dream come true. It was truly special to receive paychecks from a world-renowned sports franchise like the Boston Red Sox. My direct responsibilities throughout the spring were to assist in the execution of successful events at JetBlue Park. Mainly, this consisted of being onsite at spring training workouts and games at the stadium. However, numerous other events were sandwiched in and around the baseball schedule. I played a significant role in ensuring the facility s cleanliness and overall presentation were top-notch for all events. I also learned to live on my own in an unfamiliar location. My favorite responsibility was operating the Green Monster manual scoreboard in left field. Just like Fenway Park in Boston, JetBlue Park features a large green Capstone leads to full-time job for Mari Lee 14 By Mari Lee SPM 2014 During the 2014 spring semester, I completed my Senior Capstone Experience at Zuffa, LLC, the parent company that owns and operates the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. I interned in the Event Development Department, which is responsible for planning, marketing, and implementing the schedule of events. Within the department, I worked on co-creating and launching various grassroots programs, and managing and growing UFC Fight Club, the official fan club of the UFC. I also helped plan and execute a successful VIP Experience at UFC events. In addition to these larger projects, I researched potential markets for future events. I worked closely with various professional fighters such as UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks, and UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw. I also worked with future UFC stars Michael Chiesa, Luke Rockhold, and Jake Ellenberger. Working with these professional athletes helped me develop a passion for mixed martial arts (MMA) because I was wall in left field, complete with a manual scoreboard, which had previously adorned Fenway s Monster. During spring training, I d fill the board with runs, hits, and errors while simultaneously updating the out-oftown scores. My access to the team was another priceless aspect of the position. I acquainted myself with players, coaches, and highlevel executives within the organization. I ll never forget introducing myself to Hall of Famer Jim Rice or exchanging head nods with 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz. Special moments such as these were commonplace during the seven weeks of spring training, and it was an opportunity I ll always cherish. I took great joy in the chance to live out a childhood fantasy of working for the Red Sox. I parlayed this experience into a job with the Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way in Boston. This has proven to be a great way to remain close to the organization as I look for a full-time salaried position in facility operations or event management. able to see how down-to-earth they all are. They stand out from other professional athletes and are incredibly easy to work with not to mention their incredible athleticism. While it was difficult to be away from campus and all of my friends back in Syracuse, I learned more than I ever could have imagined during my Capstone. I learned about the sport industry as well as myself. I was able to take on the same responsibilities as full-time employees, which made this experience so different from any other internship I ve had. Because of this amazing opportunity I had with the UFC, I realized that my dream career would be with the UFC. I put in the hard work and dedication and was ultimately offered a full-time position as the event development coordinator for the UFC. SPMNews 11 Summer 2014

12 STUDENTS SPM introduces Undergraduate Summer Internship Fund Five Sport Management students completing internships in Summer 2014 were awarded the inaugural SPM Summer Internship Fund scholarships. Here are the five recipients, along with the organizations they are working for this summer: Jakob Bocianski: SU Men s Basketball Alexis LaCombe: Pittsburgh Penguins Jonathan Mastin: Rochester Redwings Samuel Spector: Camden Riversharks Austin Stevenson: Philadelphia Flyers/ Comcast Spectacor The SPM Summer Internship Fund will be used each summer to provide support to students pursuing unpaid summer internship opportunities, enabling them to gain industry experience in the sport management field for a period of up to eight weeks. The SPM Summer Internship Fund includes support of up to $2,000 each for five students. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply: Must be a current, full-time, matriculated Sport Management major Student must be in good academic standing Must be a solid citizen, having had no judicial problems on or off campus Must have been offered and accepted an Internship opportunity The SPM department chair, or department designee, will use the following criteria to select recipients: Financial need provide a brief explanation detailing why taking this unpaid internship would be a financial hardship Is a legitimate internship opportunity in the field of Sport Management, as determined by the department chair or designee. SPM s international presence Sport Management students also leave the United States for their Senior Capstones. Here is a list of SPM s international capstones and internships: Fall 2012: George Alexander London Lions of the British Basketball League (London) Fall 2013: Stephen Rathbun PUMA (Germany) Spring 2013: