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Industry Testimonials

The internship program at MSBA provides companies with top-notch candidates and, in conjunction with their diverse and well-rounded program, allows for notable growth and development of their interns throughout the summer. It was truly a pleasure to work with the team at MSBA.
Ashley Hernandes
Manager, Human Resources / Foot Locker
MSBA students are thoughtful, passionate and curious about the sports landscape, and MSBA provides their members a broad spectrum of exposure throughout the summer. I appreciate that MSBA doesn’t just highlight the usual areas or suspects within their content, but also brings in experts from unique areas of the business like product licensing, digital technology, etc. This helps students see that there are more opportunities in sports than being an agent or in sales at a team.
Wendy Morris
VP, Team Marketing and Business Operations / NBA
MSBA is a fantastic program that offers aspiring sports business professionals a well-rounded experience in the various aspects of our industry – key to a young person’s career development. As MSBA Mentors, we not only have an opportunity to connect with our peers (other Mentors), but we start to build relationships with future colleagues and leaders in our industry. If I am asked to participate as an MSBA Mentor in future years my answer will definitely be yes.
Max Paulsen
Director, Business Development / National Hockey League
MSBA candidates are of the highest caliber; our New York office participated in the internship program this past summer, and the student we were matched with far-exceeded our expectations. I can confidently say that he was the most exceptional intern our office has ever had, and Premier is looking forward to participating in the program next summer as well!
Uzma Rawn
Senior Director, Sponsorship Sales / MLB
I’ve worked with MSBA for a few years now and they make a genuine effort to ensure that the quality and fit of the interns they recommend match our needs. Because of the personal relationship they develop with the intern hosts, MSBA does a great job understanding what the “right fit” means for GlideSlope. This is a strong program that continues to get better and better over the years – from the emphasis placed on strong internship placement, to the stellar speakers and mentors they recruit – MSBA is doing great work.
Jamie Rocha
Director, Sport Strategy / GlideSlope
MSBA is a game-changing opportunity for serious young professionals seeking a competitive advantage in our demanding and evolving industry. I wish this type of program existed when I was looking for a way to break in.
Darren Rovell
Sports Business Analyst / ESPN
This summer (2014) was our first experience with MSBA and we couldn’t have been more pleased. The MSBA staff presented us with a highly qualified internship candidate that they had vetted out, and she was a perfect fit for our organization. With all the activities that MSBA fostered over the course of the summer in addition to the internship, we felt our intern was given all the tools needed to succeed and grow during her time with us. Easily one of the best intern experiences we’ve had at Radegen Sports Management.
Angelo M. Solomita, Esq
VP, Business & Legal Affairs / Radegen Sports Management
I found the quality, intelligence and incisiveness of the MSBA students truly and uniquely impressive. Proof-positive that this program presents great opportunities to introduce today’s sports business leaders to the best young minds coming into the industry.
Frank Supovitz
SVP, Events / NFL

