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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:

A call for abstract submissions and scholarship applications: 2010 International Sports Management Conference (Lausanne, Switzerland)

I wrote a previous post related to the 2010 International Sports Management Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. You can read that here. Again, to reiterate, that event is taking place November 4-6, 2010. Heres it the website of the 2010 International Sports Management Conference

I got in touch with some of the organizers of the conference and they informed me that they are looking for abstract submissions. Not only that, but they are also looking for people to apply for scholarships that they are offering. Below is the information related to both the abstracts and the scholarships.

Participants who wish to become part of the program, may submit an abstract which will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Results of this review will be communicated via email, to each applicant. Please note that ONLY THE ABSTRACTS OF THE REGISTERED PRESENTERS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM – no exceptions will be made.

  • Please review the proposed modules and themes.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts for presentations are required to submit a full paper via the website.
  • All submitted papers will be published on the conference website (post conference.  PPT may also be submitted yet not be substituted for the full paper.
  • The Work-in-Progress abstracts are to be submitted directly on our Interactive Site.
  • If your abstract is selected, oral presentations are not required in a given format. You should allow 20 minutes for your presentation followed by five minutes for questions.

    Abstracts of all presentations accepted for inclusion in the Conference Program will be published as part of the conference program booklet to be issued at the commencement of the conference.

  • Application deadline is July 9, 2010.  Notification of Authors is July 16, 2010.

Please use the form below to submit your application..

All abstracts should reflect unpublished material and should be written in English.

There is no limit to the number of abstracts each author may submit.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract, you can find the link and submission information here: Abstracts.

For those who are interested in scholarships, there will be ten awarded at the conference. Here is the information related to the scholarships:

2010 ISMC OUTSTANDING AWARD

One 2010 ISMC Oustanding Award will be presented.  This will provide:

A single registration to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference

Single-room accommodations for two nights (check-in November 5, check-out November 7) at the conference venue

Award certificate formally presented at the Conference

Name recognition in the Conference Book and on the Conference website.

The Award recipient is expected to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference to receive the award. The award does not include any other conference costs or fees or travel expenses.

The Awardee is expected to write a comprehensive conference report to be published on the conference website.  This will be accompanied by the author’s picture and bio.

2010 ISMC YOUNG INVESTIGATOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Ten 2010 ISMC Scholarships will be presented.  Each of these scholarships provides:

A single registration to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference

Name recognition in the Conference Book and on the Conference website

Verbal mention during the event.

The Scholarship recipient is expected to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference. The scholarship does not include any other conference costs or fees or travel expenses.

The Scholars will be expected to generate a report on a session, panel discussion or groups of talks by topic.  Each such report will be accompanied by the author’s picture and bio.

DEADLINE

All applications must be submitted by July 9, 2010.  Winners will be announced by July 16, 2010 via email.

You can find the requirement for scholarship and award applications here: Awards and scholarships. Make sure you hurry if you are interested because the deadline is quickly approaching (less than a month)! 

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.

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.