37 episodes

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 the business and provide insights to help start and grow your sports business career.

Front Office Features Rob Crain

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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 the business and provide insights to help start and grow your sports business career.

    The One Where Rob and Chris met HOFer Derek Jeter

    The One Where Rob and Chris met HOFer Derek Jeter

    Rob and Chris go Seinfeld for this episode and talk about nothing in particular while covering a lot. Chris and Rob both share their Derek Jeter encounters but neither left with a gift basket. Chris is headed to Miami for the SB next week. Rob tells his biggest on-field promotions blunder early in his career when a minor league manager took Rob to the woodshed. Chris shares the first world problem his sales associate Hope faced this week deciding between MSG and CAA. Chris says goodbye to Eli. Rob needs to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    • 44 min
    Kara Walker - VP, Marketing & Content - Boston Celtics

    Kara Walker - VP, Marketing & Content - Boston Celtics

    Our guest this week is Kara Walker, Vice President of Marketing and Content with the Boston Celtics. We had some technical difficulties with this recording, but no matter we were still able to have a great discussion with Kara. In the interview, Kara takes us behind the scenes, in a real life way, describing how her department protects the Celtics brand while continuing to push the envelope and be innovative. We discuss the relationship her department has to have with the players and their crazy schedules; and Kara talks about the importance of data and analytics in her role, particularly personalized data, which I found interesting. Finally we touch on her role and responsibility as a female leader in the sports world. 
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    • 44 min
    Chris and Rob Predict the Future

    Chris and Rob Predict the Future

    Rob and Chris lay out their predictions for the future of sports business and how the evolution of technology will play a major role in the fan experience. Chris recaps his trip to CES and is freaked out by the technology being developed. Rob and Chris dive into their Berkshire Bank sales process and peak behind the scenes of what could go wrong crafting a sports sponsorship. Rob previews his interview and laments his technology mishap. Plus the guys dive into the return of Chris's blog and tell folks to.... DO SOMETHING! 

    • 57 min
    Brian Specia - Director, Sales & Service USF

    Brian Specia - Director, Sales & Service USF

    LIVE from the Jersey Shore, Brian Specia, Director of Sales and Service for USF, joins Chris in his parent’s basement to rehash their childhood together while discussing how they both landed in the world of sports. Brian recounts his path through the years with stops at the NHL, FL Panthers, NJ Nets, TB Lightning, and VGK before joining the Aspire Group. This is a can’t miss episode as Brian and Chris stroll down memory lane and provide valuable advice to aspiring sports professionals. Brian gives great insight on how utilizing your own personal network can not only create work opportunities for you but also act as great mentors for your whole career. Before you listen, be sure to Subscribe to FoF and follow up on all of our social channels.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    How LeBron James Landed with Fenway Sports

    How LeBron James Landed with Fenway Sports

    Chris is LIVE from Sin City for his big meetings with Hulu and Facebook at CES. The guys take a deep dive into what makes a great workplace culture on the heels of the Lara Juras interview. Chris sheds some light on the LeBron James relationship with Fenway and LeBron's successes off the court. Updates on FoF listeners and their career growth. Plus Rob watched a movie..... Moana!

    • 36 min
    Lara Juras - VP, People & Culture Minnesota Vikings

    Lara Juras - VP, People & Culture Minnesota Vikings

    Happy New Year! Our first interview of 2020 breaks us into the NFL as we speak to Lara Juras, the Vice President of People and Culture with the Minnesota Vikings. We start our conversation, with the most important topic in Front Office Features interviews: how our guest connects to Battle Creek, Michigan. She walks us through her career path from Disney to the Detroit Tigers, which jumpstarted her baseball journey, and how it all eventually led to her role with the Vikings. We dive deep into the culture of organizations and how to forge a collaborative, unified team. It is not a perfect science, but Lara’s insights are, in my opinion, spot on; she even uses a great phrase to always "be professionally curious". In fact, her own curiosity led her to build and grow an HR department at the Major League Level with Detroit and also play key role in the opening of Comerica Park. She also dives in to her current leadership role and the responsibility she feels as a female sports sports executive. 
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

James Billow ,

Love the Content

Great conversation! The hosts are funny, intelligent, and tell it exactly how it is. No bs involved. Telling the ins and outs of the sports industry, how to get in, level of difficulty, etc. 5 out of 5 stars!

mph7777 ,

5 star rating

Great, insightful, entertaining content. Highly Recommended!

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