Finally done with school! Last week was crazy! I was going to give a presentation last week, however in the holiday spirit, winter wonderland came to Buffalo. The weather as so bad last Thursday that the presentation I was suppose to give to Fred Jackson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, was canceled. I was in the the bathroom putting my suit on for the presentation when I received a phone call from my professor. She said that she was in a whiteout on the I-90 trying to get to Canisius and had been on the 20 minute ride for an hour. Since she was in a car, she didn’t have access to the Internet to let the class know what was going on. Meanwhile, she was getting texts from Buffalo Bills’ players wondering if the presentation was still on because they had to travel in the weather also. She decided to cancel the presentations. Where most student would be excited that it was canceled, this was not my case. Since the class was split into groups to come up with ideas for foundations for individual players, the player would chose one group to make a reality. So many students were upset that it was canceled. We put so much time into this project (my group met from 4:00- 9:00 pm) that we bought pizza and beer for dinner.
On Friday I worked at the Sabres game against Chicago. Afterward, I got to chill in one of the executive suites that overlook the arena with some of the people in the department. That was nice to get to know these people more on a personal level, so things were not as professional. Since I had to get up early and work in the Pro Shop at Sahlens Sports Park in Elma, I didn’t really do much of anything on any of the nights.
This week is going good — found out my grades for the semester and I did real well so I’m pretty pumped right now. Today I had a meeting with a sponsor that I am trying to get for Sahlen’s Sports Park and the Buffalo Flash (woman’s professional soccer team). I was supposed to help out the Sabres with a New Era skate, however, something happened so I did not have to work. Friday and Saturday I will be working the Sabres games. This is a good week to work these two games in particular because Friday they host Toronto and Saturday they play the Penguins. Toronto games are nuts! Since many Toronto fans cannot attend home games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for various reasons (tickets are ridiculously expensive, the large fan base and the limited number of seats, and not a fun environment). Anyways, I’ll have to give y’all a detailed report about this weekend.
This the team that I work for, expect no one in Buffalo has heard of them. They are a professional women’s soccer team of the USL in the w-league. This year they are going to be playing their home matches at the Canisius College Demske Sports Complex, which I think is awesome that Canisius is taking part in something that is going to be really big in a couple of years.
Final week of my first semester at Canisius College. I just realized that I have had no tests at all this semester, just projects and presentations. To me I love that there were no tests because I feel that the work you put in will reflect your grade. I finally finished my Sport Law paper about negotiation with a sponsor of a charity event of my choice. All week I have been working on my project for the F.R.E.D Foundation (our group made a fictional foundation for Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills including a marketing plan, advertising plan and sponsorship plan). Tonight my group and another group will present our ideas for our foundation to Fred Jackson in person.
Monday and Tuesday I had to do actual work with the Buffalo Flash (women ‘s professional soccer team) putting together a package plan for their home games. It is nice to know that I am working within my field. This work is different from my school work in that this is not a project anymore but real work. I’m expected to turn around my work projects as soon as possible whereas with my school projects I usually have a week. I work in Elma, NY and that is about a half hour drive from Canisius College. However, there is a point on the highway where the speed limit turns from 55 mph to 65 mph and all the cars speed up in anticipation of the 65 mph speed zone. I was keeping pace with the follow of traffic and suddenly I was being pulled over. Yes, I received a speeding ticket, which is not a good way to start off an already stressful week, especially as a grad student who is barely paying rent, etc. Those cops must have pulled over 10 cars — there were 3 cars already pulled over when I got pulled over and I witnessed 3 others while sitting in my car waiting for the ticket!!
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have my game day internship with the Buffalo Sabres as I mentioned in my last post, so at least that made me relax a bit. However, Monday the Sabres did not show up to play at all and you could not have paid me enough money to watch them. Then, on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals, they played like another team had showed up to play, thus resulting in a 3-0 win! When I got home Wednesday night, I finished my law paper and today I have to finish up my Powerpoint slides for the presentation tonight. Our MSA program (master of sport administration) is having a holiday party where the cover charge includes an open bar. I know I am excited about tonight as well as everyone else in the program. These events are great because they give students in the program a chance to come together.
