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About the Department of Sport Management

Sport Management offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in sport management and a master's degree in Sport Venue and Event Management (M.S.). Students learn from courses in areas including sport business and finance, marketing, law, promotion, communications, event planning and facility management.



Matt Levitt

Meet Max Levitt, SPM ‘11, executive director of Leveling the Playing Field

Three years ago, Sport Management graduate Max Levitt ’11 founded a nonprofit called Leveling the Playing Field, whose mission is to improve the opportunity for low-income families to get involved in youth sports through the donation of used/excess sporting equipment.

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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.

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Falk College graduate students lay groundwork for bringing adaptive sport competition to Central New York

Seventeen sport management graduate students in Dr. Gina Pauline’s advanced sport event management course have spent the spring semester, in collaboration with the Syracuse Sports Corporation, laying the foundation to not only produce the 2nd Annual Syracuse Sport Summit taking place April 30 but also to explore the possibility of bringing a multi-sport statewide competition for athletes with physical disabilities—including wounded military veterans—to Syracuse. On April 30th, the students will showcase their efforts and dedication to adaptive sports.

Hannah Visnosky and Julie Bengis

SPM students Hannah Visnosky and Julie Bengis named 2015-16 Remembrance Scholars

Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2015-16 Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

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Sport and the pursuit of healthiness symposium

"Sport and the Pursuit of Healthiness" Multimedia Symposium April 24

On Friday, April 24, Falk College and its Department of Sport Management hosted "Sport and the Pursuit of Healthiness," a multimedia symposium on how public health concerns are affecting sports participation and what is being done to make sports safer. The event, which was free and open to the public, began at 4:00 p.m. in Grant Auditorium. During the symposium, results from a survey of students and parents from 20 states and three foreign countries asking how they decide which sports to play (or not to play) were released.

Gregory Ackerman presents at the SABR conference

SPM students, faculty participate in 2015 Society of American Baseball Research Analytics Conference

Three sport management majors and Professor Rodney Paul attended the conference, with an additional sport management major contributing to research. The group was joined by a sport management minor and a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. Gregory Ackerman, representing the Class of 2015, along with Colby Conetta and Joey Weinberg, members of the Class of 2017, attended the conference and took part in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition. The two other members of their team were Justin Mattingly, a sophomore newspaper and journalism and political science major and sport management minor, and Raymond Garzia, a graduate student studying mathematics.

Lakers stadium

SPM Students on Los Angeles Immersion Trip

Our 20 sport management majors and minors who spent their spring break in Los Angeles for a week-long immersion trip invite you to read their blog. Students kept followers up-to-date on the various meetings, games, sites and attractions they experienced throughout the course of the immersion experience. It was a busy, exciting and educational week exploring the sports industry on the west coast. Students met with executives and SU sport management alums from AEG, UCLA, USC, Santa Anita Racetrack, NASCAR, FOX Sports, LA Dodgers, Lakers, Mandalay, The Stub Hub Center and so much more.

SPM Students and Professor Mary Graham

David Falk named to Class of 2015 Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business

David B. Falk, Syracuse University trustee, alumnus and benefactor, was named to the Class of 2015 SportsBusiness Journal Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sport Business. A February 23 feature in SportsBusiness Journal details his many career highlights and notable contributions to the sports industry and beyond.

SPM Students and Professor Mary Graham

SPM Student Researchers Investigate Volunteer Satisfaction at 2015 Special Olympics NYS Winter Games

At the 2015 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games held in Syracuse, 22 students enrolled in Sport Management Professor Mary Graham's required SPM 295 research methodology course surveyed event volunteers. For the second year, in collaboration with Stacy Eder, Director of Volunteer Management at Special Olympics New York State, Professor Graham's class polled volunteers during the opening and closing ceremonies and at select athletic events.

Laurel Richie

Falk College, Dept. of Sport Management co-sponsor University Lecture
with Laurel Richie March 18, 2015

WNBA president, Laurel Richie, presented “The WNBA: Showing the World What’s Possible,” as part of the University Lecture Series on March 18. Richie is responsible for setting the vision for the WNBA and overseeing day-to-day business and basketball operations. Recently, she announced that the WNBA is launching a campaign to market specifically to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community, a move that makes it the first professional league to specifically recruit LGBT fans to its games. In her presentation, Richie discussed her experiences in her three-decade career of developing award-winning campaigns that transform brands and drive business results. She was previously affiliated with Girl Scouts USA and Oglivy & Mather.

NFL Network showcases SPM 199—Super Bowl and Society

SPM 199 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. On Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1), the NFL Network highlighted the course during its pregame show. The 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. Dennis Deninger was also quoted by the International Business Times about TV record ratings for this year's Super Bowl.

Make-A-Wish Check Presentation

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.

John Wolohan and Scott Kevy

SPM Professor and Student Co-Author Athletic Business Story on Sports Law

Sport Management professor Dr. John Wolohan and Sport Management senior Scott Kevy ’15 co-authored an article for the Athletic Business magazine’s January/February 2015 edition on the Kent State University case involving the shifting of a defensive coordinator on the football team to a non-coaching position.

Children playing soccer

How Sports Can Lead to a Healthier Society

In the February 2 edition of Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal, David Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management Rick Burton provides insights for sports entrepreneurs and enthusiasts as he, and co-author Norm O’Reilly, the Richard P. & Joan S. Fox Professor of Business and chair of the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University, offer a visionary look into what 2015 holds for the sports industry. The column, “Second-tier events, health initiatives will gain foothold in 2015,” suggests a new era of sports is coming. Consistent with conversations in Falk College classrooms, Professor Burton’s column details participation sports and the benefits it can provide to society as a whole.

Student athlete being advised by professor

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.

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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.

Student athlete being advised by professor

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.”

Chad McEvoy Teaching

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 was presented October 24, 2014 during the Annual SMA Conference, held in Philadelphia, PA.

Rick Burton and Ellen deLara

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.

Rodney Paul

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.

Photo of Rick Burton with NCAA FARA logo

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.

“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.

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College Events

Summer Campus Days for High School Students

The Syracuse University Office of Admissions is hosting Summer Campus Days for prospective undergraduate students.

Dates:    July 24th, 31st
August 7th, 14th
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BMW Child Development Lab School now accepting applications for 2015-16 academic year

Spaces are available in the toddler and preschool classrooms.

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