It’s the start of the second semester and what better way to begin it with something no one expects? When you try something new and it succeeds, it can be a real game changer. That change can completely shift momentum, a key to any sport, and send everything in a new direction.
My name is Quinten Squires. Thank you for checking out the first of what I hope can be a great blog. Over the next few months I plan to use this as a way to share my thoughts and opinions about sports marketing. This first post will serve to provide some background about me and where I want to end up. So first off, a little about me:
Throughout school, I’ve always been one of the quiet kids. I spoke when necessary but mostly sat back and observed. However, I always had a witty reply ready and never met a problem I couldn’t solve with enough time. Today, I’m pretty much the same, but I’ve started doing things I never imagined. I moved on campus, got involved, and even joined a fraternity. All these have changed my life for the better.
As far sports go, I played several growing up, as kids do. I was decent at some and just plain bad at others, but they all taught me something. Some of those lessons were made me who I am today.
When I was little, sports were often on TV in my house. One football team in particular caught my eye. I really liked their logo and thought their city abbreviation of “NO” was pretty funny. I didn’t start watching professional sports until years later when that team went on their improbable Super Bowl run. Though I wouldn’t consider myself a Saints fan until the season after. From that point, I became obsessed, learning as much as I could about the team, and then the entire sport. A couple years later I did the same thing with baseball. However the team selection story isn’t as interesting. I had two options due to my location, and didn’t want to pick the same as everyone else, so I chose the Orioles. I’ve tried watching other sports since, but none have really garnered the same amount of interest from me.
Currently I’m a sophomore at West Virginia Wesleyan College pursuing a degree in Accounting with intent to follow that with an MBA. My true dream would have to be a high ranking position in an NFL front office. However, my realistic goal that I’m aiming for is to work in financing. It seems like something I would enjoy as well as provide a good quality of life. I haven’t considered where I would like to end up in the future, but coming from a small town of just over 4000 people, I want to try the city life.
Sports marketing is an interesting field because it’s how most of the money is made in sports. With the ever increasing globalization of the world, ticket sales are such a small proportion of revenue for organizations, and so much of it now relies on merchandise sales and TV contracts. Both things that are a part of marketing. Over the course of this semester I hope to learn much more of this important field .
Thanks again for checking out my first blog post and be sure to follow my social media accounts to be kept up to date with Surprise Onside and all things me.
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Now go out there and do something unexpected!
Image reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/sports/football/21onside.html