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
Ryan Bemis '11
Entering Fisher as a Sport Management major, I quickly realized that I had made the right decision in deciding on a school with the connections and educational program to help me succeed in the sport and entertainment industry.
The professors in the Sport Management department focus their attention on real world experience and projects which pertain to issues and challenges facing the industry. As a Sport Management major, it is important for students to understand that class projects and assignments are relevant and will be particularly useful upon graduation.
As the major has grown, so have the number of alumni who are willing to help current students in the major. During the time I spent at Fisher, I have learned that networking is just as important as doing well in all your classes. The more alumni you speak to or intern with, the better your chances of landing that "dream job."
The professors at St. John Fisher College really pride themselves on helping the students do well in the classroom and will also help find an internship in whatever part of the sport industry fits your dream. All the professors have an open door policy and are willing to listen and talk with you. I have lost count as to the number of times I have met with Professor Bryson, Dr. Harrison, and Professor Pogroszewski as I developed a plan for where I wanted be after graduation. If it weren’t for the faculty at Fisher, I would have never landed experiences with the Buffalo Bills, Monroe County Sports Commission, Channel 13 Sports and FOX Sports.
Nearly all the classes offered within the Sport Management department will help you decide where you want to work within the industry in addition to providing real world experience. For certain, the professors and networking opportunities are two major assets which help to set St. John Fisher College apart from the other Sport Management programs across the country.
Ryan Bemis is a Production Assistant at FOX Sports in Los Angeles, California.