Each week on Front Office Features we have a discussion with a sports business executive in an effort to take you behind the curtain and learn more about the inner-workings of sports business and provide insights to help jump start and grow your sports business career.
How Openly HQ is Changing The Sports Job Search
You've graduated with a sports management degree and now what? We always get asked where do I look for jobs. Well Matt Morrison, CEO and Founder of Openly HQ is changing the game and has created a Glassdoor type site for sports job seekers. We dive into where the idea stemmed from and how he differentiates himself from the other traditional job boards. They've taken an approach of ensuring quality over quantity and providing resources for job seekers such as resume tips and interview prep. One of the fascinating parts of our interview is discussing what goes into being an entrepreneur in the sports world and what type of challenges he has faced along the way, For everyone out there currently looking for their dream job, they need to head over to Openly HQ and sign up for an account.
The Unfortunate Stigma In Ticket Sales
Rob is headed in early to Polar Park to open the doors to 5,000 police officers to honor a fallen Worcester officer this past week. We dive into how important a role sports plays in healing communities during times of need and how much our society has missed this aspect over the past year. Rob asks Chris about his former boss, Lou Lamoriello, the current GM of the Islanders which takes Chris down memory lane. Chris claims Lou to be the most intimidating human on the Planet and has trouble describing how his presence can just change a room. Also, he is known as one of the most fiercely loyal people to work for and Chris is now on time for everything in life thanks to his practices. We then dive into a hot button topic... sports and salaries of the front office. Before doing that we learn of Rob's hatred of cats and Chris drops some cat killing stats that are mind blowing. A great return to normalcy in the world of FoF!
The Future of Front Office Features
Chris tried to take his family to a Red Sox game and it turned into a picnic in the suite due to the rain all Memorial Day Weekend. Zach got a ball thrown up to him by the Marlins and immediately tried to throw it back in true 5 year old fashion. Rob and his wife headed out on the town for their first date night in over a year leading to Rob drinking raw eggs for an after dinner drink as only Rob could. We then dive into why there was no podcast last week and the future of Front Office Features. This was a true raw episode with Rob sharing his feelings and thoughts on the current status of FoF and what the next iteration would or could look like. We wanted to provide the listeners authentic insight into our thoughts as well as ensure we find ways to make this better for you, our listeners. The burden of life sometimes gets in the way of our best laid plans. Plus a HUGE Thank You to all our listeners for helping get us to our 50,000 download milestone!
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The Opening of Polar Park - Uncensored
Rob is back on the same day Massachusetts announces the return of fans to 100% capacity at the end of the month. Chris gets a reprieve in this episode as Rob does an amazing job on bringing us truly behind the scenes on the weeks leading up to Opening Day at the WooSox. This is an absolute must listen for anyone looking to work in sports with a blow by blow account of each day and every issue that can go wrong before the first pitch. In true Rob fashion, he has a rabbit story before we actually dive in. Chris apparently isn't the only one with animal stories. This episode may be the truest and most in depth peak behind the curtain we've done to date as it makes you feel as though you are living each moment with Rob. Plus, hear how Rob lost his temper on the fireworks vendor due to the amount of time it took to start the show after the Friday game. Lastly, Rob answers Chris's question as to why Polar Park wasn't built with the same dimensions as Fenway.
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Inside the Sports Job Interview Process
Chris rides solo again as Rob has Game 2 of his 12 game homestand. We hear a great story about the WooSox Opening Day ceremony that featured a 92 year old Bob Cousy quite literally stealing the show. As promised, we have Sam Marteka join us to take us behind the scenes on his current job search as he gets ready to graduate from Syracuse in a few weeks. Sam shares some the mistakes he has made along the way and how he continually is improving his process. While he still hasn't landed his dream role, we are pretty confident if he stays on his path, it will be a matter of when and not if. Chris reminds everyone that working in sports is a privilege and to ensure you take some time to remember the next few weeks when you land your first role in this great industry. Rob is back next week with more details on the WooSox Opening Day and all of his obstacles to get there.
'Cause Everything Is Going To Be Alright
Chris rides solo for the first time ever as our good buddy Rob is ensuring the WooSox Ballpark is all set for Opening Day next week. If you have a moment, send him a message and let him know you are thinking of him with all the stress he is dealing with for the THIRD time. Chris speaks directly to the upcoming graduating class and congratulates them on their amazing accomplishment and reminds them to stay on course to land their dream role. Too many people succumb to the pressure from friends, professors, or parents to take the first role offered to them to appease others. Trust you gut, take your time, and let the good come to you. You've invested 22 years of your life to get to this point, don't start down the wrong path because someone has told you "this is the right way." Plus we are going to begin having volunteers join us to discuss their journey and share what obstacles they have encountered along the process thanks to a great suggestion from Sam Marteka. Chris also goes behind the scenes and provides the anatomy on a sponsorship deal that he was able to land today after TWO years of initial outreach.
Cheers to Christie
As a former teammate at TU, it’s a joy to listen to the person I know develop into this fit of a career with the passion she always had and clearly continues to bring to others. Loved hearing your voice again and the memories that flooded with it. Great content with sound advice for those coming up in the industry. Leader then, leader now.
I’m 18 years old, and looking to work into the sport industry one day. Front office features has helped me a ton on how to get my foot in the door. Highly recommend this podcast!
No better podcast to listen to for guidance on breaking into the sports business and how to maximize your career growth