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Sport Management

The BSBA Sport Management degree successfully prepares students to enter a career in sport management and administration.

Why Sport Management?

The Sport Management degree provides professional training in preparation for management and leadership positions with professional sport teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, recreation programs at colleges and universities, and amateur athletic organizations. The program will also prepare students for graduate study.

The curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire and demonstrate a set of management skills and an understanding of sport industry issues through a combination of required business core courses, sport management-specific courses, and experiential components.

All students are required to complete a practicum or internship experience that provides real world application. The program also offers study abroad opportunities in the United Kingdom, and the sport management faculty all have experience in international sport and education.

Coursework

Sport Management Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge related to the study of sport management, including principles of management and leadership, marketing, facility and event management, risk management, and financial planning.
  2. Identify and address legal and security issues in the sport industry.
  3. Utilize critical thinking skills in analyzing sport management issues.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills, both orally and written.
  5. Demonstrate a mastery of practical skills necessary for a career in sport management.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs led by USM business faculty are established for Japan/South Korea and as part of the British Studies Program. Ask us about opportunities to learn in other countries.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree available with this major.

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Outcomes

Graduates work with major/minor professional teams, amateur sport organizations and governing agencies, arena and stadium management, sport security firms, collegiate sports, and interscholastic organizations.

Employers include: NCAA, NFL, MLB, SMG, IMG, MLS, NIRSA, New Orleans Sports Foundation, College and University Sport Management and Business Departments, PGA, NAIA, NATA, NSCA, USOC, NFHS.

The sport business industry continues to be one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most popular industries in the United States, worth over $400 billion.

Courses You Might Take

SM 203: Introduction to Sport Management

An overview of the history, foundation, and career opportunities in the sport industry

SM 400: Security and Risk Management of Sport

An overview of security issues and effective risk management strategies for sport organizations and event organizers

SM 466: Sport Facility and Event Management

Introduction to the concepts and processes in the management of sport facilities and events

SM 499CA: British Studies Program

A study of the global sport business, with the focus on the sport industry in the United Kingdom; variable topics, lectures and supervised research on sport events, organizations and venues in England

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Stacey A. Hall

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Favorite Courses: Security and Risk Management of Sport; Sport Economics

Expertise: Sport Security Management

Dr. R. Douglas Manning

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: Facility and Event Management

Expertise: Dr. Manning’s primary research combines sport law and risk management, as it relates to projectiles leaving the field of play in baseball. Recent collaborative endeavors have examined the limited duty rule, as well his interest in sport marketing – eSports, Major League Soccer, and the millennial generation.

Dr. Dennis Phillips

Associate Professor

Favorite Courses: Legal Aspects of Sport and Organizational Leadership in Sport

Expertise: Legal Aspects of Sport; Organizational Leadership in Sport; Global Sport and the British Studies; Policy and Governance in Sport Organizations; Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dr. Brandon Allen

Visiting Instructor

Favorite Course: Introduction to Sport Management

Expertise: Business Continuity, Sport Security, Research Design

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