Each student will be required to conduct a phone or in-person informational inte.
Each student will be required to conduct a phone or in-person informational interview with a sport business professional as satisfying the requirements of this assignment.
FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS CLASS, THE PERSON YOU REQUEST FOR THE INTERVIEW SHOULD WORK IN THE BUSINESS OF SPORT.
Information learned during the interview should be summarized in writing (at least three double-spaced pages of content)
In order to satisfactorily complete the assignment, it is expected that interviews should be at least 15 minutes in length.
Points for the assignment will be awarded based on satisfactory completion of all required elements of the assignment (7 points) and quality of the written summary (grammatical correctness, sentence structure, spelling, writing style (3 points).
Students should use the interview to explore any areas of interest pertaining to the person’s career, education, preparation for the job, industry issues, etc. Specific areas that are expected to be covered during the interview (depending on the interviewee’s experiences and background) are outlined below, but students are welcome to cover other areas in addition to those below during the interviews:
Where did the person go to school?
What degree(s) did he/she earn?
Opinions on the best educational preparation for their career.
Career path and current job
Did he/she perform internships? If so, describe those experiences and how he/she benefited from them.
What was his/her first job and subsequent jobs that have led to the current job?
Describe his/her current job. Describe a typical daily or weekly schedule.
Advice for current college students seeking to enter the person’s field.
Describe any personal experiences and offer any opinions about issues covered during this course in which the person may have some professional involvement or experience to offer, such as:
Sport leagues – single-entity structure, competitive balance, media rights, labor issues, issues faced by the league and how they are being handled, revenue generation and sharing
Clubs – ownership structure and philosophy, media rights, stadium deal (leased, owned, new, old, how it affects the club), revenue generation
Player personnel – forms of player acquisition (draft, free agency, trades), player salaries, arbitration, salary caps
College athletics – financial issues of operating a college athletics department, facilities, conference realignment, media rights, competitive balance, compensation for student-athletes, agents and student-athletes, financial implications of Title IX compliance
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