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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Earthquakes are celebrating Women's History Month with health and wellness initiatives aimed at providing free menstral products to women.

The Quakes have partnered with Aunt Flow, a woman-owned business dedicated to ensuring everyone has access to cost-free menstrual products. The Quakes will install and regularly restock pad and tampon dispensers in all 15 women's and family restrooms at PayPal Park and the adjacent Front Office building. The club will have these available to employees and fans beginning on Saturday, April 2 when the Quakes host Austin FC.

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For Release 10:00am  |  Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Roadmapping the Future of SMA
Hollywood Beach, FL— Wednesday, February 16, 2022 — Today, during the 2022 Annual Seminar, the Stadium Managers Association (SMA) unveiled the guiding thoughts and initiatives surrounding their 2021-2022 strategic plan. Ongoing projects will be launched throughout 2022, with the initial focus on membership expansion. A new Stadium Membership level has been introduced, making it easier for stadiums to make the most out of a membership investment while also encouraging participation across multiple departments. SMA’s ongoing mission is provide an avenue to exchange ideas and receive stadium-specific education & information on emerging trends, so stadium managers can create the ultimate brand experience for fans, stakeholders, owners, vendors, employees, etc. at their stadiums.

“It’s in our DNA to adapt, change, and overcome as stadium managers on game day, and I think this strategic plan is an important part in our next step with our organization; to live up to that. This is something we should always be striving to do, to make ourselves better, to make ourselves more educated – that’s the point of an organization like this, and with this new strategic plan, we’re doing exactly that.”, said Titus Queen, Membership Committee Representative; Stadium Managers Association.

Network, Educate, Involve
This strategic initiative focuses on the three pillars for SMA and aims to increase membership access for managers of all departments, as they are essential in creating the ultimate brand experience (Network); create educational materials and opportunities that are relevant, valuable, and delivered via a variety of mediums for maximum impact (Educate); develop opportunities for vendor engagement that align with activities and strategy, providing greater value to sponsors and members (Involve).

“The combination of all three strategic pillars will allow us to continue providing you resources and become a forum for you to improve your businesses, especially post covid, when our businesses restart, and we look at ways to reconnect the fan experience with an effective operation.” said Mario Coutinho, President, Stadium Managers Association.

A video regarding this unveiling is available for viewing here.

About the Stadium Managers Association (SMA)
Formed in 1974, SMA promotes the professional, efficient and state-of-the-art management of stadiums around the world. SMA addresses relevant issues facing today’s stadium managers, and provides educational and networking opportunities throughout the year.
Members include managers, operations and security personnel from stadiums and teams, as well as government entities, colleges and universities and suppliers to the industry. For more information visit
For more information, please contact
Jeana Schultz, SMA Executive Director
515-282-8192 x415

August 16, 2021

Sport Law Expert Gil Fried joins University of West Florida Faculty

Pensacola, FL

The University of West Florida (UWF, Pensacola, FL) is pleased to announce that Gil Fried has joined the faculty in the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS), starting in the fall 2021 semester.  Professor Fried will not just teach sport management courses, but will also Chair the Administration & Law Department, which includes sport management, construction management, public administration, and legal studies. 

Professor Fried Joins UWF after spending 22 years at the University of New Haven (UNH). While at UNH, Professor Fried became a major national figure in the sports safety area working on topics such as foul ball safety, crowd management best practices, and buffer zone safety in various sports. He has taught thousands of students in classes such as sport law, sport facility management, sport finance, and event management.  Professor Fried is also prolific author. He has written over 12 textbooks on topics such as sport law, sport facility management, sport finance, sport analytics, and even Esport business management. His textbooks are currently used at over 140 universities throughout the United States as well as being translated into various language such as Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. 

While Professor Fried has had a strong academic focus, he is often best known for his work outside the classroom.  He has served on various boards both with for profit corporations and nonprofit organizations. For example, he is on the Executive Board of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) where he helps lead over 60 million young Americans who participate in youth sports.  He also has worked on some of the most important sport law cases over the last 30 years ranging from deaths at stadiums to nationally regarded cases involving assaults and injuries at both major and minor sports, entertainment, and recreation venues. 

“I am so happy to be part of a team where I can leverage not just my sport management background, but also my legal background with UWF’s nationally ranked legal studies program, my facility management background with our construction management program, and my experience working with cities/counties for UWF’s public administration degree,” said Professor Fried.

CEPS Dean, Dr. William Crawley said, “[W]e are so excited to have someone with Professor Fried’s knowledge, experience, and background joining us.  He can leverage our existing resources and faculty, and help grow stakeholder engagement and partnership opportunities to help our students and the programs thrive.”

For additional information or to reach Professor Fried directly you can reach him at or 850-474-3246.