Worcester Tornadoes VP-GM Speaks at Becker

Published on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Mr. Jorg Bassiacos, executive vice-president and general manager of the CanAm League Worcester Tornadoes baseball club, continued the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series on April 7 with a talk entitled "Bats, Balls and Budgets".

"It’s a real pleasure to be talking baseball on Opening Day," remarked Mr. Bassiacos to a large crowd in Daniels Hall as his lecture followed on the heels of the Boston Red Sox Opening Day victory. Mr. Bassiacos focused his lecture on a handful of main points regarding the business of baseball including profitability, affordability, community, quality and growth. "Equal attention needs to be paid to all five in order for any team – independent or affiliated – to have a chance to be successful," he said.

With the Tornadoes since 2005, Mr. Bassiacos started as the director of ballpark operations before being named to his current post in 2008. He graduated from North Adams State College (now MCLA), where he was captain of a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference champion baseball team. He continued to pursue his passion for baseball by attending Joe Brinkman Umpire School, and remains an active umpire today. Prior to joining the Tornadoes, he had a successful career in insurance.

Mr. Bassiacos spoke to students in the crowd about the importance and value of internships, especially in the sports management industry. "There is no greater experience you can get that will prepare for a career at any level of professional sports than an internship. It immediately distinguishes your resume from those of your peers."

Mr. Bassiacos’ lecture was the fourth of six in this spring’s Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College. The series is a forum that invites scholars and professionals to present lectures on topics of interest and importance.

All lectures in the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series are open to the Becker College community and the general public at no charge.