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Ohio University / San Diego Sports Consulting Project

The San Diego Sports Consulting Project (SDSCP) was begun in 2011 and is designed to give students an opportunity to leverage their existing business skills, as well as develop new ones, in an exciting and challenging sports business environment. Historically the San Diego Padres have presented the group of 35 students with a business project focused on ticket sales. Beginning in 2014, Ohio University’s Center for Sports Administration expanded the number of partners to seven.

San Diego Padres
PGA Farmers Insurance Open
University of San Diego Athletics
National Sports Forum
San Diego Hall of Champions
Connexions Sports & Entertainment
San Diego Chargers

Students begin the project with one week of on-ground coursework at their home institution.  This includes research for local clients, preparation of a recommendation document and live presentation. Once in San Diego, students participate in a Nielson/Scarborough workshop and 24 hour challenge for the Padres. This is followed by initial client meetings with each partnering organization and the student team.  The key challenge for each team of five will be to decide on the appropriate plan of execution after receiving the project charge from their respective clients on Tuesday, June 17th. What follows over the next 10 days is research, data analysis formulated into recommendations and presentation preparation.  Deliverables for the client include a leave-behind graphical report of research findings and recommendations and final presentations to the partnering organizations on Friday, June 27th.

The goal of the San Diego Sports Consulting Project is to provide students with an experience they will remember as one of the most meaningful and important ones in developing them personally and professionally.

Requirements From Host Organizations – Each company involved with the project would be required to work with faculty from Ohio University to determine the scope of the consulting project in advance of the student’s arrival. Host organization would be asked to designate one liaison to also be available during the two week time period should additional questions arise. Each organization would be required to sit in for their final presentation (20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A) and provide feedback afterwards.