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Sport Management

  • Available as major (B.S. degree) and minor

    ESPN is the only channel you turn to. You have watched professional and amateur sports in arenas and stadiums all your life. Reports of contract negotiations, rules violations and broadcasting rights grab your attention. Sport management may be just the career that will engage you.

  • In the U.S. today, the sport industry fuels the economy with more than $200 billion annually. Applying management principles to the business of sports continues to be a challenge.

    What many fail to consider is the ethical aspect of sport management, as well as marketing and sales. Become a strong influencer for Christ on the playing fields and in the boardrooms and offices across our country.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Design marketing proposals for local sport businesses, youth sport programs and athletic teams. In the past, we’ve worked with Legends Sportsplex in Bradley, Ill.; youth soccer program in Bourbonnais, Ill.; and Kankakee Soldiers semi-pro basketball team.
    • Work with organizations such as the Chicago Bears, minor league teams like the Joliet Jackhammers, YMCA in Kankakee, Chicago First church of Nazarene’s sports ministry to complete your 12-hour required internship.
    • Take more than 20 hours of courses in business administration to prepare you for working with a professional sport organization. We inform you and make you ready to enter the world of sport business.
    • Develop the strong faith and Christian mindset you need to influence ethical standards and practices of the industry.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    The North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) for students and professionals in the fields of sport, leisure and recreation. This organization is dedicated to developing quality professionals by: promoting, stimulating and encouraging study, research and scholarly writing; bringing professionals together for sharing information; developing the theory of sport management and finding the best ways to apply that in the real world. Become a student member and start participating now. Connect with professionals in the field and learn from their experience.


    If you have:

    • strong sport knowledge
    • natural ability as leader
    • organizational and multi-tasking skills
    • self-motivation and drive
    • strong oral and written communication skills
    • a commitment to quality
    • the ability to work at a fast pace
    • the stamina to work your way up in an organization or career field

    then sport management is a field in which you can succeed!

    Possible careers include: managing director, general manager, program coordinator, director, manager, operations manager, box office manager, booking agent, advertising manager, community marketing manager, event manager, recruiter, scout, public relations officer, marketing manager, contract specialist, agent, athletic director, sport marketing manager, compliance specialist, sport ministry director

    Possible employers include: sport management agency, professional or semi-professional sport teams, gaming organizations, sport organizations, arenas and sport facilities, racetracks and motorsports parks, sports media professional, team sales representative, team sales manager, professional athletes, large and mega-churches

    Sport Management is part of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Professional Studies.