The Harsh Reality Of Sports Management: “Open: Inside The Ropes At Bethpage Black” By John Feinstein

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“Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black”, by John Feinstein, sets the primary basis of the harsh reality of the sports management field. Sport management includes the functions of planning, organizing, leading and evaluating within the context of an organization. (Masteralexis, 2009: 26) In this book, Feinstein clearly depicts a real life story of a few men who saw potential in a somewhat run down golf course, and how they used the aspects of sport management to run a successful U.S. Open Golf Championship. An unbelievable amount of time, work, commitment, dedication, blood, sweat, tears, and devotion go into managing and running such a prestigious event as the U.S. Open. This book however not only grasps the attention of how important these critical aspects of the field are in managing an event such as the U.S. Open, but it forces the reader to realize and understand what it takes to be successful and to make a name for yourself in this field of business. Everyone obviously has an idea of what takes place at a major championship on a golf course, but what most not everyone realizes is what goes on behind the scenes. Not everyone can fully comprehend just what is takes to get the players on the course to play or the extensive work that goes into making the golf course appear the way it does. Feinstein’s main objective in this book is to shine some light on just what it takes to run an event such as the U.S. Open and to contribute acknowledgement to those of whom work extremely hard for the event to happen.
The basis of how the golf course Bethpage Black even came into the picture for the ideal course for the 2002 U.S. Open to be held traces back to the people that ran the championship. The vision of this championship being held at Bethpage Black would not have been foreseen without David Fay. Of course, as with managing and running any event successfully and properly, one man cannot work alone. Networking and dedicated cooperation allowed Fay’s vision to transform into a successful U.S. Open championship. Right away in this book, Feinstein hits the critical point: it is not what you know, but whom you know that positions you where you are in the business of sports management. It profoundly matters who knows you, as well. My goal is to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach at a college or university. I feel networking is the number one aspect for me to accomplish my goal. Just as Fay had to do, I will need to rely substantially on connections I have made and will make in my related field to allow me to gain insight and knowledge and capture the career I hope for. Networking creates opportunities that would be otherwise unavailable. By establishing a solid network, I will be better my chances of gaining the job I want because it will let my future employers know not only that I have great connections, but also that I am determined, trustworthy, and personable.
In the process of managing and running any event, problems and obstacles will...

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