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The Rookie Contract

The Rookie Contract

By Kate Norum & Ash Kavanagh
"The Rookie Contract" hosted by Kate Norum and Ash Kavanagh will dive into the newest additions of the sports industry and their journey so far.

Kate and Ash will be speaking to people in their rookie contract within sports, to get the freshest advice for those trying to get into the sports industry.

In sports, when rookies sign their “Rookie Contract,” it's typically for four years and this podcast will dive into those people that are doing their thing in the #sportsbiz

So, now that you’ve accepted your rookie contract, what are you going to prove?
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S2: Ep. 4: Recruiting a vibe, Feat. McClain Baxley
This episode features McClain Baxley, who currently is a UGA and Athens-area recruiting reporter for Athens-Banner Herald. McClain, a 2021 Georgia Southern University graduate, dives into his latest internship with AJC Sports, how he got into sports reporting (high school sports + Georgia Southern coverage for Savannah Morning News & The George-Anne) , learning the run-down of covering recruiting, and how he has been able to manage his time aside from work.  ** Don't be shy. If you would like to connect with us, our links are below. Say Hi! McClain's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/McclainBaxley LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcclain-baxley-200a31155/ Ash's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleykav LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kavanagh Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com  Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to our channel to get our newest episodes when they release every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. and give us a review.  If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm We appreciate our listeners and we will continue to share more incredible rookie stories! - Ash + Kate
40:42
October 13, 2021
S2: Ep. 3: One Woman Show (feat. Lauren Kreda)
This episode features Lauren Kreda, who currently is a social and digital marketing specialist for Mizuno Running. Lauren has been all over the sports industry from her time at SUNY Cortland as a student and athletics intern to Jacksonville University where she dipped into new waters as an SID for 16 months. Lauren does not quit, in establishing new strategies and continues to build her portfolio in each platitude she seeks. Whether it's for a team or a brand, this gal keeps her momentum strong in maintaining overall confidence in the industry. ** Don't be shy. If you would like to connect with us, our links are below. Say Hi! YIZSaR6Q3rnj3iL25s45 Lauren's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenKreda  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-kreda-49479511a/ Rookie Contract social links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/therookiecontract/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/rookie_contract  Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/therookiecontract/ Ash's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleykav  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kavanagh Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com  Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to our channel to get our newest episodes when they release every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. and give us a review. We appreciate our listeners and we will continue to share more incredible rookie stories! - Ash + Kate
35:03
September 22, 2021
S2: Ep. 2 : Certified Lover Boy, Phillip Laborde
This episode features L.A. Rams Social Video Trainee, Phillip Laborde, who recently graduated from LSU back in May of this year (yup, you read that right!). Phillip shares his unconventional journey to L.A., being a full-time student while also creating content with LSU athletics, and more-so how he manages to stay on his craft even when its difficult, emphasizing to be more "confident not cocky" throughout.  ** Don't be shy, if you want to connect with us, our links are below. Say Hi! Phillips' social links: Twitter:  https://twitter.com/PhillipLaborde  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philliplaborde Rookie Contract social links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/therookiecontract/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/rookie_contract Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/therookiecontract/ Ash's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleykav LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kavanagh Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to our channel to get our newest episodes when they release every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. and give us a review. We appreciate our listeners and we will continue to share more incredible rookie stories! - Ash + Kate
34:55
September 8, 2021
S2: Ep. 1 : Hunger Games or Day Trader? You decide (Feat. Palmer Morris)
