Master’s candidates hit the road to see business of sports up close
This spring alone, students from Carthage’s robust graduate business track in sports management have visited professional teams’ headquarters in three major Midwestern markets.
“Providing students with an inside look at professional sports business operations is important to ensure our students get firsthand knowledge and access,” says Jim Padilla, dean for the College’s new School of Business and Economics.
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Organized by members of Carthage’s own Sports Management Advisory Council, these site visits allow master’s degree-seekers to learn from and network with industry leaders.
- In place of a classroom session, Carthage instructor Steve Rucks brought students from the Sports Industry, Economics, and Financial Analysis course to Chicago to meet with staff members from the Bulls (NBA) and Blackhawks (NHL). Mr. Rucks is chief financial officer of the United Center, where students later watched a Blackhawks home game from a luxury suite.
- At headquarters for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, sports management students met with representatives from each business area, including majority owner Craig Leipold and president Matt Majka. The Carthage contingent also experienced game day production and operations.
- Raven Jemison, executive vice president for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, hosted the Carthage cohort at Fiserv Forum as part of the Sport Sales course. Besides meeting with Ms. Jemison, the students heard from a panel of staffers with wide-ranging roles at the arena.
“The wonderful group of individuals who serve on our advisory council provide Carthage students with unique insights and experiential learning opportunities,” says the program’s director, Professor Carter Rockhill. “A hallmark of our program, those connections help students learn the skills needed to thrive in the industry while building a substantial professional network.”
Leading to a Master of Science degree, the 10-month sports management track prepares graduates to apply effective management strategies and core business principles like emotional intelligence and cross-functional team management. The program can be completed in person or online.