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
Lisa Havas-Carlock '03
I can say with confidence the Sport Management program at St. John Fisher and the coursework I completed in pursuit of my degree prepared me well for successful employment within the sport industry. Between the challenging and diverse classes, hands-on experience afforded by practicums and internships, and support and guidance provided by the faculty, the opportunity to not only succeed but to excel is at the fingertips of every student.
While I entered the Sport Management program initially uncertain of the particular career path I wanted to pursue, the professors were instrumental in helping me find clarity. They challenged me to determine and exercise my strengths as an individual and a future professional, presented me with opportunities to assess and improve upon my weaknesses, and guided me down avenues that expanded my awareness of potential career opportunities.
The extensive industry network created by the faculty and alumni proved to be one of the most beneficial assets of the Sport Management program. Coupled with my degree and the quality resume the Sport Management program helped me to build, the network was a critical factor that helped launch me into a career in the arena of Olympic sport, beginning with employment by the United States Olympic Committee and now the United States Bobsled & Skeleton Federation.
A part of the inaugural graduating class of the Sport Management program, I am excited to see its recent growth and to know it continues to challenge its students to develop both personally and professionally. I encourage all students to engage wholeheartedly in their studies and to feel confident that, given the effort, the Sport Management program will prepare them well for their desired employment within the sport industry.
Lisa Havas-Carlock is the Director of Finance and Operations for the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.