Often dubbed as a highly competitive field, sport management is an enticing career for students who seek to combine their academic interest in business with their passion for sports. At Assumption College, an Advisory Board on Sport Business Education — comprised of the industry’s most recognized sports organization leaders — helps students to turn their passion for competition into a successful career.
The 10-member Board includes notable Assumption alumni such as Brian Kelly, head football coach at University of Notre Dame and Thomas O’Conner, former assistant vice president and athletics director at George Mason University. Other board members are associated with reputable sports organizations including Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cal Ripken Foundation, Comcast Sports and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Organized last year, the Board’s charge was to shape the new sport management MBA program. However, since its inception, the Board has also played a key role in consulting the College on internship development. High profile jobs in the sports industry are not only competitive but often require starting at the bottom. One way to stay ahead of the game is to participate in industry-related internships. That’s why one of the electives offered at Assumption is BUS 399: Internship in Business. This course provides students the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience, make connections and apply skills learned in the classroom while earning credits towards their degree.
Students pursuing a bachelor’s in business at Assumption College have the option to choose a sport management minor. An academic background in sport management can prepare students to work in sport broadcasting, journalism, management, event planning, analytics and much more.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some careers in the sport management field are expanding. Coaches and scouts jobs will grow by 15 percent by 2022, a faster than average rate. Similarly, for those that may be interested in management of large sporting events, meeting, convention, and event planners jobs are expected to grow by a whopping 33 percent.
Most importantly, pursuing a degree in business regardless of concentration, offers students the versatility to pursue countless careers where general business education is relevant, useful and appreciated. At Assumption College, students pursuing a degree or a minor in sport management are required to take foundational business courses such as MKT 101 Principles of Marketing and ACC 125 Principles of Accounting. Such courses help students qualify for multiple career paths increasing their market competitiveness and post-graduation options.