Alvaro Voelker adidas (Germany) Spring 2014: Chad Muratev West Ham United FC (London) Summer 2014: Nico Amantia Twenty 3 Group (Melbourne, Australia) Summer 2014: Daniel Feinman Western Region Academy of Sport (Australia) Fall 2014: Mackenzie Kaseman Derby County FC (England) Students receive awards from Jennifer Corn Carter Fund, Student Learning Fund The Jennifer Corn Carter Senior Capstone Award for Sport Management supports students in the Department of Sport Management during their Senior Capstone Experiences. For the academic year, two students were honored with this award: Chad Muratev, who interned with West Ham United Soccer London in Spring 2014; and Kylee Haggerty, who interned with Octagon in Spring Each received $1,200. Jennifer Corn Carter is a graduate of Syracuse University, with bachelor s and master s degrees in social work. She was honored with the Falk College s 2010 Alumna of the Year Award for her ongoing support of our students and Syracuse University. Her vision and support created the Jennifer Corn Carter Resource and Career Center housed in the Department of Sport Management. Five students were awarded scholarships from the SPM Student Learning Fund. In Spring 2014, Andrew DiDonato ($500) interned with Burns Entertainment and Sports Marketing; Sunghwan Kim ($500) interned with Turner Sports; Courtney Lyons ($500) interned with the Charlotte Bobcats; Meg Mankowski ($1,000) interned with Inside Sports and Entertainment Group; and Jack Wentzell ($500) interned with the Boston Red Sox. For more information about the Jennifer Corn Carter Fund or the Student Learning Fund, contact Sport Management internship coordinators Jaime Grillo and Jenna LaManna-Johnson Andrew DiDonato Kylee Haggerty Sunghwan Kim Courtney Lyons Meg Mankowski Chad Muratev Jack Wentzell SPM student organizations meetings Sport Management Club: Meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 26 in 010 Crouse Hinds Hall. Advisors: Michael and Kate Veley Women in Sports and Events (WISE): Meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 27 in 001 Life Science Building. Advisors: Gina Pauline and Kate Veley SPM Sabermetrics Club: Meets 6 p.m. Wednesdays, in 241 Sims, beginning Aug. 27. Advisor: Dr. Rodney Paul Cuse Crew: Experiential learning opportunities working with SU Athletics Olympic sports teams. TBD. Call for more information. SPMNews 12 Summer 2014

13 STUDENTS Four SPM students attend Michigan Sport Business Conference By Scott Kevy SPM 15 In October 2013, fellow Sport Management students Dan Gorman 15, Marcus White 16, Nick Neu 15, and I attended the Michigan Sport Business Conference (MSBC) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Throughout the weekend, we networked with executives from the sports business industry, as well as sport management students from the University of Michigan and other universities. We met Seth Ader, senior director of marketing at ESPN, and heard numerous speakers, including ESPN president John Skipper, University of Michigan director of intercollegiate athletics David Brandon, as well as Tom Lewand, of the Detroit Lions, Leo Komoroski, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tom Garfinkel, of the Miami Dolphins, and Dennis Mannion, of the Detroit Pistons. It was an incredible opportunity for us to learn about the excitement and changes ahead in the NBA and the NFL directly from the executives. After the conference, we were invited to join the MSBC executive board for dinner, where we talked with Stephen Master, of The Nielsen Company, Gary Zenkel, of NBC Olympics, Marc Reeves, of the NFL, Terry Lefton, of SportsBusiness Journal, Matthew Kauffman, of Visa, and Dan Griffis, of Target, among others, who were staying in town for the Indiana-Michigan football game the next day. Being able to attend the Michigan Sport Business Conference allowed us to expand our horizons beyond the classroom and hear and learn from the leaders of our ESPN s Mike Tirico (center) was a guest speaker at the Michigan Sport Business Conference, which was attended by SU Sport Management students (from left) Marcus White, Dan Gorman, Nick Neu, and Scott Kevy. industry. Having the opportunity to travel from Syracuse to Ann Arbor to immerse ourselves in the sport business industry and network with numerous executives was truly an incredible occasion. It will have a large impact as we continue into professional careers in the sport business industry. SPM partners with Yankees to teach ticket sales tactics Sport Management Class of 2013 graduate P.J. Davidson works in the sales department for the Yankees. He is shown working a game on the concourse at Yankee Stadium. Sales is an essential function of the sports industry. Many students find that sales, and specifically ticket sales, is their best path to a career in professional sports. To this end, the Department of Sport Management established a partnership in 2012 with the New York Yankees toward the training and employment of SPM students in ticket sales. SPM instructor Pat Ryan teaches students essential sales skills and develops their understanding of the importance of sales to sport organizations. As part of the Yankees partnership, SPM created a second sales class, focused specifically on ticket sales. The class, taught by Dr. Chad McEvoy, involves significant collaboration with the Yankees and their senior sales executives, making it unique in sport management programs across the country, The Yankees