Sports Career Forum | Philadelphia 2018

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Welcome to the Sports Career Forum | Philadelphia 2018


The Sports Career Forum is an educational and interactive discussion for high school students about the broad field of sports careers, led by a distinguished panels of professionals who currently hold positions throughout the forum’s eight areas of concentration.

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FEBRUARY 18, 2018 | 8:00AM – 4:00PM


Saint Joseph’s University
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Students will all hear from our Keynote Speaker Mike Missanelli before they break out into Career Path stories and the areas of concentration breakout sessions. During registration, students will prioritize their four favorite topics to hear from a panel of speakers in those fields. Not all four topics are guaranteed but we’ll assign breakout sessions to best meet requests. Lunch is also included in the cafeteria from 12:00PM – 12:50PM.

Keynote Speaker

Mike Missanelli

97.5 The Fanatic – Host, The Mike Missanelli Show

The Sports Career Forum is pleased to welcome Philly’s own Mike Missanelli as our Keynote Speaker to kick-off the inaugural Sports Career Forum in Philadelphia!

Born and raised in Bristol, PA, Mike currently hosts The Mike Missanelli Show afternoons from 2-6PM on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Prior to his career at the Fanatic, Missanelli began his career as a writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mike eventually moved into radio working on-air at 610 WIP and 93.3 WMMR. In 2000, Missanelli joined WPHL-TV where he worked as a sports director and anchor. In 2010, he signed a multi-year deal at the then ESPN affiliate 97.5 The Fanatic. Missanelli is also a professor at Saint Joseph’s University.

Areas of Concentration

8 Areas of Concentration
Sports AdministrationPlayer Personnel
Facility OperationsSales
Broadcasting & JournalismStatistics & Research
Event MarketingTraining, Nutrition & Exercise Science


Learn from the Professionals from the following Teams, Facilities and Brands at the Sports Career Forum!


Current Panelists (and Growing...)
Mike Missannelli97.5 The FanaticHost, Mike Missanelli Show
Dennis CarrollPhiladelphia UnionSenior Vice President, Finance
Ed WasielewskiEMG SportsNFL Agent & Founding Partner
Josh BarbieriPhiladelphia PhilliesDirector, Business Intelligence & Analytics
Tom BrennanPhiladelphia EaglesStadium Operations, Facility Manager
Kevin JohnsonPhiladelphia 76ersHead Athletic Trainer
BJ ZellersTurn Key Events, Inc. (TKE)President & Founder
Melissa SchaafWells Fargo CenterSenior Director of Marketing

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events
Check-In8:00AM - 9:00AM
Introduction9:00AM - 9:10AM
Keynote Speaker (Gymnasium)9:10AM - 9:45AM
Panel #1 / Career Path Stories9:45AM - 10:35AM
Break / Visit School Booths10:35AM - 10:50AM
Head to Breakout Session #110:50AM - 11:00AM
Breakout Session #111:00AM - 12:00PM
Lunch (included) in the Cafeteria / Visit School Booths12:00PM - 12:50PM
Head to Breakout Session #212:50PM - 1:00PM
Breakout Session #21:00PM - 1:50PM
Head to Breakout Session #31:50PM - 2:00PM
Breakout Session #32:00PM - 2:50PM
Head to Breakout Session #42:50PM - 3:00PM
Breakout Session #43:00PM - 3:50PM
Return to Gymnasium3:50PM - 4:00PM
Closing Remarks4:00PM - 4:10PM

Map / Directions


Saint Joseph’s University
2600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Saint Joseph's University

5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Relatively new to SJU is its sports marketing major. For several years, sports marketing has lived as a track within the marketing major, however due to the exceedingly high quality of education and popularity of the courses, sports marketing has branched into its own major. There are few better areas to study sports marketing than a city like Philadelphia, with four successful major sports franchises as well as a number of smaller private teams like the Philadelphia Union, the Philadelphia Soul, and the Camden River Sharks all within a short distance.

The marketing department at Saint Joseph’s provides a rigorous education in the theory and practice of marketing while also providing opportunities to more thoroughly investigate the sports-related aspect of the field so that students can succeed and thrive in today’s ever changing and competitive global marketplace.

Sports marketing courses at SJU are taught by industry experts, with guest lectures by current industry professionals. In addition to comprehensive courses in sports business, sports marketing, and sports analytics, each Sports Marketing major is encouraged to have an internship in sports in order to be competitive in the industry. This has become increasingly helpful to students looking to gain real-world experience and contacts before they graduate so they know what to expect when they enter the job market.

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