Professional Baseball Comes to School of Business and Industry

For anyone considering a career in professional baseball, Florida A&M’s School of Business and Industry is the place to be Wednesday.

SBI will host a seminar to provide information on careers offered in professional baseball and related industries.

The seminar, which will be sponsored by the Pi Sigma Epsilon marketing fraternity and student marketing organization S.M.A.R.T., will take place in the main courtyard of SBI from 8:55 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The session will include presentations from representatives of Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Brooklyn Cyclones, Goldklang Group and the Professional Baseball Umpires Corporation.

Topics being discussed include team ownership operations, baseball marketing and media networks.

A questions and answer session will immediately follow each presentation.

Roscoe Hightower, an associate marketing professor for SBI, said the university proposed the seminar three years ago to benefit students and other residents.

 “We are bringing it to Tallahassee to support and develop our community,” Hightower said.

Minor League President and CEO Patrick O’Conner will also make his third appearance at SBI to speak about the relationship between minor league baseball and FAMU’s student organizations. O’Conner was the guest speaker the last two years at the SBI’s Distinguished Entrepreneurs forum.

Raymond Shaw, a third-year business administration student from Atlanta, said he is looking forward to learning about baseball careers that go beyond the field from the seminar.

“This is a really great opportunity for anyone to take up,” Shaw said. “I’ve often wondered how I can get into the industry of baseball without actually being a player. Whether it be umpiring or doing sports marketing it’s cool to be able to learn about opportunities in professional baseball careers.”

Shawnta Friday-Stroud, dean of SBI, expressed a similar sentiment about the seminar.

 “We’re excited about this event because it will open up new opportunities for our students,” Friday-Stroud said.

There is no charge to the public for attending this event. Parking is available around Bragg Memorial Stadium.