NFL, MLS Brass Participate in Sport & Entertainment Lecture Series

The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome recently hosted two influential people in the sports world. Tod Leiweke, Chief Operating Officer for the National Football League and Don Garber, the Commissioner of Major League Soccer. The USF Sport & Entertainment Lecture Series is aimed at students studying in USF’S Sport & Entertainment Management program.

Students find it important to have renowned names visiting the university. This is especially true for those in the Sport & Entertainment program.

“First of all, having such important folks that have so much influence in the sports business like Tod Leiweke and Don Garber brings a lot of great attention and educational opportunity to folks in the Tampa area,” said student Payton Phillips. “Our students, our faculty and our athletic staff [benefit] as well, so it’s able to bring industries’ minds and is good to learn from so that we can perform better and learn more.”

The lecture series is a way to show the growing Sport & Entertainment Management program which the university now offers.

“I came here for the basic fact that I wanted to be a Sport Management major, but USF didn’t have that major when I first started,” said Brittany Barber. “I just decided to come to see how I would like it if I wanted to go into it for Grad School because, you know, Grad School is a whole other monster than undergrad. So I just wanted to figure out whether this is something I want to pursue.”

The event took place at USF’s Sun Dome and was presented by Florida Fox Sports and the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The lecture series has taken place annually, with this year being the fourth installment.

U.S. Maj. Gen. Loeffke: Medicine is the best medicine to mend U.S.-China relations

Maj. Gen. Loeffke lecturing at USF Patel Center. Image from USF World News.

Maj. Gen. Loeffke spoke for an hour in the Patel Center for Global Solutions on Sept. 19. He theorized a way to grow trust between the U.S. and China.

“I would like to live in a world that is connected through medicine,” Loeffke said.

With a 36-year military career in the United States Army, four Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, Loeffke is committed to world peace and a better relationship between nations.

He also co-authored an OP-ED for the New York Times on U.S.-China relations recently.

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