Welcome to the third edition of our Milan Newsletter!

September 26, 2018

This time next week we’ll be in Milan, Italy! See below for important information, and to meet more teammates.

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Let’s CONTINUE TO get to know the Milan 2018 team!

At Living Sport, our goal is to enable our team members to create new friendships and connections that will help grow their professional network. Let’s meet a few more of our teammates.

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Ann Bradley Lewis

1. What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Ann Bradley: I decided I wanted to work in sports after being a competitive gymnast for ten years. I was interested in learning what it takes to run a successful sporting event. I’ve always been around sports growing up and knew it was the best career choice for me. 

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Ann Bradley: My favorite sport is gymnastics and my favorite teams are the Ravens and the Orioles.  

3. What job would you like to have in the next five years?

Ann Bradley: In five years, I want to be working sporting events in Baltimore!

 

4. What is your dream job?

Ann Bradley: My dream job is to be a special events coordinator for a professional football team!

 

5. What is a unique trait you bring to the team?

Ann Bradley: Definitely my outgoing personality and my strong work ethic! I’m not afraid to start a conversation with anyone I meet making me a team player for any task I’m given. 

 

6. What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Ann Bradley: My biggest sport business accomplishment so far has to be volunteering for the Baltimore Ravens and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament! These were both great opportunities to further my work experience professionally and collegiately. 

 

7. What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

Ann Bradley: I’m hoping to gain more international experience working in sporting events! I’m looking forward to networking with different people all around the world and finding ways to connect each other through sport.   

8. Favorite city you have visited?

Ann Bradley: My favorite city that I’ve visited is Barcelona! I studied abroad there my junior year and absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to go back one day! 

9. Tell us about hobby, fun fact, or hidden talent you have.

Ann Bradley: I love to dance! I’ve been dancing since I was three years old and can’t help myself anytime I’m out with friends! 

 

10. What college/university do you attend? Where do you reside now?

Ann Bradley: I just graduated from Elon University majoring in sport management. Now I live in Towson, Maryland where I have a part-time job coaching gymnastics! I’m hoping to use my sport management background and get a full-time job in Baltimore!


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Chris Jeter

1. What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Chris: I want to be an influential figure and notable voice like the greats, like Stephen A. Smith.

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Chris: My favorite sport is football and my favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

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3. What job would you like to have in the next five years?

Chris: I want to be a host for a sports tv show.

4. What is your dream job?

Chris: Having my own talk show about topics I want to talk about.

5. What is a unique trait you bring to the team?

Chris: A keen attention to detail. 

 

6. What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Chris: My biggest accomplishment in the sports business industry so far is definitely being able to interview and meet a few football players at a Redskins charity event.

 

7. What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

Chris: Experience and connections to people within my field.

 

8. Favorite city you have visited?

Chris: Los Angeles.

9. Tell us about hobby, fun fact, or hidden talent you have.

Chris: I play the drums! 

 

10. What college/university do you attend? Where do you reside now?

Chris: I am currently enrolled in Full Sail University and I live in Washington DC! 


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1. What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Sydni: I have been involved in the sports industry for as long as I can remember. I started out as an athlete, excelling in sports such as gymnastics, karate, volleyball and basketball. However, I realized that as I got older I was not necessarily as interested in playing sports, as I am in working behind the scenes. Currently, I am a senior at Howard University studying Sports Management. I absolutely love my major, and this can be shown through my work ethic, eagerness to learn and passion for a variety of different sports. I currently work for the Howard football team as a graphic designer and administrative intern. I handle any graphics that the coaches may need, as well as assist with recruiting and any other office work that may need to get done. I am also the Digital Media and Rally Intern for the Washington Redskins!

My goal is to trail-blaze the sports industry. I want to use any and all experiences that may cross my path to not only build my resume, but also inspire other young women to join the business of sports.  

 

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Sydni: My favorite sport is football, and my favorite team is the Patriots. 

 

3. What job would you like to have in the next five years?

Sydni: In the next five years I would love to be working in an athletic office at a D1 university. 

 

4. What is your dream job?

Sydni: I aspire to one day become an Athletic Director for a Division 1 university 

 

5. What is a unique trait you bring to the team?

Sydni:  (Did not answer)

 

6. What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Sydni: My biggest sport business accomplishment is getting an internship with the Washington Redskins. 

