CSS podcast looks at inside sales

February 23, 2024

Carlos Ames
Carlos Ames
Two inside sales managers for Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire talk about their work and career paths in the newest episode of Trine University’s Center for Sports Studies podcast.

Carlos Ames and Sam Bocken serve as co-managers of the Fire’s Inside Sales Academy.

After a career in ticket sales with the New York Mets, Ames was tapped to start the Fire’s Sales Academy last year. Bocken, also a graduate of the Mets Sales Academy, came to Chicago within the past five months to assist Ames in growing the MLS in Chicago.

In their role, Ames and Bocken are responsible for hiring new sales representatives and training them to sell individual, group and season ticket packages.

Sam Bocken
Sam Bocken
In the podcast, they break down how inside sales work in professional sports, discuss their career paths and why having the courage to leave home can accelerate your sports career, and share advice for students looking to break into sports sales.   

Produced through the Trine Broadcasting Network, the Trine Center for Sports Studies podcast focuses on the business side of sports, including interviews with sports professionals and current research in sports studies. Hosted by Center for Sports Studies director Brandon Podgorski, the podcast is available at css.transistor.fm, on platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and on YouTube.

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