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Shannon Lynes Upon graduation, Shannon hopes to enter the sport industry working in either sports marketing or event management. While she would love to work in her home state of Maryland, she is open to the idea of working in other locations.
Sports Public Relations
Table of Contents
Personal Bio (Shannon Lynes)...................................................................................2
PR Plan: XU Musketeer Madness..........................................................................3-4
Press Release: Flying Pig Marathon.......................................................................5-6
Advance Game Notes: Cincinnati Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan.................................7
Game Wrap-up Notes: Cincinnati Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan.................................8
Media Database: Xavier Men’s Basketball..........................................................9-10
Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network Meeting Summary............................11-13
Press Conference: Jordan Crawford Is Going Pro...................................................14
University of Cincinnati Student
Shannon Lynes is a senior Sport Administration student at the University of Cincinnati. She first
entered college in 2005 at Ohio University, where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse
team. After the program was terminated in January 2007, for budget reasons, Shannon
transferred to the University of Cincinnati to continue her athletic career. The University of
Cincinnati announced the addition of the women’s lacrosse team in early 2007 with the hiring of
head coach Lellie Swords. After meeting Swords, Shannon knew the University of Cincinnati
would be a great fit for her. She became apart of the inaugural team in 2008, where she scored
14 points. This upcoming season will be her third and final season playing for the Bearcats.
This past summer, Shannon was an intern at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. where she
worked in the Washington Sports and Entertainment’s Corporate Marketing Department.
Washington Sports and Entertainment manages sporting events for the Washington Capitals,
Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics, and Georgetown University Basketball. During her
internship, Shannon was given the opportunity to attend board meetings with top executives,
assist managers with sponsorship recaps and proposals, and conducted market research for future
sponsorship opportunities. She also created a tool containing all sponsorship activity for the past
year at the Verizon Center, which will be a critical tool to assist sponsorship managers while
conducting future business with corporate sponsors.
Upon graduation, Shannon hopes to enter the sport industry working in either sports marketing
or event management. While she would love to work in her home state of Maryland, she is open
to the idea of working in other locations.
Shannon was born in Rochester Hills Michigan on December 7, 1986 to Kate and Shawn Lynes.
Shannon is the oldest of four. She has three younger brothers, Luke 21, Jake 17, and Zach 14.
Aside from lacrosse, Shannon enjoys a variety of sports, shopping, and spending time with
friends and family.
PR Plan: XU Musketeer Madness
Objective: The objective of Musketeer Madness is to kick off XU men’s and women’s
2009-2010 basketball season. We want to get fans excited about the upcoming season and boost
season ticket sales.
Key Messages: Introduce both XU men’s and women’s basketball teams to create the
2009-2010 identity. Season tickets are available, starting at $17 per game for men’s and $80 for
women’s season tickets. Kick off the 2009-2010 basketball season, and make the public aware
basketball season is upon us.
Target Audience: Our target audience starts with XU students and faculty. But we also want to
target the Cincinnati public. We will obviously be competing with UC for fans, so we want to
draw in the Cincinnati public and have them identify themselves with XU basketball. We will do
this by targeting middle school and high school fans, and portray the event as a family outing.
We will also target prospective donors and season ticket holders. We have enhanced the event
with a members only free clinic with XU basketball players prior to the event. We have also
targeted community partners (Skyline Chili and Trauth Dairy) as well as local media (KISS 107
and FOX Sports Ohio).
Tools: We will use social media (Facebook and Twitter) to communicate the event, along with
email blasts to our current data base. Our website will include up to date information about the
event, along with a link for our online media guide.
Initiatives: We will communicate the event through the vehicles of communication listed above.
We will also use our local media (KISS 107 and Fox Sports Ohio) to create a buzz for the event.
As far as fan interaction, this will take place at the actual event. Fans will have an opportunity to
get autographs and meet the team prior to the intrasquad scrimmages.