 

7. What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

Sydni: I hope to gain lifelong friends and connections! 

8. Favorite city you have visited?

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Sydni: Cuba! 

 

9. Tell us about hobby, fun fact, or hidden talent you have.

Sydni:  I am a second degree black-belt in Karate and I teach kickboxing.

10. What college/university do you attend? Where do you reside now?

Sydni: I attend Howard University - I’m a Sports Management Major. I am an extremely hard-working and diligent person. I am fun to be around and am always up for a challenge. I am also well-versed in teaching, leadership, Spanish, graphic design and event planning. 


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eric corsello

1. What made you want to get into THE sportS INDUSTRY?

Eric: I wanted to get into the sports industry because I have always loved sports. As a young child I played sports all the way to my senior year of high school when I was captain of my varsity football team. I have always wanted to work for a sports franchise, be around the sport and competitive environment. I love football (American), soccer, basketball, baseball, and cycling are my favorites. 

 

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Eric: My favorite sport is American football. I love the LA Rams and Baltimore Ravens. 

3. What job would you like to have in the next five years?

Eric: In five years I would like to be working in player management for a professional franchise in the United States, hopefully in football, basketball, or baseball. 

 

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4. What is your dream job?

Eric: My dream job would be working in player relations or team PR for the LA Rams. 

 

5. What is a unique trait you bring to the team?

Eric: A unique trait that I bring to the team is my knowledge of sports history and that I speak Italian. 

6. What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Eric: My biggest sports business accomplishment would be managing a baseball league for underprivileged children and adults. 

 

7. What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

Eric: I hope to gain many things from the program; including professional connections, leads to a job in the industry, a great trip to Italy, new lifelong friends, memories, as well as new techniques and ways for getting myself into the sports industry. 

8. Favorite city you have visited?

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Eric: Favorite place I have been in the world is Roma, Italia. 

 

9. Tell us about hobby, fun fact, or hidden talent you have.

Eric: A fun fact that I have is I am really good at cutting hair. I love cutting hair doing and doing all types of haircuts as well. 

 

10. What college/university do you attend? Where do you reside now?

Eric: I attended the University of California Irvine. I studied International Studies/Relations. I reside in the greater Los Angeles area, about 35 minutes from Downtown LA. 


FUN FACTS YOUR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MILAN

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IT’S ALWAYS APERITIVO TIME. 

Milan is Italy’s uncontested drinking capital, and home to Campari bitter. Milano da bere (“Milan to drink”) was the local journalists’ term for the swinging 1980s when the city became the land of the happy hour. Milan still does cocktail hour well: with the purchase of a drink you can eat as much as you want from that buffet – just don’t call it tapas. 

Most foreigners' ideas of aperitivo come from the French 'aperitif' where you have a cocktail and canapés before dinner. If you're invited for an aperitivo in northern Italy, the tradition is somewhat different and more drawn-out, you buy one drink (priced from €8-12) and are hereafter given licence to eat as much of the bar food as you like. Aperitivo culture has really taken off in Milan and most locals now see it as their main meal instead of the warm-up.

IT’S HELPFUL TO LEARN SOME ITALIAN.

Most professional Romans speak excellent English, especially in the larger, touristy areas where you will be hard pushed to find a waiter who won't reply to you in English. Despite this, it's always a good idea to learn some conversational language which helps build a rapport with the locals. Here are some basics that should get you through any eating experience in Italy...

Prendo (I'll have) tre birre, un caffè, una pizza etc.
Per favore, Grazie (please, thank you)
Un tavolo per due (a table for two)
Il conto per favore (the bill please) – You have to ask for this

THE WAITER ISN'T BEING RUDE WHEN HE LEAVES YOU ALONE TO EAT.

Italian food rituals command that food (and people) take their time, so it's up to you to wave a cameriere (waiter) down and ask to order and also for the bill. The same relaxed attitude also applies to tipping which is rarely done in Italy. Often bar staff will question a tip, especially if the establishment is small.

WATCH OUT FOR MOSQUITOEs.

