Sport Mangement

Sport management alumnus hosts current senior for capstone

Casey Miller '08 and Matt Neumann '18
Sport management alumnus Casey Miller ’08 with sport management senior Matt Neumann ’18

With over 550 alumni in the work force, many sport management alumni provide valuable knowledge, internships, and senior Capstone opportunities for students by serving as senior Capstone supervisors, including Andrew Ross ’14, Hali Stark ’10, Adam Baldassarre ’11, Zach Schotz ’13, Ashley Robbins ’10, Ashley Brantman ’10, Harrison Laifer ’15, and most recently, Casey Miller ’08.

“Having a sport management alumnus as my supervisor has been amazing so far,” said Matt Neumann ’18, currently on his senior Capstone with Miller in New York City. “He has been through the exact same experience, so he knows what it takes to make the most of it. I can tell that he wants to see me succeed.”

Miller, director of client services at Grabyo, says, “It has been a wonderful experience being a supervisor for a senior Capstone! The quality of students coming out of the program is incredible. Matt has been an amazing addition to the team and has done a great job contributing to our work. I’m looking forward to recruiting future students to work with the Grabyo team to prepare them for the industry.”

Alumni mentorship is an excellent way for alumni to give back. The inaugural “S.P.M. Week” in January 2019 is an opportunity where “Students and Professionals Meet” before the Spring semester begins. The Department of Sport Management is seeking interested alumni to host a student or students to job shadow for a day or two, or the entire week between January 7 and 11, 2019.  Hosting a student may provide an organization with benefits such as gaining experience in training and mentoring, improving productivity, meeting and molding a potential future employee, and fostering team spirit.

An application link will be distributed in November. Contact Sport Management internship placement coordinator Nicole Imbrogno ’08 at for more information.

Important Dates for S.P.M. Week

November 5: application opens

November 20: application closes

November 27 – December 4: students apply for opportunities

December 6: alumni and students notified of matches

December 7: students complete orientation

January 7 – 11: program runs

Sport Management Club Raises over $56,000

The Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University raised $56,800 for Meals on Wheels Syracuse as a result of its 13th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the SU men’s basketball game on Dec. 9, supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, electronics and tickets to major sporting events. In conjunction with the live event, Steiner Sports also hosted an online auction, which showcased a number of premium items up for bid.

A large check is presented in the Dome
From left to right: Mason Kaufman, executive director of Meals on Wheels; Anthony De La Fuente ’18 and Elijah Newsome ’18 from Falk College; Kate Veley, club advisor; and Mike Nortman from Meals on Wheels
“As a result of months of hard work on behalf of nearly 100 Syracuse University students, we’ve attained our second highest total in the 13-year history of this event,” says Kate Veley, SPM club co-advisor. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the many products and services generously donated by the Syracuse community and later bid on by thousands of SU fans. Our thanks to everyone who, through their gifts, have allowed us to perpetuate this event in support of the community our students call home.”

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SPM alums team up for Prudential Center event

Three SPM Alums pose for a photo
Sport Management graduates Kevin Reese ’17, Scott Kevy ’15 and Jesse Abrams ’13 (from left) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Jan. 14, 2018 for American Express’ New Jersey Devils Open Practice event.
With nearly 600 Syracuse University Sport Management graduates working in all aspects of the sport industry, it’s no surprise when alums find themselves crossing paths on the job. This is exactly what happened on Jan. 14, 2018 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Kevin Reese, SPM Class of 2017, works as an assistant account executive for Momentum in New York City. He began the job in September 2017, and manages American Express’ partnerships with the Boston Celtics, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Reese traveled to Newark on Jan. 14 for American Express’ Exclusive Devils Open Practice event, where he worked with Prudential Center and New Jersey Devils Manager for Marketing Partnerships Jesse Abrams, SPM Class of 2013. The event was for Devils’ season ticket-members who purchased tickets using their American Express card, to attend an open practice, a question-and-answer session with the head coach, and an autograph session. Reese and Abrams collaborated on the planning and execution of the details for the event.

“The Syracuse Sport Management program provided me all the necessary tools to flourish in the industry,” Reese said. “From the time I first stepped foot on campus, to where I am now, everything and everyone along the way put me in the best position to succeed. I truly believe I would not be where I am today if I had not attended Syracuse University. Overall, the Devils event went great. I’m incredibly proud of my Syracuse SPM roots and the opportunities it has provided, and will continue to provide, in my career.”

Fellow Sport Management alum Scott Kevy ’15, an account executive for American Express at Momentum, also assisted at the event.

“The camaraderie that is built through the SU Sport Management program has enabled me to be an ambassador in both my personal and professional networks,” Abrams said. “The relevant industry experience SPM students receive help us to succeed, not only as individuals, but together in the workforce. It gives me great pride to represent such an amazing alumni group. I look forward to being part of the program’s continued growth.”

