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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.

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.
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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.

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@FOFeatures

Language:

English


Episodes

Pat O'Conner - President & CEO Minor League Baseball

10/22/2019
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In this episode Rob sits down with Pat O'Conner, the President and CEO of Minor League Baseball. Recently, there have been many national articles written about the current negotiation of the Professional Baseball Agreement, which is the contract that binds Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball together. Pat talks about all the details that go into such a negotiation and his thoughts on the current status of the game. Rob and Pat also dive deep into the business of baseball as well...

Duration:00:51:22

Travel the World While Working in Sports

10/17/2019
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Front Office Features gets a retweet from the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker. Rob brings his staff to Fenway Park for the day and provides a peak into the final season in Pawtucket. How to overcome geographical concerns early in your career. Chris tells an awful Dad joke. Successful sports business stories from the Fenway Associate program. Presented by SDSU Sports MBA Program.

Duration:00:40:34

Mike Trudnak - GM & Regional Director, Learfield IMG College

10/15/2019
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This week, Mike Trudnak of Learfield IMG College joins the podcast. Being former colleagues, Rob and Mike spend much of the episode busting each other's chops while sprinkling in actionable interview advice and Scranton / Wilkes-Barre RailRider stories with practical lessons. Plus, Mike shares an unbelievable story about how he scored his very first sports job interview. Please rate, review and SUBSCRIBE!

Duration:00:55:04

Talk Data to Me

10/10/2019
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This week's episode is presented by SDSU Sports MBA Program. Chris and Rob discuss the importance and evolution of data in sports business. Chris sheds some light into the early days of DraftKings with behind the scenes stories. Plus, a social media lesson on what not to do early in your career. LISTEN NOW!

Duration:00:41:49

Kurt Hunzeker - President, St. Louis BattleHawks - XFL

10/8/2019
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This week, Rob talks with Kurt Hunzeker, President of the newly named St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL. Kurt shares his thoughts about why he believes the XFL will have a much different fate than the Alliance of American Football, and how data and analytics have changed the sports industry for the better. Kurt also goes in depth on how he started one of the most successful promotions in Minor League Baseball's history with the Copa La Diversion program. Please share this episode and...

Duration:00:48:37

Learn How to be a LEADER in Sports

10/3/2019
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Rob and Chris land the first sponsor of FoF; San Diego State Sports MBA program! Learn how to be a LEADER in sports and people will follow. Best ways to ask for a promotion. Chris visits Dallas to see how Slurpees are made. Plus find out if Rob has seen an episode of The Office yet. Listen Now!

Duration:00:43:04

Martie Cordaro - President Omaha Storm Chasers & USL Omaha

10/1/2019
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In this episode Rob talks with with his former boss, mentor and father-like-figure in his life, Martie Cordaro. Today Martie is at the helm of two very successful franchises in the Omaha metro although, early on, he didn't quite have it all figured out. As an avid musician and baseball aficionado, Martie graduated Louisiana Tech University thinking he would become a professional drummer or a baseball coach. Throughout the conversation, Martie recounts his interesting career journey and even...

Duration:00:52:25

BE BOLD! - Preparing for Your Sports Interview

9/27/2019
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Rob & Chris go through tips and advice when you get your first sports interview. Spoiler alert... BE BOLD. Plus Rob has never seen The Office and Chris almost quits the podcast on the spot.

Duration:00:38:08

Janet Marie Smith - SVP, Los Angeles Dodgers

9/24/2019
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Rob sits down with Janet Marie Smith, a woman who changed the landscape of American cities with the creation of Baltimore's Camden Yards - a ballpark build so pivotal that former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, deemed its opening one of the most important points in baseball history. But, for Janet Marie, it was just the beginning of her achievements in baseball, as not long after she became an instrumental part of saving and reimagining the utility of Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved...

Duration:00:47:22

Weekly Recap - REDEMPTION IN ALBANY

9/20/2019
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We talk about the REDEMPTION at the University of Albany, Eli Manning and the impact he had on Chris, Biggie vs the World, your professional pickup line and more fun things.

Duration:00:41:51

Larry Freedman - Chief Business Officer LAFC

9/17/2019
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In this episode, Rob sits down with Larry Freedman, the CBO of LAFC in the MLS. Larry takes us through his self-proclaimed "drunken stumble" through his sports business career that did not start in typical fashion. He also goes in depth about starting LAFC from the ground up, Magic Johnson's business acumen, and his investment into e-sports.

Duration:00:59:51

Week 2 Recap - Don't Blow Your Chance

9/13/2019
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This week, Chris and Rob talk about the Larry Lucchino interview and Rob then goes off on a tangent and tells a crazy story on how he met the Houston Texans GM on a bus going to Epcot Center in Disney Land, that led to his first internship. Wild. Chris talks about how an intern candidate came in to their discussion totally unprepared and the lessons we can learn. Plus, a little Green Day headliner at Fenway talk.

Duration:00:38:21

Episode 2 - Larry Lucchino - CEO Emeritus of the Boston Red Sox

9/10/2019
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The first interview of Front Office Features Rob sits down with Larry Lucchino, the CEO Emeritus of the Boston Red Sox, past President / CEO of the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles. He also was on the Watergate case with Hilary Clinton. You can say he's had an interesting career. Larry talks about his mentor, Edward Bennett Williams, the importance of written and oral communication and stories about saving Fenway Park and building Camden Yards. Follow our Front Office social media...

Duration:00:46:11

Week 1 Recap

9/6/2019
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Rob and Chris talk about the first week of Front Office Features, the upcoming Larry Lucchino interview, and the #sprtsbiz news of the week. Please follow us on all the social feeds, subscribe to the show and please rate our podcast...only if it is 5 stars.

Duration:00:27:39

Episode 1

8/23/2019
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The first episode features Rob Crain and Chris Valente discussing why they started Front Office Features. They discuss their stories, that includes an incredible story from Rob on how he started his career, met his wife and invited Brian Cashman to his wedding.

Duration:00:42:00