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Tell me about Sports Management schools and employment opportunities

GKUnionGKUnion 908 replies19 threads Member
My S22 is trying to determine which major might most interest him. He's a strong student with an aptitude for math and science, but seems disinterested in STEM. He's very active and made it quite clear that he'd prefer a profession that requires minimal "desk time."

I thought he might enjoy Sports Management, at least conceptually. He's athletic and competes at a high level in his sport. I don't know much about the major but I do have some connections in major league sports that may prove beneficial if he were to go this route.

Does anyone have experience with Sports Management? Would he be better off at a school like UMass where the major is housed within the Isenberg School of Management vs. schools like UConn or UofSC where it's a part of the School of Education? Are there any strong D3 schools that offer the major? How are the employment prospects fresh out of school?
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  • sushirittosushiritto 5465 replies21 threads Senior Member
    It's not D3, but I thought I'd make you aware of the existence, since I'm familiar with UMich.

    The Sports Management program at UMich is housed in the School of Kinesiology, which is interesting, in a good way to me.


    From the website:
    Our graduates work in the front offices of the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS; with professional sports teams like the Detroit Red Wings, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Bucks; within agencies like IMG, Creative Artists Agency, and William Morris Endeavor; and with industry-leading organizations like ESPN, the NCAA, The New York Times, Under Armour, and many more.

    My apologies, if this doesn't meet your post's specs.
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6711 replies10 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2019
    I believe Syracuse has a good program.

    FWIW, the handful of kids I have known who have pulled off these jobs were rabid enthusiasts. They were also very go-getter types when it came to getting internships, networking, etc. Most pulled it off from schools where this wasn't a major. They were just kids who were good at working the angles!

    I read about a group of baseball statisticians who were hired out of a NESCAC school by one of the MLB franchises, so that's a path for a math kid.

    I know one kid who was an MLB recruit and who spent a couple years on the franchise's farm teams before being offered a position in management for the franchise, but imo, that isn't a replicable career path!
    edited September 2019
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  • eb23282eb23282 877 replies25 threads Member
    Some of the strong/stronger D3 soccer programs that offer the major (I'm probably missing some):
    MA - Springfield
    NJ - Montclair State
    NY - Ithaca; Cortland
    OH - Ohio Northern
    PA - Messiah, York
    VA - Lynchburg

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