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48 minutes | 6 days ago
Inside the NCAA Business Model
Rob and Chris delve into an alternate reality and banter on what they would do if they won the current Mega Millions jackpot of $975M. Rob would be "cheap" and rent houses instead of buying them while Chris would hire a driver to ensure he never sits behind a wheel again. Rob gives an update on the WooSox job search and how people separated themselves to make it onto Round 2. Chris gives details on the two new FSM roles that were posted that will focus on helping expand FSG's portfolio. Chris takes us behind the scenes of the NCAA sports business model from his previous time working on behalf of Boston College. All the inner workings on the financials, approval process, and sometimes red tape. Chris shares his disdain for IG Live but is thankful that Alina made them do it.
49 minutes | 14 days ago
Sports Betting and Schitt's Creek Bombshell
Robbbbbb! Another Crain Bomb dropped on Chris towards the end of this week's episode. An opinion so wrong you have to hear it to believe it. Chris is dealing with an E.Coli water outbreak in his town which might as well be Armageddon in a grocery store. Rob shares his experience while going under the knife to ensure no more baby Crain's are making an appearance. Somehow it was tied back to Alabama. Another must hear Rob story. Chris then takes us into a deep dive on the sports betting landscape and a true behind the scenes peak on the industry. We discuss the types of roles, their internal processes, and why DraftKings and FanDuel had such a head start on the competition. A must listen to educate yourself on how best to approach these companies and sound intelligent while doing so. Rob also likes a TV show.... surprisingly not one anyone else has ever seen. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
55 minutes | 21 days ago
It's Finally 2021! Now What?
Chris and Rob are back from break and kickoff 2021 with a bang. After a quick recap of their Holiday and the murder that occured to Chris's lasagna on Christmas Day they jump back into how to attack 2021 to land your dream job in sports. Let's not harp on resolutions but focus on action plans and make our dreams a reality. First step in that process is answering your WHY. Once we cross that bridge, don't let the "what ifs" get in your way. Also, Rob provides more insight into the WooSox job application process and how candidates are rising to the top. We implore you to not wait till the end of an interview process to use your references. Chris gives some insight into the NHL and AHL return to play and how it will impact jobs moving forward. Plus Chris and Rob give their NFL Playoff take on who may be in the Super Bowl. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
39 minutes | a month ago
A Positive Goodbye to 2020
Chris and Rob wrap up 2020 with some positive perspective on everything that Front Office Features and the sports industry accomplished in our most challenging year ever. From Rob's staff becoming waiters and turning their Ballpark into a restaurant to the leagues entering a bubble and coming out with a Champion... It was a hell of a year from our resilient industry. We also dive into our Monday informational interviews and how impressed we were with the majority of the participants. Rob shares a great story on how an applicant for the WooSox job used a T-Chart to get himself into the YES pile. Be bold. Be different! A Happy Festivus to all of you out there and THANK YOU for being such great listeners. We can't wait to continue this journey with all of you in the New Year. RATE AND REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS!!!Follow Us!Instagram - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
56 minutes | a month ago
Your Sports Job is Right Around The Corner
Happy belated birthday to our beloved host, Rob Crain! We've got an episode that runs the gamut this week. Chris recaps his intergalactic out of body experience while viewing a meteor shower this past weekend at Cape Cod. We also learned about his potential unhealthy infatuation with space that is aided possibly by extra curricular activities. Rob begins by digging a hole with his wife Amy around his hot takes on Wedding Anniversaries. In sports related content, Rob recaps the happenings around his job posting with the WooSox. With having already received over 100 candidates, Chris and Rob discuss the proper way to go about getting your name to the top of the list. One key point Rob touches on is the former interns who have reached out about the position. He was able to immediately separate the good from the bad stressing how important an internship performance can be. Rob highlights the candidate pool and how much experience some of the people have showcasing how important it is TO DO SOMETHING! Chris gets philosophical and gives Rob a pop quiz on post pandemic life. Rob once again showed off his pipes with a rendition of Semisonic's "Closing Time". Follow Us!Instagram - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
40 minutes | a month ago
Lauren Rojo - WORLD SERIES CHAMPION - LA Dodgers
The train keeps rolling with SDSU Sports MBA alumni as Lauren Rojo, newly crowned World Series Champion of the LA Dodgers, joins Rob and Chris to discuss launching her sports career. We tackle the misconceptions she and many people have before accepting a ticket sales role and how those views changed as she performed her job. This is a GREAT peak behind the curtain on what life in a ticket sales role is truly like at a large sports team. Lauren provides insights on how she utilized her skill set to get promoted and take on more responsibility in a new role that focuses on Events. Lauren also dives into what helped shape her decision to pursue her Sports MBA from SDSU and how that experience helped guide her post graduation. Lauren goes into detail how personality aligns well the sports industry with the constant on the go responsibilities that are accompanied in our world. We again touch on the importance of data and how having a keen understanding of the inner workings of an organization are paramount in your success.
