Sports Business Scholars

Sports Business Scholars is an exclusive program for select undergraduate students, offering targeted professional development opportunities to prepare for careers in the sports industry. All scholars participate in a mentorship program, where they are matched with a W. P. Carey Sports Advisory Board member or other sports industry executive as their mentor, as well as an SBS alumni mentor.

Meetings are held twice a month and include workshops on personal branding, networking, interview technique, and resumes. Scholars are also paired up to teach other members on all available sports industry career paths. Company visits and conference calls with sports executives also take place during the school year. The 2018 outreach trip to Los Angeles included visits to the L.A. Dodgers, FOX Sports, AEG, CAA, NFL Network, Red Bull Sports Marketing, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Galaxy, StubHub Center, and L.A. Stadium Premiere Center.

Program selection

Applications for the 2019–20 academic year will be available online from January 14–27, 2019.

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Sports Business Scholars is a competitive program. To be considered, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Declared BA in sports
  • Entering sophomore, junior, or senior year in 2019-20
  • Maintain a 3.25 GPA or above

2018–2019 Sports Business Scholars

  • Walker McCrae — President
  • Demetra Rishwain — Vice President, Communications
  • Logan Strauss — Vice President, Operations
  • Luke Botta
  • Evan Coco
  • Ryan Cooper
  • Collin Corlett
  • MacLain Hollerbach
  • Zack McCarty
  • Broderick Parker
  • Karstyn Pollard
  • Donovan Smith
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Tanner Thompson
  • Joey Vore
  • Melanie Whisler
  • Saenea Williams

Sports Advisory Board

The ASU Sports Advisory Board is made up of exceptional leaders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the Greater Phoenix sports business community. Members are committed to mentoring our students, assisting the program with curriculum decisions, and providing programming and career support.

  • Andy Bagnato, Bagnato Pflipsen Communications
  • Neda Barrie, BiancoGroup
  • Brooke Campbell, Phoenix Suns
  • Kate Foley, Octagon
  • Brett Hansen, FOX Sports Arizona
  • John Hogg, PepsiCo
  • Mike Iaquinta, Arizona Cardinals
  • Gary Knudson, AdSport
  • Jeff Kunowski, Panasonic
  • Scott Nelson, ASU Athletics
  • John Pierce, Player 2 Studios
  • Devney Preuss, Phoenix Community Alliance & Downtown Phoenix
  • Josh Rawitch, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Scot Smythe, Redmandarin
  • Nicole Taylor, Position Sports
  • Mark Tudi, SportSearch
  • Debbie Waitkus, Golf for Cause & National Women's Golf Alliance
  • Trent Wilfinger, EXOS