Alumni Testimonials

The Manhattan Sports Business Academy was a life changing experience for me. The access that you receive to top professionals in the sports industry is invaluable. I would recommend this program to any young professional who wants to get a head start in his/her career.
Samson Feldman
Senior Account Executive, Partnership Marketing / Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (MSBA Class of 2012)
Not only has my own passion for sports business been revealed this summer, but the business itself has been revealed as well. Between the things I’ve been able to see, the people I’ve been able to talk to, and places I’ve been able to go, it’s all made this experience incredibly revealing.
Gabriel Delaney
Sales & Marketing Intern / PGA Tour (MSBA Class of 2015)
Throughout our eight-week journey with MSBA, we learned, networked, shared best practices, experienced New York, and most importantly, created an incredible bond that we can eternally thank this program for. The ability to both work hard and play hard with this group of young professionals provided a dynamic that was unique to any of my previous experiences.
Aaron Malave
Coordinator, Business Development / Learfield Sports - VCU Sports Properties (MSBA Class of 2013)
What truly made my MSBA summer unforgettable was the chance to experience it with new friends who are just as passionate about sports as I am. I would have never dreamt that I'd have the opportunity to sit with executives from the NFL, NBC Sports, and NBA. Just the exhilaration of walking through the doors to their head office for a meeting was a once in a lifetime moment, but having these executives as future contacts is career-changing.
Mary Somma
Account Executive, Inside Sales / Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSBA Class of 2013)
There’s nothing like being surrounded by people that share that passion and drive you have—it only pushes you harder and gets you more excited. I have the confidence now that I will thrive and succeed in this industry. This is where I want to be, and I have MSBA to thank for it.
Grant Norris-Jones
Director, Strategy & Sponsorship / Ultimate Fighting Championship (MSBA Class of 2012)
No doubt MSBA was a catalyst for my professional development. Not only did MSBA allow me to uncover new skill sets and push me professionally, it paved the road that landed me in my current job. Aside from playing a key role in my summer experience, MSBA's network is full of professionals willing to put in the time to help you jumpstart your career even after the program is over. As the quality of the program continues to flourish, and as we all grow collectively in the business together, I'm proud to call myself an MSBA alum.
Ethan Shibutani
Senior Marketing Acquisition Associate / DraftKings (MSBA Class of 2013)
MSBA provided an experience both invaluable and game-changing. In just eight weeks, the close relationships I made - and continue to maintain to this day - with my classmates are unique and unparalleled, and it's extremely rewarding to see most of us getting our sports careers underway. No doubt we have the MSBA program, its staff, and our mentors to thank for giving us exposure to one another and to some of the industry's best. I can confidently say that MSBA is one of the smartest professional decisions I've ever made.
Chris Stathos
Partnership Activation Coordinator / Kansas City Chiefs (MSBA Class of 2013)
When I participated in MSBA 2013, I was exposed to countless sports business professionals, companies, and overall experiences that propelled me into my current position at Thuzio. Given MSBA's impact, I introduced it to my company and since then we've had the fortune of hosting three amazing MSBA participants. Having a firsthand understanding of the professional growth that MSBA students get throughout their summer, Thuzio and I are thrilled to participate in MSBA and host some exceptional summer interns.
Ryan McKenna
Agency Relations Manager & Strategic Partnerships / Thuzio (MSBA Class of 2013)
MSBA is a chance to live in New York City, meet the best of the best in sports business and to establish a professional foundation that will ultimately ensure long, successful careers in our field. MSBA is not an 8-week crash course - it's a career springboard into an incredibly exciting and competitive industry.
Ryan Nowack
Marketing Partnerships / The Madison Square Garden Company (MSBA Class of 2014)
From the moment students are accepted into the Manhattan Sports Business Academy, the team works hard to provide the best internship placement, mentor pairing, and networking opportunities to fit each individual. The time and effort that is put into matching and guiding students cannot be found anywhere else.
Avery Mason
Marketing & Event Operations Intern / Thuzio (MSBA Class of 2014)
My MSBA summer was filled with amazing networking opportunities, invaluable professional learnings, and a new group of friends that I maintain to this day.The community of professionals that MSBA has cultivated is unparalleled and I am honored to be a part of it. As I look back on my own summer experiences, there is no doubt MSBA was the jumpstart that my career needed. I would implore all young sports business professionals to take a serious look at this program and get ready for the summer of their lives.
Lucas Biebelberg
‎Account Executive, Partnership Marketing / USTA (MSBA Class of 2012)
MSBA has built an industry-leading program designed to expose you to every aspect of sports business. For students in my shoes - who have an interest in sports but don’t really know what that interest could mean - a program like MSBA is perfect as it informs you of the various career paths that are out there and puts you in touch with leading professionals in the industry.
Lucy King
Subscription Sales Intern / Madison Square Garden (MSBA Class of 2015)
If you’d like one tip of advice going into a summer at MSBA, just toss expectations out the window because however high you want to set the bar, MSBA’s always a mile above it. My summer with MSBA cannot be described in words. I have never been more confident and prepared to take on this industry. I don’t know where my career path will go from this point forward, but the one thing I do know is that I will forever thank MSBA.
Leo Parsons
CRM Coordinator / The Madison Square Garden Company (MSBA Class 2014)
Landing my current position with Major League Baseball would not have been possible without the experiences and resources I acquired through my summer with MSBA.
Kahlil Keys
Coordinator, Sponsorship Sales / Major League Baseball (MSBA Class of 2014)