If anything were to cause trouble in Italy's industrial paradise it would be the smallest of parasites, no? Yes. Milan is a hotbed of mosquitos (le zanzare) and they punctuate the night air from May-October. The city is built on swampland and the hot, humid weather brings these creatures out in droves. The best protection comes from pharmaceutical sprays and plug-in repellents; it's best to buy these in Italy, as the chemicals work best to fight-off the natives.

MUSSOLINI DIDN'T MAKE THE TRAINS RUN ON TIME.

There's an urban legend that 20th century fascist leader Mussolini made the trains run on time in Italy, well it's not true, despite the protestations of many of the older generations. Italians and their watches very much march to the beat of their own drum. This is not an elaborate music metaphor Italians pay liitle attention to time keeping - it's not uncommon to see two clocks in a piazza displaying totally different times, even in Milan. Trams, buses and trains rarely run on time, neither do meetings or lunch-hours. This can be infuriating for a foreigner trying to do business here, but the best advice I can give is that you'll do well to just go with it. Meetings start when the most important person arrives, and if that's not you grab a coffee and wait; it's the Italian way. 

STEPPING ON BALLS BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

A popular New Year ritual for the Milanese and tourists alike is to spin their bootheels on the testicles of the dancing mosaic bull in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The Galeria was built in 1877 by Giuseppe Mangoni, but he fell to his death from scaffolding a few weeks before it was completed. Spinning on the bull’s balls is meant to prevent similar bad luck. Look out for people engaged in this awkward dance and join in: find the worn patch at the bull’s groin, plant your right heel firmly, and spin backwards three times.

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LEARN THE COFFEE RULES.

In Milan it’s good to look busy, like everyone else, but when no one’s watching, take a break for a caffé (an espresso, but you wouldn’t call it that) and let the Milanese run around and worry about work – that’s what they’re known for, after all. Please note: order a caffè and you'll get a simple espresso; all other types of coffee need to be distinguished as such. If a cup of coffee or latte is what you actually desire, order a latte macchiato.

You can choose Boccioni, Marinetti and other Futurists’ favorite spot, Caffé Camparino, or other historical bars such as CovaCucchiBiffi or Jamaica. Cappuccino in Milan just tastes better. But drinking coffee during a meal equals public shame: the etiquette frowns upon any coffee-based drinks with lunch or dinner. The only exception is e l’ammazzacaffè, the alcoholic amaro – to literally “kill off” the calories.

CASH IS KING.

You might now be used to paying for everything on your debit card; and the thought of carting around a wallet full of cash isn't ideal when you're in a strange city, but in Milan get used to it. Independently run cafes and shops (of which there are many) in Milan often have minimum card spenditures. Italy has years of mistrust in banking systems and merchants pay huge card bills. It may seem backward, like a lot of things in this country, but it's better to carry cash and get on with it than to argue with a bartender because he won't let you put a €1 coffee on your travel money card.

*Bonus tip: Always keep your receipts. Local police patrolling can ask for a proof of purchase as you leave a shop, if you've already chucked-out the receipt the merchant can be fined up to €1200.

A FRIENDLY CULTURE.

Italians love to talk, and if you're friendly enough the owner of the restaurant, shop or hotel will happily tell you all about themselves, their family and their country. They'll advise you on where to eat, where to shop and tell you all the secrets of the place you're in. This is a really lovely part of Italian society; even the busiest Milanese people will help you or chat if they can. You'll also learn an awful lot that no travel guide can tell you. Milan is one of the best places for people watching: the clothes, the language and the expressions are all a part of what makes this such a glorious place to be.

BRING A RAINCOAT OR UMBRELLA.

In Milan, it is always the rainy season. As a visitor, it can be difficult to know where to go to purchase an umbrella. It is much easier to pack a small umbrella or raincoat wherever you go.

WHERE TO BUY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TICKETS?

You can buy tickets at any of the cafés featuring a big T sign. The T stands for ‘Tabacchi cafés’, which means they will sell tickets for public transport use. You can also purchase them at magazine and newspaper stands, or at the Metro stations. In Milan, tickets allow you to use any transportation as many times as you need for 90 min at a time. Tabacchi cafés are everywhere; there is usually one per block.


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