Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Assistant Equipment Manager Position for the Madison Capitols Hockey Team

The position would be 15-25 hours per week, with some weekends as well.  It would give a hands on experience and training in what it takes to be an equipment manager.  This person should have some knowledge of hockey or previous playing experience.

The candidate would be involved in all day to day activities with the team.  On the bench for practices, in the locker room, and daily interaction with players.  

There would also be the opportunity for advancement in the future, based on merit.

This would be a volunteer position.

If interested in the position, please contact:

Justin Hale
Equipment Manager
Madison Capitols (USHL)
cell- (608) 220-7233
email- Justin@madcapshockey.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Speaker Spotlight: Kristina Navarro

Kristina Navarro attended UW-Madison from 2002-2003 with an intended major in Management and Human Resources before transferring to UW-La Crosse to get her B.S. in Business Administration, Sport Management. From 2007-2009 she received her M.A. in Sport Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Kristina returned to UW-Madison in 2009 to complete her Ph.D. in ELPA-HPCE (Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis - Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education). She was also a NCAA student athlete from 2002-2006.

Kristina talked about a general overview of things in relation to "crafting your career trajectory," as she put it. Dr. Navarro advised students to align their passion with their purpose. She emphasized the importance of the relationships and networks that students need to make while in school. The best way to make these networks, she noted, is to volunteer/engage with the field, and start early by getting involved in anything you can in order to add things to your résumé and "get your foot in the door." Professor Navarro also stressed valuing class relationships, because these classmates could help you in the future.

She also talked about being intentional in your thoughts, energy and actions; have a purpose in what you are doing, and commit to it 100%. Kristina stressed to not settle for the status quo in the industry; be persistent, follow up with things, and show an interest in what others (like guest speakers) have to say.

Kristina offered up the following websites as ways of growing your network:

During the last part of her visit with SBC, Kristina approached the topic of grad school. She posed these questions/thoughts for a student to think about when considering schools:

  • Where can you be personally and professionally happy?
  • What networks do you want to foster? 
  • What is your end goal? (how is this program going to help you reach this goal?)
  • What are realistic schools and dream schools for you?
  • Know what the entrance requirements are, and get used to these requirements involving a personal statement, good grades, and an entrance exam
  • Be as FOCUSED as possible in grad school--study something as specific as possible

For any further information regarding her study abroad trip or any other questions you might have, please feel free to e-mail or tweet Kristina at:

  • kmnavarro@wisc.edu
  • @DrKMNavarro
Special thanks to Kristina for coming to speak with SBC!

Study Abroad Opportunity with SBC Advisor Kristina Navarro

Saturday, April 18, 2015

UW Athletics Student Communications

A Team to Remember

Wisconsin’s ‘Big Dance’ Recap

By: Ellen Buckley

We may still be recovering from the championship game loss because of what I like to call an emotional hangover.  However, we can all agree that the Badgers won in many ways.  They won the Big Ten tournament, are champions of the West region, and most importantly, they won over America’s hearts.  This was shown through this year’s March Madness tournament that made Badger basketball more lovable and history making than any other team in the tournament.

Wisconsin had to beat some of the best teams in the country and they fought for every point and W they got.  After defeating Coastal Carolina and Oregon, one of the biggest thrillers and one of the toughest games was against number four seed North Carolina. After being down by two at the half, the Badgers outscored the Tar Heels 48-39 in the second half.  Zak Showalter came off the bench with the spark that Wisconsin needed scoring six points and creating turnovers to start their comeback run.  UNC put Wisconsin in tough positions and forced them to take tough shots that just weren’t falling.  Showing their grit, toughness, and getting key stops was what secured them a spot in the Elite Eight with a 79-72 win.  To get them to the Final Four for the second year in a row, Wisconsin had to face #2 Arizona, the Badgers hit 10 of 12 3-point attempts resulting in a season high of 67% overall.  This 85-78 win gave them the chance to go to the Final Four and seek redemption against Kentucky. They were facing a team who was undefeated, skilled, and motivated to make history by being the only undefeated champion since 1976.  However, Wisconsin became the 1 in 38-1, clinching a trip to the national championship game with a 71-64 win over the #1 team in the Midwest region.  Lastly, the Badgers faced Duke for the chance to be crowned National Champions. What looked like a slow start for both teams turned into a physical battle through all 40 minutes.  With the game tied at half, it could have been anybody’s and no one could have predicted the 13 lead changes just in the first half.  Wisconsin came out on fire in the second half and had a 9-point lead with 13 minutes left.  Unfortunately, getting Jahlil Okafor in foul trouble didn’t stop the Blue Devils from tying the game with seven minutes left.  Wisconsin fought for their points but got Duke to the free-throw line, which helped them extend the lead and ultimately win 68-63.