Falk sport analytics majors place first at NYU’s SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition

Sport analytics students posed
Sport analytics majors Luke Scheetz ’21, CB Garrett ’19, Zak Koeppel ’21, Justin Perline ’19, and Trevor Olofson ’21 (from left) teamed to win the 2017 SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition at NYU.

A team representing the Syracuse University Sport Management Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club won the SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition at NYU earlier this month. Sport analytics majors Justin Perline ’19, CB Garrett ’19, Luke Scheetz ’21, Trevor Olofson ’21, and Zak Koeppel ’21 won the competition against other universities such as Villanova, NYU and Fordham.

The teams were tasked with creating a model to determine a player’s BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play), both for hitters, as well as the BABIP that pitchers allow. They were then asked to use this to determine the players who are going to see the biggest increases and decreases in their BABIP next season.

The teams were given five days to collect data, create a model, and prepare a 30-minute presentation on the topic to be given in New York City on Nov. 17. Judges for the competition included Ben Jedlovec (Baseball Info Solutions), Chris Pang (New York Mets), Tom Tippett (consultant, formerly of the Boston Red Sox), and Cameron Barwick (MLB).

“I’m very proud of the students who competed in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition,” said sport analytics professor, Dr. Rodney Paul. “The new Analytics program has accumulated very talented students and I look forward to their continued interaction with each other, their progress through the curriculum, and their present and future successes in the field. Our students are a genuine pleasure to teach and I look forward to future classes following in their footsteps.”

This is the fourth year that SU has competed in this event. Also competing for SU this year were sport analytics majors Evan Weiss ’19, Kyle Liotta, ’20, and Colby Olson ’21, as well as sport management major Mike Cavalier ’19 and sport analytics minor Chris Karasinski ’19.

SPM senior honored as Valedictorian of Michigan Sport Business Conference

Chris HendersonSport Management senior Chris Henderson ’18 was named Valedictorian of the “Big Initiative” for the 2017 Michigan Sport Business Conference (MSBC) at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

The event was held Oct. 6 and featured guest speakers and industry professionals such as David Levy (president, Turner), Arn Tellem (vice chairman, Palace Sports & Entertainment), Abraham Madkour (executive editor, Sports Business Journal), and Laura Froelich (global head of sports partnerships, Twitter). A select group of students each year are selected for the “Big Initiative” and to receive extra networking time with the guest speakers.

The Big Initiative Award, presented by the MSBC, is described as “the nation’s premier award that recognizes outstanding undergraduate student leaders who have achieved an exceptional level of success in the sport business industry. Those receiving the honor are selected on the basis of demonstrated entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and leadership.”

At the conference, Henderson gave a speech detailing his experiences and how having the opportunity to meet leaders in sport, as well as dedicated sport management students from all around the country, will help continue to grow his career.

“Being a part of the Big Initiative class was very special,” Henderson said. “Having the chance to meet the other award winners gave me insight to what others are doing to succeed in the industry. Getting to know past winners and learn what their experience has been like since graduating college, was extremely valuable. Hearing what they like most about their jobs and what they wish they did differently will allow me to make more informed decisions as I go forward.”

As Valedictorian, Henderson attended a lecture by Michigan head basketball coach John Beilein, and met past Big Initiative winners.

“Hearing from leaders such as David Levy and Arn Tellem allowed me to learn where the leaders of the industry think the biggest changes will occur over the next few years and allowed me to think about how I will make an impact,” he said.

Inaugural sport management event encourages professional growth, networking October 13

WISE Event
Sport management students networking with industry professionals during a networking event hosted by Women in Sports and Events at SU last spring. Connecting students with industry practitioners and leaders in sports is a hallmark of Falk College’s Department of Sport Management.
When Falk College’s Department of Sport Management considered what companies to invite to campus to network with current students this semester, it knew exactly where to start. “I knew there were no better people to invite than our sport management alumni who are working for the companies our current students hope to work for some day,” says Nicole Imbrogno, sport management internship coordinator who is organizing the inaugural event.

As part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing students’ professional growth and networking opportunities, the Department of Sport Management presents SPM 205: 2.0 on October 13 starting at 1:00 p.m. in Grant Auditorium. To date, 40 alumni and more than 120 students are registered to attend the event. The program will include a welcome from director and chair, Michael Veley, the Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, panel discussions focusing on the sport industry, business analytics, and the importance of practical experience, and a networking session. The day is also an opportunity for connecting/reconnecting with classmates, faculty, and staff. As part of the event, the Department will promote and highlight the companies alumni are working for, and is inviting all alumni to bring current internship, capstone, or other opportunities to market to current students. The event will conclude with an alumni tailgate in the Falk College Courtyard before the Orange host Clemson in the Dome.