Timeline: The event will take place Oct. 24th so everything has been done thus far for the
event. Our local media has already started the buzz about the event. On Oct. 5th we released a
press release about the event on our website, as well as sent out person email blasts to our current
fan base. Practice will begin Friday, Oct. 16th.
Budget: We will have a low budget for this event. Admission is free to the public. Skyline
Chili and Trauth Dairy will be serving chili and ice cream, they will be handing all the costs/
profits. Our main costs and activities will include:
• The inflatable games for the kids: $400
• A balloon artist: $175
• Corn hole: already owned by the athletic department
• Posters/player autographs: $100
Measurements: We will measure the success of our event based on the number of fans that
attend the event. We will also measure the success of the event by the amount of season tickets
and memberships purchased.
Contact: Shannon Lynes
Flying Pig Marathon
The 12th Annual Flying Pig Marathon Registration is now open
CINCINNATI (October 13, 2009) - The 12th annual Flying Pig Marathon will take place
Sunday, May 2, 2010 beginning at 6:30 am. Registration is now open to the public for all events.
The Flying Pig Marathon has become the third-largest first-time marathon in the country.
making it a premier event in Cincinnati.
The event is open to athletes of all ages and running abilities. The event is meant to bring the
community together in celebration through participants, sponsors, volunteers and spectators.
For more information or to register for the event, visit the Flying Pig Marathon website at
A complete list of events and prices follow:
Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G
• $70 through December 31
• $85 through April 19
• $100 at Expo
PNC Half Marathon
• $60 through December 31
• $75 through April 31
• $90 at Expo
City Dash Open 4-Person Relay
• $240 through December 31
• $260 through April 19
• $300 at Expo
Corporate Relay presented by the Business Courier and McGohan Brabender
• $500 through December 31
• $500 through April 19
• $500 at Expo
• $30 through December 31
• $35 through April 19
• $35 at Expo
Flying Piglet Kids’ Fun Run
• $10 through December 31
• $10 through April 19
• $15 at Expo
Pump N Run
If you are also interested in participating in the Pump-N-Run event please go to
www.pumpandrunrace.com for more information and to register.
Advance Game Notes: Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan
October 14, 2009
• UC Men’s soccers is currently 8-5-0, while Michigan is 8-3-1
• This will be UC’s 14th match of the season
• ’09 Point Leader: Nick Weightman, 11 points
• ’09 Goals Leader: Mark Konitsch, 4 points
• ’09 Assist Leader: Nick Weightman
• Freshman backup goalie Peter Steve has not been cleared to participate in the game against
Michigan after suffering a concussion.
• This will be the Bearcats first meeting with the Wolverines (non-conference)
• This will be the Bearcats last non-conference game of the season
• UC is coming off a 2-1 win against Villanova
• Head coach Hylton Dayes is in his 19th season as head coach and his 9th season at UC. Dayes
has the second most coaching wins in the programs history, 80-68-21. Bob Muro holds the
programs record with 114-111-13.
• Miguel Rosales and Matt Williams are tied for seventh in school history for career shutouts
with eleven each
Game Wrap Up: Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan
• The University of Cincinnati’s men’s soccer team losses their final non-conference game
against Michigan, 2-0 at Gettler Stadium on Wednesday Oct. 14.
• Michigan scored both goals in the first half of the game. Michigan’s Freshman Hamoody Saad
headed in the first goal against the Bearcats in the ninth minute of the game of a throw in.
• Saad was also involved in the second goal in the 20th minute of the game, moving the ball up
field to teammate Jeff Quljano who finished past goalkeeper Matt Williams in the upper right
• In the 29th minute, UC’s Kit North had a wide open goal when goalie Chris Blais moved out of
position, but a fellow Wolverine teammate blocked the goal.
• Attendance for the game was 389.
• Michigan had 10 shots, with 6 shots on goal. Goalie Chris Blais had 6 saves.
