Murar, ’11 works for the Cardinals, then the Blues
At this time of year, most sports fans are scrambling for tickets to watch early baseball games or hockey playoffs. John Murar, ’11, is busy helping all those spectators enjoy the games.
Murar, 24, of St. Louis has just taken a job with the St. Louis Blues as the corporate sponsorship service coordinator. Before that, he worked for the St. Louis Cardinals, as a service representative working on direct ticket sales. He was with the Cardinals when the team won the World Series. As a result, he is among a handful of Maryville students and alumni who had been working for the Cardinals and will receive a World Series ring. “It was just one of those unbelievable moments in life,” he says. “You never think you’d get a World Series ring if you don’t play for the team.”
He graduated from Maryville with his bachelor of science in sport business management, but his ties to the Cardinals predated his time at Maryville. “I was an usher with the Cardinals for four and a half years. I started before I began at Maryville, but I was hired by the Cardinals full-time in June 2011.”
Murar said he always expected he’d attend a large school, known for its major sports teams. But in Maryville’s sport business management program, he found the right studies for him. He credited Assistant Professor and Director of the Sport Business Management Jason Williams and his ability to build connections with many teams and sports-related businesses with making a difference in his educational experience. “The classes are designed to give you hands-on experience,” he says.
Sports business remains a competitive field. Murar says when he first interviewed for a full-time position with the Cardinals for a ticket sales position, the team had received about 1,000 resumes, narrowed that field to 40 and after several hours of interviews, six people were hired for open positions. He thinks serving as an usher helped him stand out, and Murar suggested those interested in sport business management take volunteer opportunities and internships that help them learn more about the field.
Murar says he’s excited about the new position with the St. Louis Blues. “I have a passion for working with businesses, identifying corporate sponsorship that’s a good fit for them and why they should advertise with a specific team.”
Murar, who grew up in St. Charles, now lives in downtown St. Louis. When he’s not working, he enjoys watching sports with friends. He’s a volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. And when he travels, he likes to visit baseball stadiums around the country. “My life goal is to go to every major league stadium in the country.” So far, he has seen 21 of them, with less than 10 remaining on his list.