Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Speaker Spotlight: D.J. Trainor

Oct. 26, 2016

ICYMI: SBC was honored to have D.J. Trainor, an NBA editor & intern recruiter and coordinator for RotoWire, come and speak to the club to share insight into his pathway to RotoWire and the professional world of working in the fantasy sports industry, as well as numerous current opportunities and internships at Rotowire currently open interested to club members.

Trainor is both a basketball and soccer expert for RotoWire, working out of company’s world-wide headquarters located just behind the Kohl Center here in Madison. He is also the host of basketball and soccer podcasts for RotoWire.

RotoWire pioneered real-time fantasy sports news and Player Notes nearly 20 years ago in 1997, and has since evolved into is one of the most well-known and prevalent fantasy sports resources in existence. The company provides in-depth analysis, real-time news, and the largest scope of coverage of any fantasy sports site or app. RotoWire also boasts high-profile partners such as ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com and NBA.com.

Trainor got his start at Rotowire as an unpaid writing intern in his junior year and then transitioned into a full-time role after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May, 2015 with a major in Communication Arts. While an undergraduate at UW, he was involved in student organizations such as WSUM radio, where he was nationally recognized as the winner of the NCAA Student Radio Call of the Week Award.

For those seeking employment in the sports industry such as with a company like RotoWire, Trainor emphasizes students:

  • Most important to understand when trying to get a job in the sports industry: you may think you know everything, but there's still a lot to be learned. The sports industry is odd in that respect, being that most people have consumed sports their whole life, and automatically deem themselves as 'experts.' Would an aspiring accountant say on an application that they're already an expert accountant? No, I hope not. It should be the same in the sports industry, but many times I see applicants say they're experts, even when they've never had any experience in the industry itself.
  • Refrain from over-embellishing previous experiences unrelated to the sports industry on their résumé such as summer jobs working for a fast food restaurant etc.
  • Obtain as much experience in the industry as possible, even if that means taking an unpaid internship.
  • Do not simply base merit for sports position on his/her passion for sports, but instead prove why that passion would help allow him/her to excel at the desired position.

RotoWire internships are available year-round, so anyone interested should contact D.J. Trainor via email at to receive a link to the application.

Thank you to D.J. for making the time to share with our club and teach us about the amazing opportunities offered right here in our backyard by RotoWire!

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