5 Lessons from HPU’s All-Star Sports Entertainment Panel

During a recent All-Star Panel held on campus, students scored advice from three MVPs in the sports industry and learned how to make their goals a reality. Below are highlights from the conversation between Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO and HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence; Bob Ryan, Boston Globe Reporter and HPU’s Sports Reporter in Residence; and Joe Michaels, associate professor in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, former director of the NBC’s “TODAY” show and HPU’s Broadcaster in Residence. Their responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. 

 

1. Be prepared to work hard.

“Digging in and going deep to understand the industry you’re working in will serve you well. Don’t think something is going to just happen at the snap of a finger. It takes preparation and hard work.” – Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO and HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence

Cynt Marshall (left) and Joe Michaels (right) discussed current trends in the sports industry during the All-Star Sports Entertainment Panel.

 

2. Embrace the philosophy of life-long learning.

“Some things can’t be taught in a classroom; some things you’ll need to grow into. Learning on the job is important to your career education. If you really love something and you show genuine interest in it, it won’t be difficult for you to soak up information about that industry. The people I’ve worked with in television were successful because they knew what they were talking about and really worked hard to build that expertise. There are so many avenues today for young professionals to get in there and learn, whether it be all the networks there are now like ESPN, NBC, social media or more. Start where you have the most interest and work your way up.”

– Joe Michaels, associate professor in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, former director of the NBC’s “TODAY” show and HPU’s Broadcaster in Residence

 

3. Appreciate that you can go anywhere from where you are now.

“Be open to all aspects of life. See where it takes you. I never thought my second career would be working with an NBA team, but here I am. I started out at AT&T but ended up with the Mavericks. I may not have a sports background, but I have worked hard to learn on the job and it paid off.” 

– Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO and HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence

 

Logan Carter (left), an HPU senior majoring in sport communication and minoring in sport management, moderated the panel and presented questions to Ryan (middle), Marshall (right) and Michaels.

4. Live holistically.

“There is always a stigma around mental health, but in athletics, where physical condition is important, mental health is just as important. It’s ok not to be ok. We need to be sensitive to others and what they’re going through.” – Bob Ryan, Retired Sports Columnist for the Boston Globe and HPU’s Sports Reporter in Residence

 

5. Learn from everyone around you.

“You need a variety of people at the table to bounce ideas off of because they all can provide a different perspective. More people have to start caring about equality for all voices to be heard because having opinions from people of different backgrounds being voiced will continue to change things for the better.”

– Joe Michaels, associate professor in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, former director of the NBC’s “TODAY” show and HPU’s Broadcaster in Residence

 

Bonus Lesson!

Bob Ryan provided students with some context to their education when he shared his perspective on the HPU experience. 

“High Point University has great energy and passion. It is a very special place because the opportunities students have to help develop their aptitude is extraordinary.” – Bob Ryan, Retired Sports Columnist for the Boston Globe and HPU’s Sports Reporter in Residence

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