One on One with Arsenia Ivanov

I conducted an interview with, my friend and fellow classmate, Arsenia Ivanov this past week about who she is, what she is doing for school, and a question regarding gender biases in sport. The interview process was actually really fun. I met Arsenia in Studio 59 in Cleveland Hall on the Washington State University campus. We discussed what questions we would be covering and the potential answers to those questions. We then tried a variety of different camera shots and seat locations. Once we decided on how we want this interview to look we started rolling. The actual time on camera was relatively short but the time spent in the computer lab editing the interview took a few hours.

The interview process and filming was very fun and quick. Arsenia is a very fun loving person and is easy to talk with. She definitely made the interview better just by being herself. While the video of the interview is short there are several questions that were asked but did not make it into the video. One of those questions was “If you could have any super power what would it be and why? Her response did not surprise me at the least. “I would want the power to heal. I would want to be able to heal issues like world hunger or cancer.” That is a small glimpse into who Arsenia is, she is always looking to help and better others in any capacity. Watch the clip below!

One of the best angles or shot from the interview is the last question I ask Arsenia. It deals with an issue that has been prevalent in the sport world for many years. Arsenia gives a brief but honest answer that I encourage any sport manager, and or fan to watch.

If you would like to learn more about Arsenia and who she is, or are interested in hiring her here are a few links to get into contact with her: Facebook, and Linkedin

Below is the interview video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!


What Sport Career is Right For Me?

How Do I Know?

As a sport management major I get asked often what job or career path do I desire the most? Most individuals ask if I want to work for my favorite Professional sports team, or my dream university, and I even get asked if I want to be a P.E teacher. While all of those options are viable and even enticing it can be difficult to know what career path within the sports world to take. Advice that is commonly given at Washington State University within the Sport Management program
is to talk with, job shadow, and internship with a variety of sport related jobs. While this advice is great and can lead to promising results it is also difficult at times to find the time to manage it all. As a full time student, working a part time job, and tending to my duties and responsibilities as a father of two it is difficult to find the time to find my desired career path. Well the wonderful staff and faculty of the Sport Management program knows indeed how difficult it truly is for students to learn what career paths bests suits them. To help students better know and explore their options the Sport Management program has started an annual Sport Management Career Fair!

What is the Career Fair?

This Career Fair is a wonderful opportunity for Sport Management students to listen to different speakers from a variety of sport careers. How the Career Fair works is, several professionals are invited to come and speak, answer questions, and give advice on their particular area of expertise. There have been professionals from, college athletics: athletic directors, deputy directors, and compliance. There have been speakers from, recreational, high school athletics, semi-pro, and professional sports. The fair is broken up into three 1-hour time slots where students can choose what speakers they would like to listen to. This gives students a opportunity to learn and ask questions from true professionals within the industry. After the three time slots a dinner is then provided from students to attended the entire fair. I know from personal experience that the Career Fair helped answered some questions I had about potential career paths. It is a wonderful way to learn what fits you best.


Cant I Just Find the Same Information on the Internet?

You may be thinking, “I could just find the info I need on the internet.” While you may be able to find some pertinent information on the web you will find better answers from the mouths of those who do it for a living.  There is no good substitute for genuine advice and input. Some advice that was given to me was from the Pullman High School Athletic Director. He said that anybody who is interested in high school athletics should know that it is not a 9-5 job. Specifically for an athletic director the hours are long and daunting.  There is not athletic department like in college there is only the A.D. He has to do everything from scheduling, to finance, to sweeping the gym floor at half time. This information was great for me personally because I have a strong desire to work in a high school setting as and A.D. This confirmed what I had thought the job would look like.

In Conclusion

While you can certainly find information about jobs and sport careers from many different sources it sure is convenient and helpful to attend an event like the Career Fair. It sure does help make a life affecting decision a little easier then scouring the internet looking for help. If you are interested in a career in sport I highly recommend attending an event like the Career Fair.

Implications for Sport Managers

Every athletic department has its hands full with the daily grind of college athletics but when players get into off the field issues it becomes a dilemma for university AD’s.

WSU is no exception. Leading up to the 2016 football season several football players had run ins with the law. One of those players is linebacker Logan Tago. Logan and some of his friends (unnamed) were accused of robbing and beating a man for his beer near the WSU campus over the summer. “Tago was originally charged with second-degree felony robbery and fourth-degree misdemeanor assault for an incident on June 4, in which Tago took part in assaulting and taking beer from a man on College Hill, leaving the man with a concussion” (Shadler). However, charges have been changed.

On January 30th the Daily Evergreen reported that, “WSU linebacker Logan Tago has accepted a plea bargain for third-degree assault, according to The Seattle Times.” The plea deal states that Tago is to serve 30 days in Whitman County Jail, perform 240 hours of community service and pay $800 in fines. While these events are not condoned by WSU or law enforcement they are however not uncommon for college and professional athletes as a whole. But what does this mean for university AD’s?

Within the article published by the Daily Evergreen it is discussed briefly that after serving a suspension Tago was allowed to play the last two games of the 2016 season. This decision was determined by Athletic Director Bill Moos despite a policy prohibiting students charged with felonies from competing in their respective sport. This is what I would really like to focus on. Although there is a policy regarding student athletes charged with felonies are not allowed to compete Bill Moos made the decision to allow Tago to play. This decision made by Bill Moos is like many others that sport managers have to make. The issues and dilemmas that sport managers have to evaluate and ultimately make a decision can have a large impact on their organization.

A lot of thought and consideration goes into evaluating and making decisions like what Bill Moos faced. Sport managers not only evaluate the specific situation but how that situation impacts the entire organization. If sport managers take lightly their decision making process negative implications will soon follow. A example of this would be Penn State and the sexual assault scandal of 2011. The incredible mishandling of the Penn State incident made by the athletic department, coaches, and other sport managers shows how important decisions made by sport managers are.

In regards to Bill Moos’s decision making process for Logan Tago I cannot say, simply because I do not know. But what is important to note is the impact those decisions of sport managers can have on their organization.

Sport Management

Sport Management Degree, Not for P.E teachers!

As sport becomes more and more commercial the need for the heads of the organizations to think more like a CEO then a P.E teachers is vital. For most, the idea of what a Division I athletic director does is unknown; or what the responsibilities of a league commissioner truly are. The roles and responsibilities of sport managers are difficult and require an understanding of business and sport. The sport management degree, BA and MA, is the perfect path to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to run a successful sport organization. One of the best sport management programs is at Washington State University.

Washington State University Sport Management

When the major sport management is discussed with those who do not fully understand what it takes to run a successful sport organization things said are; “oh so you want to be a P.E teacher.” or “You want to be a coach or an agent.” What most fail to understand about sport organizations is they are a business. A business needs managers and leaders who understand business concepts. However, this business is not your typical business so it requires more than a business mind set. Enter sport management! While most sport management degrees are in the college of education they also spend a majority of time with the college of business. Sport management majors are not only getting taught sport but business of sport. They are the future leaders of sport and will help shape the way sport organizations run.

Why Sport Management