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 Vogel '11
When I transferred to St. John Fisher College, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I knew I was looking for a Sport Management program that would catapult me into the industry, but at the same time I wanted to be more than just another "face in the crowd." Fisher's program fits that mold perfectly.
You can't have a successful Sport Management program without a strong base of opportunities and Fisher provides this. With a variety of opportunities to get valuable experience in the Athletics department or with Events and Conferencing, you can build up your résumé without leaving campus. The Sport Management department also has built a strong foundation with every professional and semi-pro organization in the greater Rochester area. In my short time at Fisher, I gained vital experience with the Rochester Red Wings and Rochester Rhinos. That said, graduates of our program are also employed by all the minor league teams in town, as well as the Wegmans LPGA of Rochester. We also have alumni working all over the country. It is exciting to think, "Where could this take me, what doors can I open?" The sky really is the limit!
The teaching methods of the department's professors are very effective. Their techniques are based on past experiences in the field; this makes classroom lessons very practical. As a student I can honestly say I never had the feeling of, "How will I use this" or, "Why is this important?" Essentially, everything taught and reviewed can be used as we pursue a career in the sport industry. The effort they exert outside of the classroom to help students acquire experience is also second to none.
In a nutshell, the Sport Management program here at Fisher is a family. The ability to network with your professors as well as your peers is what sets this institution apart. I couldn't have asked for a better place to jumpstart my career. Thanks Fisher!
Adam Vogel is an Account Executive for the Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB.