On Monday, April 9, go behind-the-scenes with top Phillies executives who oversee the business of sports media at this exclusive #CollegeSeries pre-game event!
- Learn from Phillies and NBC Sports Philadelphia executives involved in the business of sports media during a moderated question and answer session in the Phillies Media Room. Panelists will discuss the partnership between the Phillies and NBC Sports Philadelphia, provide excellent insight into their areas of business, and share career experience and advice. Speakers include: Michael Harris, Vice President, Marketing & New Media, The Phillies; Cynthia Weiss, Vice President, Marketing, NBC Sports Philadelphia; Rob MacPherson, Director, Corporate Partnerships, The Phillies; and Michael O'Connor, Senior Account Executive, NBC Sports Philadelphia. Moderator: Gregg Murphy, Phillies Broadcaster.
- Hear from a Phillies player about his college and major league experience.
- Practice networking with Phillies executives and other special guests - including 1983 National League MVP Gary "Sarge" Matthews - during a Phillies Networking Hour. Meet informally with front office personnel from various departments, as well as those who spearhead the Phillies intern and Phillies Ballgirls programs. Attendees are invited to bring their resumes.
- Take #Selfies with the 2008 & 1980 World Series Trophies.
- Watch that night's Phillies-Reds game from Section 241-245 (a ticket value of $30). Ticket price includes $12 worth of concession and merchandise credit.
- Check-in begins at 4 p.m. and features a Networking Hour and #selfies with the World Series Trophies until 5 p.m.
- The panel portion of the program officially starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Phillies-Reds game at 7:05 p.m.
- The event is limited to 200 students. Interested professors, recent graduates, and parents of students are welcome to attend.
- Dress is casual to business casual.
- Students are urged to ask questions throughout the program, as well as in advance, to @Phillies using #CollegeSeries
- Cost: $30. Includes (in addition to the above networking and panel) a game ticket sections 241-245 ($30 value), as well as $12 worth of concession credit that can be redeemed throughout the ballpark for food, beverage and/or merchandise.
- First time Uber riders attending #CollegeSeries events: Enjoy $15 off your first Uber ride! Use code PHILSCOLLEGESUMMIT (valid in US only, new users only, expires 9/21/18).
2018 Spring Semester
Mon., April 9 vs. Reds - Phillies #CollegeSeries Business of Sport Media Night for business, marketing, advertising, sport management & communications/journalism/broadcasting students, as well as those involved with athletics
SOLD OUT - Tues., April 10 vs. Reds - Phillies #CollegeSeries Baseball Analytics Night for business intelligence/analytics, economics, MIS/information technology/computer science, marketing, business & sport management students
SOLD OUT - Wed., April 11 vs. Reds - Phillies #CollegeSeries Stadium Security Partnerships Night for sport/facilities management & law enforcement/criminal justice students
Thurs., April 19 vs. Pirates - Phillies #CollegeSeries Finance Night for accounting, finance, business & sport management students
Gary Matthews Sr. - Phillies Ambassador & 1983 National League MVP
Known around the baseball world simply as "Sarge," Gary enters his fifth season as a Club Ambassador for the Phillies. Matthews' on-air experience includes radio and tv analysis and color commentary for Toronto (2000-01) and Philadelphia (2007-13).
The former outfielder played 16 seasons in the majors, including three with the Phillies (1981-83). He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1983 National League Championship Series when the Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series. He also played for the San Francisco Giants (1972-76), Atlanta Braves (1977-80), Chicago Cubs (1984-87) and finished his playing career with the Seattle Mariners in 1987. For his career, Gary hit .281 with 234 home runs, 978 RBI and 183 stolen bases in 2,033 games.
In addition to his NLCS MVP trophy, Gary won the National League Rookie of the Year award (BBWAA and The Sporting News) in 1973 and was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1979. He appeared in the NL Division Series with the Phillies in 1981, the NLCS and World Series with the Phillies in 1983 and the NLCS with the Cubs in 1984. He led the Phillies in game-winning RBI in 1982 with 17.
Following his playing career, Gary worked in private industry before joining the Cubs organization as a minor league hitting instructor (1995-97). He spent seven seasons as a major league coach: Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach, 1998-99; Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach, 2000; and Cubs hitting coach, 2003-04 and first base coach, 2005-06. His lone postseason appearance as a coach was with the Cubs in 2003.
Gary was drafted out of San Fernando High School in 1968, the 17th player selected in the June draft. His son, Gary Jr., played in the majors with seven different teams, including the Cubs (2000-01). Gary and his son are one of seven father/son combinations to play for the Cubs in club history.
Michael Harris - Vice President, Marketing & New Media, The Phillies
Michael Harris was promoted to vice president, marketing & new media in August 2017. His department oversees social & digital media, advertising & media planning, marketing campaigns, and the implementation of various new fan engagement technologies.
Michael joined the organization as a ticket office representative in 1994. He assumed the role of development & financial specialist in 1999, assisting on a wide range of matters related to the development of Citizens Bank Park including private financing efforts, securing governmental approvals, and the overall transition out of Veterans Stadium. He was named director, marketing & special projects in 2007 prior to his current position, focusing on a variety of marketing- and sales-related initiatives, assisting with legislative affairs, and forming aspects of the organization's digital strategy.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Michael has a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Drexel University in both marketing and finance. While a student at Michigan, he served on the staff of the 1989 National Championship and 1992 Final Four men's basketball teams. Michael currently serves on the board of the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team and is the Phillies' board representative on the Sports Complex Special Services District. He is also a former board member of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Michael and his wife Joy live in Center City with their cocker spaniel, Miso.
Rob MacPherson - Director, Corporate Partnerships, The Phillies
Rob MacPherson is the Director of Corporate Partnerships where he works with companies to create marketing partnerships utilizing Phillies-related advertising assets. Many of the brands fans see and interact with at Phillies games are Rob's clients.
After an eight-year career in radio advertising sales, Rob joined the organization as Manager, Radio Sales in 1997. He assumed the role of Director, Corporate Partnerships in 2004.
Born and raised in Pennsauken, NJ, Rob has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Washington and Lee University. Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philly Ad Club and an adjunct professor at Widener University. Rob plays an active role in support of two local charities, Samaritan Hospice and Bancroft. Rob and his wife Kim live in Wallingford, PA with their two children, Ian, a sophomore at Villanova and Abby, a junior at Strath Haven High School.
Michael, O'Connor - Senior Account Executive, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Michael O'Connor is the Senior Account Executive for NBC Sports Philadelphia, and serves as the Phillies main point of contact for shared advertising sales partnerships.
For the past nine years, his responsibilities have included selling advertising on all programming, including the Flyers, 76ers, and Phillies play-by-play. In addition, Michael sells Wells Fargo Center marketing opportunities around the Flyers, 76ers, concerts and other events.
Michael's professional experience also includes generating sponsorship sales at Madison Square Garden, as well as the NY Metro Stars (now Red Bull's). He also spent four years at CBS/UPN 57 selling TV advertising, including Phillies baseball.
A four-year varsity letter winner and soccer goalie (all-ivy selection), Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and has a degree in International Relations. He also played professional soccer for the Hershey Wildcats before embarking on a career in sports marketing.
Cynthia Weiss - Vice President, Marketing, NBC Sports Philadelphia
As Vice President of Marketing for NBC Sports Philadelphia, Cynthia Weiss has enjoyed the unique experience of watching the regional sports network flourish since its inception in 1997. Part of the original team to establish the original Comcast SportsNet, now NBC Sports Philadelphia brand, she has been instrumental in maintaining and enhancing the network's brand presence in the Philadelphia market for over 20 years.
Weiss' primary focus is on partnership marketing, sponsorships and brand marketing. She oversees the network's relationship with the professional and collegiate teams in Philadelphia. Her role in sponsorships includes developing integrated programs for a wide variety of clients across the network's linear, digital and social platforms. Her efforts leading the Creative Services team in developing promotional campaigns to drive viewership and engagement have garnered 2 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and a Sports Media Marketing Award.
Cynthia is dedicated to making a difference in her community and was instrumental in developing long- standing partnerships between NBC Sports Philadelphia and various non-profit organizations in the region including the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes. Her commitment extends to her active involvement with these charities by serving on and chairing various committees. She was recognized with a Volunteer Achievement Award for 17 years of service with ACS in 2013. She also serves on the steering committee for the NBC Sports Philadelphia Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes and is entering her 4th year as a March of Dimes Board Member and has served in the role of Communications Committee Chair since 2015.
In addition, Cynthia also serves on the sports marketing department advisory boards for Saint Joseph's University, Drexel University, and Neumann University. Married with 2 girls, 11 and 9, Cynthia resides in Penn Valley, PA, and is a graduate of Ithaca College.
Gregg Murphy - Phillies Broadcaster
Gregg Murphy joined the Phillies broadcast team in 2012 as a field reporter. In his role, he brings viewers closer to the action reporting from the field, dugouts and elsewhere throughout the ballpark during the games. He added occasional play-by-play duties in 2014.
Part of the on-air team at CSN Philly since December 2008, Gregg is a multiple Emmy winner and nominee in numerous categories, including sports reporting. He was also recognized twice as the winner of the Associated Press Outstanding Talk Program for Out of Bounds, a program he hosted earlier in his career.
Before joining CSN Philly, he was at CN8, The Inquirer High School Sports Show and WFMZ in Allentown, Pa.
A 1993 graduate of St. Joseph's University with a degree in English, Gregg has reported on many notable sports events, including the NCAA Tournament, Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals.
Born in Meadowbrook, Pa., Gregg was raised in Mt. Laurel, N.J. and played baseball at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J. He gives his time and hosting talents to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as The Irish Pub Children's Foundation, which benefits Philadelphia police officers.
Gregg lives in Mullica Hill, N.J., and has three children: one daughter, Quinn, and two sons, Matthew and Colin.