Happy Friday and welcome to the month of September. Yes, it’s really September. We’ve got some interesting reads for you to enjoy over the long quarantined weekend. Keep your head up, though, at least we have football!


On This weeks Lineup:

Top 5 LinkedIn groups you should follow

Our Weekend Reading Recos

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LinkedIn Groups You Should Follow

As you build your career, here are five LinkedIn groups you should consider joining:

  1. Media & Entertainment Professionals (229k members): This group is for next-generation media and entertainment entrepreneurs and professionals interested in or working on the evolution of publishing, TV, film/video, internet, and mobile content. The group is run by Grapevine Star Entertainment.
  2. Sports Industry Network (194k members): This is a worldwide network of sports executives and professionals — sports marketing, sports PR, sports sponsorships, sportswriters, sports media, sports social media, sports events. Its purpose is to create networking opportunities, encourage discussions, promote products and services, and provide members access to top sports jobs.
  3. Internships and Interns (68k members): This group is a place for employers, students, interns, and career center professionals to share ideas, resources, and useful information regarding internships and internship practices.
  4. Sports Careers by WorkinSports.com (64k members): Networking, career coaching, mentoring, job referrals, career resources. Sports Careers is not just for job seekers or those “on the outside, trying to get in,” but also for millions of professionals working in sports who need a unified, industry employment resource.

5. Sports Internships and Networking (12k members): This is a group for sports enthusiasts who have experience in the industry or in college sports and can share their knowledge with talented students who are interested in breaking into the Industry.




Expand your horizons with our curated collection of helpful articles, videos and other essential recommendations.

Remote Internships? Now That’s WISE!: “Summer 2020 meant canceled internships for many, but not for those in the Women Inspiring Successful Enterprise summer program. Although the current coronavirus pandemic may have put a damper on summer plans for most, this was only a slight bump in the road for WISE. After adjusting to the circumstances and adapting to a solely remote format, the WISE program was still able to provide internships and professional development opportunities to 22 students.” READ MORE

How to get a job during COVID-19: 9 smart tips: “If you’re job hunting during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need practical strategies. Consider this expert advice from recruiters and hiring managers”. READ MORE

How to prepare for — and land a job — at a virtual career fair: “With coronavirus infections still surging across the U.S., many companies are turning to virtual career fairs as a hiring strategy. While not new, the concept has been gaining ground since the pandemic began. Hundreds of job fairs have been taking place globally, with companies both large and small joining in. The latest to enter the foray is early career platform Handshake.”. READ MORE

College Football Rule Changes: Quicker Replays, Zeros on Jerseys and Social Distancing:” ‘Officials will use electronic whistles this year, and we read the updated rules, so you don’t have to decipher what they’re enforcing” READ MORE

How College Football’s Altered Season Will Upend the NFL Draft Industry: “From players to agents, teams to the media, everyone who plays a part in college prospects becoming pros will be affected by this fall’s bizarro season. What does that mean for the 2021 draft cycle? And how are those involved planning to adapt?” READ MORE

NCAA Moves to Trademark ‘Battle in the Bubble’: “The NCAA has filed a trademark for the phrase “Battle in the Bubble,” signaling what the association’s plans for the 2020-21 Division I basketball season might entail.” READ MORE



Catch up on all of the MELT U Podcasts here – new podcasts posted bi-weekly on Spotify and iTunes!


MELT U Episode #43: Tony Barnhart was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and currently appears as a college football insider for the SEC Network on their college football coverage. Follow him on Twitter @MrCFB  LISTEN HERE

MELT U Episode #44: Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Crash, the career launch platform. He previously founded and currently serves as an advisor to Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. Follow him on Twitter @isaacmorehouse LISTEN HERE

MELT U Podcast Series September Schedule

Still to come this summer on the MELT U Podcast series…

Tuesday 9/8
Darryl Cobbin, CEO, and Managing Partner for Brand Positioning Doctors ??????

Thursday 9/10
Robert Irvine and Justin Leonard
World-Renowned Celebrity Chef and Savvy COO Dynamic Duo ?

Tuesday 9/15
Dennis Dodd, incredibly talented CBS Sports Senior Reporter and hockey fan ?

Thursday  9/17
David Adler, Chairman, and Founder of BizBash, North America’s No. 1 source of ideas, news, and resources for event and meeting professionals ?

Tuesday 9/22
Eric Jackson, Sports Business Reporter for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta’s source for local business news ?

Thursday 9/24
Michael Smith, College Sports Business Reporter and NCAA Basketball Insider ?

Tuesday 9/29
Randy Bernard, Garth Brooks’s Manager, yes THE GARTH BROOKS! ??





Vince and virtual MELT U are heading to a campus near you soon!

Thursday 9/17: UGA Grady APR Connection Panel

Thursday 9/24: Auburn CLA Career Day, Vanderbilt Career Fair

Monday 9/28: Georgia Tech Student-Athletes Career Fair

Wednesday 9/30: Clemson IPTAY Student Advisory Board

Tuesday 10/8: Buckhead Club

Tuesday 10/20: Auburn Guest Lecture

Thursday 10/22: UAB Collat Employer Chat

Wednesday 10/28: Georgia Tech Athlete Virtual Career Fair

Tuesday 11/17: UGA PRSSA Virtual ZOOM

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The MeltDown Ep 6: Is it time for the Pac-12 Conference to re-pack their lunch? In this week’s #MELTDOWN Vince Thompson discusses the Pac-12, their network’s shortcomings, and what the future may hold for Commissioner Scott and the conference as a whole! Watch Here





What’s MELT? 

It’s a high-powered sports marketing agency that’s based in Atlanta and works with the world’s biggest brands, teams, and events. MELT, which I founded in 2000, has become one of the nation’s leading sports marketing agencies, including a 20-year representation of The Coca-Cola Company, the activation of 17 (would have been 18) consecutive Final Fours, seven seasons of ESPN College GameDay, AFLAC’s sponsorship of The Southeastern Conference (SEC) and much more. We have won a collective 20 industry awards since 2017, including CEO of The Year, Event Marketer IT list of Top 100 Event Marketing Agencies, Chief Marketer’s Top 200 agencies, and many more. MELT and I sit in a unique position in the sports and college sports marketplace, offering insight into the significant business issues in sports and college sports.

What’s MELT U?
It’s a one-of-a-kind virtual internship program offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world of sports marketing. This Summer MELT U educated 1,100 students with 50 podcasts of industry leaders, live Lunch & Learns from my upcoming book, “Build Brand YOU.”  MELT U will now extend the offerings to be year-round and to include newsletters, video series, seminars, student-athlete branding, and much more.