Archive for the ‘Sports Management’ Category

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Students Watch the New York Mets

July 24, 2018 | 9:50 pm



This entire week, students in #NSLCSPRT talked to professionals in the industry about the experience of working in sports. Through these lectures, they had the opportunity to learn about everything that goes into the art of “the game.” They learned about everything that goes on behind the scenes to make the fan experience, a good experience. During the Met’s game at CitiField, students were able to witness everything they learned in action—think sponsorships, branding and marketing, sports writing, announcing, etc.

Tonight at the game, some of our very own #NSLCSPRT students wnt onto the field to accept the Spirit Award on behalf of the National Student Leadership Conferences.

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Students Meet Michael Rizzo

July 24, 2018 | 4:25 pm


Michael Rizzo has more than 30 years of experience in sports coverage, management, marketing, and teaching. He graduated from Fordham University after majoring in Communications and received his Masters’ degree from St. John’s University in Marketing Management.

His professional career has included work at the Walt Disney Company where he was the Director of Sports Services at ABC-TV and Executive Director of News and Sports for ABC Radio. He’s also worked at other news operations like Verizon Fios and Fox News. He worked closely with ABC Sports and ESPN and has covered more than a dozen Super Bowls, 5 Olympics, and numerous NBA Finals, Stanley Cup championships and baseball All-Star Games and World Series.

Rizzo has taught classes in public relations writing, media management, and multi-media production. He currently is the Director of the Journalism Program at St. John’s University with courses in broadcast news, sports writing and how to use your smartphone as a 21st-century reporter. He also continues to consult for ABC-TV.

Students Meet Aaron Cohen

July 23, 2018 | 8:34 pm


Today, #NSLCSPRT learned about sports writing and production from sports writer, Aaron Cohen.

Aaron Cohen is a television writer and producer who has won 24 Emmys and a Peabody Award for his work,
collaborating with some of the biggest names in the sports and entertainment business on documentaries,
studio programs, and live broadcasts, as well as books. In 2016, he was honored with the Sports Business
Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award” – “honoring the next generation of sports leaders.”

Over the last decade, Cohen has emerged as the premiere writer in the sports television space, winning the
Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Writing at the Sports Emmys six times, for work ranging from HBO’s
critically lauded boxing documentaries to NBC’s Olympic coverage.

Along the way, Cohen has also written and produced some of the most popular and highly acclaimed sports films and programs of recent years,
including writing three Emmy award winning documentaries – “Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush”
(HBO, 2007), “Assault in the Ring” (HBO, 2008), and “The Doctor” (NBA TV, 2013).

In live and studio programming, Cohen has worked closely with broadcaster Bob Costas for the past decade-
plus at HBO and NBC, as the head writer of NBC’s primetime coverage of the Olympic Games since 2010.
He was a member of the Peabody-Award winning production team of the 2008 Opening Ceremony at the
Beijing Olympics. Cohen was also a writer and feature producer on Costas’s critically acclaimed HBO series
“On the Record” and “Costas Now.” Cohen also has worked as a writer on various other NBC Sports
telecasts such as Wimbledon, the NHL Winter Classic and Stanley Cup Final, the Triple Crown, U.S. Open,
and the New York City Marathon.

Elsewhere in sports television, Cohen also does work for the Major League Baseball Network and NFL
Network as a writer on various series and specials, and back at ESPN, has been a writer and producer on the
ESPY Awards, most notably as a contributor to the annual “Arthur Ashe Courage Award” presentation. In
2015, Cohen collaborated with Caitlyn Jenner on her widely lauded acceptance speech on the show, which
was later turned into a Google commercial.

In the print sphere, Cohen collaborated with Michael D. Eisner, the former CEO of the Walt Disney
Company, on the book “Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed” (Harper Business, September
2010), an intimate look at successful duos in the business world and beyond such as Warren Buffett and
Charlie Munger, Bill and Melinda Gates, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and Joe Torre and Don Zimmer.

Cohen previously assisted Eisner with his memoir “Camp” (Warner Books, 2005). He also collaborated with
the basketball star and ESPN personality Jalen Rose on his best-selling memoir, “Got to Give the People
What They Want” (Crown, 2015).

Cohen graduated from Harvard University in 2000, where he was an executive at The Harvard Crimson and
a sportscaster for the school’s radio station WHRB. He lives in New York City with his wife Miriam, an
attorney and director of human resources at Uncommon Schools, a charter school management organization,
and their daughters Sabrina and Lyla.

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Students Meet Dr. Paul Lisnek

July 22, 2018 | 6:05 pm

Dr. Paul Lisnek, one of the founders of NSLC, visited all of our programs on campus this week. He spoke to #NSLCSPRT on the art of negotiation.

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Students Learn about Success

July 22, 2018 | 8:58 am



#NSLCSPRT learned various tips and tricks that can aid them in being successful, including tips on effective networking skills, as well as John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.

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Sports Management Students Visit MSG and Meet Paul Lisnek

July 20, 2018 | 10:39 pm





#NSLCSPRT students visited Madison Square Garden and had free time in the city before participating in their second leadership session today, which included a discussion and activity about Conflict Resolution.

They also participated in a discussion and activity led by Dr. Paul Lisnek, one of the founders of NSLC, about the Art of Negotiation. After this activity, they headed to work on their elevator pitches.

More photos can be found on our Flickr page.

Students Tour Madison Square Garden

July 20, 2018 | 3:16 pm


#NSLCSPRT heads to their All Access Tour of Madison Square Garden where they got a behind-the-scenes look at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

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Sports Management Creates Promo Videos for their Athletes

July 13, 2018 | 10:53 pm




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Students Participate in Mock Press Conference

July 13, 2018 | 1:25 am

Students Learn About Commitment in Action

July 12, 2018 | 4:47 pm



Throughout our sessions, Mr. Jay Caputo has been facilitating environments that help the students at NSLC develop their leadership skills through various activities. One of the most memorable moments of these leadership sessions is an activity called Commitment in Action, which gives the students an opportunity to learn about what it means to commit 100% to achieve a goal or overcome an obstacle by committing to doing a “special walk” through two lines of their peers. Check out more photo’s from our leadership session on our Flickr page here.