MGT 675T: Introduction to Sports Management
After our trip to Minnesota, we were not quite done. Our class had the pleasure of meeting Paul Gagliardi, the owner of Team Fire - a professional Esports team. Though J Term ended on Thursday, our class continued with one last visit to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Paul Gagliardi created Team Fire just last year. Team Fire is not like most Esports teams. The three players and Paul live together in Texas and focus on their gaming almost 24/7. The team plays Apex Legends; a battle royale style game. Team Fire just qualified for the Apex Legends Global Series Major - a tournament that started with 640 teams and is now narrowed to only 20. Their practices include more than just playing and strategizing. Paul explained they spend time performing breathing exercises plus two hours in the gym every day. There is much more to Esports than just sitting on the couch.
An extra day of class was not a problem for us. We were very excited about the opportunity to travel to Milwaukee and experience the Bucks. Carl Manteau - Senior Group Sales Director - gave us a little background of his own endeavors as well as his time at the Bucks. We met four other executives in the marketing, HR, corporate partnerships, and legal departments. They each gave us very insightful advice on how to present ourselves when starting our careers.
We were fortunate enough to get a tour of the brand new Fiserv Forum. Fiserv opened in August of 2018 and is now the home of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Many of us were even lucky enough to shoot some free throws on the court before the game!
This journey has been a very special experience for every one of us. We are very grateful to our professors - Professor Greg Barron and Dr. Jennifer Madden - for putting this program together. This will not be the last sports journey at Carthage!
About the Midwest Tour
THE TRAVEL DATES
Jan. 20-24, 2020
The objective of this course was to introduce sports management through the lens of sports executives and other business professionals. While on campus, the class was introduced to three sports-minded executives before our study tour in Minnesota. As a class, we spent a day with the Chicago Blackhawks organization, three days with the Minnesota Wild executive team, a morning with the Minnesota United, and a day of baseball with the St. Paul Saints and Minnesota Twins.