Doc Rivers: Home or the Hardwood?

I had my second post published on Boston Sports Then and Now. Click there to read it. Basically this article is about the decision that is quickly approaching Doc Rivers. He has to choose between continuing to coach in the NBA, or be with his family (three of his children will be seniors in the next year-all of them athletes). This is a difficult decision, one that will not come easy for Doc. Check it out!

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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.

Sport and Technology Conference 2010 (London)

The Sport and Technology Conference 2010 will take place in London, England on July 16th at the BT Centre. If you want to register or gain more information, you can visit the site: sportandtechnology.com

The following is taken directly off the sport and technology website for this event. These are some of the topics to be discussed:

“- Where next for broadcast technologies?
Television sport has come a long way, but does anyone know where it’s going? The broadcast industry is ever changing with a recent number of new technologies aiming to improve the broadcast delivery and viewer experience: 3D, High-Definition, interactive scheduling, TV on demand amongst many others. The production and delivery of sport is also changing. This conference will analyse these latest developments, the potential and pitfalls of these technologies and assess how they will impact on the public at large and not just early adopters.

– Better activation of sponsorship through technology.
Sponsorship activation techniques have developed significantly through the adoption of new technology. Few campaigns can now be successful without. Internet and mobile platforms have become a fantastically valuable resource for sponsors. The growth of video file sharing sites have ensured sponsors a new platform to distribute content and merchandise. Whilst even a traditional sponsorship tool – perimeter signage has seen technology improve it. Sport and Technology: The Conference 2010 will take a look at these technological strides and how they can be harnessed to offer greater value and return for sponsors.

– The booming area of Fantasy Sports
Fantasy sports are a maturing area in the sports industry with an estimated 100 million players around the world. Whether free or paid these games offer a fantastic opportunity for brands and sponsors to reach out to a targeted core of fans and supporters. Several media companies are creating their own games, which are free to enter and draw more traffic and hence, more advertising revenue. Which partnerships can best take advantage of the co-marketing, advertising and sponsorship opportunities? Soccer is still the dominant sport but others sports are rapidly developing their own games. On July 16th we will take a serious look at this vibrant, and growing area of the sport’s industry.

– The stadia in 2020 – developing the next generation of sports arenas and facilities.
Panel Focus: Sports fans are changing and so are the sports arenas they visit. Vision, creativity and leadership are key in the building of the latest generation of stadiums. From access control and smartcard technology, through to synthetic turf, security, HD screens seating solutions and temperature control and carbon free solutions. This conference will analyse these developments and look to what the stadiums of the next decade will deliver.”

Speakers include representatives from: IMG Media, BBC Sport, Mastercard Worldwide, and UEFA Events to name a few.

Again – the above information about the conference was taken directly from the sport and technology website.

If you are already sold on this and want to register, you can do so here: Register for the Sport and Technology Conference 2010.

Digital Sports Marketing Seminar 2010: Barcelona

The Digital Sports Marketing Seminar 2010 will take place on October 27th and 28th in Barcelona, Spain. The major topics included will be using Social Media to generate revenue in the sports industry.

You can find more information here: Digital Sports Marketing Seminar 2010. This is a two day event and should be very interesting.

According to the website above (these are the topics – again, taken directly from the above site – that will be covered at the seminar):

  • The Future of Digital Sports Media & Media Presence of the Future
  • Case Studies on successful use of Social Media & Digital Marketing
  • Mobile Apps: The Next Frontier for The Sports Industry?
  • Sports Consumption in the Digital Age: Consumers Take Control
  • Digital Sponsorship 2.0
  • Sports Consumption In the Digital Age: Why Social Media Is Crucial For Sports Teams: Focus on Football

Some of the panelists listed are: Manchester United, Coca Cola, Xbox, Adidas, Nokia, Sky Sports, ESPN Mobile (TBC), Volvo, and T-Mobile.

Again, this information was taken directly from the Sports Marketing and New Media site, which is listed above. Check it out for more information on the event!

The Second Coming of Boston Sports Blogapalooza

June 12, 2010 1 comment

As you may recall, I wrote a recap of a networking event geared towards Boston Sports Writers and Bloggers back in May. If you forgot, you can read it here: Blogapalooza Recap. Well, good news is here. It’s coming back. Blogapalooza was such a hit the first time, scoring sponsors like NESN and Dirty Water TV, that it couldn’t be just a one time thing.

Saturday, November 6th, Blogapalooza is coming back. It will take place at the Baseball Tavern in Boston. Definitely something you want to attend if you are in the Boston area, or even New England. It’s free, you get to meet tons of people, and you get to talk sports and blogging.

If you are interested, feel free to join the Facebook fan page here: Boston Sports Blogapalooza. Definitely check that out. More information with constant updates are available on the Facebook fan page.

Just a teaser, according to our Producer Joe Gill, it is rumored that some major New England media outlets are interested in covering Blogapalooza. Stay tuned for more information.

On a site note: I will now be a contributing writer at Boston.SportsThenAndNow.com. I will be doing a sports business column and will alert my readers at DSportManagement.com anytime I make a new post on Boston Sports Then and Now.