June 2nd this journey began for all 22 of us and now we’re two weeks into MSBA 2013. We’ve had some amazing guest speakers and wonderful visits from Richard Weiss, Publisher of the Sport Business Journal, to a Madison Square Garden Friday field trip.
We’ve managed to hear and see some of the best that New York City has to offer. This summer is all about building relationships with sport business industry leaders and gaining experience in an industry in which all of us will one day be the leaders of. With everything New York has to offer, the priceless advice from our guest speakers has been very valuable.
From Darren Rovell’s story of how he mailed his resume in a box when working towards landing his first job out of college, Madison Square Garden’s panel who spoke about how they got where they are by having a passion for sports and taking chances, to Robert Simmelkjaer’s insight on the sports media industry and how it has developed into what it is today, we’ve had some great experiences thus far.
Erik Martin, General Manager of Reddit, discussed the importance of maintaining relationships and how a degree in a specific field does not define who you are.
IMG Vice President Carlos Fleming talked about being in the right place at the right time and having as much experience as possible and building the right relationships with professionals in the industry is key. Everything that we’ve learned so far resonates with me in everything I set out to do, not only this summer but in all of my future endeavors.
Everything that the Manhattan Sports Business Academy team has planned for us this summer is enhancing our knowledge and exposure to the world of sports. Interning at Leverage Agency is giving me first-hand experience on sponsorships, endorsements, and brand management which are the areas which I want to work in.
If it keeps you up at night, follow that passion
— D’Bria Bradshaw (@Bre_Esquire) June 15, 2013
Being in a city where all the top sport and entertainment headquarters are located is daily inspiration and having my idol, Sean “Diddy” Comb’s Bad Boy Worldwide, five minutes from my internship is the icing on the cake for an exceptional summer. With six weeks left in this program, I cannot wait to see what else is in store for our young careers and who we will meet next in the sports industry that will positively impact our lives.