On an entirely different note, it was like a winter wonderland last night!! It was crazy outside; at one point after the Sabres game, when I was walking to my car with the wind to my back, I was sprinting because the wind was pushing me so hard. It was nuts!!!
I’m going to try to bring my camera with me more often so I can get more pictures for those of you reading this. Below is a picture from last night’s Sabres game.
Miller played amazing...a shutout!
Even though the week just began, it’s been pretty crazy. Many students went home for Thanksgiving to see their family last week, myself included. It was nice to see my family, especially since I live in Hershey, PA which is a six hour drive from Buffalo. I have an internship with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL) where I help another Canisius graduate student in Sport Administration, who has a graduate assistantship with the Sabres’ sponsorship team. My job is to watch the advertising of the sponsors that are displayed throughout the game. Since sponsors pay big money to have their name affiliated with the Sabres it is important to make sure they get the allotted amount of time spelled out in their contract with the Sabres. There are other sponsors that advertise on the JumboTron, such as Tim Horton’s instant replay or Tops’ bloopers (I have a picture of the area that I will post momentarily). On occasion we might take a sponsor down to the ice right before the end of the period so that they can ride the Zamboni. However, because of my six-hour drive from Hershey to Canisius, I was unable to work the Sabres game Saturday night.
Sunday made up for not being able to make the Sabres game on Saturday night. One of the classes I am taking for my graduate degree is working in the front office of the Buffalo Bills during all of their home games. Each week, individuals from class are assigned different tasks or front office people to shadow throughout the game. During one game, I held a autograph session for Thurman Thomas within one of the clubs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. On Sunday’s game, I walked some sponsors down to the field for warm-ups and hung out with them until it was time to head back to their seats. After that I followed another graduate assistant who is in the Master in Sport Administration (MSA) program. Usually most games are pretty busy. However, this game was not as busy as past games. During the game I escorted some unruly fans from their seats for using unacceptable language. We explain to them why they were kicked out of their seats but we gave them the option to hang out in the club and watch the game from the TV. There were a couple of other situations we dealt with that I am unable to comment on. One thing that stunned me during the game was that fans were leaving in the fourth quarter when the Bills and Dolphins were tied at 14. In case you didn’t follow the game, the Bills kicked a 57 yard field goal to go up by three 17-14, then stopped the Dolphins next drive. When the Bills got the ball back, the first play was a bomb to Terrell Owens. Since my job with the Bills is to deal with all the bad things that happen throughout the game and to listen to disappointed fans, it was nice to see them so ecstatic for once since the Bills won. Unfortunately, my class friend and I got stuck FOREVER in the traffic leaving the stadium!
This week has already been pretty crazy — with the end of the semester coming up, many teachers are piling on the work. I have a negotiation project due today that I was working on yesterday and this morning. For the project we have to think of a job that we might want to apply for and prepare negotiation tactics as well as ways to sell ourselves corresponding to the job’s criteria. Another project that I am working on for my Sport Marketing class is setting up a charitable foundation for running back Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills. My group is coming up with an event for Fred, putting together a marketing plan, advertising plan, sponsorship plan and finally a presentation to Fred Jackson in person. Other groups are working with Marshawn Lynch and Lee Evans. On top of my coursework, I recently was hired by the Buffalo Flash ( a women’s professional soccer team — BuffaloFlashSoccer.com) and Sahlen Sport Park (a indoor sport facility where tournaments and leagues play all year round). Time management is a key component in my life as you might imagine.
I have a bunch of work that I need to get done this week, in addition to the work I have to do for the Buffalo Flash. I’m looking forward to the end of next week when classes are done and I will not be so busy.
P.S. It finally snowed this morning! I’m not excited, I am just surprised that it took until the 1st of December.