What is Sport Management?
The rapidly growing sport industry and field of sport management is very broad, with jobs available in marketing, sales, and event management, as well as in segments of the business, from professional and intercollegiate athletics, to recreational facilities, and non-profit organizations.
Sport management programs provide business lessons specific to sport, offering a distinct advantage in a very competitive industry. Classes blending theory with practical examples and required field experiences provide the tools needed for successful careers in sport.
Why Study Sport Management?
Based on its blending of liberal arts and professional education, our Sport Management program produces graduates with the leadership, team-building, critical-thinking, and ethical decision-making skills needed to shape the future of the sport industry.
The program has been approved by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Program Review Council. Only one-quarter of all programs in North America have been approved by this group, demonstrating the quality of the Fisher experience.
As a top minor league sports market in the country, Rochester, has a range of practical opportunities for students right down the road from campus. In addition, Fisher is the summer home of the Buffalo Bills Training Camp, and in the summer of 2012, the Yankees AAA team played 37 games at Rochester's Frontier Field. With such varied and plentiful opportunities, you'll have experiences not afforded to other Sport Management programs.
Life as a Sport Management Major
Still unsure if the Sport Management program at Fisher is right for you? Check out the videos below showing how the major has impacted two current students.
Special thanks to Dr. Todd Sodano and his Introduction to Video Production class for creating these videos.
Sport Studies Department Mission
The Sport Studies Department seeks to develop in students the knowledge, skills and experience that will enable them to obtain a position in the sport management field. We indirectly serve the sport management industry and our stakeholders (academic community, practitioners, and alumni) by maintaining a program with high standards and expectations for faculty and students. Students are served directly by a broad-based curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts and encourages critical analysis of the role of sport as business and the cultural and social significance of sport. Graduates of the program will be equipped to pursue advanced degrees and be effective change agents within the sport industry.
- Cultivate a foundation of content specific knowledge in the numerous fields within the sport industry (e.g. marketing, law, sponsorship), and the ability to generate and acquire the appropriate resources to be an informed practitioner.
- Provide an environment to practice and develop effective communication strategies and professionalism relevant to business practices.
- Within classroom and industry settings, provide applied learning opportunities through assignment and experiences that connect theory to practice.
- Provide a framework within which students will have opportunities to develop professional perspectives and network with industry practitioners.
- Instill in students the practice of critical thinking while considering ethical, social, and legal implications.
Sport Management Gallery
Check out all the great things our students and alumni are up to in our Sport Management Alumni photo gallery!
Sport Management News
09/11/2014If Sport Management students walk by Dr. Todd Harrison’s office, they will see someone inside, but it won’t be him. Instead, they will see Dr. Jean McArdle from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Waterford, Ireland, who has exchanged her faculty role with Harrison this semester. McArdle will teach some of Harrison’s classes here, while he has hit the ground running in Ireland teaching some of her course load. Read More
Adam Washbon '11
It wasn't until after graduation that I truly appreciated the merit and strength that a degree from St. John Fisher College held. The Sport Management program provided me with the essential framework to become a strong professional and put me in a position to compete with both recent college graduates and long standing professionals.
The diverse course load helped make me well-rounded and kept me continuously challenged. Professors within the program were extremely hands-on and offered real world experience, which opened the door to practical scenarios and further learning. Classes relied heavily on out-of-class preparation and student conversation in a guided forum rather than traditional lectures.
When choosing a school for Sport Management, I had it narrowed down to just a few, but ultimately I selected St. John Fisher College because of its location. Rochester, which is a source of numerous professional franchises, collegiate sports programs, and municipal recreation departments, made Fisher's program stand out above all the others.
Since freshman year there was an emphasis put on building your résumé with active experience and establishing a network. Being so close to a variety of viable resources allowed me to graduate with a résumé comparable to current industry professionals.
While diversifying my volunteer experience during my undergraduate degree, my eyes were opened to numerous possible career paths. This led me to change my focus from a career in professional sports to recreation and community relations. With great guidance from the start, I was able to spend my practicum and internship hours in positions that directly led to a career in municipal recreation.
Adam Washbon is the Recreation Supervisor for Chili Parks and Recreation Department