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
Steve Moscaritolo '08
“What you put in, is what you’ll get out.” That was my philosophy while attending the Sport Management program at Fisher. Even before the first day of classes began, I had contact with the professors of the department, who ultimately served as the starting block for a network which grew exponentially by the time my four years of college were complete. If I was willing to put the time and effort into creating success for myself, then the faculty was willing to support me in doing so. Results do not lie. In the time I was at Fisher I was lucky enough to land the following assignments outside of the classroom:
- Stadium Operations Assistantship with the Single-A Hudson Valley Renegades
- Group Sales Practicum with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings
- Staff member with the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College
- Telemarketer with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings
- Corporate Hospitality Internship - 2008 Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club
In between these things, I was able to work at the Student Life Center as a Fitness Center Staffer, volunteer at multiple Sport Studies Club events, and even work on the “Chain Gang” during football games. The point I’m trying to make is this: if you are in this program, you have no excuse not to succeed. There are simply too many opportunities on campus and just down the road not to get valuable experience.
Since graduating, I have worked in Corporate Hospitality at the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club, and was the Operations Assistant at the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship. I currently working for MACH 2 Management, in Victor, NY, where I am literally “living the dream” and doing exactly what I want to do. Again, results do not lie. Each job I have had has built on itself, and I owe my current position to a fellow Sport Management major who I met at Fisher, and who now works across the hall.
One thing I have learned is that the sport industry, and specifically the area of event management, is a very small world, and by nature, very competitive. It is essential to get ahead while in school. Fisher can serve as the catalyst for almost anything you want to accomplish, but take my advice, and put the effort in while you’re there.
Steve Moscaritolo is a Program Manager for MACH 2 Management, Inc.