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Mar 06 2010

A day at the Emirates!

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Wow! What a game!  Arsenal started strong and dominated for most of the game.  Fans were on their toes often with many great crosses in front of the goal, unfortunately many sailed wide or over the top.  At the half, the match was 1-0 to Arsenal.  Quickly after the second half started, Burnley tied the match at 1-1.  Following a few misses, Arsenal finally went on top to stay.  Burnley didn’t let down and almost tied the game in the last 5 minutes.  In stoppage time, Arsenal added their final goal, so after 90 minutes of play, Arsenal beat Burnley, 3-1.

This was a really cool experience for the group.  Many of us had never been to a Premier League match before.  It is different than any sporting event experience in the US.  People don’t go to games for the entertainment value, they go simply to watch what is happening on the field.  There are no promotions and alcohol is allowed in the stands, although it is sold on the concourse.  The game is two 45 minute halves of pure soccer.

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The fans from the visiting team are all seated in one section, which is lined with security.  Similar to sporting events in the US, fans from the opposing teams will taunt each other and shout chants at each other.  Arsenal fans had a few chants up their sleeve, Dean Winkler, who claims to be a longtime Arsenal fan, couldn’t even tell us what they were saying.

We all had an amazing day!  It is time to thaw-out after sitting out in the cold and fuel up with some good ‘ol fish and chips!  We are excited about a great week ahead of us and having the chance to get back to another Arsenal game!

Cheers from London!

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Mar 05 2010

No More Worrying Mom… We Are In London!

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For those of us that flew over on United 922 we are safely and comfortably in our hotel.

While a seven hour and sixteen minute plane ride may seem a bit daunting, the SIM students wasted not a moment. From my perch in 38 B I saw a row of students all taking in the latest Sports Business Journal.  Also congratulations to Matt, who got his sales midterm paper done!  It would be nice to have that kind of time to work on it, but section 2 had our paper due last night… thanks Dawn and Jamie!

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I certainly used my time productively. After stepping off the plane I can strongly recommend The Invention of Lying staring Ricky Gervais! If comedy isn’t your cup of tea (insert UK joke here) Up In the Air starring George Clooney will certainly grab at your heartstrings. The movie actually inspired me to sign up to start collecting miles from United. I want that 10 million mile card! Who am I kidding? Forget this sports thing I want to be the pilot.

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Couldn’t be more excited for tomorrow. Arsenal v. Burnely at Emirates Stadium! For those of you a little behind the Earth’s rotation the game kicks off at 9:55 a.m. ET. Check back for photos and updates. Don’t forget to follow our tweets.

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Mar 05 2010

Good Morning and Bon Voyage…

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On our way to London!
Good morning from Dulles International Airport!

Many of us are here and ready to bon voyage to London!  For some, it is their first trip and others, a chance to go back.  For all, it will be a great opportunity to interact with top sports executives in the UK. 

A little bit about me. 

My name is Kelly Erisman and in my second semester of the Georgetown SIM program.  I entered the program after spending a year working in sports in England.  This is a cool opportunity for me to see where Georgetown has taken me in the past year and to visit old friends.

It’s early in the morning but spirits are high as we get ready to board the plane!  We are about 24 hours away from our first British experience of the trip, at the Arsenal v Burnley game. 

Look for an update tonight from London!

Also be sure to check us our on twitter: @georgetownsim or #londonsim

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Mar 04 2010

Ready to light the torch

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Ever wonder what happened to the Olympic flame when it was extinguished in Vancouver last Sunday? Well obviously it is carried to its next destination! That’s where the Georgetown Sports Industry Management London Tour 2010 comes in. Tomorrow morning, eighteen SIM students will take the flame and light the cauldron for the 2012 London Summer Olympics!

Ok, well not exactly, but eighteen of us will be traveling to London tomorrow to further our sports education… and yes, the Olympics will be involved.

Maybe I should back up and introduce myself. My name is Andrew Minucci and I am finishing up my Master’s of Professional Studies in the Georgetown University Sports Industry Management program. I am currently a marketing intern with D.C. United and have aspirations to work in Major League Soccer. I chose to attend the Georgetown SIM program because of the exceptional faculty, access to top-tier internships and location in Washington D.C.

But enough about me.

Over the next eight days my fellow Hoyas and I will be in London meeting with decision-makers for some of the top sports businesses in the world. My fellow students and I will be providing blog updates about our experience and offering you a glimpse of the sports world across the big pond.

From March 5-13 we will be visiting with more organizations than I can name, but here is a little preview.

  • Arsenal (Emirates Stadium)
  • Wembley Stadium
  • Parliament
  • Nike – Social Responsibility
  • London 2012 Olympic Org.
  • NBA International
  • Octagon UK
  • Wimbledon
  • AEG Europe and the 02 Arena
  • IMG

What am I most excited for? Well that’s like picking your favorite child, but if I really had to chose I would say the UEFA Champions League match at Emirates Stadium on March 9. As an aspiring professional in the domestic soccer business, seeing state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium and the production involved in a major international soccer fixture is a dream come true.

Oh yea, the fact I am a big Arsenal fan certainly doesn’t hurt either.

All that being said I invite you to follow our journey, interact with us in the comments section, and hopefully learn a thing or two you didn’t know about the international sports business.

Check back tomorrow morning as my colleague Kelly Erisman will be giving you an update from the Dulles Airport.

See you in London!

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