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April 2024 Party in the Back Podcast

Jon Long (Oil Kings) and Scott Sproat (Komets) discuss their successful Ghostbusters Movie Nights. They share the importance of giving their fans something fresh and new and striving to get a reaction from their fans. Who you gonna call?

We talk Ghostbusters on the April 2024 Party in the Back Podcast. President of Business Operations from the Fort Wayne Komets Scott Sproat and Jon Long, Manager the Event Presentation & Creative Content for the Edmonton Oil Kings, join the podcast to talk about their success with this movie theme night.

Scott and Jon drop insights on all aspects of their promotion, including:

  • Approvals and support from movie studio and rights holders
  • Leading their team’s creative effort
  • Popular fan elements for their Ghostbusters Night
  • Social Media elements
  • Scoreboard additions
  • Jersey Auctions, like the Komets $13,000 charity jersey auction
  • Music and bumpers, including a one night change in the Oil Kings Goal song
  • Sponsor integrations and more…

It is a conversation with two exceptional creative sports marketers, with insights that can be applied for Ghostbusters Night and any other movie theme.

Thanks for listening and sharing the podcast. 

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  • January 2023 Party in the Back Podcast – The January edition of the podcast features returning guests Jeff Munneke (MN Timberwolves) and Jon Long (Newfoundland Growlers) to update us on big team initiatives. Plus crowd ignitor and motivational wiz Cameron Hughes splashes down to kick off 2023 with a bang.

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The Party in the Back Podcast:  If Sports Marketing was a mullet hairdo this podcast covers ‘The Party in the Back‘. We’ll let someone else do the data, analytics, spreadsheets and budgets… We’re talking about the FUN: In-game contests, theme nights, mascots, dancers, social media, atmosphere and giveaways. Join us at the Party in the Back for our monthly discussion with industry leaders on the fun side of Sports Marketing.

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