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37 minutes | 4 days 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 | 8 days 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 | 10 days 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 | 14 days 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 | 22 days 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 | a month 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 | a month 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 | a month 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 | a month 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 | a month 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 | 2 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 | 2 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
58 minutes | 2 months ago
100 in the books. Rob and Chris take a trip down memory lane to recap their top moments from the 100 episodes. From our first ever episode in Chris's basement to Chris now being in his parents basement for number one hundred. A HUGE THANK YOU to our listeners and our family for helping make this happen. Plus none of this is possible without our guests who have joined us throughout the past year. A special thanks to Michael Scott and Brian Krentzman for all their hard work and dedication to helping make our lives that much easier. We are proud of what has been accomplished and all the people we have helped along the way. The good news is we are just getting started. Cheers to 100 more.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Ned Colletti - LA Dodgers
Ned Colletti is the former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager. He has negotiated over $2 Billion in player agreements. Ned discusses his personal and career journey in this episode. Ned started from humble beginnings (living in a garage) to becoming one of the greatest baseball executives in this era. Follow us!Instagram - @frontofficefeaturesTwitter - @FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
57 minutes | 2 months ago
A Sports Story for the Ages
Chris owes Rob a nice bottle of booze as the Steelers took down the Giants in the FoF NFL bet. The New York Mets were sold this week to Steve Cohen at a record price for a North American team at $2.42B. Rob tells an emotional story regarding a season ticket holder from his time in Scranton that will give you all the feels. It exemplifies the power of sports and why we love what we do. Rob is able to create a memory for a family that will forever be a part of their history by simply doing his job. There is no better feeling in life. Our very own Michael Scott landed his first ever sports job with the Washington Nationals as a Legal Extern. Huge congrats to Michael on well deserved accomplishment. Chris had one of the worst informational interviews of all time all due to a train ride. Major League Baseball is bubbling for the Playoffs and World Series with the potential for some fans. Rob and Chris close the show with new networking advice and give you the guideline on how to reach out moving forward.Follow Us Twitter - @FOFeaturesIG - @frontofficefeatures
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Sports Positivity is Back... Welcome Baby Crain!
Rob brings the best news of 2020 as he welcomes Nolan Crain to the Front Office Features family! Mom and baby are doing great. Rob shares how Nolan's name came to be with an assist from one of his former employees. Also, Rob oddly has major life events happen during election years leaving us all on edge till 2024. Chris and Rob debate how good Chiptole is with one of them falling on one side of the spectrum. There has been some positive movement on the job front with FoF listeners having recent success. Plus it seems as if the sports business world has turned back on some with new openings posted everyday. The NFL launches this week which seemed near impossible a few months ago which is great news for all of us. Rob reiterates the importance of networking but the guys provide a workaround if you waited to start the process. Chris and Rob place a bet for this week's Giants - Steelers showdown.FOLLOW USInstagram - frontofficefeaturesTwitter - FOFeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
54 minutes | 3 months ago
How the NCAA is Tackling Covid w/ Special Guest
Rob and his wife are prepping for baby #2 so this week former guest, Brian Specia, fills in for Rob. Brian goes into detail on how USF and the Aspire Group are making the best of our current situation. One key highlight that came about was how the USF sales staff has deepened their relationship with current clients by utilizing some found downtime. It is a great peak behind the curtain and how the NCAA is prepping for the upcoming season. Chris and Brian also discuss some of the hardships front offices have faced with the ever changing plans regarding how to bring fans back. They dive into how his Airness joined DraftKings this week on their Board of Advisors. Chris and Brian rehash their childhood memories around MJ and how he shaped current day sports marketing. Please donate to our Fund!
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Alton Byrd - Vice President, BSE and Long Island Nets
This week's guest is Alton Byrd, Vice President of the Long Island Nets and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Alton provides amazing insight into how he transitioned his career as a professional athlete into a successful sports front office role. Alton dives into what makes a great new employee and some of the mistakes people make early in their sports career. Beyond that, Chris and Alton have a great conversation around sports and the intersection of race. In a really powerful episode, Alton breaks down how we can all move forward together through education and listening. Plus, the discussion Rob and Chris always have around working in the minors being very beneficial to those starting out comes full circle. A very powerful episode that everyone should listen to.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
FoF Goes to B.A.T. for Minor League Baseball Employees
We did a thing and it felt really good. The FoF Fund was officially launched today and we are really proud of the initiative. One of the best parts of working in sports is the ability to give back and deliver change for the betterment of people's lives. Erik Nilsen, the Executive Director of B.A.T., joins us to tell the story of how B.A.T came about and the impact it has on our colleagues in the baseball industry. Sports was once again rocked by a social movement with the NBA and MLB canceling games due to the incidents in Wisconsin this past week. Chris touches on the upcoming Alton Byrd interview that covers social injustice and how we can move forward together as a team. Thank you again for your support and please donate if you can. DONATE - https://gf.me/u/ytv5npFollow Us Twitter - @FOFeaturesInstagram - @frontofficefeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Featureshttps://www.theragun.com/bluewire
13 minutes | 3 months ago
MiLB Employees Need Your Help!
Front Office Features is proud to announce a new Fund in partnership with the Baseball Assistance Program to raise money to support our Minor League Colleagues in their time of need. We need you, our listeners, to donate, spread the word, and pitch in however you can. All proceeds will be directed to qualified Minor League employees who have been affected by Covid. This is our turn to step up and help those in need. We regularly talk about the power of sports and the positive impact we have on our fans lives but now it’s time to have the impact on the employees who sacrifice so much. Please donate if you can by visiting our GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/f/front-office-features-fund Thank you! Follow UsTwitter - @FOFeaturesInstagram - @frontofficefeaturesLinkedIn - Front Office Features
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