Students explore business impact, cultural implications of the Super Bowl
SPM 199—The Super Bowl and Society offers a semester-long exploration of the evolution and strategic brilliance that has transformed a football game into a social phenomenon with international audiences, business impact, and cultural implications. The Falk College course is taught by Dennis Deninger, sport management professor of practice whose experience includes three Emmy Awards as a producer working at ESPN for 25+ years. Deninger is the author of "Sports on Television: The How and Why Behind What You See," which is recommended reading for the course.
Watch an SU News video about SPM 199. The class is rich in historical perspective on the Super Bowl’s creation and growth, citing original research and highlights of recently conducted exclusive interviews with broadcast executives, including those from Super Bowl I.
Sport Management Club Raises $59,185 During Tenth Annual Charity Sports Auction
The Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University has raised $59,185 for Make-A-Wish® of Central New York at its 10th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the SU men's basketball game on December 6, Make-A-Wish® supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, electronics and tickets to major sporting events. Following the silent auction, the club also hosted an online auction, in collaboration with Steiner Sports Memorabilia, which showcased a number of premium items up for bid. All proceeds from these efforts benefited Make-A-Wish®. The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College’s Sport Management Department at Syracuse University. Since its founding in 2005, the Club has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for local charities. Previous beneficiaries of the Club's annual charity auction have included the Boys & Girls Clubs, American Diabetes Association, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Central New York SPCA, the Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York and Food Bank of CNY.
Certificate of Advanced Studies in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support approved
The Department of Sport Management and the Department of Higher Education (School of Education) at Syracuse University have received approval from the New York State Education Department to offer a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support. The CAS will enhance the preparation of future and current higher education professionals (advisors, higher education/student affairs administrators, clinicians, and coaches) by providing a rigorous focused area of academic inquiry related to research, practice, and policy perspectives associated with intercollegiate athletics and student-athlete development.
Scott Kevy ’15 receives Michigan Sports Business Conference’s BIG Initiative Award for outstanding achievement, promise in sport management
It was the first Tuesday of his freshman year when Scott Kevy ‘15 admitted something to himself after leaving the Sport Management (SPM) Club kick-off meeting. "I knew I was here to stay," he says of his decision to major in sport management in Syracuse University’s Falk College. Since that time, Kevy has held a series of leadership positions in the SPM Club, compiled an excellent academic record that includes a minor in information management and technology in the iSchool, and mastered several professional internships, including positions at Turner Sports in New York City, Monumental Sports and Entertainment in Washington, DC, and Syracuse University Athletics.
SPM has presence at SU’s Remembrance Week
The Syracuse University Remembrance Scholars held a panel discussion titled “When Terrorism Visits Small Towns” on October 23. Among those taking part in the event were (in top photo from left) John Kelso, former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Laura Beachy, Director, Editor and Co-Executive Producer of “We Were Quiet Once”; Sport Management student and Remembrance Scholar Lauren Strand; and Sport Management professor of practice Dennis Deninger, who emceed the event. Also featured at the event was Dr. Lawrence Mason, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications professor and author of “Looking for Lockerbie;” and Ryan Balton, co-producer, co-editor and post-production supervisor of “We Were Quiet Once.”
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2014 Sutton Award recognizes sport management professor Chad McEvoy for exceptional contributions to sport marketing education, sport industry
In the 1990s, Falk College sport management professor, Chad McEvoy, Ed.D., was a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst working closely with Dr. William A. Sutton, a distinguished academician and practitioner recognized for his visionary leadership connecting the sport marketing academic discipline to the industry. McEvoy will receive the 2014 Sutton Award from the Sport Marketing Association (SMA) —named in honor of his teacher and mentor—in recognition of exceptional contributions to sport marketing academics and the industry. The award will be presented October 24 during the Annual SMA Conference, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA.
