Bravehearts, Railers Team to Host Sports Management Summit

Tuesday, January 08, 2019
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Michael Aresco
The Worcester Bravehearts are teaming with the Worcester Railers to host the first Sports Management Summit in the region to discuss the future of sports in Central Massachusetts.

“With Sports Management majors on the rise at Central MA schools such as Nichols, Assumption, Becker, and Anna Maria College, the Bravehearts want to be a leader in the sports industry by helping those students connect with executives who could provide them career opportunities. We hear from so many applicants who have a desire to work in intercollegiate athletics, so I think they will particularly connect with Mr. Aresco and his remarks at the end of the day,” said Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson.

The summit will take place on Friday, January 18 at Worcester State University’s Wellness Center.

The Summit

The summit will feature a job and internship fair, panel discussions throughout the day, and a keynote address by the Commissioner of the American Athletic Conference, Michael Aresco.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with hiring managers, ask questions to professionals in the panel sessions, and hear from Aresco as he shares his journey that includes time at ESPN and CBS Sports before taking over at the American Athletic Conference. The Summit is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Afterwards, guests also have the option to sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of game operations at the DCU Center that evening hosted by the Worcester Railers Hockey Club before they play Newfoundland at 7:00 p.m.

Guests will also have the opportunity to ask questions to dozens of other industry professionals during the panel discussions in the morning.

Sessions will feature between 2 - 4 panelists representing different companies in the sports industry, and topics will include Community Relations, Ticketing, Event Management, Esports, Sports Betting, and Sports Start-Ups.

Panelists are already confirmed from teams such as the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New York Mets, New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Hartford Yard Goats. Prominent sports & entertainment companies such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway, MGM Springfield, and DMSE Sports — the management firm of the BAA Boston Marathon —  will also contribute to the panels.

A mega-panel about “The Future of Sports” will include several panelists from the morning sessions and will commence at 1:00 p.m.

About Aresco

Aresco was named to his current position on August 14,  2012, and had his contract extended to August 1, 2022, by The American’s Board of Directors in 2017.

He has overseen the strategic reinvention of the conference – one that spans geographically from Connecticut to Texas. His tenure has included an impressive string of successes. American Athletic Conference teams have won four NCAA Championships and three New Year’s Six Bowl games since the 2012-13 academic year.

The American was named in 2016 a finalist for the Sports Business Journal League of the Year award, the only entity from college athletics to be so honored.

The formation of the conference was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 10 best decisions of college football’s last 10 years.

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