involvement included helping with the design of the ticket sales class, participating in periodic video conferencing sessions with the students, visiting the SU campus annually to lecture in class and interview SU students, coordinating sales role-play exercises with Yankees sales staff, and hosting the class at Yankee Stadium every year in April. Aligning our program with the Yankees, as one of sports iconic brands, is a tremendous opportunity for our sport management program and our students specifically, McEvoy said. This partnership provides students with the chance to learn vital industry skills and potentially interview for jobs with the Yankees. The Yankees sales executives, such as Kevin Dart, Dan Rosenthal, and Joseph Leva, are some of the leading sales experts in the industry and are tremendous partners for our program and students. In addition to sales training, employment possibilities are a key aspect to the partnership between SPM and the Yankees. During each year of the partnership, the Yankees have interviewed more than a dozen SPM students for full-time positions on their inside sales staff, resulting in several hires. The Yankees have hired more inside salespeople from SU than any other school over the past two years, and SPM graduates such as P.J. Davidson 13 and Samuel Hochberg 12 have been among the Yankees most successful sales staff, resulting in their promotions within the Yankees organization. In the sales center, the New York Yankees have replicas of their outfield monuments to commemorate inside sales members who ve been promoted. Shown at left is SPM Class of 2012 graduate Sam Hochberg s plaque. SPMNews 13 Summer 2014

14 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS SPM Sabermetrics Club research featured at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Club also places second at NYU SABR Diamond Dollars case competition The Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club, which studies advanced baseball statistics, concluded its second year with two national honors. Dr. Rodney Paul, professor of sport management, and SPM students Matt Filippi, Greg Ackerman, and Zack Albright co-authored a research paper that was presented at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Feb. 28 to March 1 in Boston. Their research paper, The Effects of Atmospheric Conditions on Pitchers, studied the impact of air density on pitch selection and pitcher performance. It was one of 16 papers selected (eight for presentation and eight for posters) from more than 300 submissions worldwide. Filippi, president of the Sabermetrics Club, represented the group at the conference. Student members of the Sabermetrics Club who were involved in the project s data collection process included Andrew Sagarin, Justin Mattingly, Marcus Shelmidine, James DiDonato, Colby Conetta, Curt Baylor, Greg Terruso, Jeremy Losak, Zack Potter, Matt Russo, Matt Romansky, Sam Friedman, and Justin Moritz. The research paper originated from a detailed data set on baseball from an earlier study Professor Paul had collaborated on with co-authors Andrew Weinbach (Coastal Carolina University) and Jeff Gurney (University of South Carolina). The student researchers used that data as a starting point, and the Falk College Sabermetrics Club added data on individual pitchers and the pitches they throw for each game (Pitch F/X data). From there, the group tested the impact of air density on pitch selection and performance compared to expectations, wrote the paper with their results, and submitted it in a competitive process for publication at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference. Matt Filippi at MIT Sloan Conference. Club places second at NYU competition In the Fall of 2013, five members of the Sabermetrics Club finished second in the SABR Diamond Dollars case competition at New York University. Their task was to forecast free agent contracts for catcher Brian McCann and starting pitcher Ubaldo Jiminez, find the cost of a draft pick, determine which contracts the players would get if they did not receive qualifying offers and determine how the players average annual salaries would change based on the length of the contract. There were three divisions (New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Graduate) and SU participated in the Mid-Atlantic against Georgetown, University of Connecticut, NYU, Wesleyan and Fordham. Executives from the Yankees, Mets, Orioles, Nationals, Phillies and MLB organizations judged the students. After the competition, the students sat in on a debriefing session with the judges, listened to a panel about the current state of analytics in the games, and joined a question and answer session with Vince Gennaro, president of SABR and host of the event. The trip was capped off by a networking opportunity and time to talk to the judges that the student members said made for a great experience in a rich learning environment. They hope to return to the event this Fall. ESPN the Magazine report ESPN the Magazine s July 7, 2014 issue included an article by Peter Keating titled How air density affects pitchers. The article featured the SPM Sabermetrics Club and Dr. Paul s research. The SU group found that clubhouse atmosphere matters to baseball teams and discovered how physics affects pitch selection. Join the club In addition to the MIT and NYU competitions, the club participated in a fantasy baseball league, met with executives from Major League Baseball Network s headquarters in Secaucus, NJ, and attended a New York Mets game. The club hosted several guest speakers via Skype, including Eno Sarris, of FanGraphs; and Syracuse University alumni Matt Gelb, of the Philadelphia Enquirer, and Harry Pavlidis, of Baseball Prospectus. The club is also in the process of becoming an official SABR chapter. For more information on the Sabermetrics Club, contact the Department of Sport Management at , club president Matt Filippi at edu, or SPM professor Dr. Rodney Paul at The club meets weekly during the academic year on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Sims Hall Room 241. It s open to all SU students. SPMNews 14 Summer 2014

