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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.

Front Office Features Rob Crain and Chris Valente

    • Sports
    • 4.9, 59 Ratings

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.

    Sports Business Takes a Back Seat

    Sports Business Takes a Back Seat

    Rob and Chris take their guard down and address the events happening outside the world of sports business. Stay safe and be well. 

    • 26 min
    Wade Graf - Executive Director, Ticket Sales & Service - LA Dodgers

    Wade Graf - Executive Director, Ticket Sales & Service - LA Dodgers

    Chris and Wade put aside their "differences" from the 2018 World Series to have a great conversation on how to be successful in sports business. Wade does a deep dive into his career path and how he made tough decisions along the way that has lead to his success. His guidance and approach is a must hear for all aspiring sports business executives. Wade shares his management style and how he approaches the challenges faced with overseeing a staff of 50+ people. Plus hear the recommendations Wade makes for how you can be utilizing your time during the sports shutdown to put yourself in the best position when the dust settles. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Covid Canceled My Sports Internship...Now What?

    Covid Canceled My Sports Internship...Now What?

    Good Morning everyone! A FoF breakfast edition. Covid19 has forced many sports organizations to cancel Summer internships. Rob and Chris tackle how you should handle this situation and what can you do with your now unexpected free time? Should you get an MBA, Law Degree, or Masters in Sports Management while you plan your next steps? Rob and Chris debate. The NHL paves the way for the big 4 to return to action which leads to a discussion around the best playoffs in sports; March Madness or NHL Playoffs? 

    • 37 min
    Sports Cards and Sports Nutrition

    Sports Cards and Sports Nutrition

    It is buy one, get one free guests on the podcast today. Our first is Jeff Heckman who is the Global Director of e-commerce and New Product Development. We talk about the booming business of sports cards and how he is bringing that industry into the digital age.
    Our second guest is former Pitt hoops star, Pat Cavanaugh who is the Founder and President of Ready Nutrition, a sports nutrition company. Pat talk about his innate entrepreneurial spirit and the growing business he has created. He speak about his relationship with NFL All-Pro Aaron Donald and the changing landscape of the sports nutrition industry. 

    • 59 min
    Is Minor League Baseball Forever Changed?

    Is Minor League Baseball Forever Changed?

    Rob provides great insight into the current state of MiLB and the challenges the organization's face during a shutdown. Plus Chris and Rob go into depth on the inner workings of the economics, player agreements, and logistics of running a Minor League team. That's when things went a little crazy. Rob has an epic story about 2 parents and Scout Sleepover Night at the PawSox. Plus the time he had to throw out a drunk Mom during another sleepover night. The guys cover best practices for your LinkedIN feed, content, and profile. Chris goes on a classic RANT about your answer to why you want to work in sports. Rob's hatred from Alabama is finally revealed. A CAN'T MISS STORY! 

    • 53 min
    Brian Abraham - Director, Minor League Operations - Boston Red Sox

    Brian Abraham - Director, Minor League Operations - Boston Red Sox

    Today our guest is Brian Abraham, Director of Minor League Operations for the Boston Red Sox. Brian answers your questions about how to start your baseball operations career. Each path in sports business is unique and Brian's certainly took an interesting road to get him to where he is today. Among the insightful advice he provides throughout the interview, he also tells an amazing story of his experience as the BP pitcher for Jose Bautista at the 2012 Home Run Derby at the All-Star game. 
    We are looking for your texts and your calls. Give shout at 401-757-0404. We want to hear how you are doing, challenges you are facing and how we can help. Plus, make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms. Search Front Office Features to find us. 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Roccopug ,

Phenomenal

No better podcast to listen to for guidance on breaking into the sports business and how to maximize your career growth

AviatorsChuck ,

Quality Listen

Insightful and informative for anyone in the sports industry. As you listen you will also witness the value of friendship, connections, and the camaraderie that develops with the shared experiences of industry peers.

NJNHLGUY ,

Diverse!

Front Office Features offers a very diverse group of guests and topics. Some shows harp on the same thing over and over but not FOF. If you tune in to each episode you will always learn something new about the wonderful world of sports and the businesses on all sides, that is attached to it. You will also learn Rob has never seen some of the biggest movies ever and that he has some random stories about who he has met through his career in minor league baseball. Chris loves to laugh at Rob for many things and you’ll find that the two hosts have a natural chemistry. This is def a must listen and subscribe to as it costs nothing and is extremely insightful and educational. Tune in, especially if you are new or looking to break into the business!

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