Dr. Stephen Mosher, Sport Studies professor/coordinator, was quoted in a recent ESPN.com piece written by Ithaca College alum Andrew Marchand ’96.

“Are fans giving the Mets a free pass?” explores the fan culture and allegiances to underperforming professional teams. Commenting on how fans chose the Mets over the Yankees, Dr. Mosher states:

“The first Mets fans were deliberately choosing to not to be Yankee fans. They may not have been Brooklyn or Giants fans, when those teams left. They might not even have been baseball fans.

“It was a deliberate choice to be an anti-Yankee fan. The Mets represented the World’s Fair and the 21st century in a way the Yankees didn’t. The Mets also represent the middle class, the way the Yankees don’t. The Yankees own everything. They are the high rollers. They always have been. A lot of people living in the real world resent that.”

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As part of a class project, Sport Media Relations students Nicole Johnson and Zach Milicic caught up with Ithaca College senior star Sydney Folk to discuss Bombers softball.

Listen below (gray play button) as the two-time Empire 8 Player of the Year reflects on her decorated career and talks about this past season’s successful squad.


Photos courtesy of Ithaca College Athletic Communications

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The Sport Management and Media Department extends a congratulations to Gavin Cote ’12 (Sport Media) for being the first alum from our majors to be featured in the Ithaca College READY series. Currently, Gavin serves as an associate producer at ESPN.

“I wouldn’t have gotten my foot in the door at ESPN without the background I got doing Gridiron Report and taking production classes in the Park School and writing classes in the sport media department,” Gavin said. “Having all that on my resume led to a production internship at ESPN the summer before my senior year.”

“Production skills, working under deadline pressure, focusing on internships, developing writing skills, making contacts — everything I experienced at IC was relevant to what I’m doing now. Don’t think you can’t work at a certain place because it’s ESPN or NBC. I’m building on the skills I went to college for, and I’m getting paid to do something I love: watch sports.”

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The Sport Management and Media Department cordially invites all of our alumni/ae and current students to a gathering at Boston Beer Works on Monday, July 28th. Details below:

When: Monday, July 28th // 6:00 p.m. to ????
Where: Boston Beer Works (112 Canal Street location)
Questions: Please contact either Annemarie Farrell (afarrell@ithaca.edu) or Kyle Woody (kwoody@ithaca.edu)

Appetizers and door prizes provided.

By Sam Coppola ’14

The Beginning:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go . . . ”

Everyone’s heard the story of the local athlete that made it. But, there are also the stories of local athletes that push themselves for years in hopes of one day making it to the highest level. Not every athlete can go the route of getting drafted out of high school or playing junior college ball for a year or two. Some players that have the professional ambition to do something with their baseball careers have different paths and obstacles to overcome. As for Jasper Adams, the dream of one day being signed to a Major League ball club is still in reach. There were no guarantees of what baseball or life had in store for Adams — but it was the journey along the way that made him into the person he is today.

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As part of a class project, Sport Media Relations students Miles Surrey and Jake Willis caught up with Ithaca College senior standout Jenn Escobido to discuss Bombers women’s basketball.

Listen below (gray play button) as the four-time All-Empire 8 award winner reflects on her Ithaca College recruitment process; discusses her decorated career; and talks about this past season’s Elite 8 squad.


Photos courtesy of Ithaca College Athletic Communications

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The Syracuse Crunch (AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning) are looking for Fall 2014 interns. All opportunities are listed below; if interested, apply on TeamWork Online.

-Beat Writer
-Community Relations and Merchandise
-Graphic Design
-Graphics and Production
-Group Sales
-Public Relations
-Social Media/Graphics
-Sponsorship Services
-Ticket Operations

The entire Sport Management and Media Department extends a congratulations to our Sport Management, Sport Media and Sport Studies graduates (December 2013 and May 2014)!

The Department of Sport Management and Media — along with the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance — is proud to announce our 2013-2014 academic award recipients.


Dean’s Award
Joseph Portsmouth ’14

Professional Excellence Awards in Sport Management
Lauren Brundage ’14
David Searles ’14
Brock Winter ’14

Professional Excellence Award in Sport Media

Matthew Kelly ’14

Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Sport Studies Award
Kevin Sherman ’14

Congrats, Joseph, Lauren, David, Brock, Matthew and Kevin!

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By John Harriss ’15

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement ceremony, June 12th, 2005

When we think about what we want to major in at college, the question most of us end up asking ourselves what we want to do with the rest of our lives. That’s not what college is about. College is about pursuing your passions, your interest, and (ultimately) learning more about yourself.

I look at people like my aunt, who majored in psychology at the University of Delaware. She is now the VP of Online Originals for Disney Interactive. Or Dr. Annemarie Farrell, chair of the Sport Management and Media department at Ithaca College, who graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a political science degree, and now she is one of our favorite professors in the Sport Management and Media department. My point? College degrees don’t dictate our future.

Ithaca College alum Brad Kolodner ’12 is a great example of this. Having graduated with a Television-Radio degree and Sport Studies minor, you would think that he is a production assistant at ESPN, or at least a media member somewhere in the world of sports. Nope, he plays the banjo with his dad.


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The expressed opinions in this blog are those of the individual authors and do not represent Ithaca College.