15 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS SPM Club raises over $30,000 for Food Bank of CNY The Sport Management Club at Syracuse University raised $30,500 for Food Bank of Central New York at its 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the SU men s basketball game on December 7, 2013, Food Bank supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, electronics, and tickets to major sporting events. In conjunction with the silent auction, the Club hosted an online auction, in collaboration with Steiner Sports Memorabilia, which showcased a number of premium items up for bid. All proceeds from these efforts benefited Food Bank of Central New York. As a result of months of hard work on behalf of over 75 Syracuse University students, 79,300 meals were provided to those families in need in our community, said Kate Veley, SPM Club co-advisor. We simply couldn t be more proud of our students, or more thankful of the Central New York community who once again recognized a need and worked together to help us make a difference. A check presentation took place during the SU men s basketball game on February 19, 2014, at the Carrier Dome. Pictured (from left) are Alyssa Wood, 15, auction co-chair; Kathleen Stress, executive vice president of Food Bank of Central New York; Carly Raimo, 15, auction co-chair; and Kate Veley, SPM Club co-advisor. Food Bank is thankful to have been chosen as the charity partner for the Sport Management Club s 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction, said Kathleen Stress, executive director of Food Bank of Central New York. Their efforts will help ensure that families and individuals in our community have nutritious food available to them through the emergency food network. Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 261 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 13,420,441 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit for more information on the agency and its programs. The SPM Club is a studentrun organization in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Sport Management Department. Since its founding in 2005, the Club has now raised over $222,000 for local charities. For a video recap of the 2013 event, or to find out how to contribute to the 2014 auction, visit auction.com. Charity Sports Auction to celebrate 10th anniversary December 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sport Management Club s Charity Sports Auction. Evolving from a stand-alone event the first four years and held in conjunction with speakers that included David B. Falk, Bill Walton, Donovan McNabb, and Jim Abbott, the auction has since grown to encompass the entire backcourt area of the Carrier Dome during a Syracuse University men s basketball game, typically in early December. Looking back, it s truly phenomenal to think of how a small group of students created this in 2005, and watch as it has grown to reflect donations totaling more than $222,000 to nonprofits throughout the Syracuse community, said Kate Veley, co-advisor to the SPM Club. Hundreds of students over the past 10 years have made an impact not only on the charities designated as beneficiaries, but on their own resumes as many obtained full-time jobs as a result of the role they played in this event. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse, the American Diabetes Association, Golisano Children s Hospital at Upstate, Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the SPCA of CNY, Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York, and Food Bank of CNY have all been recipients of the work of students from across SU s campus. Our 2014 beneficiary is Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. With these donations, the auction has sponsored a guest room at the Ronald McDonald House; afforded 88 athletes the chance to participate in Special Olympics for an entire year; provided 79,300 meals for families in the Syracuse community; funded an in-patient waiting area in the radiation oncology center at Upstate Cancer Center; assisted in funding an on-site medical facility for the SPCA; and helped to keep a Boys & Girls Club open in Syracuse. Plans are underway for the 10th annual event and students are working diligently to ensure it will be another banner year for the student-run organization. If you d like to get involved, auction cochairs Brooke Del Guercio at or Hannah Visnosky at or visit for videos and additional information. The Sport Management Club sponsored a work room in the Upstate Cancer Center. SPMNews 15 Summer 2014