It's the start of a new season, hosted by a familiar voice in Kate Norum and a newer voice in the mix, Ash Kavanagh.  This episode is action packed with crucial advice in sports from Draft Kings U.S. sports trader Palmer Morris, a Clemson grad, who never thought he'd be working in sports betting, but it all started with an email. Find out how Palmer made the decision to move to Vegas, trust me, it's good.  A former Clemson basketball manager, Atlanta United intern, and much other accolades -- this guy does not quit.  ** Don't be shy, if you want to connect with us, our links are below. Say Hi! Palmer's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/palmermorris10  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/palmerwmorris Rookie Contract social links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/therookiecontract/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/rookie_contract Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/therookiecontract/ Ash's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleykav LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kavanagh Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers  https://www.silvermansound.com Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to our channel to get our newest episodes when they release every other Tuesday at 10 a.m. and give us a review. We appreciate our listeners and we will continue to share more incredible rookie stories!  - Ash + Kate 
31:34
August 24, 2021
Ep. 29: So, What Actually is Communications? (Feat. Asha Evans)
Today's Guest: Asha Evans In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Asha’ journey, what communications even is, learning what makes sports so special, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Asha’s links: @ANEvans_ (Twitter); ashaevans_ (Instagram); linkedin.com/in/ashaevans/ (LinkedIn) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
46:25
April 12, 2021
Ep. 28: The Ultimate Guide to Betting on Yourself (Feat. Lukas Weese)
Today's Guest: Lukas Weese In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Lukas’ journey, how to bet on yourself, traveling through the world of sports in COVID, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Lukas’ links: @Weesesports (Twitter); @lukasweese (Instagram); linkedin.com/in/lukas-weese-52760b98/ (LinkedIn); lukasweese.com/; @TheWSChronicles (Podcast Twitter) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
37:17
March 29, 2021
Ep. 27: Keeping an Open Mind in the Sports Industry (Feat. Lucy Liautaud)
Today's Guest: Lucy Liautaud In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Lucy’s journey, how to keep an open mind, traveling through the world of sports in COVID, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Lucy’s links: @lucyliautaud (Instagram); linkedIn.com/in/lucyliautaud/ (LinkedIn) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
39:32
March 15, 2021
Ep. 26: NOT the River Kings (Feat. Justin Sulpico)
Today's Guest: Justin Sulpico In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Justin’s journey, his tier list of announcers, how the team’s name is NOT the River Kings, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Justin’s links: @justinsulpico (Twitter); @justinsulpico (Instagram); linkedin.com/in/justinsulpico/ (LinkedIn); justinsulpico.wixsite.com/portfolio (Portfolio) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
36:29
February 28, 2021
Ep. 25: From Twitter Fingers to Kraken Tentacles
Today's Guest: Chanel Keenan In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Chanel’s journey, how Chanel got her job(s) via Twitter, being an ally for women of color in sports (hockey specifically), and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Chanel’s links: @Chanelly37 (Twitter); Chanelly37 (Instagram); linkedin.com/in/chanel-k/ (LinkedIn) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
35:24
February 22, 2021
Ep. 24: What it Takes to be a Manager: On Ice
Today's Guest: Calista Mezzapelle In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Calista’s journey, the day in the life of a club hockey team manager, being a female official, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Calista’s links: @calista_mezzapelle53 (Instagram); @CMezzapelle53 (Twitter); Calista Mezzapelle (Facebook); linkedin.com/in/calista-mezzapelle-00b054192 (LinkedIn) St. Cloud State University ACHA DII Hockey Social Media: @scsud2hockey (Instagram); SCSUHuskyHockey (Twitter); St. Cloud State University Men's ACHA DII Hockey (Facebook) St. Cloud State University Campus Recreation Social Media: @scsucampusrec (Instagram) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
33:33
February 15, 2021
Ep. 23: Patience is a Virtue
Today's Guest: Nicolette Rojo, Co-Social Media Director In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Nicolette’s journey, what the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award is, learning about patience, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Nicolette’s links: www.nicoletterojo.com/ (Portfolio) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
42:44
February 8, 2021
Ep. 22: Seeing the Human Behind the Jersey
Today's Guest: Gina Salvatore, Social Media Free Agent In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Gina’s journey, how to find one’s social media voice, learning to accept help from others, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Gina’s links: linkedin.com/in/ginamariesal/ (LinkedIn); ginamariesalvatore.com (Reel/Portfolio); @gina_salvatore (Instagram); @gina__salvatore (Twitter) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
46:39
