Jonathan Arslanian: A WSU Sport Management Senior and Aspiring Athletic Director

For the Classmate Interview assignment, I decided to interview a classmate and friend, Jonathan Arslanian. Arslanian is a Washington State University senior who is aspiring to be an athletic director for collegiate sport or high school sport. His passion for sport began as child playing baseball which he continued to play through high school. It was during high school when Arslanian had a huge revelation from experiencing multiple negative encounters with the athletic director at his high school. It was clear that the high school athletic director didn’t genuinely care about the student-athletes as people but merely saw the student-athletes as “work”. As I interviewed Arslanian, I am convinced and confident that he will be a passionate and determined athletic director. He believes athletic directors do have a duty to help kids develop as amazing athletes, but also “as positive members of society” and “better people”.

During the last question of the interview I wanted to hear Arslanian’s perspective on a more sensitive subject in the sport management field: discrimination toward race in sport.  I wanted to know if Arslanian, as a white male, believed discrimination toward race still existed in the sport world or sport management field. Arslanian responded, “In the past, there definitely has been discrimination based off of race… but most professional and collegiate organizations are breaking away from that.” The most powerful part of this interview is when Arslanian takes ownership of his future contributions to sport. He voiced his excitement to be a part of a field that “recognizes there has been a problem”, referring to discrimination towards race in sport, and wants to “take strides” toward overcoming this issue.

Click play to learn more about Arslanian’s story and zeal for sport, becoming an athletic director, and being someone who seeks to be a solution when there are setbacks in the sport industry!


Regarding the video production experience and process, there were highs and lows. The positive of this process included actually interviewing Arslanian; he is humble, intelligent, humorous, and easy to have authentic conversation with. The filming took about an hour in Cleveland Studio 59 while the editing took about two plus hours. I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Arslanian but did not enjoy working with Adobe Premiere throughout the editing process. This was not my first time using Adobe Premiere and quite frankly, the system is just a pain to work with. I encountered audio issues when exporting the media and dealt with uploading issues. Regardless of the set backs that resulted in lost time, I will say the final product is something that I am proud of.

Additional links:

Click here to connect with Jonathan Arslanian on LinkedIn!

Read this article about the basics of what an athletic director’s job entails!

Scratch the surface about the learning objectives from Washington State University’s Sport Management program here!



A Career Working in College Athletics: It’s More Than a Paycheck

I graduate college in exactly one month which is bitter sweet, a little stressful, and really exciting. After going to a few sessions at the Washington State University Sport Management Career Fair, I learned about the specific avenues of collegiate sport I am interested in: marketing and working with collegiate student-athletes.

I attended a few sessions about Collegiate Athletics since I have been able to narrow my focus and identify my passion for this area of sport over the years.  At the career fair, I thoroughly enjoyed learning from the GM of marketing for WSU Athletics, Marty Northcroft, as he described his role and team’s duties within marketing a collegiate sport. This session was quite helpful but I am thankful that I have other professional experience with Northcroft; as I am in the process of completing a public relations campaign for the upcoming 2017 football season, I have been able to be hands-on in the marketing world of sport. This experience has shown me how much I enjoy finding solutions to current problems from research and crafting creative yet influential ideas to boost retention, culture, and experience for WSU football games.

Another career avenue that I would love to work in is the Academic Excellence realm within WSU Athletics! After working this last semester as a student-athlete tutor, I have realized that my job is more than a paycheck. It has helped me impact my peers to be the best student they can be as I help them flourish where they are planted in their classes.  My job includes encouraging, challenging, teaching, struggling, and succeeding with my student-athletes. It is a job that I look forward too and it doesn’t matter that I get paid minimum wage for because it is more than money. It has taught me how to engage student-athletes and build a strong relationship with them where they trust me and feel cared for; from that has grown respect and excitement for our tutoring sessions. There has been nothing more rewarding than seeing my student-athletes thrive in classes they had no confidence in, as well as watching them grow into better planners and stronger students as they utilize their awesome athlete work ethic towards their academics too.

As I pursue working in marketing or student-athlete academics after graduation, I know my job will be more than a paycheck. It will be giving back to my Cougar family, helping others, and making a difference.

Additional Links:

Click Here to see the Tweet including the WSU Sport Management Career Fair Schedule!

Click Here to follow the WSU Cougar Athletics Facebook page to keep up with our student-athletes!

Read More Here about WSU Athletics Marketing & Promotions

Want to become a WSU student-athlete tutor? Search Here!