16 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS A letter from the SPM Club president We are busy networking, fundraising, traveling and having fun By Dan Gorman, SPM 15 SPM Club President Dribble, pass, shoot, score. SPM Club is up the floor and out the door! It s Tuesday night. Do you know where your future Sport Management leaders are? Probably interacting with awesome guest speakers, planning for the annual charity auction, and consuming large quantities of pizza at club meetings in 010 Crouse-Hinds. Creating an atmosphere for my fellow SPM students to learn (and have fun) has been the highlight for me as president of the Sport Management Club this past year. Along with the Executive Board (Hannah Visnosky, Austin Stevenson, Josh Walls, Scott Kevy, and Greg Ackerman), we built a strong membership base (over 100 regular attendees), brought in premiere guest speakers (from the NFL, ESPN, SU Athletics, UFC), enhanced the Club s online presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, and its new website), generated revenue through Super Fan Sports Fundraising, and planned an exceptional networking trip to Toronto in April. In Toronto, we met with TrojanOne s senior management team, experienced a Raptors-Knicks game, and discussed the city s soccer culture with Toronto executives. Through our 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction and Leveling The Playing Field Equipment Drive, we demonstrated a longterm commitment to philanthropy in the Syracuse community. SPM Club members have shown the ability to persevere, adapt, and achieve great things. As with life, there were some low points especially the unexpected passing of freshman member Matt Brodsky but these served as reminders to the unique opportunities SU provides us, and brought us closer as a Sport Management community. Special thanks to Kate and Michael Veley for their ongoing interest and support of our activities. I highly recommend getting involved in a leadership role with the SPM Club. While the time commitments can be significant, the rewards are well worth it! I hope to see you at the Sport Management Club meetings this fall. Participating in the SPM Club s equipment donation drive for Leveling the Playing Field were (back from left) Jeff Maizes, Dan Gorman, Austin Stevenson, Jeremy Losak, (front from left) Mikayla Mizruchi, Kathryn Wickham, Mallory Miller, and Emma del Sol. Dan Gorman 15, president of the Sport Management Club, and Hannah Visnosky 16, vice president of community service, accepted the Student Organization Philanthropy Award at the Stars of Excellence Gala on behalf of the SPM Club SPM Club meetings SPM Club members Sara Tumminia (left) and Carly Raimo volunteered at the Zoo Boo event at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in the Fall. President: James DiDonato Meetings: 7 p.m. Tuesdays during the academic year. The first meeting for the year is Aug. 26, Meetings are open to all SU students Location: Crouse Hinds Hall Room 010 (main-floor auditorium) Advisors: Sport Management director Michael Veley, and Falk College alumni and events manager Kate Veley For more information: Call SPMNews 16 Summer 2014

17 FACULTY AND STAFF Dr. Patrick Walsh joins SPM faculty Dr. Patrick Walsh joins the Department of Sport Management from Indiana University, where he was an assistant professor of Sport Management from 2010 to He previously held a faculty position at the University of Miami (FL) from 2008 to Dr. Walsh s research focuses on the brand management practices of sport organizations and how they can best harness the power of their brand to further their business objectives. Specifically, his research has examined topics such as the effectiveness of brand extensions in sport, the brand associations consumers hold for sport organizations, and the use of new media forums, specifically sport video games and social media outlets, as marketing and branding tools. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Walsh worked in marketing with the NFL s Buffalo Bills, and was an associate with Velocity Sports and Entertainment (now Team Epic), where he developed and executed strategic marketing plans for a number of today s top sponsors of professional and collegiate sport properties. He earned his Ph.D. in sport management from the University of Minnesota, M.S. in sport administration from Canisius College, and B.S. in Marketing from Syracuse University. Dr. Walsh also currently serves on the editorial boards of Sport Marketing Quarterly and the International Journal of Sport Management, and is an executive board member of the Sport Marketing Association. His office is located at 810 Nottingham Road (Drumlins Complex). He can be reached at or Jaime Grillo joins SPM as internship coordinator Jaime Grillo started as an internship placement coordinator in Sport Management in December Previously, she worked as an academic counselor at Syracuse University in The College of Arts and Sciences. As an academic counselor she worked with a diverse population, ranging from students who are on academic probation to students who are pursuing Pre-Law and Pre-Health professions. Prior to working at Syracuse University, she served as interim head softball coach at Colgate University for From , she implemented a Retention Program and served as a retention counselor for On Point for College, Inc., a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to enhance access to Higher Education for low-income, inner city youth in Syracuse, and provide them the necessary support to succeed. Grillo is a former softball student-athlete and an alumna of Syracuse