USC Marshall MBA Students Team Up for Sports Business Training

USC Marshall School of Business MBA students recently got to explore the business side of the sports industry during a visit with executives from the Portland Trail Blazers.

The students who made the trip are part of the school’s Marshall Sports Business Organization (MSBO). According to the club’s website, its “purpose is to act as a resource for students who want to network and learn about career opportunities in [sports].” The MSBO is part of the School of Business’ Sports Business Institute (SBI), which was created in 2005 in response to a growing demand from both graduate and undergrad business students at Marshall.

“It’s important for our students to receive exposure to executives and opportunities in the industry,” said Courtney Brunious, SBI associate director. During the Portland trip, the students met with members of the Trail Blazers, including the team’s president, Chris McGowan, who also serves as an adviser to the SBI. On following days, the trip included a visit to Nike’s corporate offices, where students met with senior executives, members of the company’s design team and a USC Marshall alumni group.

The visit culminated with a game between the USC Trojans and the Oregon Ducks.

“It was an incredible experience for everyone,” MSBO president Deepak Ramanathan said. “It was a very insightful experience. We learned a ton, developed some great connections and managed to have some fun, too.”

Learn more about the Sports Business Institute.


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