SAU Buzz

SAU holds Sports Industry event

by Bradley Burton
Posted on Dec 09, 2018

On November 13, the St. Ambrose University Sports Management program hosted their annual Buzz into Sports Industry event in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.

The event was to provide information on how college students can get involved in sports management. This was a project of KIN 408 Capstone in Sports Management.

The first hour included the guest panels talking about what’s it like to work in the sports industry and how students can prepare by trying to work in that field.

Some notable guest speakers included retired mixed martial artist Pat Miletich, former NFL linebacker Pat Angerer who played for the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Indianapolis Colts, eSports coach Josh Shields and Quad City Steamwheelers owner Doug Bland.

“I would say if you want to get involved with something in sports, you have to work really hard and be humble,” said Angerer. “You also need to be responsible and that comes with going to class and making sure your grades are good.”

After retiring from MMA, Pat Miletich took up broadcasting calling MMA for Showtime and ESPN and offered his advice for students who want to do something with sports broadcasting.

“It can be really tough at first because when you’re starting off, you won’t be doing what the others have been doing but as long as you keep going, something will come your way,” Miletich said.

Shields talked about how students need to get out of their comfort zone in order to get involved. “Don’t be afraid to jump into something,” said Shields. “My career path was a long road to get here. I took a leap to come to St. Ambrose and became the head coach.

St. Ambrose student Kayla Crawford, who was in charge of putting the event together, was pleased with how the turnout was.

“We were hoping to get about 100 people at the Buzz into Sports Industry, we got around 70 so that made me happy,” Crawford said. “We hope students feel more comfortable about the sports industry and they will get out there and see what comes their way.”

After the guests were done speaking, students got a chance to talk to them and look at internship booths that were set up to see what opportunities they could be looking at.

Internships booths included organizations such as the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Quad City Steamwheelers.

This was a great opportunity for students across all majors to learn more about what the sports industry has to offer.