Above all this tournament, they showed what kind of team they are on and off the court.  Off the court they are goofy, light-hearted, and best friends with each other.  On the court they are one of the best teams in NCAA history.  As shown by having 36 wins this season, only 10 other teams have done this, ever.  The squad Wisconsin assembled this season is incomparable to any other.  Between Wisconsin, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, and North Carolina, they have the second most wins in two seasons, one conference championship, one tournament championship, seeded #1 and #2, made it to the Final Four twice and became the National Runner-Up.  These are accomplishments that no other team will come close to for a long time.

Regardless of the outcome of the championship game, Badger Nation wants to thank this team, especially the seniors for the best season in 74 years.  This team is the one that will be remembered beyond any other this season.  We’re entertained, proud, and grateful for being a part of something so amazing. They made us believe.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Concussion Conundrum

Borland retires after rookie season due to health concerns

By: Ellen Buckley

Former Wisconsin Badger and linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers Chris Borland made the tough decision to retire at the young age of 24.  After one of the most successful rookie seasons in 49er history, Borland is being proactive about his mental health and taking a stance on the risks football has on causing permanent brain damage. 

The risk associated with repeated concussions is often some form of traumatic brain injury or disease.  According to ESPN, more than 70 former NFL players have been diagnosed with progressive neurological diseases after their brain has been tested post morbid.  Also, the NFL disclosed that “nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions.” Unfortunately, Borland has had to see the effects and suffer the loss of friends because of this problem. Personally, he has only suffered two concussions in his career, both occurring during high school, but Borland says, “who knows how many hits is too many?” 

Borland’s retirement comes as a surprise to the NFL, coaches, and fans. However, most respect his decision to protect his health.  Borland says, “from what I’ve researched, and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”  Borland seems very confident with his decision and the least of his concerns is the money he could receive by playing just one more year.  According to Borland, “health is more important than a career in football.”

Although it is disappointing that we won’t be able to watch one of the best linebackers to come out of Wisconsin football, we can all be assured that he’s making a smart and educated decision; after all, he is a Badger. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Marketing Internship with the UW Athletic Department

Milwaukee Bucks Sales Associate

Any interested in this position can apply via TeamworkOnline or reach out personally to Natalie Porter, former SBC member and current Sales Associate for the Bucks, who will pass along your information/application. People who send their application to Natalie and have her pass it along will probably carry a little more weight than applying through TeamworkOnline. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Natalie directly:
  • Phone: 414-224-3410
  • Email: NPorter@bucks.com
This is a great opportunity at an entry level job in the sports field!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Speaker Spotlight: Kayla Gross

This past week, Kayla Gross, the Community Relations Coordinator for UW Athletics, spoke with SBC about her role in the athletic department here on campus.

Kayla is a 2013 graduate from UW, which means that yes, she is young. But that hasn't stopped her from being driven and passionate about working in community relations. Kayla was strategic about her involvement, and advised SBC members to "tailor [their involvement." She learned PR skills from a company called Lindsay, Stone & Briggs, worked with UW Athletic Department Guest Services, and volunteered her time as a member of SBC. Kayla suggested taking a directed study while in school as well. Additionally, she had a panel of "advisors" that she knew she could come and talk to at any time, and highly stressed that SBC members find their own panel to help guide them.

Kayla's current role as the Community Relations Coordinator involves a number of tasks, all of which keep her busy:

  • Reports to the Associate Athletic Director of External Relations
  • Devises and manages all community outreach related content distributed via UW Athletics communication channels
  • Serves as the media contact for all Badgers Give Back related media inquiries
The main program Kayla oversees is Badgers Give Back. This is a program in which student athletes participate in community service by visiting Madison-area schools and hospitals. Badgers Give Back is based on a platform consisting of four areas: education (Bookin' it with Bucky), mentorship (Flat Bucky), helping hand (visiting the American Family Children's Hospital) and health and wellness (WiscFit).