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Negotiating a Sports Job Offer
We learn early on that Rob got bamboozled by a Christmas tree salesman.... or so he thinks. Also, if all else fails in the sports industry, he can chase his dream as the Sham WOW and Flex Seal infomercial host. The guys announce they will be hosting live 1 on 1's for networking on December 21st as a thank you to our listeners and courtesy of SDSU Sports MBA. Plus, it was a historic day in MiLB as the 120 teams received their invitation to remain an affiliate for the MLB franchises. Rob and Chris discuss the seismic shift that will occur within the Minor League world pertaining to not only the business operations but also the player operations for these teams. Also, what is next for the folks who unfortunately were left without an affiliation and how they should start planning their next move now. On the positive side, Rob is bullish on upcoming job opportunities and poses a question to Chris to discuss the right and wrong way to approach a job offer. Chris has a moment in his past triggered by the question and plays out a real life scenario of an employee mismanaging the situation for all young folks to avoid. Chris is celebrating 1 year later today that he still has a hand after sticking it in the snowblower!
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Adding Sports MBA to your Resume
Our good friend and longtime listener, Scott Minto, Director of San Diego State University's Sports MBA Program, joins us to discuss the benefits of furthering your education in the greatest city in America. Knowing a lot of people are currently facing a challenging job market, we thought a discussion around alternative avenues would be topical for our listeners. Scott provided a peek behind the curtain on how he prepares his students for the sports world by instilling a diverse perspective and skillset. SDSU takes a different approach vs your typical Master's program allowing you the flexibility to pursue a variety of roles upon graduation. One of the aspects of the program that had Chris and Rob impressed was their emphasis on data analytics and reinforcement of how important this skill set is for the current day sports job seeker. Enrollment is currently open for SDSU's next class in 2021 and Scott literally gives you the answers to ace the interview. Fish tacos not included! Follow San Diego State Sports MBA - Twitter @SDSUSportsMBA
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Let's Talk Turkey - The Thanksgiving Episode
Chris and Rob continue their streak of being the worst at teasing upcoming episodes as they decide to put the brakes on "How to Quit to Your Job" until next week and focus on the positive for Thanksgiving. It was a big day in the Crain household as he washed his son Nolan of his Original Sin. For all you Gentiles all out there, you know what we are talking about. Chris and Rob share some positive ancillary benefits that have come about in COVID such as more family time with their kids, Rob's Ballpark building prowess, and the fact they are both still employed. Rob issues a challenge for everyone to reach out to 5 people over Thanksgiving that they do not know and try and secure a conversation with those people to introduce themselves. This is a GREAT way to build your network and get your sports career started. We can't thank you all enough for listening and wish you a safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING! FOLLOW USIG - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
55 minutes | 2 months ago
When Your Sports Job Defines You
Rob and Chris are back at it this week and continue their trend of having dialogue around issues we all face. A lot of people would agree that their job has a huge impact on defining who they are as a person. Rob and Chris share how sometimes their work and issues they have faced in their career have crossed into their daily lives due to "not having that off button." It goes without saying, we all need to find a better way to sometimes separate ourselves from our careers. We get a great email inquiring about what it is like to jump from one sport to another and also what challenges people face when changing departments. Chris and Rob dissect and offer their opinion on this year's Masters ratings and what may be causing the overall decline for all sports. Plus we deviate from our normal routine and talk some real sports talk around the NBA draft and the new look Nets.Follow Us!Instagram - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
99 minutes | 2 months ago
Eric Kussin - CEO, We're All A Little "Crazy"
