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Sport Management major Paul Liotta '14 (center) with Hall of Fame player Paul Krause (l) and Arizona Carindals wide receiver, Michael Floyd (r)

Baldwin Wallace Sport Management Majors Learn From Super Experience

BW students traveled to New Jersey to work for the NFL at one of the biggest events in in their chosen profession.

By Justin Malave '17

The NFL welcomed 22 Yellow Jackets on Friday night, providing each student with a full package of Super Bowl attire to wear on Sunday. The students enjoyed pre-game events in New York and New Jersey on Friday and Saturday, before suiting up for hospitality and guest relations tasks on Sunday.

While the students didn't catch much of the lopsided action, they were part of the mammoth behind-the-scenes operation. They also rubbed elbows with some of the sports and media figures in town for the game.

Back to Back Super Bowls for BW Students

This is the second straight year Sport Management Professor Charles Campisi was able to offer students the opportunity to work the Super Bowl. Last year, a group volunteered to provide support for The NFL Experience in New Orleans in the week leading up to the game.

This year, each student earned an NFL paycheck for their work on game day.

“From my standpoint,” said Professor Campisi, “it was a great opportunity for the students to experience a sports mega-event and the most popular annual North American sporting event. The students were great and had the opportunity to both work and see the Super Bowl.”

NFL Connection

Campisi, who worked in the NFL for five seasons and took home a Super Bowl ring when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ front office, reached out to his contacts in the NFL to land the credentialed role for his students.

The distinctive undergraduate experience caught the attention of the Cleveland news media, with Channels 5, 8 and 19 interviewing the students before they set out on this super-sized, hands-on, learning experience.

Posted February 2014

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