SCC FFL Current Standings – Challenge #2 Point Distribution

Congrats to the students in Nicole Rusch’s class at Pine Island HS in Minnesota for maintaining their spot in first place in SCC’s fantasy football sports marketing competition. Thanks to another fantastic response to the sports marketing challenges (they received the second highest score for the branding challenge), the Orlando Ducks front office enjoys an 11-point cushion over the second place team as we head into the weekend’s games.

Jason Koch’s class at Carl Sandburg High School in Illinois (the “London Guards”) remains in second place while Karen Russo’s class at Hinsdale Central in Illinois (the “Omaha Outlaws”) made a big jump to claim the third place spot. The Outlaws earned the highest score for their response to the second sports marketing challenge (branding), enabling them to move up ten spots in the standings as they make a push to defend last year’s championship.

Overall, ALL of our participating schools have done a fantastic job with this project thus far. The responses to our sports marketing challenges have been incredibly impressive and the league office is looking forward to seeing what the students come up with for the remaining challenges! Follow along via our blog (or @sportsbized on Twitter) for updates as the season rolls along and be sure to encourage and support those schools in your local area!

Points have been distributed for each team’s response to the branding component of this competition (sports marketing challenge #2). Updated standings are below as well as a few individual “shout outs” for particularly creative, unique and strategic franchise branding ideas…keep up the great work everyone! Continue reading

SCC FFL Current Standings – Challenge #1 Points Awarded

Congrats to the students in Nicole Rusch’s class at Pine Island HS in Minnesota for currently sitting in first place in SCC’s fantasy football sports marketing competition. Aided by a strong response to the first sports marketing challenge (development of a sports marketing plan), they look to build momentum as we head into week two of our competition.  Jason Koch’s class at Carl Sandburg High School in Illinois is in second place while Shawn Perez’s students at Heritage HS in Washington are in a close third.

We also have a few shout outs for individual schools in recognition of their responses to the first sports marketing challenge.

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Season 3: SCC Fantasy Football / Sports Marketing Challenge!

We (Sports Career Consulting) are excited to announce season three of our fantasy football competition featuring a number of our member schools.  Our goal is to create an engaging, interactive educational environment in our sports marketing classrooms.  This year, we have over 30 schools competing representing 16 different states so we expect some big things from our students this year as they work to unseat last year’s champs from Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois.

As part of our competition, students will first be challenged to draft a team based on a “salary cap” to demonstrate a basic understanding of finance. Each team will then earn points throughout the season via player performance AND a series of weekly “sports marketing challenge” activities issued by the league office (Sports Career Consulting).  Each challenge is designed to encourage student development of sports business strategies for their “franchise” in several key areas, including:

  • Finance
  • Branding
  • Stadium/Facility design & management
    • The Fan Experience
  • Marketing
    • Promotions and digital marketing
  • Ticket Sales
  • Sponsorship
  • Understanding the consumer & the marketplace
  • Public Relations / Community Relations / Fan Relations

After reviewing each franchise’s weekly submission, points will be assessed by the league office, ultimately impacting each team’s position in the standings.  The weekly sports marketing challenge activities will have just as much (if not more) impact on overall points than player performance so students will be encouraged to develop a sound strategy before submitting their ideas!

We will be posting the standings each week on our blog so stay tuned!

Creative Design Academy at Nike: Registration Now Open!

Summer Creative Design Academy Registration Now Open!

Creative Design Academy at Nike’s World HQ in Beaverton, Oregon
June 28th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:15 PM

The creative design academy at Nike is open to the FIRST 70 high school or college STUDENTS who register.  To register, please complete and return your release form and registration fee (please download forms below) and mail to:

Sports Career Consulting, LLC
Attn: Summer Design Academy
236 NW Evensong Place
Portland, OR 97229

Download the RELEASE FORM by clicking here.

Click here for pictures from previous academy events at Nike.

Click here for a brief video clip from a previous design academy.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 19TH (or until registration is full)!

Kentucky Derby ROI (Infographic)

Thanks to John Hollow’s sports marketing students at Helena High in Montana for sharing this information…it provides a great look at the value of sponsorship, particularly in the case of high profile events like the Kentucky Derby.

Over 150,000 people visit Churchill Downs every year for the event with another 15 million fans tuning in to watch on TV, making it one of the most valuable properties in all of sports for marketers looking for brand exposure.  

Billed as the “fastest two minutes in sports”, it is important for sponsors to find opportunities for impressions both pre and post-race to boost their return on investment.  One way companies can do this is to sponsor individual jockeys, rather than the event itself.  As you’ll see in the infographic, this can result in great value for sponsoring brands.

So how did marketers fare at this year’s Kentucky Derby?  Check out this nifty infographic with some great data from Apex Marketing Group (@ApexMGAnalytics on Twitter) to see!

SportsBiz Madness Case Study Competition: We Have A Winner!

Championship Case Study Recap

After receiving almost 75 entries for Sports Career Consulting’s inaugural “SportsBiz Madness” High School Case Study Competition, we finally crown a champion.