University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 2004 and Master of Arts in student affairs counseling in Her office is located at 808 Nottingham Road (Drumlins Complex). She can be reached at and SPM Parents Organization The organizational culture of Sport Management at Syracuse University strives to create a family atmosphere and keep you connected and informed. We ve created a Parents Organization to keep the lines of communication open. We are looking forward to continuing and expanding this organization throughout the upcoming year. The organization provides a forum for parents to communicate with each other as well as the SPM Department. Meetings are held via conference call with Sport Management director Michael Veley and internship coordinator Jenna La Manna-Johnson. If you would like to participate, La Manna-Johnson at with your contact information (name, address, home address and phone number) and the name of your student. Outside the classroom SPM students, faculty and staff were engaged in a wide variety of community service work, fundraising projects, and sport-related experiential learning, including: New York State Winter Special Watkins Glen International Olympics New York Yankees ticket sales trip Syracuse Festival of Races Musselman 70.3 Triathlon Syracuse Chiefs baseball NBA Development League Syracuse Crunch hockey Networking trips to Michigan, Rescue Mission Philadelphia, New York City, Zoo Boo at Burnet Park and Toronto Leveling the Playing Field equipment Experiential learning trips to donation drive Los Angeles, Lake Placid, Europe, and Australia. SPM faculty university service included appointments on: 2014 Remembrance Scholars review Syracuse University Senate and selection committee SPM Faculty Search Committees 25th Anniversary Remembrance SPM Graduate Program Committee Scholars committee Point 3 Basketball Falk College Faculty Council SPM Advisory Board Falk College Grievance Committee SPMNews 17 Summer 2014

18 FACULTY AND STAFF SPM news and notes The academic year was an incredibly productive time for SPM faculty and staff on campus, domestically, and internationally. From presenting research at conferences worldwide to mentoring students on campus and in the community, SPM faculty and staff continue to bring new and important perspectives impacting today s most critical issues in sport. Listed below is a small sampling of select accomplishments. We invite you to visit the Falk College and Department of Sport Management web sites regularly (falk.syr.edu/sportmanagement) to stay current with SPM students, faculty, and staff news. Rick Burton David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management Burton attended the International Sport Business Conference, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and presented at the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Symposium in Cooperstown. His article, Australia, Baseball s Diamond in the Rough, was featured on the front page of the Sports section of the New York Times in March. He had articles published by Sports Business Journal, the Baseball Hall of Fame s Memories and Dreams, and in the Syracuse University Magazine. He served as a guest professor at Kufstein University in Austria, and served as a faculty panelist for the National Association of Academic Advisors Region I conference at SU. He also teaches in the Renee Crown University Honors Program. Dennis Deninger Professor of Practice Deninger was an invited lecturer in China at Beijing Sports University, Peking University, and China Central Television, where he spoke about The Sports Product & Building Fan Connections, Sports Television Communication, Story Telling & Viewer Engagement, and Sports Television Rights, Programming & Production. He served on the SPM intra-university transfer committee, was featured in a Syracuse Crunch radio broadcast about the Winter Olympics, and guest lectured in the Setnor School of Music s Film Scoring Class about the role of music in sports. Dr. Mary Graham Professor Dr. Graham was a visiting scholar at The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in January, where she presented a paper on gender in management to their research department. She serves on the editorial board of Human Resource Management, and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Journal. Internally, she was elected to serve on the Falk College Faculty Council, and she continues to serve on the Executive Committee of RvIdea (idea.syr.edu), which focuses on entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. Dr. Graham attended the Academy of Management national conference in Philadelphia, where she was a session chair and paper presenter. Dr. Teresa MacDonald Instructor Dr. MacDonald taught two graduate-level SPM classes in She served as a faculty panelist for the National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A) Region I conference hosted by the Syracuse University Athletic Department in Fall She was a featured panelist and co-founder of the Dream Big Symposium for high school students in March at SU. MacDonald also teaches in the Child and Family Studies program at SU. Dr. Chad McEvoy Graduate Program Director Dr. McEvoy attended the Sport Marketing Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to present his co-authored research on The Valuation Analysis of Corporate Naming Rights for Collegiate Sport Venues. He attended the North American Society for Sport Management National Conference in Pittsburgh, where he presented his abstract entitled BIRGing 40 Years Later: A Replication of Cialdini s Seminal Study. McEvoy has been quoted in several media outlets this year, including ESPN Radio and ESPN s Outside the Lines. He was published in the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, and traveled to Chicago to participate in a research mentoring program sponsored by Northern Illinois University. Dr. Rodney Paul Professor Dr. Paul attended the European Sport Economic Conference in Denmark, and the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Chattanooga, where he acted as a judge for the undergraduate student paper competition and received the 2014 award for extraordinary accomplishment in research in the field of Economics. His paper, Information, Prediction Markets, and NCAA Basketball Attendance: The Big East Conference, was published in the Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics. He was quoted as part of an international blog on the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer championship, and by Crains New York Business about the New York Rangers in the NHL playoffs. Dr. Gina Pauline Associate Professor Dr. Pauline attended the Sport Recreation and Leisure Association conference in Orlando, where she presented her abstract on Triathlons: Participate At Your Own Risk. She also attended the Sport Entertainment and Venues of Tomorrow conference in South Carolina as a guest lecturer. She co-authored an article titled An Investigation of Risk Management Protocols at Triathlon Events that was published by the Journal of Venue and Event Management, and had articles published in the Sport Management Education Journal, and Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Pauline serves as the undergraduate director for the Sport Management program. SPMNews 18 Summer 2014

19 FACULTY AND STAFF Dr. Jeff Pauline Associate Professor Dr. Pauline presented his research on increasing stair usage in a university residential complex at the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference in New Orleans. He participated in a virtual seminar titled Performance Enhancement for College Athletes provided by the AASP, as well as attended the Sport Recreation and Leisure Association conference in Orlando, where he presented his abstract on Sport and Exercise Psychology. He was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for his research on From Self to Civic: Promoting Student Wellbeing through Communities of Engaged Learning. Pauline is the Sport Management minor coordinator, summer internship supervisor, and serves on the SPM intra-university transfer committee. Pat Ryan Instructor Ryan traveled with members of the Sport Management Club to Toronto in April, where they met with executives from TrojanOne Marketing and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Ryan then took nine students to Europe in May as part of SPM 400 Olympic Odyssey. He also took students from SPM 356 Olympic Sport Management on an overnight trip to Lake Placid to learn about Olympic history. Ryan wrote a chapter titled Selling Olympic Sponsorship for a book titled Olympic Marketing and Sales, due out later this year. Michael Veley, Director and Chair, Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor Veley was a keynote speaker at the Syracuse Sports Summit held at the Onondaga County War Memorial in November. He was quoted in several media outlets this year, including as part of an international blog on the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer championship. He is working with Roosevelt Bouie to bring an NBA Development League team to Rochester, to be affiliated with the NBA Toronto Raptors. He made guest lectures with high school students in courses from Liverpool, Westhill, Canton, Norwood-Norfolk, and Ogdensburg high schools. Veley serves on the board of directors for the Syracuse Sports Corporation and the board of directors for the Center for Sports Business and Research at Penn State University. He has been selected to lead an accreditation review of the Sport Management program at SUNY Tompkins-Cortland Community College during the academic year Dr. John Wolohan Professor Wolohan attended the International Sport Business Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the International Association of Sports Law Congress 19th annual Conference in Bali, Indonesia, where he spoke about Sports Betting in the United States: Past Present and Future. He attended the I Play Fair Sports Law Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, and the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he spoke about A Critical Analysis of the Lance Armstrong Case. He lectured about Baseball s War on Drugs at the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Symposium in Cooperstown, and attended the Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. Wolohan twice traveled to Beijing Sport University, where he is working to form a partnership between BSU and Syracuse University. Sport Management staff member updates Margie Chetney celebrated her first year at SU in March as SPM office coordinator. She works closely with students and faculty, and organizes SPM office events. Chetney serves as editor of the SPM newsletter and handles the social media for the department as well as distributes SPM news. Kim Desmond finished her sixth year as an administrative assistant in Sport Management and in Falk College s Office of Advancement and External Affairs, where she works closely with Falk College Assistant Dean David Salanger, as well as SPM students. Margie Chetney Jenna La Manna- Johnson Kathryn Tunkel Kim Desmond Jaime Grillo Kate Veley Jaime Grillo joined Sport Management in December 2013 as an internship coordinator and academic advisor, working with undergraduate students on internships, career events, networking and Senior Capstones. Jenna LaManna-Johnson recently finished her second year as Sport Management internship coordinator and academic advisor. She works with SPM students to secure internships and Capstones, as well as with the Sport Venue and Event Management students on practicums. LaManna-Johnson and Grillo will both teach sections of SPM 201 in Fall 2014 and will also oversee the SPM Learning Community. Kathryn Tunkel, who celebrated her 20th year at Syracuse University in 2013, is administrative assistant to SPM director Michael Veley. She handles all SPM course scheduling, intra-university transfer and SPM minor applications, and student enrollment. Kate Veley is the alumni and events manager for Falk College. She is the co-advisor of the Sport Management Club, SPM Auction, and WISE. Veley is a member of the Sport Management advisory board, plans the Los Angeles Immersion trip, and was recently named president-elect of SU s Women of the University Committee. SPMNews 19 Summer 2014

20 FACULTY AND STAFF Research and publications: SPM by the numbers Applied research and academic publishing in peer-reviewed journals were prevalent during , with several SPM faculty members presenting their findings at national and international conferences: SPM faculty had 20 refereed journal articles published or accepted during the academic year. An additional 15 other academic papers have been submitted for review. Faculty members Rodney Paul, Rick Burton, Pat Ryan, and John Wolohan all wrote book chapters. More than 20 academic journals published SPM faculty research manuscripts and peer-reviewed articles, including: Academy of Economics and Journal of Physical Education, Finance Journal Recreation and Dance Athletic Business Journal Journal of Prediction Markets The Economics of Excellence in Journal of Sport International Sport Journal of Sports Economics International Journal of Sport Journal of Venue and Event Finance Management International Journal of Sport Legal Aspects of Sport Management New York Economic Review Journal of Applied Sport NINE Management SportBusiness International Journal of Business, Industry and Economics Sport Management Education Journal Journal of Economic Psychology Sport Management Quarterly Journal of Economics and Finance Sports Marketing Quarterly Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics SPM faculty presented research findings and gave industry-related presentations at more than 20 conferences across the world, including: Academy of Economics and Finance Conference (Chattanooga, TN) Academy of Management (Philadelphia, PA) Association of Applied Sport Psychology Conference (New Orleans, LA) Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture (Cooperstown, NY) European Sport Economic Conference (Denmark) Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) Federation Internationale de Natation Aquatics World Water Polo Conference (Cancun, Mexico) IX Gijon Conference on Sports Economics (Spain) Hamburg Symposium (Hamburg, Germany) I Play Fair Sports Law Conference (Cape Town, South Africa) International Association of Sports Law Congress Conference (Bali, Indonesia) International Sport Business Conference (Buenos Aires, Argentina) MIT Sloan Sports Analytic Conference (Boston, MA) National Association of Academic Advisors Conference (Syracuse, NY) North American Society of Sport Management (Pittsburgh, PA) NYU Baseball Research Analytics Conference (New York, NY) Sport Recreation and Leisure Association Conference (Orlando, FL) Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference (Chicago, IL) Syracuse Sports Summit (Syracuse, NY) World Conference on Doping in Sport (Johannesburg, South Africa) SPM faculty have been quoted or interviewed for more than 25 published or broadcast media interviews including: ABC News The Post-Standard (Syracuse) Associated Press Reading Eagle Baseball Hall of Fame s Memories Reuters and Dreams magazine Sports Business Daily Bloomburg News Sports Business International CNBC.com Sports Business Journal Crains New York Business Syracuse.com ESPN Radio Sacramento Bee LA Times Time Warner Cable News and Meriden (CT) Record-Journal Sports Naples.com US News and World Report Naples News Wall Street Journal National Public Radio WSYR-TV The New York Times WSTM-TV NBC Sports WAER Radio Connect with SU Sport Management Department of Sport Management main number Michael Veley, Director and Chair Kathryn Tunkel, Administrative Assistant to Michael Veley Margie Chetney, Office Coordinator Gina Pauline, Undergraduate Program Director Jaime Grillo, Internship Coordinator Jenna La Manna-Johnson, Internship Coordinator SPM Parents Organization Chad McEvoy, SPM Graduate Program Director David Salanger, Assistant Dean, Advancement & External Affairs Kate Veley, Events and Alumni Manager Web: falk.syr.edu/sportmanagement Facebook: SU Falk College Department of Sport Management LinkedIn: tinyurl.com/sufalkcollege LinkedInAlumni SPMNews 20 Summer 2014

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