Arizona State University

Fall 2011 Winners

Matt Denapoles

Matt Denapoles

Matt was born and raised is Stamford CT and grew up as a huge sports fan. Matt graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in December, which he chose for a new adventure. His experiences in the journalism program made ASU the best decision of his life. Matt aspires to become a sports anchor and reporter.

“[FOX Sports] U is an experience I wish every student could have.”

“We got the opportunity to fully create and design something that would actually be used and seen by the community.”

“It gave us a sense of real life responsibility and work with a little kick I competition for fun.”

“It allowed us to apply what we’ve learned all these years to something bigger than just schoolwork.”

Greg Dillard

Greg Dillard

Greg is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. As a lifelong Arizona native, he is an avid Arizona sports fan and proud Sun Devil. Greg recently completed internships with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, and XTRA Sports 910.

“The [FOX Sports] U program at ASU was a tremendous experience from start to finish. Our group really worked hard to not only understand Fox Sports Arizona’s desires and expectations for the marketing campaign, but to meet them as well. We had fun bouncing ideas off of each other and then producing our final product.”

“I’m really proud of the work our group produced at the end of the semester. Our slogan “We Bring the Future Home” fits perfectly with FSN Arizona’s “We Bring the Game Home” marketing campaign. Overall, it was an outstanding opportunity to work with Fox Sports all semester long.”

Erika Baggs

Erika Baggs

Erika graduated from Arizona State University in December of 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in human communications. Erika is a born a raised Arizonan with a love of marketing and sports.

“The [FOX Sports] U assignment was a great experience.”

“Throughout the semester our groups we were able to develop and create potential marketing campaigns for high school football and basketball programs.”

“Not only was it an inspiring learning experience but also a lot of fun!”

Nick Licalzi

Nick Licalzi

Nick Licalzi is a 2012 graduate from Arizona State University’s, Walter Cronkite school of Journalism and Mass Communications. Since graduating, Licalzi has been working at SportsNet New York as a production assistant and field producer. While at ASU, Licalzi co-founded the Walter Cronkite Hockey Broadcasting Organization (WCHBO), which broadcasted games for the Sun Devils ACHA Division I hockey team and the Arizona RedHawks of the WSHL. He was the play by play announcer for the Sun Devils broadcasts, which were deemed the “poster child” by for what a good broadcast can look like. As the broadcasting director for the RedHawks, the broadcasts were crowned the best in the WSHL by the league commissioner. Licalzi has broadcasted Team USA’s World Junior Championship Camp against team Finland and team Sweden the past two summers. The WCHBO as a whole was in charge of the 2011 summer camp, as well as the 2012 USA hockey High School National Championships.

“I thought that the [FOX Sports] University was a fantastic experience. It was extremely helpful to get hands on help from professionals in the business, especially when it came to shaping our ideas.”

“There are very few substitutes for the direct and professional opinions that we received from the [FOX Sports] University team. To have professionals breaking down your commercials and plans, it really helps to show you what it is going to take to succeed in the real world.”

“The [FOX Sports] University class was one of the most relevant classes that I took at Arizona State.”

Jacob Bash

Jacob Bash

Jacob Bash was raised in Los Angeles, California.  He graduated from the Walter Cronkite School in December, 2012 with a degree in journalism.  As an avid sports fan, Jacob has grown up rooting for LA sports, especially following the Angels.  He has held internships with 92.3 KTAR, CBS Channel 5 and The Arizona Diamondbacks. Jacob hopes to pursue a career in sales upon graduation.

“[FOX Sports] University was a great real world experience that really put in perspective what is expected from creative teams.”

 “The hands-on aspect of [FOX Sports] University taught me more about how media works than many of my other courses.”

“[FOX Sports] University is a fun and challenging course for anyone with an interest in sports and media.”

 “It was a great feeling seeing our final product on the screen after knowing how much work we put into it.  We started with nothing and came up with an entire way of marketing the new campaign.  Amazing experience”


Fall 2011 Project Description

FOX Sports Arizona tasked students in ASU’s  Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication with creating an all-inclusive marketing campaign for FOX Sports Arizona’s coverage of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The main objectives included increasing viewership, improving awareness and driving home the fact that FOX Sports Arizona and are the homes for the best coverage of Arizona high school athletics.


Professor Profile

Eric Fischer

Eric Fischer

A 20+ year marketing, media, sales and sponsorship veteran who has worked to create innovative, integrated marketing, media and content platforms to drive revenues for global media organizations.  With a career spanning the agency, client, league and vendor perspective, Eric has worked at a senior management level within several of the most well-respected global media organizations including Clear Channel, Disney, Fox, McCann-Erickson Worldwide, MGM, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.  In these roles, he has been fortunate work with several of the world’s leading marketers such as Anheuser-Busch,  Coca-Cola, Dell, Electronic Arts, Fedex, Gatorade, Microsoft, Nestle USA, Sprite, Taco Bell, T-Mobile and Yahoo!, to develop, build and execute media-based marketing solutions that drive business results.

As Vice President, Global Media Solutions for the NBA, Eric was responsible for leading the league’s digital sponsorship and media innovation across its 75+ marketing partners across the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League, USA Basketball as well as the Basketball Hall of Fame.

As Regional Vice President of Clear Channel Advantage, Eric led west coast efforts to create cross-platform marketing initiatives including developing customized media solutions involving 1,200+ local radio stations and the digital platforms for nationally syndicated personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Jim Rome.

Most recently and before joining LifeLock, Eric was SVP, Content and Sponsorship at Digital Artists, working with the largest global brands to develop innovative social media programs taking advantage of world’s most famous athletes and team’s social media graph.  In addition Eric continues to consult start up and early stage companies within the sports and digital media innovation space.

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