Ellen deLara, Rick Burton explore "The Bully Culture in Sports"
What leads a person to become a bully? Is sports more or less a breeding ground for bullies than other avenues in life? If so, why? If less, why? Those were just some of the questions on the minds of listeners and panel moderators on the September 17 edition of HWTP Sports Talk Radio, a New York City-based weekly sports talk radio show. Associate professor of social work, Ellen deLara, and Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, Rick Burton, were the featured guest expert panelists for this roundtable discussion.
SPM Professor Dr. Rodney Paul and SPM Sabermetrics Club Featured in ESPN the Magazine
Baseball is full of cutting-edge stats that try to predict pitcher performance. But one centuries-old gauge is just as telling: the barometer.
ESPN The Magazine recently featured the research of Dr. Rodney Paul, Falk College Professor of Sport Management, and the SU Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club. In the article, reporter Peter Keating talks about Paul’s research and the fascinating discovery that the physics of air density doesn’t just affect the speed of pitching but also pitch selection. The research showed that pitchers alter their pitch selection based upon air density (altitude, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure), with pitchers throwing more breaking pitches when air density is low and fewer breaking pitches when air density is high. Furthermore, when comparing pitcher performance to expectations (based on betting market odds), pitchers that threw a high percentage of breaking pitches outperformed expectations on low air density days and pitchers who primarily throw fastballs outperformed expectations on high air density days.
Keating suggests that the results of the SPM club’s research may affect how teams play in the future based on weather and altitude.
Rick Burton appointed University Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA
Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, was appointed as the University Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA effective July 1. The Faculty Athletics Representative reports to Chancellor Syverud and is an institutional liaison to Syracuse Athletics as well as a representative of the University in conference and NCAA matters. Key issues this position has focused on in the past include overall student-athlete welfare, compliance with new and ongoing NCAA legislation, and generally advocating for the best interests of the University and its constituencies. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse in 2009, Rick served as Commissioner of the Australia-based National Basketball League, and as the chief marketing officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.
SPM Students Embark on European Olympic Odyssey
Students in the Department of Sport Management, led by instructor Pat Ryan, are traveling across Europe this May as part of the SPM Olympic Odyssey trip. Transforming the traditional classroom across geographies, time zones and cultures, this hands-on European exploration of the Olympic movement investigates the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games and their influence on modern sport through in-depth study of Olympics sites. The group will visit London, Paris, Lausanne, Olympia and Athens.
Falk College honors two Sport Management faculty for excellence in teaching and research
Sport Management professor of practice Dennis Deninger and Sport Management professor Rodney Paul are among those named 2014 Falk College Faculty of the Year. The honorees, who are nominated by their peers for outstanding performance and contributions to students, the Falk College, Syracuse University and beyond, were recognized during the Falk College’s Convocation for the Class of 2014 on May 10.
Dennis Deninger, Professor of Practice, Sport Management
Excellence in Teaching
Professor Deninger is described as having a genuine passion for teaching and mentoring students. His courses draw from 25+ years as an industry practitioner at ESPN television. Professor Deninger, a three-time Emmy Award winner at ESPN, recently wrote and produced his second documentary, “Changing Sports, Changing Lives,” which premiered on campus in April 2014 and focused on disability and sports.
In addition to service in the Falk College Department of Sport Management and Syracuse University, he has served as a national judge for the annual College Sports Media Awards. Dennis also completed teaching and administrative responsibilities in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he was the founding director of the Sports Communications graduate program.
He has written and published a book, Sports on Television: The How and Why Behind What You See, which is being translated into Chinese.
Dr. Rodney Paul, Professor, Sport Management
Excellence in Research
Most recently, Dr. Paul received the 2014 Award for Extraordinary Accomplishments in Research by the Academy of Economics and Finance, the organization that selected him as the Research Fellow in Economics in 2013.
As a sports economist, he brings a strong financial and analytical business background into the classroom, which is immeasurable in the sport management field of study. In the past year, his research has focused on attendance variables and predictability among different minor league baseball leagues; betting and wagering in college football; ticket pricing variables affecting Major League Baseball; fan satisfaction levels in the National Football League; and attendance predictability in minor league professional hockey, among other contemporary topics.