This may have been one of our most important interviews we have done yet as Chris sits down with Eric Kussin, CEO of We're All A Little "Crazy", the SameHere Global Mental Health movement to discuss his journey that is a story you have to hear to believe. Eric quickly ascended through the ranks of the sports industry with stops at the NBA League Office, the New Jersey Devils, and eventually the CRO of the Florida Panthers. Eric's life changed when his mental health took a sudden and rapid decline the day of a Panthers home game. While essentially being mentally paralyzed Eric needed to step away from his role with the Panthers to regain control of his mind and body. Eric faced 2 1/2 years of extensive medical treatment from countless number of drugs to electroshock therapy. It wasn't until he tried alternative treatments that he was finally able to get his life back on track and start this foundation . Given the challenges we all currently face in our industry from unknown futures, lost revenue, and layoffs this is an important topic that affects all of us.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
The Do's and Don'ts of your Sports Job Search
It's Masters week.... in November. Rob's favorite weekend of the year. We learn a lot in this podcast; Rob's first ever wine bag slap was in a Catholic Church during his fish fry Friday's! Diving into more important topics, we cover a variety of helpful tips to prepare you for your future in the sports business industry. Rob had an informational interview that impressed him and caused him to have deep reflection about his midlife "crisis" based on 2 questions he was asked. It also had us learn Rob was tasked with cleaning up pee bottles during his time at the Texans. Chris had a great informational interview with a student from Alabama; Rob was befuddled. The WooSox received an email throughout the organization that spurred a conversation between Rob and Chris on how to have a more refined approach. Plus Old Man Rob has a change of heart mid discussion. Follow Us!Twitter - @FOFeaturesInstagram - @frontofficefeaturesLinkedIn- Front Office Features
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Mastering the World of Sports Content
Our boss, Kevin Jones, CEO of BlueWire joins us to discuss how he used his background and experience in sports media to launch BlueWire Podcast Network. Kevin touches on how you should approach your content strategy and taking your time to map out each post. Also, Kevin talks about how you should pick a platform to be an expert on to provide content and share your voice. We dive into what is next for BlueWire and how the business of podcasts is growing. Chris is terrified as we learn that Rob is willing to MURDER a human with his bare hands to attend the Masters in his lifetime. As the country voted for our next President, we touch on how the intersection of politics and sports has been around forever. We encourage all of you to find your passion to help society heal itself by using the power of our industry.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
How To Transition Into a Sports Manager Role
BIG NEWS! Chris heads to Taco Bell to Steal a Taco thanks to Mookie Betts.....does his trip pay off as expected? Rob touches on his Day in the Life Instagram story and caps it off showing our show prep. Amy Comey Barrett would be proud! The majority of the show Chris and Rob dive into successfully transitioning into a Manager role for the first time. They give the essential DO's and DONT'S that can make or break your first foray into management. Chris dives into some of the pitfalls to avoid and how you can actually add value as Manager for your staff. Rob discusses areas where he thinks he could improve in regards to handling the personal side of people's lives. Plus the guys revisit last week's discussion around mental health. Rob goes deeper into what may have been troubling him all these years and realized a lot of it stemmed from his end in Scranton. Lastly, Rob gives his "Jersey Rule" for all people to abide by. Follow Us!Instagram - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter -@FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
60 minutes | 3 months ago
An Important Discussion on Sports and Mental Health
In one of our most important topics ever, Rob and Chris tackle an important issue that needs to be addressed; working in sports and your mental health. Chris rejoins the podcast after a week off in honor of Roofus, his Bulldog, passing away. Rob tries to convince Chris to get his free taco from Taco Bell thanks to Mookie stealing a base last night. In one of our most important topics ever, Rob and Chris tackle an important issue that needs to be addressed; working in sports and your mental health. Rob provides really great insight into what he has dealt with and how other people can benefit from just reaching out. It's OK to not be OK is our message to all of you and make sure you ask for help when you need it. Plus Chris provides an in depth tutorial on the world of television and sports. We cover everything from Nielsen ratings, the decline in this year's viewership (look deeper), and how media networks make their money from affiliate agreements. Lastly, why networks are so willing to spend the billions required to secure the broadcast rights. Having a general understanding of the media world will help you no matter what avenue of our business you decide to take. Follow UsInstagram - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