January 25, 2021
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 20: Quinn Douglas, 89.7 KRUI-FM
Today's Guest: Quinn Douglas; Sports Director; 89.7 KRUI-FM. In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Quinn’s journey, the world of sportscasting, podcasting, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Quinn’s links: @Quinn_Douglas_ (Twitter), quinndouglas.com (Personal Website), anchor.fm/quinn-douglas (The Quinn Douglas Show Podcast), soundcloud.app.goo.gl/DrkS4TNsJFnXQvnC8 (SoundCloud Broadcasting Highs), youtube.com/user/MadirdTiger91 (YouTube) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
47:47
January 11, 2021
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 19: Amber Reigard, Minnesota Timberwolves
Today's Guest: Amber Reigard; Account Executive, Business Development; Minnesota Timberwolves.  In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Amber's journey, what it’s like going into a field you wouldnt picture yourself in, how to grow thick skin for the sports industry, and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Amber’s link: linkedin.com/in/amber-reigard-a73a10165/ (LinkedIn) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)   Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
54:03
December 28, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 18: Madison Kerley, FOX Sports Southwest
Today's Guest: Madison Kerley; Social Media Specialist; FOX Sports Southwest. In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Madison's journey, gauging social media trends before they become too stale, a discussion on women in sports, and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Madison’s links: @madisondion (Instagram); @madison_kerley (Instagram) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree), Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn), Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
40:05
December 21, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 17: Maggie Vlasaty, Sportradar
Today's Guest: Maggie Vlasaty; Live Data Entry Operator; Sportradar. In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Maggie's journey, the moment when Keegan-Michael Key heard the funniest joke of the day from Maggie, how her experience with a Northwoods League internship helped her along her path, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Maggie’s links: linkedin.com/in/maggievlasaty/ (LinkedIn); @maggievelocity (Personal Instagram); @mjv.designs (Design Instagram) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn), Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
42:33
December 14, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 16: Kassie Dunnihoo, NFL
Today's Guest: Kassie Dunnihoo; Social Media Production Assistant; NFL. In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Kassie's journey, how managing her high school athletic account jump-started her social media career, what started her love for the NFL, and MUCH more. Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Kassies’s links: linkedin.com/in/kassie-dunnihoo-5b22a5133/ (LinkedIn); @KassieDunnihoo (Twitter); kassiedunnihoo.com (Personal Website) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)   Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
45:46
December 7, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 15: Billy Quach, Let it Fly Media
Today's Guest: Billy Quach; Creative Director; Let It Fly Media. In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Billy's journey, a sneak peek into Let It Fly’s FIRST sports documentary, what it means to have “it,” and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. Billy’s links: instagram.com/billyquachfilms/ (Instagram); youtube.com/c/BillyQuachFilms (YouTube); open.spotify.com/show/5CGfqChGPrOXNrKOrLJoLL?si=ZU7XH7FVQ1ygUh74Qh-4bQ (Billy’s Podcast) The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn) Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
43:19
November 30, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 14: Ian Davis, Belmont University Volleyball
Today's Guest: Ian Davis; Content Intern; Belmont University Volleyball. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Ian's journey, his fascination with TikTok, why he chose to go to Belmont for post-grad, and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. | Ian’s links: linkedin.com/in/ianfdavis/ (LinkedIn); @iandavis95 (Twitter); ifdavis8.wixsite.com/ianfdavis?fbclid=IwAR0moL4rTGjVkRSnZyueX7a-n6yQ3XAvvVOkpdgrG0oso7F8aURv2COY7QI (Personal Website); @IanDavis1995 (TikTok); @DavisIan95 (Instagram); | Belmont Volleyball’s Links: @BelmontVB (Twitter); @BelmontVBall (Instagram) | The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
48:40
November 23, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 13: Richard Houcque, NFL
Today's Guest: Richard Houcque; Digital Video/Content Editor; National Football League. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Richard's CRAZY journey, not knowing if you’re going to be able to continue on in the sports field, what it’s like being down to your last $30 TOTAL, and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. | Richards’s links: linkedin.com/in/rich-houcque/ (LinkedIn); @WojCreative (WojCreative Twitter); https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1n338uEjElqA3Rm1R1lh6EleTahdsft4t3KuEXv8eDcE/edit#gid=0 (Free Agent list/Rising undergrad and high school creatives list) | The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
