Gannon University Students Compete for a Job Opportunity with Cleveland Indians

Posted: February 17, 2014

Students enrolled in Gannon University's sport management and marketing program were introduced to their semester-long project, a collaboration with the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team.

Assistant Professor Eric Brownlee, Ph.D., from the Dahlkemper School of Business, is helping his students gain real-life sales experience through the 2014 College Ticket Sales Training Program in collaboration with the professional baseball club.

Students from the program's principles of sport marketing, and sport facility and event management courses will be divided into teams to formulate strategies to reach the goal of selling 500 Indians game-day tickets. The Gannon students are competing against students from 10 other universities. The top four ticket sellers will earn a chance for an interview with the Cleveland Indians' sales department.

Alyssa Bates is enrolled in the sport facility and event management course and is looking forward to the project. "I am excited about the Cleveland Indians project because it will give me a chance to experience the everyday life of a sales representative. I am also excited to interact with the different schools to get different perspectives on the project," said Bates.

A student from the principles of sport marketing course, Tyler Smith, is excited to take the class for the future opportunities that it presents.

"I think the most exciting part of this project is the real world experience we will get," Smith said. "I hope to get people I can contact when I graduate to see about potential job opportunities and people to use as a reference."

Matt Clark, group sales account executive for the Cleveland Indians, is directing the project. Clark visited Gannon campus on Jan. 22 to introduce himself and present the details of the project to the students enrolled in the two courses.

Students will be able to further their sales training on Feb. 22 for an "advanced full-day training" session at Cleveland's Progressive Field. This training day will enhance the students' selling knowledge and teach various sales techniques.