Arthur L. Gilbert College of Business

Sport Management

Sport management

Program Opportunities

  • Major in Sport Management


The business of sport is a multi-billion dollar industry, generating a need for people who can operate, manage and staff various opportunities in sports and recreation. In sport management, you’ll explore business, finance, legal issues, and event and facility management. Through academics and field experience, you’ll develop leadership skills, too.

Program Highlights

  • Students complete internships in a wide variety of settings including major and minor league sports teams, Division I colleges and universities, the NCAA, sport and fitness facilities, sport sales, and sports information and media.
  • Students at Manchester University get hands-on experience through projects and events in and out of the classroom, working with campus intramurals and Fort Wayne’s professional basketball team, the Mad Ants. Through numerous professional development activities, students network with industry professionals.
  • Several sport management students have completed sport management experiences abroad. The program has an international course that takes students to Ireland and England and another that visits Greece and Italy.
  • In the capstone course Case Studies in Business, required of all majors in the College of Business, students organize and operate a business for a semester and then donate their earnings to a nonprofit of their choosing. Manchester business students have donated more than $111,000 and over 9,200 hours of service to various nonprofit organizations.

Successful Graduates

  • Tailur Szarenski ’17 took advantage of the opportunity to expand his skill set and knowledge base to include professional sales and earned himself a position as is an inside sales consultant for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.
  • Storm Shortt ’19, a double major in marketing and sport management and the recipient of the Outstanding Sport Management Major award, followed his family’s passion for all things Disney and is working in Disney’s College Program in Orlando.
  • Tia Graham ’19, a basketball standout at Manchester, completed a post-graduate internship with the NCAA and later returned to MU to work as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.
  • Matthew Roop ’20, was an outstanding soccer player at Manchester and received the L.D. Ikenberry award, presented to the most outstanding student in the College of Business.  Matthew is attending the University of Illinois to pursue a master’s in sport, recreation, and tourism.
  • Joe Henschel ’21, a double major in professional sales and sport management, played baseball at MU and received the Outstanding Sport Management Major award.  Joe joined the Memphis Grizzlies as a ticket sales representative.