In the 6th edition of my interview series, I was able to interview Jamey Rootes, team President of the Houston Texans and former President of the Columbus Crew.
Having been named to Sports Business Journal’s “40 under 40” twice, it was instantly clear how well-regarded Jamey is. After earning his undergraduate degree at Clemson University and his MBA at Indiana University, Jamey worked at Proctor & Gamble before receiving a call asking if he wanted to play a major role in the creation of the Columbus Crew.
After excelling at growing the sport of soccer in the United States, Jamey moved on to his current endeavor where he has succeeded in making the Texans one of the most successful teams in the league in terms of revenue and fan experience.
Along with his impressive career success, Jamey explains just how important mentorship was and continues to be for him. Just as I name four people who have been incredibly vital in my sports marketing career, Jamey lets us know who his mentors were and just how important they were to his success. Specifically, he credits Lamar and Clark Hunt as well as some of the members in the athletic departments at both Clemson and Indiana.
Throughout our interview, we spoke about:
- How Jamey was able to go from Clemson University to the President of the Houston Texans
- The similarities and differences that exist between being the President of a Soccer team and an American football team
- The changes that have taken place from the seasons when the Texans were well below .500
- Advice Jamey would give to those entering the business of sports
Sports Job Interview with Houston Texans President – Jamey Rootes
Sports Job Interview Transcript
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