Sports management grad starts career with New York Jets
Eddie Whitman ’21 MS had the full support of his former sports management colleagues and professors when he landed a position as a sales associate for the New York Jets. He says his time at university prepared him well for his career in professional sports.
June 23, 2022
When Eddie Whitman ’21 MS decided to pursue his Masters in Sports Management, he chose the University of New Haven because of the program’s excellent reputation, believing it could help him succeed in his career. Thanks in part to the support he received from his fellow Chargers, he landed his current position with the New York Jets of the National Football League.
As he neared graduation, Whitman reached out to Ceyda Mumcu, Ph.D., chair of the university’s athletic management department, to ask for help in his job search. . She connected him with several former students who worked in professional sports, including Kenny Maley ’18. A group sales account manager for the Jets, Maley became a source of mentorship and support for Whitman.
“He gave me great advice throughout my interview process with the Jets,” Whitman said. “Kenny came through the professional sports ranks and gave me great advice early in my career. During my time at the University, faculty and alumni were eager to help me in any way they could. It meant the world had the support of a recent alumnus who was exactly in my shoes just a few years ago.
A sales associate for the New York Jets, Whitman sells season and group tickets, as well as suites for Jets games. His position allows him to interact with fans every day as he gauges their interest in ticket packages. He also greets patrons at MetLife Stadium, takes them on tours, and shows them seats they can purchase tickets for.
“It’s a unique experience because I’m not in a specialized department at the start of my career,” he said. “That way, I can gain experience in our subscriptions department, group sales department, and suites department. I’m lucky to have a well-rounded position that allows me to learn a lot in my first job in professional sports.
“My vision of a career in professional sport”
Since starting his job earlier this year, Whitman has come to enjoy the fast-paced environment. He describes the business opportunities as “endless” and says they have already offered a variety of learning opportunities as well as an exciting work environment.
“Being able to sell for an NFL team in the biggest market in the United States is a truly unique opportunity that I don’t take lightly,” he said. “Hard work is recognized in the Jets organization, and there’s an energy to the day-to-day building that I’ve never seen before.”
Whitman says that as a Charger he also learned the importance of hard work and “going the extra mile”. He says his experiences on the business side of the sport have prepared him for his current role.
“My time at university helped shape my vision of a career in professional sports,” he explains. “I learned real-world skills that made me attractive to hiring managers at the professional sports level. My teachers emphasized hard work, attention to detail and teamwork, which have been the three most important things about my time with the Jets so far. Working in professional sports has nothing to do with where you work or who you work for. It’s about the consistent effort you put in and the quality of your teammate.