This multi-billion dollar industry offers employment opportunities in professional, collegiate, and interscholastic sports, sports information, marketing, facility and arena management, operations, sponsorship, promotions, recreation administration, sales, ticket sales, coaching, and special events. The major is designed to provide students with a foundation of skills necessary to negotiate the various settings in which students may find themselves during their professional careers. Additionally, various opportunities are provided regarding supplemental hands-on experiences with industry professional and organizations. These hands-on experiences are great for obtaining placement for field experiences and internships (which are a major requirement). Upon graduation, some of our students decide to continue their education in graduate school in areas such as sport administration, law, or business administration.
All sport management majors are required to complete a field experience and internship before graduating. The field experience requires a minimum of 90 hours on-site with a sport-related organization. The internship requires a minimum of 120 hours on site with a sport-related organization, and students conclude their internship with a capstone presentation of their experience.
These experiences allow students to gauge their interests and develop valuable career skills that will aid in gaining a competitive advantage in the sport industry.
Some of the internship placements include:
Additional information on internships can be found by clicking here.
Benefits of the Program
The Sports Business Association is a student-run organization on campus which provides
hands-on experiences and networking opportunities for students interested in careers
in sport. The organization hosts various guest speakers throughout the year and travels
to networking events in the area.
A complementary minor might include marketing, communications, sport and exercise
psychology, or business administration. Due to the breadth of opportunities in the
sport management field, students may decide to specialize in one particular area such
as marketing/sales or sport broadcasting. These are areas that can be studied in depth
by completing one of the aforementioned minors.
After College — What's Next?
Graduates with a sport management major have employment opportunities in:
Some recent graduate employments include:
Arizona Coyotes, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Crew, Minnesota
Timberwolves, Michigan State University, University of New Haven, Albion College,
Otterbein College, US Marine Corps, Toledo Mud Hens and Walleye, Kentucky Speedway,
Detroit Mercy, Unified Health Solutions, Genesis Health Care, Crescent News, Dugout
Media, NCSA Recruiting, and The Y.
"Defiance College's sport management program is an excellent program. It's helped
me grow academically as well as in my personal life. The faculty, students, and others
who are in this field are an excellent group of people who I've enjoyed getting to
know the past few years. I've made valuable connections as well as many lifelong friends
along the way. I'd highly recommend DC's sport management program to anyone interested
in getting a quality education and meeting some pretty awesome people."
--Ben Maynard, 2016 Graduate
"The sport management program here at DC has been an integral part of my learning
experience as a student in the classroom and in the real world. The faculty are certainly
dedicated to providing a first-class education related to the business and intricacies
of sport on an American and global platform. I am proud to say I have been privileged
to learn from some experienced professors in their respective field of sport management."
--Wayne Kelly, 2016 Graduate
"The professors are what make the sport management program most enjoyable to me. They
are passionate about their jobs and help the students make connections in the sport
field. Through the Sports Business Association, we have the opportunity to visit sports
venues, go to major league games, and talk to personnel within the organizations."
--Waverly Weaks, 2016 Graduate
Paul Christianson, A.B.D
Assistant Professor of Sport Management
Arif Sultan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics