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Boston Blazers Sports and Entertainment Career Fair January 28th

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Boston Blazers Career Fair

 

The Boston Blazers are hosting a Sports and Entertainment Career Fair on January 28th, 2011 from 10 a.m-12 p.m at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Tickets are $15 and include a ticket to the Boston Blazers vs. Philadelphia Wings game that evening. These tickets must be purchased before January 27th at 5:00 p.m.

More than 20 professional teams and entertainment companies will be in attendance including:

  • Boston Blazers
  • New England Patriots
  • New England Revolution
  • Radio 850 WEEI
  • New England Riptide
  • Wilbur Theater
  • New Hampshire Fishercats
  • Connecticut Sun (of the WNBA)
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Lowell Spinners
  • Major League Lacrosse
  • Boston Cannons
  • and many more major and minor league teams, along with collegiate organizations

Organizations are looking to hire from all different educational backgrounds including Sport Management, Marketing, Communications and more. Interviews for jobs and internships will be given on the spot!

For more information, please contact the Boston Blazers at 617-904-0600, Ext. 140 or see the Blazers Career Fair website or find this event on LinkedIn.

Boston Sports Blogapalooza II

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

What an event Boston Sports Blogapalooza is turning into. This past Saturday (11/6/10) the Baseball Tavern in Boston, MA hosted the second Boston Sports Blogapalooza. Joe Gill of Boston Sports Then and Now put on another great event, sponsored by Comcast Sports Net New England (CSNNE).

Some notables in attendance were CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, Damon Amendolara (of the D.A. show on 98.5 The Sports Hub), Carolyn Manno of CSSNE, Paul ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald (of TownieNews), and countless others. There were a total of 113 people in attendance, an increase of 33 since the last event in May.

There is already talk of another Palooza and if you want to stay up to date, you can follow the Facebook page of Boston Sports Blogapalooza.

I have to say I really benefitted from attending. I met some great connections including one who works in the same organization as I do, the Boston Blazers. I worked the registration table for much of the event, but I was able to make some connections nonetheless.

This Palooza did something new in that there was a panel discussion related to several different topics. There were five experts brought in from various sports sites, radio stations and television stations in the area (i.e. 98.5, WEEI and CSN). Topics discussed included Baseball, Hockey, Football, Basketball and Social Media. Comcast Sports Net covered the panel discussion and you can find the footage here:

Blogapalooza II CSNNE Coverage

There was a raffle with tons of great prizes including a Cam Neely Bruins Jersey, multiple great books (one of which I won – Inbound Marketing), tons of T-shirts donated from sponsors, Patriots/Jets tickets, Boston Blazers tickets, giant posters, flags, and way too many other things to name.

This has to be one of the best free networking events I have been a part of. The people are all extremely friendly and the the environment is great, and the price is right (FREE!). Next Palooza already has the Providence Bruins expressing interest amongst others. Looking forward to the next one. Anyone who is in the Boston area I would recommend looking into this event.

Also, just a note: My favorite prize I took home from the event was a Milan Lucic Bruins print from The Boston Sports Company (probably about 7 feet by 5 feet). Here it is:

Digital Content Monetization (DCM) 2010: NYC

The DCM 2010 will take place in New York City from October 4-7, 2010. The conference is focusing on how to monetize new types of media and brand assets. With a focus on new types of media and the ways to capitalize upon their use (from a business standpoint), this should provide for an extremely interesting conference.

The impressive list of speakers include representatives from:

  • NFL
  • NHL
  • ESPN
  • NASCAR
  • Fox Sports
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • MTV
  • CBS
  • Universal Pictures
  • Atlantic Records
  • NBC Universal
  • SEGA
  • VH1.com
  • MSNBC.com
  • Fox
  • Gamestop
  • ABC News
  • YouTube
  • And many more…

Here are some of the major topics to be discussed:

  • How to price and license copy for maximum profitability and fan impact
  • Delivering monetized, must-have mobile content
  • Identifying the optimal revenue model for different types and formats of sports content
  • Working out how to extract the most value from the 3D boom
  • Using social media to build fanbase loyalty as well as to generate revenue

A great benefit of this conference is to hear the testimonials of various teams and organization from around the country who tried various types of digital business models. The varying experiences will be discussed, providing a great learning opportunity for anyone interested in digital business models.

If you are interested in attaining more information as it relates to this event, you can do so here:

DCM 2010

I would recommend looking into this event. I will personally be attending in October to experience this. Definitely an excellent opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the digital business world and to learn some valuable lessons from other companies.

Networking Success Story: Stephen Bailey

June 17, 2010 1 comment

Stephen Bailey is finishing up his senior year of high school and will be attending Syracuse University in the fall. Stephen and I recently got in touch via Facebook and we soon found out we were going to be writing for the same site. Boston Sports Then and Now.

Here is Stephen’s success story (how networking helped him).

Last summer, I interned in the Sports Publicity department at Yale University. I discovered the position through a classmate who had worked there the year earlier. Although this may not be the networking most think of (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), it is just as valuable. Expanding your personal web of connections is something an industry professional never stops doing.

This April, I started BBSB (Baileys Boston Sports Blog) as a hobby.  Towards the end of the month, I decided to send one of my articles to the person who runs Celtics Life, a very popular Celtics blog. He told me he liked what he saw and gave me his contact information. After a quick chat, it was a done deal. Simple as that.

A couple weeks ago, I sent one of my recent Red Sox articles to Joe Gill, head of Boston Sports Then and Now after he posted up a comment on LinkedIn that he was looking for bloggers. Again, he told me he was impressed and took me aboard. Now I have hundreds, or even thousands of people reading my articles, as opposed to the handful I would have had on my site. The exposure will surely help me become a better writer and opens up opportunities for me in the future.

The point is, all it takes is a couple clicks. Be outgoing, friendly, and confident. Make connections, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

Do you have a networking success story? How did social networking or networking events contribute to your career? If you have some, leave them in the comments section or send me an email (you can find that in the contact me section).

Want to do some networking?

Connect with me on LinkedIn: Dan Sullivan

Join my Sport Management Networking Group on LinkedIn

A personal networking success story: Round 2

A few months back, I published a post about how I was able to secure a job with Kraft Sports Group through networking. You can read that post here. Well I have used social media to my advantage again and have a new networking success story.

After starting this blog, I decided it would be important to link it with my twitter account (@DanSullivanSM). I started to follow someone with the twitter handle @bosprtsthennow. After we exchanged tweets (retweeting each other and engaging in light twitter conversation), he sent me a message, asking if I was interested in attending his networking event, Blogapalooza. I looked into it more and found it very interesting, so I started to talk to him on facebook. It turned out his name is Joe Gill, the owner of Boston Sports Then and Now.

As we began to chat about the event on Facebook, I started to speak to him about my site. After a few months, the event rolled around and I attended. I was able to speak briefly with Joe at the event and we kept in touch afterwards. We continued to speak via Twitter and Facebook, then eventually LinkedIn.

One day, I asked Joe if he could give me some advice on my site. He was more than happy to help me out and which I was very appreciative of. Joe liked what he saw on my site and soon thereafter, he asked me if I wanted to write him a sports business column for his site. I jumped at the opportunity and I am now a contributing writer at Boston Sports Then and Now.

My first post was published yesterday (on the national site: Sports then and Now). You can read my article: “USA Starts Well at the FIFA World Cup.”

The bottom line here is that networking is so easy to do. It is as easy as engaging in conversation with people through various means of social networking. Just start some conversations and see where they will lead!

2010 Lausanne International Sports Management Conference: Bridging Research and Practice

June 13, 2010 1 comment

Lausanne, Switzerland is hosting the 2010 International Sport Management Conference. The event will take place between November 4-6 and is featuring a long list of prominent speakers.

The conference will have panel discussions, lectures, slideshow presentations, and product demonstrations according to the website (worldeventsforum.com).

Check out the Facebook Fan page.

UKSN Sport Networking Event (Manchester, England)

There is a Sport Networking Event hosted by the UK Sports Network. It will take place on Thursday July 8, 2010 in Manchester, England.

The location is:

Manchester Metropoliton University Business School
Aytoun Building
Aytoun Street
M1 3GH Manchester
United Kingdom

It’s not too expensive either, so for anyone who is in the Manchester area, I would recommend looking into it.

For more information, click here: Sports Networking Event Manchester.