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Sports Management

The Sports Management program has been developed by the Department of Management and Organizations in response to a growing demand for courses related to sports industries. Completion of these classes in addition to other Eller business classes will provide a resume differentiator and facilitate job opportunities in the sports industry. Faculty with sports industry contacts and guest speakers from professional sports organizations are paired with experiential learning and study trips to sporting events.

There are three different options:

You may also view sports management course descriptions.

 

Sports Management Minor

The Sports Management minor is a “customized” 18-unit program available only to non-Eller Students. The flexible curriculum allows for students to take courses in a sequence and pace that fits their schedule.

Requirements and Policies:

  • Six 3-unit courses (18 units total)
  • Minimum 9 units upper division coursework
  • At least 9 units must be completed in residence at the University of Arizona
  • Minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) needed in minor
  • Most courses offered during Summer sessions
  • Can be used as a part of the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)
  • Can be taken along with Business Administration Minor, Finance Minor, or Marketing Minor
  • Eller does not permit double use of courses in their majors or minors with majors or minors outside of the college. Unique units are required for the student’s major and minor.

Sports Management Minor Coursework

Required Units

Students must complete these two prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in Sports Management classes:

  • ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues
  • ACCT 250 Survey of Accounting - or - ACCT 200 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    (ACCT 200 is only available to non-Eller students in Spring, Summer, and Winter sessions; ACCT 250 is the preferred course.)

The remaining 12 units may be comprised of any of the following:

  • BNAD 302 Human Side of Organizations
  • MGMT 351 Sports Administration and Planning
  • MGMT 352 Sport Tourism and Event Management
  • MGMT 353 Sports Negotiation and Compliance
  • MGMT 354 Business of College Sports
  • MGMT 356 Sports Communication
  • MGMT 359 Special Topics in Sports Management
  • MKTG 355 Sports Marketing Management

Note: Students who are also completing the business administration minor cannot apply ECON 200, ACCT 200 or ACCT 250, and BNAD 302 to both the Sports Management minor and the Business Administration minor. Courses can only be applied to a single minor.

Declaring the Minor and Course Registration

The Sports Management Minor is open to all Non-Eller students. However, students must sign up for the minor program in order to be approved for course registration. Students will not be able to register for Sports Management classes during the Fall and Spring semesters without first signing up for the minor.

For more information, contact Steve Michel, Eller Business Management advisor.

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Sports Management Certificate

The Sports Management Certificate program is a “customized” 9-unit program available to Eller students only. The Sports Management Certificate can be added to any Eller major.

Sports Management Certificate Coursework

Three 3-unit courses (9 units total) must be completed from the following eight courses:

For more information, contact Steve Michel, Eller Business Management advisor.

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Sports Management / Sports and Society Concentration

Students majoring in General Studies (BGS) must complete these two prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in any Sports Management classes:

  • ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues
  • ACCT 250 Survey of Accounting

BGS students are then eligible to take the following courses:

  • BNAD 302 Human Side of Organizations
  • MGMT 351 Sports Administration and Planning
  • MGMT 352 Sport Tourism and Event Management
  • MGMT 353 Sports Negotiation and Compliance
  • MGMT 354 Business of College Sports
  • MGMT 356 Sports Communication
  • MGMT 359 Special Topics in Sports Management 
  • MKTG 355 Sports Marketing Management

For more information, contact your advisor at the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

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Sports Management Course Descriptions

MGMT 351 Sports Administration and Planning (3 Units)
This course covers issues related to the administrative tasks of planning, managing, budgeting and operating various types of sports programs. Topics covered include the administration and planning of high school, college, and professional sports programs and the use of budgeting as a management tool. The course will also include a discussion of the financial, legal, and safety issues relevant to operating sports facilities.
 
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
MGMT 352 Sport Tourism and Event Management (3 units)
Sport tourism is the fastest growing sector in the global travel and tourism industry. This course offers rich experiential learning, event management studies of regional events / tournaments and analysis of major events.
 
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
MGMT 353 Sports Negotiation and Compliance (3 units)
The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiation, with particular emphasis on compliance at the college and professional levels. A basic premise of the course is that while a negotiator needs to possess adequate negotiation skills, a negotiator also needs to have a profound understanding of the context that the negotiation occurs in order to find an optimal solution to the negotiation. This is especially true in the sports negotiations because of the high visibility and complexity of the negotiations that occur in both amateur and professional sports.
 
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
MGMT 354 Business of College Sports (3 units)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the business side of college sports. You will have seen college sports on TV or in person, but in this course you will be taught the "behind the scenes" side of intercollegiate athletics — how revenue is generated, what the NCAA requirements are for each program, the differences between each division of the NCAA, how athletics departments are organized and run, and more.
 
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
MGMT 356 Sports Communication (3 units)
This course will integrate the topics of oral and written business communication with sports communication. The course will provide knowledge and skill development related to foundational oral and written business communication. Additionally, it seeks to provide the student with an appreciation of the unique dynamics associated with communication in sports enterprises.
 
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
MGMT 359 Special Topics in Sports Management (3 units)
Special Topics in Sports Management will examine various activities taking place in the field of sports management.
 
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
MKTG 355 Sports Marketing Management (3 units)
This course is designed to develop a thorough understanding of sport marketing principles and their application to collegiate athletics and professional sports.  Students will learn about multi-media partners and see how marketing affects other areas of an athletic enterprise. Students will understand marketing from the perspective of managing a marketing program.
  
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.

 

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