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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

Carly Szydlowski '14

Carly Szydlowski

My time as a Sport Management major at St. John Fisher College has been more rewarding than I could have ever asked for it to be. I have created great relationships with the professors in the program and they have helped me every step of the way.

During my time at Fisher, I was extremely lucky to have many great experiences working and volunteering in the sport industry. One of my first volunteer experiences was working with the Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. During my time with the Lancers, I learned to make sales calls, assisted with game day operations, and interacted with fans at home games and community events.

While volunteering with the Lancers, I came across a journalism opportunity composing pre-game, post-game and player profile pieces for Pro Player Insiders. After the NFL season ended, they asked if I would be able to cover the Buffalo Bills offseason and I agreed. I was given media credentials to attend Bills Rookie Mini-Camps, organized team activities, and Training Camp at St. John Fisher College. This experience was remarkable because I was surrounded by reporters on a daily basis, learned from them, and networked with established media personnel.

My time with Pro Player Insiders came to an end when I was looking to complete my 120-hour practicum. I landed a Media Relations intern position with the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League and have grown as a professional more in the last year than I ever could have imagined.

As a paid intern, I continue to develop my writing skills producing content for the Knighthawks website and I manage all of the team’s social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram. I am responsible for scheduling the Knighthawks’ Anti-Bullying Program appearances and attend every community event I can. I watched as the Knighthawks won the 2013 NLL World Championship and will be receiving my first professional sport championship ring in December.

I am tremendously appreciative for every opportunity I have had to step into the sport industry throughout my time in the Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College. I truly believe this is what makes our program stand out from the rest. We are given every chance to gain experience and network in order to land our first job when we graduate.

I am excited for what is ahead of me, but I will always remember the terrific Sport Management program at St. John Fisher College and the supportive professors that helped get me to where I am today.

Carly Szydlowski is currently a contributing writer for the NLL Rochester Knighthawks.


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