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Michael Rudd

Sports Marketing Specialist at 97.1 The Fan Sports Radio in Columbus Ohio. Writer aka Blogger, Fitness Nut, Book Lover, B-Ball Coach and Enjoyer of L I F E. Find my blog (here)  and the Tweets (here). My new book “Hot Dogs, A Little Marketing, and A Lot of Fun” will hit shelves in a few months.





Joe Pirucki

With a career background encompassing the many aspects of the National Football League, Mr. Pirucki offers a wealth of knowledge on the inner workings of a Club Front Office. His expertise in contract negotiation and salary cap management is supplemented with insight on other Club activities, including scouting, personnel decisions, workouts, injuries, cash flow, training camp, etc… His experience includes sports administration roles with the Detroit Lions, NFL League Office, The Detroit Group, Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mud Hens, and Bowling Green State University.





Chris McKinney

Chris McKinney is completely obsessed with the sports career-launching process. His goal of helping college students and career-changers launch sports careers is what drives him. As president of SPORTS LAUNCH™, Chris is committed to developing the the most powerful career-launching tools ever created for the sports industry. His new book, How to Land Your First Job in Sports: 7 Simple Steps can be found on

Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMcKinney and Facebook.




Matthew Gray

MGMatthew Gray is a Louisville Kentucky native currently residing in Chicago Illinois.Covering all aspects of Chicago sports is his calling in life, but Matthew has been a resource to the sports business minded individual looking to break through in a sports career. Matthew owns a strong managerial and professional background which includes over 25 years of experience as a regional marketing director, author, scout, coach and athlete.
Active in professional youth athletic organizations, Matthew served as a local Louisville baseball scout prior to arriving in Chicago, and currently coaches the 12U Lake In The Hills Pirates travel baseball team located in the Chicago suburbs. Matthew has the distinct honor as well of being a Kids First certified coach. Matthew is also currently pursuing his bachelors degree in sports management at Post University, expected to graduate in December of 2015.


Hakeem Onafowokan

Hakeem Onafowokan

University of Minnesota Sport Management alumnus. Second-year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Follow Hakeem on Twitter @Hakeemamatata.





Kendall Moore

KendallKendall Moore is the Founder and Principal of Official Review Consulting, LLC, a Maryland-based consulting firm focused on strategic and outcomes-driven program development for nonprofit organizations and corporate giving programs, particularly within the sports industry. Kendall holds a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and is also an alumna of The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics degree, triple concentrating in Marketing, Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Social Impact & Responsibility.




Bryan Mcwilliam

BryanBryan’s work has been published in The Hockey News, Sports Networker, Mets360, Blood and Thunder Magazine, fiveonfive Magazine, Canadian Baseball Network, Gear Up for Sports, Slam! Wrestling, Miz Rebel Records and more. He has appeared on ESPN Radio and The Score to discuss sports and his sports writing has received mention on As a sports journalist Bryan provides opinion and analysis on the sports world. His topics range from specific sports such as baseball, hockey, basketball, football, professional wrestling, roller derby and other sports subjects such as social media, sponsorship, ticket sales, marketing, networking, business, jobs and public relations. As a columnist Bryan currently writes a weekly sports column for the popular blog space Mets360 and he formerly wrote a daily sports column for Gear Up for Sports.

Follow Bryan on Twitter @BryanMcwilliam



Pat DeCola


Pat DeCola, the MLB Power Rankings writer for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, has been honing his craft over the past five years, rising to the top of his profession at a quick pace. After gaining traction as the Red Sox and New England Patriots beat writer for the NH Union Leader, DeCola considers himself to be a prolific source of sports insight and a valuable asset to any news outlet.


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