Careers In Sport Management

Anticipated demand over next 10 years

  • Sports comprise nearly of a $500 billion annual industry. The excitement and prestige of a career in this field means strong competition for jobs.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers is expected to increase by 23 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations

Companies where are majors are working or are hiring

  • Ashland University – Campus Recreation
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Cleveland State University
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham(UAB) – Campus Recreation
  • Clayton State University – Campus Recreation/Fitness
  • Heidelberg University – Campus Recreation
  • Ontario Public Schools
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Portage County Club
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • The Ohio State University - Campus Recreation

Typical job occupations

  • Athletic Director
  • Campus Recreation - Program Coordinator
  • Municipal Recreation Supervisor
  • Country Club House Manager
  • Commercial Recreation - Marketing Director
  • Golf Administration - Assistant Director of Greens and Grounds for USGA
  • Event Management - Event Planner

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Department Info

Sport Management

Rybolt Sport Science Center

(Rec Center)

1000 King Rd.

Ashland, OH 44805

Welcome to the Department of Sport Management

Study an ever-changing field where business, entertainment, and sport collide.

Study the most relevant course content, with examples often pulled from the latest research of many sport and recreation journals.

Take part in professional development days where you will meet with people already working for major sport organizations like the NBA, NHL and MLB, campus recreation departments, and various other hospitality and leisure service centered organizations.

Enjoy easy access to a broad network of sports professionals through faculty members and active alumni.

Earn your sport management degree from an interdisciplinary team of faculty members who bring together the many elements from business, finance and economics, marketing, recreation and leisure services and other core courses.

Obtain plenty of field experience with full-time internships available in everything from sales and marketing, programming and event/venue management.

Gain Real World Experience

(INTERNSHIP Guidelines)

A huge selection of internship opportunities is available to students in the sport management program. Internship locations range from fitness clubs and recreational centers to professional athletic organizations. A few of the opportunities available to you include:

  • Akron Aeros
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport, RI)
  • Clayton State University (GA)
  • City of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Yale University (New Haven , CT)
  • Intersport (Chicago, IL)
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Jim Kelly Foundation (Buffalo, NY)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Kent State University
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • Ohio State University Athletics
  • Cleveland State University
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course/Raceway
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Portage Country Club
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Sandusky Parks and Recreation
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park