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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:

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!

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.

Networking event: The Sports Marketing 2.0 VIP Summit (NYC)

The Sports Marketing 2.0 VIP Summit is a networking event taking place in New York City on June 16th, 2010. Here is a link to buy your tickets: The Sports Marketing 2.0 VIP Summit.

The event is hosted by Sports Marketing 2.0. They recently had another event in Chicago, which looks like it would have been a great experience. Be sure to check it out if you are in the New York area.

Upcoming Networking Events

For those who are interested in the sports industry and information related to it, a great resource is Joe Favorito’s site. He sends out a weekly newsletter that is very informative, listing upcoming networking events, interesting articles, and sponsorship opportunities to name a few. He compiled a list of some networking events which I am relaying to my readers. Again, this is from Joe Favorito’s weekly newsletter (5/9/2010).

Sports Related Cause Marketing: How to get in the game

May 12th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.

Location: ESPN Zone at LA Live (Los Angeles)

Link

NSMN Networking Breakfast and discussion on “Online Sports Content- The Paid vs. Free Paradigm.”

Speakers: Tracy Dolgin (President and CEO of the YES Network), Michael Aresco (CBS Sports Programming Executive Vice President), Terry Denson (Vice President of FiOS Content and Programming, Verizon), John Kosner (GM, ESPN Digital), Jeff Price (President and Publisher, Sporting News), and Jody Shapiro (Senior Vice President/GM, NHL Network).

RSVP Online, there are no walk-ins.

Link

Russell Scibetti’s Networking Event

May 25th (Tuesday) from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm.

Location: Gordon Biersch Brewery in Buckhead (Atlanta)

Link

Sports Marketing 2.0 by Pat Coyle

Time: May (Chicago) and June (New York)

Link

Sports Video Group  – College Sports Video Summit

June 8th and 9th

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Link

Women in Sports and Events (WISE)

Wednesday, June 9th (Luncheon)

Location: Marriot Marquis Hotel (New York City)

Link

Sports Management and Networking Night (Lakewood [New Jersey] Blue Claws)

June 17th

Lakewood, New Jersey at FirstEnergy Park

The Sports Executives Association

May 10, 2010 1 comment

I recently joined the Sports Executives Association (SEA), which I highly recommend. This is an interactive community of people interested in sports business, which can provide you with valuable opportunities to network and exchange information. The site is run by Lewis Howes, who also owns SportsNetworker. According to Sports Networker, these are the things you will receive upon joining (again, this is taken DIRECTLY from Sports Networker):

  • The Sports Sales Mindset Blueprint
  • Membership to the SEA at an introductory rate
  • How to Take Your Career to the Next Level in the Sports Industry: Ebook
  • One ticket to the inaugural SEA members only event in NYC
  • Instant access with other sports executives in the members only forum

Within the first two weeks you will also receive:

  • The Online Sports Networking Mind Map
  • Sports Sponsorship Guide
  • Live Q&A Call

The site is great and it’s cheap. At just $10 per month, you can’t really go wrong. It’s a great way to facilitate relationships with other sports business professionals and exchange information quickly and easily. Want to join? Here is the link, as I would highly recommend it.

Sports Executives Association