Sports management is a career field that deals with the business aspect of sports, including contract negotiation, public relations, ticket and product sales and budgeting. A sports management degree opens career doors for its graduates to teach at the college level, work in sports media outlets or become agents for professional athletes. Students earning a degree in sports management can expect to learn basic business and sports journalism principles, sports ethics and sports philosophy. Several sports management degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, which has stringent criteria for accreditation.
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University offers bachelor's and master's degrees in sport management through the Sport Management, Recreation, and Tourism Division of its School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies. Students can expect to take courses in the history, philosophy and sociology of sport, as well as in the promotion of sports and sporting events. Both the undergraduate and graduate sport management programs at Bowling Green are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.
Bowling Green State University 1001 E Wooster St. Bowling Green, OH 43403 419-372-6917 bgsu.edu
Indiana State University
Indiana State University has bachelor's and master's degree programs in sports management that are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. Both programs focus on teaching students the skills they will need to lead, budget, plan, organize, evaluate and direct non-profit and for-profit sports organizations.
Department of Recreation and Sport Management Indiana State University 200 N. Seventh St. Terre Haute, Indiana 47809 812-237-2186 indstate.edu
Old Dominion University
Through its Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University offers undergraduate and graduate sports management degree programs that are credited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, as well as a 15-credit hour minor. Both the bachelor's and master's degree programs at Old Dominion require the completion of a 400 hour internship in a sport-related setting. graduate students can write a thesis in lieu of an internship.
Old Dominion University 5115 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, Virginia 23529 757-683-3000 odu.edu
Temple University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in sport and recreation management that are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, as well as a doctoral degree program, and minors through The Fox School of Business and Management. Students in the undergraduate degree program can apply the theoretical and practical knowledge they gain in class during a16-semester hour internship.
School of Tourism & Hospitality Management Temple University 1810 N. 13th St. Philadelphia, Pennslvania 19122 215-204-7000 temple.edu
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the few universities that enjoys accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation for its bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs in sports management. Graduates its sports management programs have gone on to work for major sports organizations and media outlets in the United States or abroad, as well as teaching at the college or university level.
University of Texas at Austin Sport Management Program Kinesiology and Health Education Bellmont 222 1 University Station-D3700 Austin, Texas 78712 512-471-1273 utexas.edu
Melinda Gaines has been a freelance writer since 2006, with work appearing online for YellowPages and other websites. Her areas of expertise include business, beauty, fashion and sports. Gaines attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sport administration.