53 minutes | 3 months ago
Alec Palmer - Head of Marketing Momentum Sports
Alec Palmer, Head of Marketing for Trevor Bauer's Sports Marketing company, Momentum, joins us this week to discuss promoting athletes and growing the game of Baseball through humanizing the players through an authentic lense. Alec created his own path by taking initiative after a Baseball injury derailed his career. Rather than feel sorry for himself he created a new skill set and helped grow the brand of his College Baseball team. He talks about how he landed with Momentum by simply reaching out to network and waking up to a text message from Trevor Bauer. Alec discusses how Momentum builds relationships with athletes and is helping grow their brand identity online. Also, he sheds some light on what it's like to work with Trevor, one of the most polarizing athletes currently on social media. Alec also tackles a topic that is front and center for a lot of folks who are currently dealing with issues at home; Mental Health. Alec is wise beyond his years and a must listen for all sports business and marketing hopefuls.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
The Sports Business Interview Cheat Code
Sadly, Chris could not join the podcast today as he and his family mourn the loss of their dog, Rufus. RIP Rufus! Rob Crain is joined instead by his friend and colleague Matt Harper, who is the VP of Ticket Sales for the Worcester Red Sox. Matt and Rob talk about their actual hiring process at the Red Sox. They systematically take you behind the scenes of the what it takes to get hired by the Worcester Red Sox. Matt went to Grad School at FSU and we have received a lot of questions about if grad school is the right decision. Matt gives his advice on if you should take the grad school leap. At the end, Rob tries to make fun of Chris with Matt about Taco Bell but that backfires completely... Follow Us!Twitter - @FOFeaturesInstagram - @frontofficefeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
47 minutes | 3 months ago
M. Quentin Williams
M. Quentin Williams is one of, if not the most impressive guest in Front Office Feature history. Q, as he is called has been a Federal Prosecutor, FBI agent, NFL front office executive and nearly everything in between. Most of the conversation between Q and Rob was about race in our society and an honest, candid discussion it plays in the sports industry. Q has an inspirational story that was educational and entertain for Rob. Give a listen!Follow UsInstagram - @frontofficefeaturedsTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
74 minutes | 4 months ago
The Taco Bell Bombshell
Rob and Chris have their sports law expert, Dan Lust, on the show tonight to discuss the class action lawsuit between MiLB and MLB in regards to the pay. Dan provides a great analysis on next steps in the case and the ripple effect it could have on Baseball moving forward on and off the field. Rob relives his High School days and ranks his favorite fast food chains. Chris drops a bombshell on Rob... he's never had Taco Bell in his life. Rob almost quit the podcast on the spot. Rob received a LinkedIN message that left a lot to be desired. Chris and Rob break down how better to have sent that message. Chris questions the validity of sports consultants and trainers and if there is a better system we could all be using as an industry. Follow UsInstagram - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Amber J Hutson - Partnership Activation Coordinator - Major League Baseball
One of the most common pieces of feedback we get on Front Office Features is that our audience wants to hear from someone who just started their career. What did they do? How did they do it? Who did they network with? Amanda is the perfect person to help answer those questions. Amber has done a terrific job on getting her career off the ground. She has worked for teams in the NFL, MLS, NBA and recently landed a full time job with Major League Baseball. Along with discussing her unique career journey, Rob and Amber also have candid dialogue in regards to race and the sports industry. Follow Us!Twitter - @FOFeatures, @_RobCrainInstagram - @frontofficefeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Feature
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