Purple Haze, Sports School Days at NYU

It is with great privilege that I share the good news first on this space that I will join the faculty at the renowned NYU Tisch Institute for Sports Management as an adjunct instructor on September 2.  It will be my honor to serve in the classroom the university’s M.S. in Sports Business program

JC now wearing Violet colors, too.

JC now wearing Violet colors, too.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Academic Chair Wayne McDonnell for my return to NYU after an initial go-round from 1998-2003, and to my new colleague and old friend Dave Hollander for the endorsement.

Back at NYU thanks to Dr. Mc

Back at NYU thanks to Wayne McDonnell

As my distinguished Hall of Fame friend Jim “OC” O’Connell always likes to say: “working the colleges keeps you forever young.” So this is vocation that I relish.

OC, pictured with Fairfield president Jeffrey von Arx, SJ, and Dick Hoops Weiss, stays forever young.

OC, pictured with Fairfield president Jeffrey von Arx, SJ, and Dick Hoops Weiss, stays forever young.

It will be a Wednesday doubleheader for yours truly.  I will continue in the classroom at Rose Hill as I have for the past 17 years in the communication and media studies department, an honor to instruct the future sports industry leaders at my alma mater, too. The Fairfield University athletics media consultant gig is in full bloom, too. September’s here, so it’s back to school!

JC with students at PIX11 television field trip

JC with students at PIX11 television field trip

The students are always so refreshing; the hope from this corner is that they will learn as much from my experiences as I will unquestionably learn from them. The Mets Jay Horwitz, a formidable NYU alumnus, and David Newman have always graciously hosted my classes at Citi Field, and they’ll do so again on September 16 when my new NYU group will be in attendance. LET’S GO METS!

Citi Field with Mets speakers is always great learning experience

Citi Field with Mets speakers is always great learning experience

How did this journey into the world of academia begin? That debt of gratitude goes to Dr. Ron Jacobson, who wildly raced to the front of the room following my presentation at a Fordham young alumni event during my days with the Knicks: “Do you teach? You must teach! You have to teach!”  The rest, as they say, is history. He taught me how to teach, and we were in the classroom together for 13 years at the Fordham Summer Sports Institute.

Dr. J and students at Citi Field field trip

Dr. J and students at Citi Field field trip

Here’s the press release, after all it’s a public relations course, with full details.

For Immediate Release


‎New York, August 28 — Respected sports public relations executive John Cirillo will join the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business (sps.nyu.edu/tischinstitute) as an adjunct instructor this Fall.‎

Cirillo will teach Public Relations in the School’s M.S. in Sports Business program. It marks a return to NYU, where he was an adjunct from 1998-2003 during the formative years of the Tisch Institute’s Sports Management program. He will continue as an adjunct at Fordham University (Rose Hill) in the communications and media studies department. ‎Cirillo is also media consultant for Fairfield University athletics, as he has forged a significant mark in the collegiate sports realm.‎

The former New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden vice president is a 30-year veteran in public relations on the New York and national sports scene. Cirillo is founder and president of Cirillo World (www.cirilloworld.com), established in 1997, a firm that presently represents the Thurman Munson Awards Dinner for AHRC New York City Foundation, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Fairfield University athletics, the Grand Central Oyster Bar, the WFUV Radio (90.7 fm/‎wfuv.org) Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting, and Steiner Sports Marketing.‎

During its 18 years, Cirillo World clients have also included such prominent names in sports as Bob Costas, Gary Carter, boxing champions Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko, the Atlantic 10 Conference, notable boxing promoters such as Bob Arum, Lou DiBella, Dino Duva, Joe DeGuardia and Cedric Kushner, Gallagher’s Steak House, and Fordham University athletics.‎

“Today’s collegians are tomorrow’s sports industry leaders,” said Cirillo, “and I am delighted to return to NYU. There is no more satisfying experience than nurturing the talents of young men and women to help them emerge as future stars.”‎

Cirillo is a graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in communications.‎

His sports blog, Johnny Cigar Sports 24/7, opines on sports issues from a New York and historical perspective.‎

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business
Recent innovations in global sports consumption, the use of online and social media to engage and to build a fan base, and the implementation of redesigned sports business models, have resulted in a range of issues and opportunities for individuals working in the sports industry. Successful professionals in this field now need to understand strategic business principles as they apply to different aspects of the global sports industry.‎

Through interdisciplinary curricula, field internships, alumni-student mentorship, applied research, individualized degree advisement, a dedicated and accomplished advisory board, and faculty members who are experts in their fields, the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business provides the pathway to help students meet their professional goals in the sports business industry.‎

The Tisch Institute’s graduateundergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs provide a top-notch education and the opportunity to meet and to network with industry leaders. Its location in New York, home to more sports teams, leagues, and media outlets than any other metro area in the country, offers the perfect setting for gaining a comprehensive overview of the complexities of the business. The Institute’s renowned, highly attended professional conferences and events provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields. For more information, visit sps.nyu.edu/tischinstitute

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