Dr. Paul serves as the faculty sponsor for honors theses, independent studies, research projects and sport practicums, and advises the Baseball Statistics Club.
SPM Club Honored with Philanthropy Award
Dan Gorman ’15, 2013-14 president of the Sport Management Club, and Hannah Visnosky, ’16, vice president of community service, recently accepted the Student Organization Philanthropy Award at the 2014 “44 Stars of Excellence Gala.” The group was honored for philanthropy work raising and contributing funds for nationally recognized or local charities and agencies. The SPM Club held its 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction in December, raising $30,500 for Food Bank of Central New York.
“Changing Sports, Changing Lives” Documentary Now Available
Falk College tradition of sports research documentaries continues with new film focused on athletes with disabilities
Students enrolled in SPM 300—The History of Sport spent the 2013-14 academic year focusing their research efforts on sports that have been adapted to transform and enrich the lives of athletes with physical disabilities. In the fall semester, students worked as a research team, each one taking a specific assignment that became their final projects. In the spring semester, these projects have provided the collected body of research to produce a documentary film entitled Changing Sports, Changing Lives.
SPM students explore sports industry during LA Spring Break Immersion Trip
Syracuse University Falk College Sport Management majors recently spent their spring break in Los Angeles meeting with over 50 executives from businesses and teams from throughout the area including AEG, NASCAR Entertainment, The Rose Bowl, The LA Coliseum, The Dodgers, Mandalay Sports, FOX Sports, ESPN, Santa Anita Park, the Sports Museum of Los Angeles and more. The SU in LA Immersion Program, now in its fourth year, offers students educational and professional networking opportunities that connect them directly with sport executives and practitioners at sites of significance in the industry.
SPM Club raises over $30,000 at 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction to benefit Food Bank of Central New York
Congratulations and thank you to the Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University, which announced it raised $30,500 for Food Bank of Central New York at its 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction in December. “As a result of months of hard work on behalf of over 75 Syracuse University students, 79,300 meals were provided to those families in need in our community,” said Kate Veley, SPM club co-advisor. “We simply couldn’t be more proud of our students, or more thankful of the Central New York community who once again recognized a need and worked together to help us make a difference.”
A check presentation took place during the SU men’s basketball game on February 19 at the Carrier Dome. Picture above L-R: Alyssa Wood, ’13 auction co-chair; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of Central New York, Executive Vice President; Carly Raimo, ’13 auction co-chair; Kate Veley, SPM Club co-advisor.
SPM Research Featured at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Rodney Paul, professor of sport management, and SPM students Matt Filippi, Greg Ackerman, and Zack Albright co-authored a research paper that will be presented at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Feb. 28-Mar. 1 in Boston. Their research paper, “The Effects of Atmospheric Conditions on Pitchers,” studied the impact of air density on pitch selection and pitcher performance. It was one of sixteen papers selected (8 for presentation and 8 for posters) from more than 300 submissions worldwide. Matt Filippi, president of the Baseball Statistics Club, will represent the group at the conference.
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Empathy Matters Information Session
Syracuse University college student's mentoring elementary school-aged children about the basics of empathy.
Wednesday, Feb 4th
Hall of Languages, Room 205
Dr. Ramadoss Presents "Work-Family Interface in India"
South Asia Center's Spring Speaker Series
Tuesday, Feb. 10
340 Eggers Hall
Negotiating a Global Sustainable Development Agenda: the View from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Research Brown Bag Forum presentation by Chantal Line Carpentier, Sustainable Development Officer Division for Sustainable Development Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations.
Friday, Feb. 13
312 Lyman Hall
Falk College Spring Graduate Information Session
Meet admissions staff and learn about Falk College graduate programs
Saturday, Feb 28th
Mindfulness Goes to School: Linking Research with Practice
Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series presentation by Dessa Bergan-Cico & Rachel Razza.
Friday, March 6th
123 Sims Hall