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Columbia Sports Management Program Begins Fall Semester with Intensive Offerings, Elite Returning and First-time Faculty


NEW YORK – September 1, 2020 -  Columbia University's Sports Management graduate program today announced the addition of three new adjunct faculty members as well as the program lineup for the fall semester, which begins in hybrid form of both in-person and online classes next week. New to the faculty this semester will be Charlie Shin (teaching Applied Business Intelligence in Sports), Mike Tannenbaum (teaching Football Business Management: The Inner Workings of the NFL), and Jackie Bartolomeo (leading an Independent Study project).

“Our students, faculty and staff are looking forward to what will continue to be a unique but very productive and exciting learning experience this fall,” said Professor of Professional Practice and Academic Director for the Sports Management Program Scott Rosner. “In addition to our returning faculty, we wanted to welcome Mike, Charlie and Jackie, a Columbia grad, to our program. Their additions and expertise continue to make our program unique and progressive as we help mold the future of our industry with our students.”

Tannenbaum joined ESPN as an NFL Front Office Insider in April 2019. A former NFL executive with more than two decades of experience in team front offices, he now appears on a variety of ESPN platforms, including NFL Live, SportsCenter, First Take and Get Up. Tannenbaum has also contributed to ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft since 2019, serving as an analyst on ESPN Radio. Prior to ESPN, Tannenbaum worked for several NFL franchises, most notably as executive vice president of football operations for the Miami Dolphins (2015-18), and executive vice president and general manager for the New York Jets (2006-12).

Shin is a seasoned sports executive with more than 20 years of experience in customer strategy and marketing. He joined Major League Soccer in 2006 and currently serves as VP of Data Strategy & Analytics. In this role, he oversees the enterprise data strategy, CRM initiatives and development of league-wide marketing technology infrastructure. Prior to joining MLS, Charlie was a senior business consultant at IBM Business Consulting Services and PwC Consulting for over six years. He managed various projects involving customer strategy, CRM strategy, performance marketing, customer segmentation and new business model development

Bartolomeo is the Senior Development Manager of Distinguished Events at the American Cancer Society.  As an experienced fundraiser, Jackie oversees a portfolio valued at more than $750,000 for the New York City region.  Prior to her time at the American Cancer Society, Jackie worked for the National Hockey League in Social Impact and Corporate Social Responsibility where she was instrumental in executing key events promoting diversity and inclusion across the League. Jackie previously spent four seasons with the Major League Baseball Players Association where she served as a Program Coordinator for the Players Trust. 

The elite returning faculty and classes for the fall include: Rosner (Foundations of Sports Management), full-time professors Len Elmore (Athlete Activism and Social Justice in Sports and Internship), Grant Son (Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Sports, Sports Marketing, Supervised Research Project: Advanced Marketing - FC Bayern Munich) and LJ Holmgren (Supervised Research Project: Olympians as Brands), as well as adjuncts Chris Lencheski (Foundations of Sports Management and Sports General Management), Joe Favorito (Strategic Communications), Tom Richardson (Digital Media and Marketing in Sports), Joe Rosales (Baseball Analytics), Carla Varriale (Sports Law and Ethics), Rob Gerbe and Adam Raiken (Sports Accounting and Finance), Bill Squires (Sports Facilities & Events Management) and Tracy Belmear (Sports Sponsorship & Sales).

Additionally, the fall program course associates include: Andrew Agro, Ilan Bielas, Mandeep Brahmbhatt, Conor Cashel, Tom Cerny, Micah Day, Andrew Descovich, Jennifer Dick, Angeli Feri, Jordan Herbstman, Michael Karbowiak, Killian Lewis, Natalie Olsen, Meghan Roxas, Kerry Scalora, and Bill Wiswesser.

This semester’s incoming class will have over 50 students from eight countries and includes individuals from diverse backgrounds such as a college athletics director, college coaching, sports media, consulting, finance, sales, law, and professional sports leagues.

Recognized as one of the top ten global programs, Columbia University's master's degree program in Sports Management, available part-time and full-time, trains professionals in all sectors of the sports industry by teaching specific management skills in the areas of finance, analytics, digital media, entrepreneurship, leadership, law, marketing, sales, communications, and facility or event management. This combination of broad-based and specific skill training is a hallmark of the program and is evident in both the content and sequencing of courses.

Contact: Joe Favorito, 917-566-8345, joefavorito2 [[at]] gmail [[dot]] com