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Sport Management

This program is designed to prepare students for the highly competitive sport environment, preparing them for jobs in all spectra of the sport management industry.

The mission of the Sport Management option in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Missouri is to develop students into productive and highly successful sport managers through the practice of continuously analyzing sport in a critical and insightful manner through research, teaching and hands-on experience.

Sport management is an active and growing field, by recent estimates conducted by the SportsBusiness Journal; the sport industry is now several times larger than other important industries such as the automotive industry, and has tens of billions of dollars of economic activity in the United States alone.

With a wide array of different organizations within the sport industry ranging from professional sport teams to electronic sport video game companies, there is truly a range of organizations and job opportunities for those entering the fast-paced and exciting world of sport.  Below are a number of job opportunities and settings in which someone from a sport management program could potentially work in.

Career Opportunities

Jobs within the sport industry include:

  • General Management & Administration
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Marketing, Communications & Public Relations
  • Sport Attorney (Lawyer)
  • Athlete Agent/Representative
  • Sport Media & Reporting
  • Sport Facility Management
  • Sport Engineer
  • Sport Statistics and Database Management
  • Organizational IT
  • Stadium and Facility Architect and Designer

Jobs can occur in settings such as:

  • Professional Sport Teams
  • College Athletic Departments (Mizzou Athletics, etc.)
  • Governing Bodies (International Olympic Committee, National Collegiate Athletic Association, etc.)
  • Sport Agencies (Sport Attorney, Sport Law, etc.)
  • Sport Management Firms
  • Sporting Good Corporations
  • Architectural Firms
  • Sport Media
  • Non-Sport Organizations

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