Member Spotlight: Josh Varughese, New York Yankees

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This week, SAinSports is shining the spotlight on a recent college grad who just started his career in the world of professional sports. Josh Varughese, graduated from Rutgers University last year with a B.S in Sports Management and is now an Account Executive for Inside Sales at the New York Yankees.

What made you choose to have a career in the sports industry?

From a young age I invested heavily in sports, drawing passion from the game of basketball, hoping to make a life out of it. In lieu of a professional sports career, sports helped me develop fundamental characteristics that are applicable not only in business, but also in life. Particularly, it introduced me to the value of camaraderie, work ethic, and the significance of being a goal-oriented individual. I was immediately attracted to the business side of the sports & entertainment world after taking a deeper look at what it offers.

Being South Asian, did you come across any barriers in choosing an undergraduate degree in sports management? For instance, at home with your parents?

Of course! As most South Asians parents would like of their children, my parents wanted me to go into finance, engineering, medicine, etc. It was difficult for my family to understand my vision in the sports business industry. I went against their will and decided to pursue my passion for sports. I took pride in learning as much about the industry at Rutgers University to put myself in the best situation in hopes of pivoting towards a role with any team.

What’s its like being right out of college working for a major baseball team?

Getting a call from the New York Yankees my junior year at Rutgers was one of the best moments of my life. I never thought the opportunity would present itself so early in my career.

What is the best part of your job?

Having the ability to work and learn from some of the top people in the business and network with influencers in the NYC area. I also get to be a part of the game, which allows me to see sports & athletes behind the scenes with a different lens.

What advice do you have for young aspiring students wanting to go in the same direction you did?

Be aware and learn as much as you can about what’s going on in the sports and business world. Learn about the corporate structure of different sports organizations to see what kind of positions are available that cater to your strengths and interests. Find out who has a job you’d like and reach out to them to set up a phone call or meeting.

Good luck Josh! We look forward to following your budding career.

South Asians in Sports Event Recap

This past Thursday, March 16th 2017 SAinSports hosted our first event, The Future of Sports, and it was huge success! We enjoyed an insightful panel discussion from four members: Priya Desai, a digital correspondent for Sports Illustrated and one of America’s first Indian-American sports broadcasters, Hrishi Karthikeyan, the Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at the NBA, Ishveen Anand, co-founder and CEO of OpenSponsorship and Akash Jain, the Vice President of International and Commercial Development at the NFL. The panel was moderated by a very humorous, Rohan Nadkarni, staff writer for Sports Illustrated.

The discussion covered a variety of topics from what it’s like to be South Asian in the sports industry,  diversity in sports, hurdles women are facing, career advice for student attendees, politics, digital consumption trends, working in South Asia and how the NBA and NFL are adapting to international markets. Attendees also had a chance to ask the panelists questions, network and mingle.

 

The discussion was live tweeted, check out some of our favorite quotes from the night!

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SAinSports will be hosting and participating in a few more events this year and we will be keeping you posted right here.

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South Asian College Basketball Players to Watch

bballCollege Basketball season is well underway and SAinSports has been keeping abreast of South Asian players in the league.

Get familiar with these noteworthy South Asian College Basketball players:

Tanveer Bhullar

School: New Mexico State University

Position: Center

Year: Junior

James Blackmon Jr 

School: Indiana University

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Manroop Clair 

School: Seattle University

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Samer Dhillon

School: University of Southern California

Position: Forward

Year: Senior

Sanjay Lumpkin

School: Northwestern University

Position: Guard / Forward

Year: Senior

Josh Sharma

School: Stanford University

Position: Center

Year: Sophomore

 Kiran Shastri

School: Chaminade University

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Veer Singh

School: Seton Hall University

Position: Guard / Forward

Year: Sophomore

We look forward to these players staying involved in the sports industry in the years to come.