The case we distributed for the championship round challenged students to review and analyze the current market position of a sneaker brand that has been struggling. In addition to creating a SWOT analysis, each team was required to create a strategic plan for getting the brand back on track.

Both teams submitted a thorough analysis, recognizing the brand’s current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  In the end, it was a photo finish…we had to request additional evaluation from a few industry friends at Nike and Columbia Sportswear to help determine a winner (thanks for your feedback guys).  Ultimately, what set the winning entry apart was the presentation of a long term vision for the brand, demonstrating an ability to look at the big picture.  It was a tough decision, but congratulations to Continue reading

SportsBiz Madness Case Study Competition: Championship Round!

“Final Four” Competition Recap

After receiving almost 75 entries for Sports Career Consulting’s inaugural “SportsBiz Madness” High School Case Study Competition, we are left with just two teams.  The championship round is set.  

In the Final Four round, our competitors were asked to identify and cater to a niche market with the development of a new app.  We encouraged students to harness their entrepreneurial spirit and build an app that would excite sports enthusiasts.

Each of the teams did a fantastic job meeting the evaluation standards for this particular case, demonstrating a clear understanding of sports business concepts like niche markets and distribution.  However, the two teams that prevailed managed to gain a slight edge by finding unique angles to connect with consumers and presenting compelling cases for monetizing app development and marketing strategies.

The case we distributed for the championship round challenges students to review and analyze the current market position of a sneaker brand that has struggled in the past three months.  In addition to creating a SWOT analysis, each team will be required to create a strategic plan for getting the brand back on track.  We can’t wait to see what they come up with and look forward to sharing the results… Continue reading

Case Study Competition: Final Four is Set!

“Elite Eight” Competition Recap

As SCC’s case study competition moved into the head-to-head tournament round, remaining teams were asked to create a fan engagement strategy for the Northwestern men’s basketball team.  Following the most successful season in the program’s history, students were tasked with the goal of leveraging the team’s on-court success to boost ticket sales, merchandise sales and sponsorship through fan engagement.

We were really impressed with all of the entries as each team demonstrated a very clear understanding of all the sports business principles outlined in this particular case study. Each team presented a very compelling call to action for fans through social activations, sponsor engagement and advertising campaigns.  Those who advanced, however, did the best job focusing on developing strategies for the off-season that would continue to tap into the momentum created by the Wildcats’ fantastic 2016-17 season.

While we’re sad to see four more outstanding student groups eliminated from our competition, we are looking forward to seeing what the remaining teams bring to the table in response to our third case study.  The tournament’s next case study challenges students from an entrepreneurial perspective so it will be exciting to see what they come up with.  Stay tuned! Continue reading

SportsBiz Madness: Case Study Competition

Opening Round Recap

We received 72 entries from student “teams” participating in our inaugural case study competition and couldn’t be more impressed with the submissions.  Tasked with the development of a promotions plan that would help a new minor league baseball franchise based in Madison, Wisconsin reach a goal of 85% stadium capacity for the season, the student response was incredibly impressive.  Students demonstrated a clear understanding of the important role ticket sales play in the financial viability of a minor league franchise, and how promotion and fan experience impact the team’s ability to sell.

We had a number student teams that submitted particularly impressive responses to the first case study.  Unfortunately, only eight could be selected to advance to our “elite eight” round of the competition where the tournament shifts to a “head to head” format.  Of course, selecting just eight teams from our pool of entries was extremely difficult.  It was very evident that students put forth a lot of effort in creating their responses to the first case study, including a lot of background research on the Madison market, including local businesses and city/community traditions and history.  For example, a number of teams named their franchise the “Madison Flamingos”, a reference to Madison’s “official city bird”, the yard flamingo.  I grew up in Madison and didn’t even know that!  We also saw a number of teams incorporating either cheese, cows, capitals (Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin) or popular area lake fish (Walleye, Pike, Muskies and Sturgeon) into team names, further demonstrating that the students did their homework on the Madison area.

As we evaluated each entry, it was fun to see the creativity behind all of the ideas for promotions, but ultimately we had to select the entries that best met the criteria established in the assigned case study.  One of the most critical elements (in addition to offering creative and unique promotion ideas) was to provide a clear strategic plan for how promotions would help the franchise bottom line, specifically by meeting attendance goals.  Those who communicated the best and most viable strategies were the teams selected to advance to the “Elite Eight” round.

However, we did want to acknowledge a few teams that were on the outside looking in.  We referred to that group of entries as our “Sweet Sixteen”.  Eight of the “Sweet Sixteen” teams were so close to moving on in the competition to the next round that we felt they deserved some recognition.

As we look ahead, eight teams will compete head to head for the chance to advance to the SportsBiz Madness Final Four.  The teams were not seeded.  Names were drawn from a hat and added to the bracket accordingly.  We can’t wait to see what the students come up with as a response to the next case study as they are asked to create a fan engagement strategy for a college basketball program during the offseason… Continue reading