“Sport management in Falk College prides itself on being a family, and it’s evident through the faculty and staff, especially those that have been involved with the program since the beginning, who stay in touch with so many of the 550+ SPM alumni now infiltrating the sport industry. It’s even more evident when our alumni are so excited to give back and help current students jump start their own careers!” For more information or to RSVP, contact Nicole Imbrogno,

SPM 324 students cook up winning ideas for Papa John’s

students at Papa John's corporate offices
Students Brian Robinson ’17, Zach Thebner ’17, Jack Van Ermen ’17, Matt Van Loon ’17, Nicole Wergiles ’17, and Sydney Wysoczanski ’17
When class began in January 2017, students in Sport Management professor Rick Burton’s SPM 324 Sport Sponsorship and Promotion class likely had no idea what was in store for them as the semester unfolded.

“When I was assigned to teach SPM 324, I began to imagine teaching the class in a very unique way,” Burton said. “My plan was to involve a major corporation that would invest in our students in a novel fashion that could both inspire and motivate excellence.”

Burton used his industry connections to secure Papa John’s Pizza and have the global organization provide an assignment to the class that would result in the winning “agency” getting flown to a location of Papa John’s choosing at the conclusion of the semester to present their research and conceptual designs.

Students Brian Robinson ’17, Zach Thebner ’17, Jack Van Ermen ’17, Matt Van Loon ’17, Nicole Wergiles ’17, and Sydney Wysoczanski ’17 were on that winning team, and were flown to Colorado Springs May 19-21 to attend Papa John’s Global Operations Conference (OPCON).

“Spending the weekend in Colorado with Professor Burton and my five teammates was a rewarding experience for the hard work we put in throughout the semester,” Robinson said. “It was a surreal experience to present to a room full of international marketers and definitely an invaluable experience that I will take with me throughout my career.”

During the semester, the class was broken up into six groups, each thinking of themselves as a sports marketing agency that would ultimately bid on a series of projects. The agencies learned about sponsorship and promotion and how to research an assignment and then present strategic platforms buttressed by their tactical creativity.

On April 25, 2017 on campus, the groups were each given 30 minutes to present their research to two Papa John’s executives on how the company could utilize eSports in sponsorship and promotion in 12 key countries important to Papa John’s. Papa John’s vice president of international marketing, Melissa Richards-Person (a Syracuse University alum), then selected the winning group.

“I believe this activity inside the Sport Management Department is a wonderful example of our commitment to giving our students the best possible theoretical and applied access to the major challenges facing the sports industry today,” Burton said. “Collectively, these students had a unique experience this semester. For them to be able to attend the international conference in Colorado was what makes our program so very special.”

SPM associate professor Gina Pauline honored by Vera House

Gina Pauline holding the Award
Gina Pauline, sport management associate professor and undergraduate director, received a Vera House Special Appreciation Award on June 13, 2017.
On June 13, 2017, during a luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton in East Syracuse, Vera House presented a Special Appreciation Award to Dr. Gina Pauline, sport management associate professor and undergraduate director.

Vera House acknowledged Pauline’s leadership in the creation of the Sport Venue and Event Management Charity Golf Classic. The inaugural tournament, which was held in 2016, benefited Vera House and resulted in a $15,000 donation. The 2017 tournament was held on May 8 at Drumlins Country Club and resulted in a $14,000 donation. Also, Syracuse University special assistant to the Chancellor Barry L. Wells was honored.

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Congratulations Falk faculty!

Ellen deLara and Mary Ann Middlemiss posed
Professors Ellen deLara and Mary Ann Middlemiss at Falk Convocation.
Portrait of Sarah Short and Diane Murphy
Professor Sarah Short and Dean Diane Lyden Murphy at retirement celebration. Photos courtesy of Prof. Alejandro Garcia.

Dean Murphy, along with Falk College faculty and staff, congratulate faculty who retired at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, including:

  • Ellen deLara, associate professor emerita, social work;
  • Mary Ann Middlemiss, associate professor emerita, public health, and;
  • Sarah Short, professor emerita, nutrition.

In May, the following faculty promotions were announced:

  • Lynn Brann, associate professor, Nutrition
  • Ambika Krishnakumar, professor, Human Development and Family Science
  • Katherine McDonald, professor, Public Health
  • Patrick Walsh, tenured and associate professor, Sport Management

Congratulations Class of 2017!

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, along with the faculty and staff of Falk College, congratulates the Class of 2017! We are excited to see where your careers take you. Remember that you are “forever orange” and will always be a part of Falk College and Syracuse University.

We invite you to stay in touch and connect through social media, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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