Kayla also talked about what she called "truth bombs." She talked about the pros and cons of working in intercollegiate athletics: low pay, little "vacation," large amounts of "responsibility" (aka stress), lots of hours, and slight upward mobility. You have to be prepared for criticism, and build your "resilience arsenal."

Kayla said that right now, networking should not be the priority. Instead, figure out now what your inspiration is, and find yourself first. Then move forward from there.

She left us with this quote from Brian Michael Bendis: "The trick isn't caring what EVERYBODY thinks of you, but just caring about what the RIGHT people think of you.

SBC would like to thank Kayla for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to members of the club!

Speaker Spotlight: Bob Hamer

Recently, Bob Hamer, founder and owner of Sports Business Solutions, spoke to SBC members. Bob, a native of Southern California, graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business management. U of A doesn't offer a sports management program, just like Wisconsin, so he joined a sports business club similar to SBC. Bob has had experience in the sports industry working for the Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns, and now he currently runs a company called Sports Business Solutions which is dedicated to helping people find jobs and internships in the field of sports.

Bob started in sales, but was able to work upwards in the industry by focusing on three things, which he also suggested SBC members do, too.

  • Commitment to learning and growing--be open-minded
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Have the right attitude--control the "controllables"
He had other pieces of advice for the members in attendance as well. Bob stressed the need to begin to network, and that starts by being active when guest speakers come in to talk--get to know what they do. Each speaker is a new and unique opportunity to network. He also noted that SBC members should take advantage of having social media platforms to make connections and network--mainly because these options didn't use to exist! Sites such as LinkedIn and teamworkonline.com are very important, so Bob suggested making accounts on each if you haven't already done so.

Bob shared pointers as well about simple steps that can be taken to get in the position you want to be in.

  • Companies are looking for someone who wants to be there and believes in his/her abilities
  • There's a different path for every position in sports, with many ways to get in--there is no one direct path
  • Understand what skills you need to develop to put yourself in the right position
  • Do everything you can to gain an advantage over other possible candidates, whatever that may be
  • Research positions beforehand
  • Figure out what interests you
  • Once you do those things, go all in!

A very special thanks to Bob for making the trip to Madison to speak with SBC!

Also, please feel free to fill out a free profile on his site: http://www.sportsbusiness.solutions/create-profile/ 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Crisis in Chicago

Chicago loses two most powerful forces

By: Ellen Buckley 

With Derrick Rose out with a torn meniscus and Patrick Kane leaving Tuesday’s game with a broken collarbone, it is still to be determined when the two best Chicago athletes will be back in action. 

When the news about Rose reached social media outlets and Bulls fans everywhere, you could hear a resounding, AGAIN? Unfortunately, Rose has been traumatized by knee injuries ever since the end of the 2012 season. Rose suffered an ACL tear in his left knee during a playoff game that took him out of the entire 2012-2013 season.  With hopes high for his return for the 2013-2014 season, during the 10th game, he tore his right meniscus.  If that wasn’t enough to give him the name “Rose-petal”, his most recent injury exemplifies his fragility. After complaints from Rose about knee pain, an MRI confirmed the worst. It seems history has repeated itself and D-Rose is due for surgery on his right knee to repair his torn meniscus, again. 

Doctors are hopeful for his return this season but no predictions on the timeframe have been made.

More hopeful but still serious, Patrick Kane, arguably NHL’s best player right now, left the game during the first period of the Blackhawks Panthers game. What looked like an awkward check to the boards from behind, Kane broke his collarbone.  The most recent update is that we should expect a return in about 6-10 weeks.  A loss like this for the Blackhawks could be detrimental to their future games and possible playoff run.  With the hawks performing at an average or below average level as of late, this is a void they will have trouble trying to fill.   

Chicagoans and sports fans everywhere will pay a lot of money to watch Rose and Kane play which makes these injuries troublesome for many.  We can only hope the eventual return of #1 and #88 will bring more excitement, fewer injuries, and quality entertainment for all.

Monday, January 26, 2015

SBC Winter Trip 2015: Indianapolis

On January 14, 2015, 40 SBC members began the journey to Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual SBC Winter Trip. Here is a small recap of how our time in Indianapolis was spent.

