As we head into July 4th weekend, it is so weird to think that more than half of this program is already complete. As this will be my last blog post, I wanted to take a second to share what I have learned, and will be taking away, from MSBA14.
First off, my peers are amazing. Our relationships are simply incredible and the bonding that we have done and will continue to do, not just for the next 3 weeks but into the future, is truly fantastic. Secondly, my internship experience has been awesome. I feel like each and every day I am learning something new that will be valuable to me in the future. My boss has not only been cool and down to earth but also a mentor by giving me advice on how to navigate through the industry.
That brings me to my next point…my mentor. My mentor has been extremely helpful and useful. We have already met once and have a time scheduled for next week as well. In addition, we have exchanged emails weekly talking about anything and everything. It has been so impactful to have someone to talk to on a friendly and casual basis as well as a professional one to give you some direction. Lastly, the people in this industry we have met have been wonderful. To think by the end of this experience I’ll have met an NFL agent, player marketing representative, premium network executive, and even the CEO of Modell’s is absolutely insane. The connections we have been given are one-of-a-kind and can NOT be found anywhere else.
This is a good segway into one of our speakers this past week. Tammy Ross from HBO Sports was Monday night’s guest and she could not have been more interesting. Personally, I am a huge fan of both the “Hard Knocks” and “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic” series. I have watched both for the past few years and find them so unique and different from what is currently in the sports television space. Having the opportunity to pick her brain on why they have been so successful with these shows as well as some of their plans moving forward was very informative. The information she provided was definitely something that we can take with us in the future to become more knowledgable. As big of a fan as I am of HBO sports and just HBO in general, not once have I ever even realized that this could be a field of interest for me. I’d like to thank Tammy for opening her vision up to us.
As I conclude this blog, it hits me that we really do not have that much time left. This past month has been so eye-opening and hopefully these last few weeks will follow that path. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, like my internship, my mentor, our guest speakers, and most importantly, the MSBA staff (they are amazing). Ben, Jackie, Natalie, David, Jenna, and most importantly, Lorne, have done everything possible to make this program truly one-of-a-kind. I am very grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to see where this takes me in the future. Lastly, I’d like to thank my my peers for just hanging out and being awesome. Having these relationships going forward will be incredibly special.