Sports management is big business! In 2011 the estimated size of the sports industry in the United States is approximately $422 billion (Sport Management Academy). Employment of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers is expected to increase by 23% from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
The major in Sport Management prepares students for positions within all sectors of the sport industry, including professional organizations, college athletics, scholastic sport, recreational sport and sports facilities. Coursework includes instruction in program planning and development, business practices, marketing and financial management principles, sales and marketing, event and facility management, as well as ethical and legal aspects of sports. Students gain industry experience through internships arranged with professional sports teams, college athletic departments, public and private facilities, sports marketing companies, and municipal, non profit and for profit sport organizations.
In addition to the department's core courses, students will take the following concentration-specific
Introduction to Sports Management
Program Planning & Management
Marketing in Sport and Entertainment
Seminar: Commercial Recreation
Legal Issues in Recreation and Sports
Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Sports Managements
Sports Management -Specific Internship
For more information, please contact the advisor for the Sports Management program:
Dr. Lee deLisle