Wednesday, January 14  
5:45 AM – People arrive at Grainger
6:00 AM (central): Depart for Indy (Grainger Hall Brooks Street entrance)
12:30 PM (eastern): Arrive in Indy and stop for lunch
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Andretti Sports Marketing – speaking and tour
Director of Marketing
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Indy Fuel (following up in early Jan. for details)
5:30 PM: Check-in to hotel
6:30 PM: Pizza at hotel, swimming, movies, etc.

Day 1: Anddd We're Off!
With the sky still pitch black and the sun yet to rise, SBC members beaming with excitement as they boarded the bus for a very early departure time.

After lunch at Culver's, the first stop on the Winter Trip was at Andretti Sports Marketing. SBC members were given a tour of the facility, including the warehouse where most of their cars are developed and made. Following that, Laura Cooper, the Director of Marketing Services, talked to members about her career and experience thus far in her field. She stressed the importance of being flexible--don't be so set on one job that you're not willing to try new things/jobs, which could lead to important opportunities. 

Next stop on the trip: the Indy Fuel. The Indy Fuel is a new minor league hockey team that has an affiliation with the Rockford Icehogs and the Chicago Blackhawks. SBC members were given a tour of their arena, which serves as the home court for IUPUI, by Lee Dicklitch, the VP of Operations and Fan Experience. Dicklitch was able to provide an interesting perspective into working for collegiate athletics given his time spent working with the NCAA, whose headquarters happen to be located in Indianapolis.

Day 1 was finished off by swimming and relaxing at the hotel.

Thursday, January 15

7:30AM: Breakfast at hotel
8:15 AM: Leave hotel
9:00AM – 10:30 AM: Indy Motor Speedway
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Indianapolis Colts @ Indy Colts Sports Grille (speaker event and lunch)
                             Sponsorship Sales Account Manager: Ryan Lobsiger
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Indianapolis Pacers
                            Director of Digital Marketing: Jeff Tzucker
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Tour at Pacers
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Hotel/Break
7:30 PM: Dinner on SBC
9:00 PM: Watch Party for MBB vs. Nebraska
Buffalo Wild Wings

Day 2: Busy Badgers
After another early departure time, SBC members paid a visit to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, famously known as the home of the Indy 500. Executives from multiple departments talked about their roles in the company, as well as their background and experience in the industry. After that, SBC members were treated to go to the top floor of the Pagoda, which is the highest point in their complex, and is located directly next to the start/finish line. Special thanks to Melissa DeJesus and David Vinson for providing us with this unique opportunity!

 The brick-laid start/finish line. 

Next up on the itinerary was lunch at the Indy Colts Sports Grille. While enjoying a wonderful meal, the Sponsorship Sales Account Manager for the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Lobsiger, talked about his career and experience in the sports industry. Not only did he provide helpful tips and ideas, but he also gave away some Colts items to a few lucky SBC members, with one of those items being a signed mini helmet by legendary Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri!

The final destination for the day was the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers. Upon arrival, SBC members were given a brief tour of the arena followed by a Q&A session with Jeff Tzucker, the Director of Digital Marketing for the Pacers. 

The rest of the night was spent Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner and a viewing party back at the hotel for the Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Men's Basketball game. 

Friday, January 16

8:00 AM: Breakfast at hotel
9:30AM: Leave hotel for Indy Sports Corp
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Indianapolis Sports Corp – will be a panel of speakers
                                VP of Event Management: Marcie Ahern
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Lunch in Indy
12:00 PM (eastern): Depart from Indy
6:30 PM (central): Arrive in Madison

Day 3: Farewell Indy
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, including our time in Indianapolis. We had one final stop before the long drive back to Madison. SBC members finished the trip at Indianapolis Sports Corporation, a company that helps plan major events held in Indianapolis, such as the Superbowl, NCAA Final Four and the B1G Football Championship. Marcie Ahern, the VP of Event Management, and a panel of four other employees talked to SBC members about their career paths, the importance of internships and the purpose and role of their corporation in the sports industry. 

And that's a wrap on the 2015 SBC Winter Trip!

HUGE thank you to our SBC Executive Board for planning and carrying out a memorable trip!!!