The Daily Evergreen Article “We must fight for everybody” Relates to Sport Management. How? Take a Read.

Pullman, WA – An Evergreen journalist wrote a column at the end of January 2017 in light of the world-wide Women’s March.

Women came together to stand united to fight for their rights as America is in a time of conflicted political moods with all of the new changes President Trump aspires to implement. Even though the journalist is very opinionated and biased, she focused how there is a general inequality that any woman faces, and from that, marginalized groups of women (such as women of color, women of different religions, etc.) will have a tougher battle to be treated and seen as an equal. The journalist described this world-wide women’s march as a “powerful gesture of resistance toward the current administration”.

Now, what in the world does this Women’s March have to do with Sport Management?

Both of these matters are connected because as the women’s march exposed the inequality towards women world-wide (and surprisingly even in America), there is also an inequality towards women in the sports world. These women feel like their rights and opportunities are limited and frankly, many women studying sport management know that it is an uphill battle to get a foot in the door in the sport’s world or to even be respected as a professional.

If we are honest (and knowledgeable), then we know that the sport world is owned and dominated by men. When you analyze sports, you will see that whether it is an athlete, coach, athletic director, reporter, owner, and so forth, the majority of the time it will be a man! The positions and roles are ruled by men. Furthermore, media focuses way more on men’s sport than women’s sports. Why? It is because men’s sports bring in more money, more fans, and more talent. I am not here to argue that this is right or wrong; I am here to argue that this is fact and it is true. The world believes that men’s sports are more entertaining than women’s.

As a Sport Management minor, I am well aware that I will have to fight for my spot in the sport world just like women today are continuing to fight for their rights. I quite enjoy a challenge and being the underdog because I think that leaves no room for pride and much room to do everything 110% no matter the task. Even this past year as a senior in Sport Management courses at Washington State University, it is common for the classes to consist of a 80/20 ratio of male to female make up of students. I think this estimate speaks to the dominance of men in the sport world hence a lot of women disqualify themselves, or don’t even try to go down a path involving sport, which in my opinion, is unfortunate.

I look forward to see what women do in our world as mothers, wives, teachers, scientists, nurses, coaches, reporters, writers, politicians, athletic directors, as lawyers, as counselors, social reformers, doctors, business owners, innovators, leaders… and may the list continue!

Read an inspirational NY Daily News article about women in sports here: Eight women breaking barriers in men’s sports as coaches, referees and broadcasters

Read the full Daily Evergreen article here: “We must fight for everybody

Click here to see photos from the women’s march from all over the nation: Pictures from Women’s March from All Over America

Click here to see photos from the women’s march from all over the world:  Pictures from Women’s March from All Continents

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Please note that these Women’s March photos are all accredited to The New York Times articles (see links above this text) and I am using them for student learning purposes.

Lastly, if you are interested in keeping up with the Sport Management program at Washington State University, make sure you keep updated and follow them on all of their social media sites!

WSU Sport Management Facebook

WSU Sport Management & College of Education Instagram

WSU Sport Management Twitter

Feel free to hash tag your media as well using #sptmgt, #sportsbiz, #sportstix, & #GoCougs

My Expectations For Sport Management 379: Media & Communication in Sport

The sport world includes stakeholders of all ages, lovers of all sports, and fans on all continents.

The communication world has exploded and can reach a worldwide audience faster than ever before.

And what if you got the opportunity to be an expert at both?

I came to Washington State University unsure of what I wanted to study. I felt overburdened by the amount of options of majors and minors available to me as I began my collegiate journey.

As a freshmen, I was excited, motivated, and eager to start this new chapter of education and life.

Now as a senior, I am thankful, overwhelmed, and forever grateful that the last few years included a major and minor combining two of my biggest passions: communication and sport.

Let’s fast forward to today- I am enrolled in Sport Management 379: Media & Communication in Sport. I am extremely excited for this class as it is quite the gift to have my major and minor collide in one course. One expectation I have for this course is to learn how my writing, public speaking, and web skills can positively impact a sport brand, cause, or organization’s target audience. Another expectation I have for this course is to learn successful pieces of strategic communication plans to help sport organizations to reach their desired outcomes, goals, and mission.  An additional expectation I have for this course is to increase my confidence in what I have learned the last four years. Since I graduate in May, I hope that what I learn in this class, and the last four years for that matter, can transfer over into the real world.

If you’re thinking about taking some sport management classes similar to this course… Click here to get more information on classes! You won’t regret it.