• UC out shot Michigan with 25 shots, with 7 shots on goal, but was unable to find the net.
Goalie Matt Williams had 4 saves and 2 goals against.
• Cincinnati midfield/forwards Branden Stelmak and Matt Bahner each had 6 shots, but both
were unable to finish.
• Michigan had 3 corner kicks, while Cincinnati had 13 corner kicks.
• Michigan had a total of 22 fouls, while Cincinnati had 14 total fouls.
• Michigan finished the game with two yellow cards, one at 63:44 on Junior Adam Keller and
the other at 78:28 on Sophomore Adam Shaw.
Media Database for Xavier Men’s Basketball
1. Brian Giesenschlag 7. Tara Pachmyer
Sports Director Weekend Sports Reporter
Fox 19 WKRC-TV Channel 12, CBS
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
2. Steve Ackermann 8. John Popovich
News Director Sports Director
Fox 19 WCPO-TV Channel 9, ABC
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
3. Ron Miller and Joe Danneman 9. Brad Mordord
Producers News Director
Fox 19 WCPO-TV Channel 9, ABC
Phone: (513) 421-0119 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Fox19- Morning News 10. Mike Mattingly
Fox 19 Producer
Email: email@example.com WCPO-TV Channel 9, ABC
5. Brad Johansen
Sports Director 11. Ken Broo
WKRC-TV Channel 12, CBS Sports Director
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WLWT-TV Channel 5, NBC
6. Michael Berger and Marc Juszak
Sports Producers 12. Executive Producer
WKRC-TV Channel 12, CBS WLWT-TV Channel 5, NBC
Phone: (513) 763-5452 Email: email@example.com
PRINT: 21. Jennifer Scroggins
Deputy Sports Editor/Nights
13. Melanie Laughman The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sports Editor (Ohio and Kentucky) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Press
Email: email@example.com 22. Paul Daugherty
14. Anthony Amorini The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sports Reporter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Press
Email: email@example.com 23. Betsy Ross
Sports Reporter/Host of “The
15. Mark Chlifoux Front Row”
Sports Reporter Fox 19/WVUX-FM
The Community Press Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
24. Kathryn Rosenbaum
16. Tony Meale Editor-in-Chief
Sports Reporter The Xavier Newswire
The Community Press Send email through website:
Email: email@example.com http:// www.xavier.edu/newswire/
17. James Weber
Sports Reporter 25. Doug Tifft
The Community Press Sports Editor
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Xavier Newswire
Send email through website:
18. Jordan Kellogg http:// www.xavier.edu/newswire/
Online Editor pages/ contact.cfm
The Community Press (Westside Cincinnati)
Email: email@example.com 26. Scott Mueller
Assistant Sports Editor
19. Shannon Russell The Xavier Newswire
Beat Writer Send email through website:
The Cincinnati Enquirer http:// www.xavier.edu/newswire/
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org pages/ contact.cfm
20. Josh Pichler
Assistant Managing Editor/Sports
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network Meeting Summary
After attending the Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network (CSPN) discussion of
Harnessing Social Media in Cincinnati Sports I feel like I have a new perspective on social
media. At the beginning on this class, I felt like social media was an invasion of privacy and was
just one more way society was looking to get us into trouble. All you hear is “Don’t do this,”
“Don’t post that,” “You know your future employer is going to see that!” However, after hearing
the speakers, especially Xavier Women’s Basketball player Maureen Hester, I feel like there is a
way to have “professional” social media as well as private. I will discuss my opinions and
reactions in more detail in the remainder of this paper.
I would like to start with Xavier Universities Coach Kevin McGuff, I think he was one of
the more interesting people on the panel. Coach McGuff explained how he got on board with
Twitter before the NCAA had the opportunity to regulate Twitter and recruiting student athletes.
