A work experience designed to assist the student in making the transition from the classroom to a segment of the sport management field. The internship permits a degree of independence and an element of learning that is not possible in a conventional classroom. The intent of the internship is to provide each student with an experiential learning opportunity as a pre-professional in sport management. Students will complete supervised field work in a sport management segment, that segment to be determined mutually by the internship coordinator and the student.
A comprehensive review of the skills and tasks required to successfully sell a sporting event to the consumer. Creating an effective sales culture, examining incentives for sport consumers, sales management and servicing, and the role of technology in sport promotion and sales are included. Additionally, this course explores sales training, the art of ticket sales, customer retention, branding, and sales risk management.
A study of the details involved in the development of a corporate licensing program, as well as, the licensing of intellectual property from corporations. The learner will be exposed to the necessary details of becoming a licensee or a licensor. Product value, agreements, endorsements, royalties, enforcement, and legal issues will all be included.
A detailed study of corporate sponsorships. Topics will include acquisition, service, sponsor and property objectives, rights, negotiations, sponsorship evaluations, contracts, proposals, and presentations.
This course is a study of the administrative structure of sport organizations including those existing to serve at a local, national, and international level. Emphasis will be placed on existing structures and how best to function within each to accomplish objectives.
This course is a focus on the development, analysis, and pursuit of internship and career goals. Emphasis is placed on the development of a professional portfolio, including cover letters, resumes, and basic interviewing techniques. Related issues, professional ethics, and etiquette will be explored.
This course is a focus on business topics as they relate to the fiscal and budgetary control of public and private sport organizations, leagues, and facilities. Topics include sources of funding and revenue, the implementation and use of an economic impact analysis, and a review of budgeting and financial statements.
This course is a study of the legal environment in which sport management professionals function. Included will be aspects of negligence theory, intentional torts, risk management, contract law, constitutional law, and legislation specifically related to sport.
An in-depth examination of sport in society, particularly the United States. A review of the role of sport participants, spectators, and the media on society is included. Various organizational levels of sporting opportunity and sporting behavior, including sport ethics, resulting from the influence of society will be covered.
An introduction to the study of policies and procedures utilized in dealing with communication issues occurring within the sports industry, including print and electronic media, the internal and external constituencies to be served, and the development of specific forms of communication approaches. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the practical as opposed to the theoretical, as well as, a thorough understanding of the unique aspects of communication in sport.