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Interim Chair: Emily Dane-Staples
Phone: (585) 899-3803

Sport Management

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.

If you have any questions or would like to request more information please contact any member of our department faculty or fill out our online Sport Management Question Form.

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.

Department Goals

  1. 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.
  2. Provide an environment to practice and develop effective communication strategies and professionalism relevant to business practices.
  3. Within classroom and industry settings, provide applied learning opportunities through assignment and experiences that connect theory to practice.
  4. Provide a framework within which students will have opportunities to develop professional perspectives and network with industry practitioners.
  5. 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 Alumni

Sport Management News


Exchanging Courses and Lives


If 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


Alumni Profile

Nate Snyder '06

Nate Snyder

From the moment I stepped on the campus of St. John Fisher College and met the group of professors that comprise the Sport Management department, I knew this was where I wanted to take my first steps towards a career in sports. As I looked through the curriculum, I found classes that I knew I would both enjoy and at the same time be challenged by. There is such a variety of classes ranging from Sport Law to International Sports to Sport Business Finance and finally, Policy of Sport. These classes and the "real life" projects that accompany them provided great insight into the world of sport business. As a major you can expect to be challenged but know that this is also where you truly grow and mature as you prepare to enter the profession.

Each student has endless opportunities to advance themselves. Whether by joining the Sport Management Club, taking advantage of networking functions, volunteering at events or securing internships, these extracurricular activities should not be overlooked. The contacts I made during my college career are priceless and I still use many of them in my position today.

Perhaps one of the greatest resources the major offers are the professors. This group of dedicated educators was available time and time again. I can honestly say that in my four years at Fisher (and every time I've been back since) I never found an office door closed. Even to this day, I still contact them when I have a situation that I'd like to discuss because I know that learning from them extends well after you leave the classroom.

I look back proudly on my decision to attend Fisher and know it prepared me for my career in sports. I continue to put to use the knowledge I learned and skills I developed. I often catch myself teaching others some of the finer points like placing the name tag on the right side of your chest or how to offer a proper handshake. I strongly encourage those looking to enter the sport industry to attend Fisher knowing that in four years you will gain a superior education.

Nate Synder is the Vice President of Sales and Assistant General Manager for the Rochester Rattlers (MLL).


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