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The Management of Sports Industries

Next time someone says we put too much emphasis on sports in this country, inform them that in ancient Greece, wars were forbidden during the Olympic games — thereby changing the course of history.  In large part, we can thank the early Olympic organizers for that. As some of the world’s first sports managers, they did more than pull the games together.  Their efforts affected the whole of society  — socially, economically, even politically. Today’s sports managers do the same.  If this illustrious career is for you, there’s no better place to study than the University of New Haven — a pioneer in sports management degrees.

Introduction

The College of Business at the University of New Haven began offering sports management degrees in 1985. As a pioneer in the field, the UNH sports management program was the first to be licensed and accredited by the State of Connecticut. In 1995, UNH became one of the first universities in North America to have its sports management program accredited by the Sports Management Program Review Council (SMPRC). The University has a long history of producing leaders and grand slam careers in various sectors of the sports industry. Among our graduates are the following individuals:

  • David Beckerman, founder and former CEO of Starter Corporation
  • Tony Sparano, Offensive Coordinator, New York Jets, and former Head Football Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • Aaron Haviland, Director of Operations, Miami Dolphins Stadium
  • Chris Brown, Manager of Fan Experience and Service, New York Mets
  • Dean Lombardi, President/General Manager, Los Angeles Kings
  • Craig Mortali, five-time Emmy Award-winning producer at ESPN
  • Nick Sakiewicz, CEO and Operating Partner, Philadelphia Union (MLS)
  • David Wallace, former pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox
  • Jason Scheets, former COO, Star Struck, Inc.
  • Jeff Thiffault, former Manager, Operations, Major League Soccer

Recent sports management graduates have pursued careers in major and minor league sports, collegiate athletic administration, facility management, sports marketing, corporate fitness, recreation management, and a wide variety of other sports businesses. A recent survey found that 40 percent of our graduates pursue business careers outside sports. Another 20 percent go on for graduate degrees or professional degrees such as law. The remaining 40 percent were working in the sport industry.

Get into the most exciting game off the field.

Sports management is one of the most dynamic and enjoyable career choices today. What position will you play? With a degree in Management of Sports Industries, and the business skills that go with it, you have a number of career options. Picture yourself in one of these high-octane areas:

  • Professional sports franchises
  • Stadium and arena management
  • Ski resorts and country clubs
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • College sports programs
  • Sports media industries
  • Sporting goods merchandising

The University of New Haven began offering sports management degrees in 1985 and was the first to be licensed and accredited by the State of Connecticut. The University of New Haven has been a proud member of NCAA Division II since the early 1980s — moving into the Northeast-10 Conference in the fall of 2008. Ours is the oldest management of sports industries program in the United States that has been continuously housed in a College of Business. As a business-based program, we focus on hard-core business skills, which you can apply to any potential career choice.

Unique Features

  • A management of sports industries program that is solidly grounded in a College of Business. In fact, the University of New Haven has the oldest sport management program continually housed in a business school in the United States.
  • A location in the New York/Boston corridor, which contains a high concentration of sports franchises and other sports and recreation-related businesses.
  • A strong network of industry contacts and a National Advisory Board composed of sports management executives and experts.
  • A Division II varsity sports program in the Northeast-10 Conference composed of schools with high academic and athletic standards.
  • A strong internship program with sites in the Greater New Haven area, throughout the nation, and internationally.
  • The first management of sports industries program in Connecticut to be licensed by the state.
  • One of the first programs in the country to be approved by the Sports Management Program Review Council (SMPRC).
  • A mentoring program that connects students with sports industry professionals.
  • A focus on experiential learning and career enhancement supported by an Executive in Residence Program and an Institute for Sports Management.
  • Great guest speakers from controversial executives to those serving as league commissioners.
  • Facility tours to expose students first hand to how teams/facilities are run.
  • Strong adjunct professors who work in the field and bring their real-world experience into the classroom.
  • Dedicated full-time faculty members who personally advise every student in the program.