When he would attend her games, he would comment on his Twitter page about her performance
along with his opinions, and I am sure she loved that. Coach McGuff saw an opportunity to
appeal to a potential future player via social media and used it to his advantage. I know that,
when I was getting recruited, you always wondered if a coach saw an awesome play you just
made or their opinions on your performance. Not only were Coach McGuffs comments about
this particular a boost of confidence, I am sure it was a very useful tool for the player as well to
see what Coach McGuff liked and did not like about her performance.
Next, Coach McGuff went on to talk about a girl who would announce her future college
decision via Facebook. This is probably one of the most unique things I have heard a recruit do.
It was funny to hear a high school senior would have a hand full of college coaches on the end of
their seats waiting for this girl to announce her decision on Facebook. However, Coach McGuff
does not have Facebook, so I guess he will have to tune in via one of his assistant’s Facebook
One thing I found interesting was people were interested to see if Coach McGuff uses
Facebook and/or Twitter to determine if they want a girl to come to their school or not.
Personally, this is what I hate about social media. When I first went to college, Facebook could
only be accessed through a University email, and it was a way to make friends at your new
school and it was also a way to stay in contact with your high school friends. Now everyone’s
mom uses Facebook, even my grandma uses Facebook. However, I have found this to be a
useful tool to help stay in contact with my family and friends. After hearing Moe talk about the
two I feel like I had a better understanding on how these two media’s could best serve me. Both
Coach McGuff and Moe seemed to agree that Facebook is more of a personal media, you can
regulate who can see your information. While Twitter can be more useful in trying to better
serve your fans.
The one this I found very annoying about the discussion was the bloggers who thrived on
being the first on to report a story and who got which news first. It just seems like they are using
social media as a giant competition. As a consumer, I would rather have the reporter who ran the
story third, but took their time to make sure they had all the facts correct.
Next, I felt like some of the panel members really gave some good advice. Moe gave
some really great advice, she said “Use it as a way to brand yourself.” I am currently a senior in
college, and have a basic understanding of social media will be important in the next year as I
begin to search for jobs. Also, using social media as a way to brand and make myself appealing
to perspective employers will certainly give me a leg up in the competition. Next, I felt the
advice Joe Reedy gave was very interesting. He did express that social media is in fact here to
stay, be he also said “Its social, have fun with it!” This has given me some great ideas on starting
a Twitter page for my team and make it appealing to fans.
My final remarks about the experience has nothing to do with what anyone said, but it
was in every one of their actions. At any point during the discussion at least one member on the
panel was on their phone. I think at one point, two of the bloggers were passing a phone back
and forth for each other to read. And John Thornton had two different phones with him at the
table. This really opened my eye to the fact that social media is constantly being updated and it
is vital to stay on top of it.
Contact: Shannon Lynes
Jordan Crawford Is Going Pro
Spokesperson: Jordan Crawford
• On June 24, 2010, Jordan Crawford was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Crawford has
aspired to be a professional basketball player his entire life. For this reason he has decided
to follow his dreams and pursue an NBA career. Crawford believes having the opportunity
to play with NBA all-stars such as LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal is a once-in-a-
• Crawford has signed a three year $2,000,000 contract with the Cavaliers
• Crawford was selected by the Cavaliers to represent the team in the 2010 NBA Summer
League held from July 10-19 in Las Vegas, NV. This will mark the seventh consecutive
year the Cavaliers will compete in the League. All games will be played at the COX
Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las
CAVALIERS GAME SCHEDULE
Saturday, July 11 La Lakers vs. Cavaliers 3:00 p.m. PST COX Pavilion
Sunday, July 12 Milwaukee vs. Cavaliers 7:00 p.m. PST COX Pavilion
Tuesday, July 14 Washington vs. Cavaliers 3:30 p.m. PST Thomas & Mack
Thursday, July 16 Dallas vs. Cavaliers 5:00 p.m. PST COX Pavilion
Friday, July 17 Detroit vs. Cavaliers 1:00 p.m.PST COX Pavilion