On March 20th and 22nd, the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament took place right here in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center (Home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits). The tournament was co-hosted by The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) as well as Canisius College and Niagara University. Both Undergraduate Sport Management students as well as MSA students had the opportunity to work at this tournament. Prior to this event, students also had the opportunity to travel to Massachusetts to get involved with the (MAAC) basketball tournament.
Here is what some of our students had to say about these opportunities:
“Volunteering at this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was an unforgettable experience that gave me a better understanding of how an actual live sporting event takes place. It was awesome meeting all of the media, coaches, players, and athletic directors from all the different schools.” – Undergraduate Sport Management Student
“Being able to work the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament was a great opportunity to network with professionals from the MAAC and the teams administrators who were at the tournament. I was also able to work the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament with a few Canisius MSA students last year in San Jose, California where we got to meet and network with some great people from the West Coast Conference and San Jose Sports Authority. Working the event gave me some great knowledge and insight with how an event of that magnitude is put together and ran behind the scenes.”-MSA Student
“In my two years at Canisius as a member of the MSA program, I have worked two NCAA men’s basketball regionals and both were phenomenal experiences for me. As a lifelong sports fan, it was thrilling to share a supervisory role in one of the world’s premiere sporting events and as a potential job seeker the ability to network with administrators from participating schools, their conferences and the NCAA was even more valuable.” -MSA Student
“Working at the tournament was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was so cool to work behind the scenes of a sporting event that I watched since I was little.” -Undergraduate Sport Management Student
Janelle Stegeland & Samantha Deem
March Madness is a sensation that controls that national sports world from the 2nd week of March through the first week of April. The NCAA tournament provides exciting entertainment for people of all ages and ultimately determines the National Championship team for both men and women’s NCAA Division I basketball. After a long, hard season this tournament is where the 3-point shots and free throws really count. Teams have two options; you win and continue the season or you lose and head home.
March Madness is exceptionally exciting for MSA students involved in the sport industry. We thrive on what the media brings to the tournament and how the public reacts. We also take a look at the ethical situations that take place during the games. Many of our students also get a chance to get involved with the tournament. This past week we had about 15 students travel to Massachusetts for the MAAC basketball tournament where they got hands on experience running a tournament. Many of them will also take part in the second round of the NCAA tournament held here in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center. Students will get a chance to network with people working in the sport industry and get first-hand experience in the management of a national tournament.
Janelle Stegeland and Samantha Deem
Official Sponsor of the 2014 U.S.A. Olympians, Chobani Greek Yogurt did not make it to Sochi, Russia due to a dispute with the Russian Government. According to an article published in the New York Times, Russian authorities would not allow delivery of the yogurt because they said it lacked the proper customs certification. The yogurts intended for Sochi are now being donated to various food banks in New Jersey and New York.
This news was particularly interesting to the MSA students who travelled to Orlando, Florida in January 2013 to attend the National Sports Forum as well as compete in the Annual Case Cup Competition. Students were asked to develop a plan for Chobani to achieve its marketing and sponsorship objectives for this Olympic sponsorship in non-Olympic years.
MSA students just recently got back from the 2014 National Sports Forum in Dallas, Texas. Four of our students competed in the National Case Cup Competition and they were asked to develop ways to increase ticket sales for the MLS FC Dallas Soccer Team. We had an extremely successful trip to Dallas and got the pleasure of touring the Rangers Ballpark, Toyota Stadium, AT&T Stadium and American Airlines Center!
2014 Case Cup Team and Director Shawn O'Rourke tour AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas
Janelle Stegeland & Samantha Deem
Did you hear the latest news about Alex Rodriguez? Once again, rumors are out that he has been doping throughout his career. Although these issues are returning, the Yankees still aren’t throwing A- Rod to the side. It has been said that A -Rod may show up to preseason and sit the bench. Some teammates may agree with this and others may not.
Bosch is the man who is accountable for accusing A- Rod this time around. It’s his word against A Rod’s. Based off of past incidents, Bosch doesn’t have much room to point fingers. He has been fined for practicing medicine without a license. It is up to society to decide who is telling the truth. Chances are, A Rod will be the one accused of lying. That’s the way it usually goes. The media play a huge role with cases such as these. They have a way of skewing people’s opinions. They will release the information that they think will get the biggest rise out of the public.
Through the Canisius College Master in Sport Administration program we study situations like these often. The program offers a course on Moral and Ethical Issues of Sport. The purpose of this course is to help students establish a fundamental philosophy for sport in their lives, both personal as well as professional.
Samantha Deem & Janelle Stegeland