01:17:23
November 16, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 12: Jordyn Solka, CMU Men's Hockey Club
Today's Guest: Jordyn Solka; Social Media Manager;  Central Michigan University Men's Hockey Club. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Jordyn's journey, creating your own internship out of nothing, what being a TikTok rep is like, and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories. | Jordyn’s links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordyn-solka/ (LinkedIn); https://solka1jl.wixsite.com/careerportfolio (Personal Portfolio) | The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
39:46
November 9, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 11: Lisa Anne Higgins, Florida Atlantic University
Today's Guest: Lisa Anne Higgins; Development Intern - Stewardship; Florida Atlantic University Athletics. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Lisa Anne's journey, how she came up with the Tyler Cameron FAU buttons, what it’s like to lose your work best friend/mentor, and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Lisa Anne/FAU’s links: linkedin.com/in/lisaannehiggins/ (LinkedIn); @LA_Higgins (Twitter); @FAUparadiseclub (Twitter & Instagram) | The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
53:11
November 2, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 10: Daniel Salazar, Free Agent
Today's Guest: Daniel Salazar; Free Agent; Former Youth & High School Football Assistant with the Atlanta Falcons. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Daniel's journey, how COVID-19 has actually been a nice time for networking, what it was like being in the same room as NFL executives, and MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Daniel’s links: linkedin.com/in/danielsalazar93/ (LinkedIn); @danielsal93 (Twitter) | The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
36:33
October 26, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 9: Maddie Stedman, Octagon
Today's Guest: Maddie Stedman; Account Trainee for Octagon. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Maddie's journey, how a road trip all around the state of Florida helped in networking, why she chose the agency side, and much, MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Maddie’s links: linkedin.com/in/madeline-stedman/ (LinkedIn) | The Rookie Contract's Links: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (Linktree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
58:10
October 19, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 8: Jenny Fischer, NBA/WNBA
Today's Guest: Jenny Fischer; NBA Digital and Social Content Publisher for the WNBA. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Jenny's journey, how Marquette grew her network, the mindset you need to “allow others to sit at the table,” and much, MUCH more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Jenny’s links: linkedin.com/in/jennyfischer012/ (LinkedIn); @jennylynnfisch (Twitter); jennyfischer.weebly.com/ (Personal Site) | The Rookie Contract Links: The Rookie Contract: @rookie_contract (Twitter); anchor.fm/therookiecontract (Anchor); linkedin.com/company/the-rookie-contract (LinkedIn) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
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October 12, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 7: Brianna Williams, ESPN
Today's Guest: Brianna Williams; Social Media Intern for ESPN. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Brianna's journey, how she improvised for her big-time interview with ESPN, what it was like for her to use her last $50 to apply for the NABJ scholarship, and more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Brianna’s links: linkedin.com/in/brianna-d-williams/ (LinkedIn); briannadwilliams.com/ (Personal Site) | The Rookie Contract Links: The Rookie Contract: linktr.ee/TheRookieContract (LinkTree) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
37:29
October 5, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 6: Geno Velasco, Troy University Athletics
Today's Guest: Geno Velasco; Creative Content Assistant for Troy University. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Geno's journey, how his high school videos got him interested in filmmaking, his reason for getting into sports, how him and a few others started the Woj Creative twitter page, and more. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Geno’s links: @geno_velasco (Twitter); https://www.linkedin.com/in/geno-velasco/ (LinkedIn); genovelasco.com (Personal Site); @WojCreative (Twitter | The Rookie Contract Links: @rookie_contract (Twitter); anchor.fm/therookiecontract (Anchor); https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rookie-contract (LinkedIn) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
35:19
September 28, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 5: Peter Raider and Will Stone, The Baltimore Orioles
