Michael Sarage started his career in the sports the industry as an Event Coordination Intern for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the then St. Pete Times Forum while in college in January of 2010. In June of the same year, Michael was hired as an Inside Sales Account Executive for the Tampa Bay Lightning and quickly ranked atop his peers as the top seller not only in Inside Sales, but the entire Ticket Sales Department. Sarage quickly escalated throughout the Sales Department making stops as a Corporate Sales Manager where he focused on selling premium seats and season tickets and an Executive Suite Sales Manager where continued a suite and loge lease sellout streak that spanned over four years. Lastly, in July of 2018, Sarage was named Manager, Business Development where he was responsible for leveraging his premium relationships to sell corporate partnerships. Halfway through his 10th season with the Bolts, Michael was recruited and hired as the Director, Premium & Business Development for the Detroit Pistons where he currently oversees the new business vertical consisting of three departments; Premium Sales, Business Development and Inside sales as well as all new sales efforts ranging from annual suite leases to mini plans.
Michael graduated from the University of Tampa in May of 2010 and secured his MBA with a concentration in Sports Business from Saint Leo University in 2019. He is also an adjunct lecturer for the Sport & Entertainment Management Program at Wayne State University’s Mike Illitch School of Business.