Industry News 5/18/2011

B$Z: SDSI announces partnership with SDSU's Sports MBA program

SDSI announces partnership with SDSU’s Sports MBA program
Presents Game Changers Sports Networking featuring Alex Striler, Fernando Aguerre and Kevin Flanagan

SD Sport Innovators (SDSI) recently announced a new partnership with San Diego State University’s Sports MBA program in a joint effort to provide value to all areas within the Southern California sports economy.

SDSI and SDSU will launch this new partnership with Game Changers Sports Networking on June 7, 2011 at the San Diego Hall of Champions for an evening of networking featuring a keynote presentation by Alex Striler, industry veteran and author of X PLAY NATION of Action Sports Game Changers. A unique panel discussion including pioneer entrepreneurs Fernando Aguerre, president of International Surf Association and Kevin Flanagan, CEO of The People’s Movement and former VP Marketing of Reef, will explore some of the most recent and innovative contributions to the sports industry.

Alex Striler will deliver his Game Changers keynote to an audience of sports business leaders, entrepreneurs and local graduate students. “I’m a huge fan of SDSU’s Sports Business Management MBA program,” says Striler.  “Nothing prepares students better for a career in sports management than the strong curriculum SDSU provides and the experiential learning that puts students directly in touch with athletes and professionals in the sports community.”

San Diego’s largest university (SDSU) answers back.  "We are extraordinarily excited to partner with SDSI and co-host this unique event.  With so many opportunities in the sports industry here in San Diego for our students and alumni, we are thrilled to work alongside SDSI to link the resources of our sports-specific MBA program with growing sports firms throughout San Diego and Southern California,” says Scott Minto, director of SDSU Sports MBA program.

The SDSU Sports MBA offers a sports-focused graduate business education to a cohort group of students from around the globe.  These MBA candidates looking for practical experience while enrolled at SDSU can provide value to budding entrepreneurs, growing organizations and established sports companies as interns and consultants while pursuing their degree.  The goal is for SDSI-affiliated companies to train these students for full-time employment in the sports industry upon graduation. 

“There is no better group than our next generation.  These students are the shining lights who will lead the industry towards future innovation and ideas not yet on our horizon,” says Bill Walton, SDSI executive chairman. “SDSI is proud to work side by side with SDSU’s Sports MBA program under the leadership of Scott Minto.”