Sport Management

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Sport Management

The UCCS Sport Management program is a specialty emphasis area that allows students to pursue the combination of the business field with the sports industry.
Our program has excellent internship opportunities with a variety of sport organizations where our students are exposed to excellent learning and networking opportunities

Why Study It?

Sport continues to be a dominant sector in society and the business economy with the latest figures (2010) suggesting the global sports industry to be worth up to $620 billion (AT Kearney, 2011) with the North American value set at $53.6 billion (PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2013). If you are passionate about sport and want to pursue a business degree, this is a great way to blend both together.

Why Study Sport Management at UCCS?

  • Highly qualified, educated and passionate faculty members
  • Students earn a Business degree with an emphasis in Sport Management
  • Established internship opportunities with numerous sports organizations
  • Small class sizes with individualized attention
  • Scheduled guest speakers from all aspects of the sports industry


Potential Sport Management Careers

  • Front Office Managers
  • Operations Directors
  • Event Management
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Athlete Representation
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Lauren Urbanski, Youth Development Program Assistant - USA Basketball (Class of 2015)

"For my industry, I don't think there's a better place than UCCS. Not only would I find more one-on-one relationships with professors, I'd have the presence of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Olympic Training Center and the professional teams in Denver. I knew the opportunities for internships would be really good."

Examples of Coursework

  • Sports Marketing
  • Facility, Ticketing and Event Management
  • Management of Olympic, International and Amateur Sports
  • Collegiate Athletic Administration
  • Sport Economics & Finance
  • Sport Law
  • Critical Issues in Sport Management
Eric Olson

Dr. Eric Olson is a true sports fan and that is part of the reason he started this program in 2008.  His educational background includes a Bachelors in history, an MBA and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota.  He has taught a variety of classes in the College of Business including Strategic Management (undergraduate, MBA, DMBA, EMBA), Principles of Marketing, Advertising and Promotions, New Product Development and Sales Management.



Dr. Spencer Harris comes to our program from England where he was immersed in Sport England - similar to the US Olympic Committee.  Spencer's experience includes many things to do with soccer and has provided our program with excellent international learning.  His educational background includes a bachelors in Leisure & Sport Management, a Masters in Sport Development and a Ph.D. in Sport Policy from Loughborough University in England.

Next Steps

If you are interested in the Sport Management program at UCCS please visit our website to learn more about us.  Students must apply to the University and while doing so select "Sport Management" as their proposed major.  Once this application is submitted and all materials (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) are received and processed by the University your application will be reviewed by the College of Business.  Once this step is complete, your application will be delivered to our Sport Management program for additional review.

If you have any immediate questions please feel free to contact Ian Ratz at 719-255-4318 or