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
05/15/2014St. John Fisher College’s Sport Management Department culminated its 2013-2014 school year by recognizing four members of the senior class for their successes and awarding its Sport Manager of the Year award to Jamie Hammond, General Manager of Total Sports Experience. Read More
Jeff Meehan '11
One of the few things I’ve ever been certain about is that I absolutely love sports. However, it wasn’t until I entered the Sport Management program at Fisher that I learned how vast, dynamic, and interesting the industry is. The program is perfectly designed to give the sports enthusiast, like myself, an eye-opening experience into the industry beyond the playing field, and allows for an exploration of the ever expanding and rapidly growing sports business industry.
No matter who you ask in the sports industry, they will emphasize the importance of networking. It is a skill which is invaluable in the sports business world and is at the forefront of the Fisher Sport Management program. I utilized the networking skills that I developed to land a position within the Boston Red Sox Legal Department over the summer. Informational interviews helped me get my foot in the door and I met as many people as possible within the Sox organization. You are more likely to succeed in this industry if people can put a face to your resume, and I credit this fact for allowing me to be one of two out of 2,000 applicants to land the position. Simply put, it’s easier to break into the industry you want when someone is fighting for you on the inside. Networking is a process and skill that the program emphasizes, and the faculty utilizes their real world experiences to tailor their programs to the current trends of the industry, keeping students at the forefront of innovation in this field.
The Sport Management faculty also does a fantastic job helping students develop the skills needed to gain an edge in this ultra-competitive field. As an incoming student, your "Dream Talk" allows the faculty to develop your own personalized professional plan and tailors the program to your interests. This plan, when coupled with the cultivation of professional skills, makes a Fisher Sport Management graduate a force within the sports industry.
Your personal professional plan is specifically tailored to what you want to accomplish within the Sport Management field. I cannot really think of two members of my own class who had the same exact plan as we all went through our undergrad experience and completed our practicums and internships. Your plan is not set in stone, and can be modified should your goals change. For example, I performed my 120 hour internship with the St. John Fisher College Athletic Department because I initially wanted to be an Athletic Director. After that experience I changed course. The faculty knew I wanted to be a Sports Agent and tailored a class schedule to help me achieve that goal. Dr. Harrison encouraged me to obtain a Pre-Law minor and to challenge myself with coursework during my senior year instead of coasting with easy electives. Professor Bryson helped me secure my 400 hour internship with NHL Hockey Agent Steve Bartlett, an experience that has been invaluable to me thus far. Professor Pogroszewski explained the benefits of taking a negotiations class to supplement his newly initiated Sports Agent 101 course.
You can be a hard worker and still have a great time in this program. Your class is your family, and you will form a tight bond throughout your time at Fisher that will be vital once you enter the industry. It is also rewarding that you can do all of this and still be dedicated to playing a sport. I was able to play football for four years, and others have continued on with their athletic careers without sacrificing dedication to either their athletic or professional programs. Like most things in life, you will get out of this program exactly what you put into it. It will open the doors to the industry for you, but it will be your own hard work and dedication that decides how far you go.
Jeff Meehan is currently attending Suffolk Law School.