My name is Tyler Beesley, and for the
last year and a half I have been attending the University of Tiffin with
the goal of earning my Masters in Business Administration with a
concentration in Sports Management. The final hurdle I have to jump prior
to earning my MBA is an internship with a sports entity. I currently live
in Doha, Qatar, which severely limited my internship option; however I was
lucky to be put in contact with Darryl Greene of D. Greene Sports. D.
Greene Sports is a basketball agency, representing players in the U.S., Canada,
and other international professional leagues. For this internship I will
be helping Mr. Greene's clients find further employment in the professional
basketball league in Qatar, the Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF).
The Work Plan
1. Name of Organization: D. Greene Sports
2. General Info of the Organization: This is a professional sports agency for basketball clients. The location of the office is Sioux Fall, SD, but I will be virtually completing this internship in Doha, Qatar.
3. Key People in Organization/4. Supervisor Information: Mr. Greene is the owner/operator of D. Greene Sports, and is the only person in the organization with whom I will have contact throughout this internship experience. Additional information on him can be found on the D. Greene Sports and QBF page.
5. General Hours / Days You Are Expected to Work: To complete this internship I will complete 200+ hours towards achieving the goals of this organization in Doha, Qatar. The hours and days are not set, as it is dependent upon the QBF schedule and when management officials of the various clubs are available to meet with me.
6. Main Duties: During this internship, my main duties will be to contact the various basketball organizations on behalf of D. Greene Sports. Forward information about D. Greene Sports’ clients to the appropriate personnel within the organization. Follow-up contact with the organizations with regards to the try-out tapes and information that was sent to assess interest level. Attend in-person meetings with these organizations to discuss options, and establish the initial negotiations with respect to the potential players. Enable Darryl Greene and the client to travel to Doha to finalize a deal, and to attend these final negotiations. Attend the QBF League games to learn more about the league, and make additional contacts outside of what is available to find online. Attend the QBF League games to scout the teams, and gain a better understanding of the league. These scouting reports will also help me in my approach to the individual teams as I will have a better understanding of their needs and will have a hook for talking with them. The recap of the games will be shown in my journal, and there is a separate page that contains the scouting reports for each team.
7. Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.
8. Specific Goals for this Internship: During this internship I want to learn more about the sports industry, and what it takes to work in the sports industry, as my entire professional career has been based in the public sector. I also want to learn more negotiation strategies for contracts between players and professional teams, and work on building my portfolio for a potential career move into the Sports Industry. Finally, I want to learn the best way to approach teams about players, how those players fill the team’s need, and the steps that are necessary to go from identifying the need to actually enabling the player to sign with the team.
9. Expected Learning Outcomes: At the end of this internship experience I expect to learn more about the QBF, and how the league in Doha differs from the league in the U.S. In addition, I hope to have a better understanding of the expectations of being a sports agent, and the traits necessary to be a successful sports agent for professional athletes. Having spent my entire adult life working for the U.S. Government, I also expect to have a better understanding of the private sector way of business, and more specifically how the sports industry operates. While the sports industry in Doha surely operates differently than the industry in the U.S., I still expect that this will provide me with a basic understanding of what it will take for me to be successful as I look to a new career path in the sports industry.