Hello. First time poster here. I love this blog by the way.
I have a couple questions about the SDSU Sports Managment MBA program. I am at a cross-roads in life and I need some advice.
- Would the SDSU MBA program help me get into the Padres organization? Do I have a better chance with SDSU or with other schools' MBA programs (such as UCLA or USC)?
- Also, do I have any other ways of getting into the organization without an MBA? My current professional background is in commercial insurance and risk management.
I had this conversation with a friend of mine recently (who doesn't care much for baseball):
Me: "I am genuinely sad or in a bad mood when the Padres lose."
Buddy: "So how many games do the Padres play in a given season?"
Me: "Well, 162 games during the regular season."
Buddy: "How many games do they win?"
Me: "Typically, a major league team wins about 40-60% of the games they play."
Buddy: "That means you are basically guaranteed to be in a foul mood for about a quarter of the year, every year."
I read about the SDSU Sports MBA program details the other day, and it sounds dreamy. The program will presumably help me network with people within the Padres organization. At least that's what the website implies. The opportunity to network and potentially get my foot in the door is more important to me than anything else about this program. I'd prefer to get a job with them in media/marketing strategy, risk management or in finance, but I'd love to work for the Padres front office in any capacity.
I'm licking my chops just thinking about the timing of it all--Sandy Alderson, Paul DePodesta, Kevin Towers working in the front office at the same time. No need to say more. Has baseball ever seen a front office of that caliber, and will it ever again?
My problem is that I do not want to work for any other sports organization. I don't even have a great interest in working in MLB. My only desire is to work for the Padres. I wouldn't even be considering getting an MBA right now if it weren't for the SDSU program's apparent close partnership with the Padres.
Right before I started my current job two and a half years ago, I found out I had gotten an interview as an accounting intern for the Padres. I politely declined the interview because it was a part-time job and I had just gotten a pretty well-paying full-time job. It wasn't a horrible decision, but it does haunt me once in awhile, especially during those occasions when I'm shuffling through paperwork sitting in my cubicle, about to go bald.
Maybe this can be my second chance.
So please, help me if you can.