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’s Hagan Arena
City Ave. & N 54th Street
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 MarketingSports Medicine & Training


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


Career Path Panelists
Molly ArbogastPOV Sports Marketing LLCPresident & CEO
Vince NicastroBig East ConferenceAssociate Commissioner
Neil HartmanThe WorkShopVP of Sports Programming

Molly Arbogast
President & CEO
POV Sports Marketing

Molly Mullady Arbogast is a partnership marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience on the team/property side of the business. She has negotiated and executed in excess of $185M in sponsorship contracts. Her firm specializes in working with brands to structure effective partnership marketing strategies that will exceed objectives and result in dynamic business outcomes.


Vince Nicastro
Associate Commissioner
BIG EAST Conference

Vince Nicastro has day-to-day oversight of the BIG EAST’s conference operations and business functions including governance, compliance, finance, NCAA and institutional relations, Olympic sports championships, events, communications, marketing, sales, and television and digital administration. Prior to the BIG EAST, Nicastro served for 15 years (2000-2015) as Villanova’s Director of Athletics before being named Associate Director of the Jeffrey Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law last June.


Neil Hartman
VP of Sports Programming
The WorkShop

Neil Hartman is an award-winning television sportscaster in Philadelphia for nearly three decades. Prior to joining the Workshop, Neil spent almost 19 years as prime-time anchor for Comcast SportsNet where he received multiple Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and was honored by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as the state’s Sportscaster of the Year. Before joining CSN, Neil was Sports Anchor and Reporter in Philadelphia for KYW-TV as well as WPHL-TV and was named “Best of Philly” Sports Talk Show Host by Philadelphia Magazine while working for 1210 AM. Neil also spent five years at Sportsradio WIP as a talk-show host.


Areas of Concentration Panelists
Jeremy TreatmanScholastic Play-by-Play Classics Founder & Co-Owner
Kevin CallahanGannett NewsSports Writer
Don DiJuliaSaint Joseph's UniversityVP for Athletics/Athletic Director
Eric GalkoOptimum Scouting & Sporting NewsOwner & Director of Scouting
Josh BarbieriPhiladelphia PhilliesDirector, Business Intelligence & Analytics
Tom BrennanPhiladelphia EaglesStadium Operations, Facility Manager
Greg PodaPhiladelphia EaglesConcessions/Suites Operations Manager
Dr. Mark LaSordaChildren's Hospital of PhiladelphiaInternal Medicine, Sports Medicine
Kate EasbyCHOP, US RugbyAthletic Trainer
Brian BingamanSaint Joseph's UniversityDirector of Strength and Conditioning
BJ ZellersTurn Key Events, Inc. (TKE)President & Founder
Melissa SchaafWells Fargo CenterSenior Director of Marketing

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events
Check-In (Hagan Arena Lobby)8:00AM - 9:00AM
Introduction9:00AM - 9:10AM
Keynote Speaker: Mike Missanelli (Hagan Arena)9:10AM - 9:45AM
Panel #1 / Career Path Stories (Molly Arbogast, Vince Nicastro & Neil Hartman)9:45AM - 10:35AM
Break / Visit School Booths10:35AM - 10:50AM
Head to Breakout Session #110:50AM - 11:00AM
Breakout Session #1 (Rooms 103 & 107)11:00AM - 12:00PM
Lunch (included) in the Cafeteria / Visit School Booths12:00PM - 12:50PM
Head to Breakout Session #2 12:50PM - 1:00PM
Breakout Session #2 (Rooms 103, 107, 111, 203 & 204)1:00PM - 1:50PM
Head to Breakout Session #31:50PM - 2:00PM
Breakout Session #3 (Rooms 103, 107, 203 & 204)2:00PM - 2:50PM
Head to Breakout Session #42:50PM - 3:00PM
Breakout Session #4 (Rooms 103 & 107)3:00PM - 3:50PM
Closing Remarks in Mandeville Hall Lobby - END3:50PM - 4:00PM

Map / Directions


Saint Joseph’s University’s Hagan Arena
City Ave. & N 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Event Contact

Jeff Long

(484) 356-1029