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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


President’s Awards Ceremony Honors 50 Graduating Seniors

President’s Awards Ceremony Honors 50 Graduating Seniors


A total of 50 graduating seniors were honored on Friday, May 9, when students, their families and friends, faculty, and staff gathered in the Cleary Family Auditorium for the annual President’s Awards Ceremony. The awards were presented by Dr. Donald Bain and members of the Fisher faculty. Read More


Alumni Profile

Steve Pignata '11

Steve Pignata

The Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College not only gave me much of the knowledge I needed to succeed in the hockey world but it provided me with my first connections. Looking back to sophomore year, my first year at Fisher after transferring from SUNY Brockport, it was a simple email from Professor Bryson asking if I was interested in pursuing an internship with the Rochester Americans that began my journey. Now, after making a tremendous investment of time and energy, I am "officially" employed by the Buffalo Sabres, my "dream team" and a team that I have been obsessed with for much of my life.

When I first started the program at Fisher, the biggest thing all of the professors preached was networking. I cannot emphasize how much they were right about this aspect of the sport business. Doing my practicum and internship with the Amerks got me in front of a number of prominent names in the game of hockey and afforded me the opportunity to develop personal relationships that were critical to my success. After committing myself to the Amerks for five seasons and never losing sight of my goals and dreams, I got the call from the Buffalo Sabres that I was waiting for since first embarking on my journey at Fisher.

The Sport Management program and all its professors were very encouraging of my chosen career path and did everything they could to help me realize my dream. They provided all of us with the necessary tools to be successful and were available, providing support, every step of the way in what can be a very intimidating industry.

I owe much of my professional success to Professor Pogroszewski and Professor Bryson. Their knowledge of the "real" sport world was invaluable and I thank them for sharing it with me. Choosing to transfer to Fisher was the best decision I've ever made in my life. Today, I'm in a job that I love and can't imagine being without.

Steve Pignata is the Hockey Technologies Assistant with the Buffalo Sabres organization.


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