PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State To Host First Student-Run Sports Business Conference

A group of 19 business and communications students will run and host Penn State’s first-ever sports business conference on March 15 and 16. The event will feature speakers, industry professionals, and Penn State alumni from the New York Jets, the College Football Playoff, Major League Baseball, and more.

Seniors Alex Sheinman and Jon Marcus came up with the idea for the conference to put Penn State on the map for sports business.

“Getting a job in sports really comes down to networking and an event like this will put Penn State students in a great position to make relationships with successful people working in sports,” said Sheinman, who’s now the president of the Sports Business Conference. “This conference will provide a unique, intimate opportunity for students to network and learn from the best of the best in the sports industry.”

The conference will kickoff on Thursday, March 15 with a networking event in a private room in Beaver Stadium. Conference events, including a keynote speech, professional panels, and interest group discussions, will run from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Katz Law Building the following day.

Here’s a sampling of the types of speakers you can expect at the event:

  • Alisa Petercuskie, Premium Partnerships Account Executive for the New York Jets
  • Jessica Holtz Steinberg, Marketing Agent for Creative Artists Agency
  • Laila Brock, Senior Director of Operations and Logistics for the College Football Playoff
  • Matthew Driver, CEO of the American Soccer League
  • Mike Neligan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Excel Sports Management
  • Paul St. John, Sports Marketing Development Leader for Deloitte
  • Neil Duffy, Vice President of Business Development and College Network for World Gaming
  • Scott Shirley, Co-founder and CEO of Pledge It
  • Joann Esposito, Sports Properties Manager for The Madison Square Garden Company
  • Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner at SeventySix Capital
  • Matthew Schroll, Director of Inside Sales for the Philadelphia Union


“Having a the first Penn State Sports Business Conference will really put Penn State on the map for all the successful alumni working different jobs in the industry,” Sheinman said. “You’d be surprised how many people go to Penn State and then have awesome jobs working for a team, league, or agency within the sports field.”

Early bird tickets for students are now on sale for $15 and will be available for a few weeks at the organization’s table in the HUB. You can also e-mail [email protected] if you’re interested in purchasing tickets.

About the Author

Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.



Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

The Swedish faceoff specialist graduated after three seasons at Merrimack, but will be immediately eligible to play for Guy Gadowsky in 2018-19.

Harris, Rivers Win Big Ten Titles On Final Day Of Competition

Penn State Women’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Penn 15-14 In Double OT

Penn State’s Kaleigh Riehl Headed To U.S. U-23 Camp

Student Life

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Not only is literally everyone at Penn State from “right outside of Philly,” ALMOST everyone also works “right outside of Philly.”

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Finding Your Penn State Beyond Penn State: Carolyn Popescu’s Senior Column

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

No Surprise Here: Saquon Barkley Can Throw, Too

Thirty yards out? No problem for Saquon Barkley.

Penn State Approved For Medical Marijuana Clinical Research

“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation.”

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Josiah Hritsko is one of three finalists to become Moe’s Southwest Grill’s “Chief Taco Officer.”

Send this to a friend