Today's Guests: Peter Raider and Will Stone; Video Content Intern (Peter) and Design Intern (Will) for The Baltimore Orioles. | In this episode- Dakota and Kate discuss Peter and Will's own journeys, how they’re able to work for an MLB team in a pandemic, how they got into sports, and what students should look into when choosing a college. | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.   | Peter’s links: @PeterRaider2 (Twitter); https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-raider-b09b04194/ (LinkedIn); peterraidermedia.com (Personal Site) | Will’s links: @Will_Herb_Stone (Twitter); https://www.linkedin.com/in/willhstone/ (LinkedIn); https://willhstone.com/ (Personal Site) | The Rookie Contract Links: The Rookie Contract: @rookie_contract (Twitter); anchor.fm/therookiecontract (Anchor); https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rookie-contract (LinkedIn) | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) | Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
35:50
September 21, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 4: Dan Gardella, The Dan Patrick Show
Today's Guest: Dan Gardella, Content Intern for The Dan Patrick Show.  | In this episode- Dakota, Kate, and Dan discuss Dan's journey, how he managed to keep it cool while in the presence of Adam Sandler and Dan Patrick, as well as what future sports media professionals should do on their own journey.  | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Dan’s links: @DanGardella (Twitter); https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-g-7b8985101/ (LinkedIn)  | The Rookie Contract Links: The Rookie Contract: @rookie_contract (Twitter); anchor.fm/therookiecontract (Anchor); https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rookie-contract (LinkedIn)  | Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  | Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
42:45
September 14, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 3: Jennifer Fisher, The Green Bay Packers
Today's Guest: Jennifer Fisher: Social Content Creator for the Green Bay Packers.  | In this episode- Dakota, Kate, and Jennifer discuss Jennifer's journey, as well as how she handles having an audience in the millions - yes, you read the correctly. They also discuss how Jennifer got where she did, as well as what it’s like working in The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field as someone that grew up in Southern California.  | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.   | Jennifer’s links: @Jferfish28 (Twitter); https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferfisher28/ (LinkedIn)   | The Rookie Contract Links: The Rookie Contract: @rookie_contract (Twitter); anchor.fm/therookiecontract (Anchor)  Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)   | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
39:04
September 7, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 2: Andrew Goldstein, WJFW-NewsWatch 12
Today's Guest: Andrew Goldstein: Sports Director for WJFW-NewsWatch 12. | In this episode- Dakota, Kate, and Andrew discuss Andrew's journey, how he got into sports broadcasting, and people he has looked to for inspiration within the industry.  | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Andrew's links: @AndyGold24 (Twitter); www.linkedin.com/in/andrewjgoldstein/ (LinkedIn)  | The Rookie Contract Links: The Rookie Contract: @rookie_contract (Twitter); anchor.fm/therookiecontract (Anchor)  Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn)  Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
50:40
August 31, 2020
The Rookie Contract, Ep. 1: Anna-Lee Marie Boerner, University of Northern Colorado Wrestling
Today's Guest: Anna-Lee Marie Boerner: Photographer & Media Intern for the University of Northern Colorado Wrestling.   | In this episode- Dakota, Kate, and Anna discuss Anna's journey, the struggles she has faced being a woman in sports- wrestling specifically, and people she has turned to for motivation.   | Please make sure to follow the Rookie Contract on Spotify, or if you're an Apple Podcast listener, make sure to subscribe and give us a five-star review. This will help us get recognized and allow for us to continue providing you, the listeners, with more incredible rookie stories.  | Anna's links: Anna-Lee Marie: @annalee__marie (Twitter); anna-leemariephotography.mypixieset.com/ (Personal Website)  | The Rookie Contract Links: The Rookie Contract: @rookie_contract (Twitter); anchor.fm/therookiecontract (Anchor) Dakota: @dakotazientek (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/dakota-w-zientek/ (LinkedIn) Kate: @katenorum (Twitter); linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ (LinkedIn)  | Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - silvermansound.com
36:18
August 24, 2020
The Rookie Contract Podcast: Trailer
In this episode, you will gain a little understanding into what Kate and Dakota from Sports as a Job are trying to create in this podcast. Be sure to follow all the parties involved with The Rookie Contract, and if you have a story worth sharing, please let us know! Our first episode will be available on Monday, August 24th, 2020. Stay tuned! Social Links: The Rookie Contract: @Rookie_Contract | Twitter Dakota Zientek: @DakotaZientek | Twitter | LinkedIn  Kate Norum:  @katenorum | Twitter | LinkedIn Sports as a Job: @sportsasajob | Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn Music: Say You Will by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
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August 18, 2020