Northwestern Athletics Offers Weird Promotions

January 18, 2012

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Northwestern is offering you a chance to network with a pet resort magnate.

Northwestern does things a bit differently than the rest of the Big Ten.

For instance, the front page of its athletic department’s website is promoting the following event:

EVANSTON, Ill. – For the fourth season, Northwestern Athletics is continuing its series of Networking Night events in conjunction with men’s basketball home games and the Northwestern Alumni Association. The first event of 2012 is scheduled for Feb. 9 as part of the Northwestern vs. Iowa men’s basketball game.

This Wildfire Restaurant Networking Night is focused on Journalism and Media and will begin at 6 p.m. with tip-off of the game scheduled for 8 p.m. We are pleased to welcome Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg (J03), who will offer insight into the ways that journalism and media are changing.

Interesting enough, and Rittenberg does a good job at ESPN blogging about the Big Ten.

If that event isn’t enough for you, however, there’s another less than two weeks later featuring guest speaker Saq Nadeem.

Who, you ask, is Saq Nadeem? Well …

Saq Nadeem (Kellogg 05), the mind behind Paradise for Paws – a premium pet resort located near airports catering to traveling business people with pets.

Again, this is all on the front page of Northwestern’s athletic department’s website right now.


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6 Comments on “Northwestern Athletics Offers Weird Promotions”

  1. Rowdiesdotcom Says:

    I went to the Networking session last year with MildCats2003, but it was more business focused. It’s just a fun way to mix a basketball game and networking. . .


  2. Gopher Bandanna Guy Says:


    I can only assume that this networking event is on the Athletic Department’s webpage because the only people who care about Northwestern athletics are current students and alumni. I don’t think they pull in many fans from outside this demographic, so why not combine these types of events with sports?


  3. numildcats2003 Says:

    Tony, I took the nerd comment to be complimentary.

    I agree that the only people following NU sports religiously are alumni and current students, but the current fan base attending games is actually expanding quite a bit to include residents of Evanston and other other North Shore suburbs and their children. I know it isn’t the following other Big Ten teams have, but for NU, it is progress. If the football and men’s basketball teams can remain competitive, the fan base should continue to grow.



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