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
Tina Kurzepa '08
“Network, network, network” was the first and most important lesson I learned in Sport 100 as a freshman. At the time, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the lesson. However, during my four years at Fisher, and now as a graduate, the lesson still reigns true today.
With its connections in the Rochester area, the Sport Studies department does its best to set up students with internships and other sport industry experiences immediately upon arriving on campus. I was lucky enough to have attended one of the department’s “alumni roundtable” functions where I first met Jim Garvey, Tournament Manager for the Wegmans LPGA golf tournament. After speaking with him, I decided to volunteer the following spring and summer with the event’s marketing manager.
Through that experience, I met dozens of company CEOs and other influential people, which ultimately led to my current position. While at the LPGA, I co-hosted a function with the Event Manager for an organization called Hillside Family of Agencies. When the manager received a promotion, she was the one who recommended me for her old position. I am proud to say I am now the new Special Events Coordinator at Hillside, and love every aspect of the job. Although not directly in the sports field, I get to use all the skills I learned at Fisher when planning Hillside’s annual golf tournament and other fundraising events.
You never know who you will run into, and who might be able to help you take the next step in your journey. The Sport Management faculty and alumni at Fisher have been there every step of the way and even today, years later, they continue to be of assistance to me. I owe where I am with Hillside to the connections I made through Fisher and the Sport Management program.
Tina Kurzepa is the Special Events Coordinator for Hillside Family of Agencies.