Alumnus Jay Beberman ’89 Helps Two Students Attend Bloomberg Sports Summit

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

From left, Gabriela Santos '15, Jay Beberman '89 and Joshua Kay '14.
Two SUNY Oswego students attended the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit Sept. 4 in New York City, with the help of Bloomberg Sports Managing Editor Jay Beberman ’89.

Beberman, one of Oswego’s generous and supportive alumni, covered the costs for Gabriela Santos ’15 and Joshua Kay ’14 to attend the annual conference that brings together sports industry leaders to discuss the latest happenings and trends in the sports business. This year’s summit featured many notable sports figures, including Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

“I think this ranks up there with one of the coolest experiences of my life,” Kay said. “The field of sports broadcasting is something that I want to break into in my career, so being able to converse with some of these professionals really gave me hope for the future. I also think that I was exposed to some ideas that I haven't thought about in a college setting. It was a great experience.”

Santos and Kay attended several panels and heard about the experiences of a variety of people in the sports and sports business industry. The panelists discussed their jobs and the future of their companies. The students also networked with attendees as well as employees of Bloomberg News. 

“It was truly a great opportunity to be able to sit in on a professional summit,” said Santos, the assistant student event director of the Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit, the production director for WNYO 88.9 and the vice president of the National Broadcasting Society.

“I was able to network with multiple people and learn about different fields in broadcasting, business and communications,” she said. “The entire event was very impressive overall. Jay Beberman was extremely generous and showed us around, introduced us to many different people and answered all of our questions.”

Beberman thought to sponsor two Oswego students for the Bloomberg Summit after his experience on campus last fall as featured panelist at the 2013 Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit. He said he was extremely impressed with how the student organizers managed the event and thought they could benefit from participating in a large-scale similar kind of event.

“I loved attending last year's Media Summit,” Beberman said. “It was an eye opening experience. I could not get over the professionalism of all the students involved.”

Dr. David Moody, assistant professor of communications, helped identify the two students to represent SUNY Oswego at the Bloomberg Summit.

“He (Beberman) wanted students that were specifically involved somehow with the media summit,” Moody said. 

Both Moody and Beberman hope to continue to send Oswego students to the Bloomberg Summit in the future. 

“We could certainly do this annually,” Beberman said. “I loved my time at Oswego. It prepared me for the real world. I hope I can do a small part to help current students reach their goals and dreams.” 

– Luke Parsnow ’15