Sports Career Forum | Philadelphia 2020

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Welcome to the Sports Career Forum | Philadelphia 2020


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 23, 2020 | 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 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

Mike Missanelli is a sports radio host for ESPN affiliate, 97.5 The Fanatic, in Philadelphia.

Missanelli began his career in Bristol, Pennsylvania as a newspaper writer, working at the Philadelphia Inquirer and eventually moved over to radio working on-air at 610 WIP and 93.3 WMMR. In January 2010, he signed a new multi-year deal at 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!


Brian PapsonPhiladelphia EaglesVice President of Marketing
Vince NicastroBig East ConferenceAssociate Commissioner
Lara PricePhiladelphia 76ersChief Operating Officer

2020 Speakers

Brian Papson
Vice President of MarketingBrian Papson
Philadelphia Eagles

Brian Papson joined the Eagles in July 2013 as the Vice President of Marketing. In his role, he oversees all marketing and brand messaging, designing and executing fan engagement programs, enhancing the gameday fan experience, conducting and analyzing research programs, coordination of alumni programs, and managing the special performance groups.



Vince Nicastro
Associate Commissioner
Big East Conference

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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, andtelevision 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.


Lara Price
Chief Operating Officer
Philadelphia 76ers

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Lara Price became one of only 18 female Vice Presidents in the NBA when she named the Vice President of Marketing for the 76ers in 1998. After being named the team’s Senior Vice President in 2001, she was promoted to her current position in 2003 and will continue to coordinate the day-to-day activities of the 76ers business operation. In her expanded role, Price will also assist in overseeing the team’s sales and marketing and communications department, which includes public relations, community relations and new media, as well as game entertainment. She also oversees the Sixers television and radio broadcasts.




2020 Areas of Concentration Panelists
Kathy KillianPhiladelphia Phillies Vice President, Administration
Jennifer Vining-SmithUniversity of DelawareSenior Associate Athletic Director
Matt MartucciSaint Joseph's UniversityPlay-By-Play Announcer
Dave SpadaroPhiladelphia EaglesEagles Insider
Jordan StraussPhiladelphia UnionProducer, Broadcaster
Jerrold ColtonMalamut & AssociatesSports Agent
Ryan Smith Pro Football FocusSenior Analyst/Account Manager
Josh BarbieriPhiladelphia PhilliesDirector of Business Analytics
Kate EasbyCHOP, US RugbyAthletic Trainer
Shawna IsraelNova CarePhysical Therapist
BJ ZellersTurn Key Events, Inc. (TKE)President & Founder
Adam Tuval Philadelphia UnionDirector, Corporate Partnerships
Marquise WatsonPhiladelphia 76ersCorporate Partnership Manager

Schedule of Events

2020 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

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