Located In Tampa Florida, and developed in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the USF Sport and Entertainment Business MBA program aspires to be a global leader in sport business education for both graduate students and working professionals.The program is a combination of MBA courses in both business and sport business and a paid co-op program enabling students to earn their tuition and a stipend working with our Tampa Sports Community Partners in year two of the program. Led by experien
The program has been developed with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a joint educational endeavor. The partnership is not just financial, but philosophical and developmental as well. In addition to the Lightning which is platinum partner, we have gold partners such as USF Athletics, VF Majestic Image wear, Feld Entertainment, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Sports Commission, and several others in development. The second year of the program will function as a Co-op Program, with students attending classes and working for one of the partners simultaneously- this will provide both compensation and a tuition waiver in year two for each student.
Our faculty has significant experience working in academic sport management programs at UCF, UMass, Florida State, Ohio State and Robert Morris, and in leadership positions with NASSM, SMA and the Sport Marketing Quarterly. In addition Dr. Sutton is an active consultant, former VP with the NBA and a national columnist for the Sports Business Journal. Our faculty has more than 40 years of experience placing students throughout the United States and globally as well.
MBA in Sport & Entertainment Management
We anticipate that the program will be a dual degree program later this year granting both an MBA and an MS. We are also working on offering an on-line MBA degree program that will be limited to professionals currently holding employment in the sport industry - this will begin in late 2013 or early 2014
MBA with concentration in Sport and Entertainment Business
The MBA program in Sport and Entertainment Business Management at the University of South Florida, is a Co-op program combining a rigorous and industry relatable curriculum with a significant work experience opportunity in one of the most vibrant and varied sport industry hubs in the United States. Developed in partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the curriculum has been designed to meet the current and anticipated needs of the sport and entertainment industry and provide students an academic base as well as an experiential base to provide our graduates with a competitive edge when seeking employment.
Led by Dr. Bill Sutton and Dr. Michael Mondello, experienced academicians with more than 40 years of teaching and placing students in sport business careers throughout the United States and the world. Dr.'s sutton and Mondello have published extensively and have held leadership positions in NASSM, SMA and the Sport Marketing Quarterly. Dr. Sutton also has an extensive sport industry background having served as VP for Team Marketing and Business operations with the NBA, a national columnist (Sutton Impact) for the Sports Business Journal and as a consultant working with a variety of sport teams and organizations throughout the U.S..
Name Title Employer
University of South Florida
"Our region has been the host to the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, the World series and the NCAA Tournaments and Championships.Our partnerships will help prepare students for careers in sport and entertainment all over the world."
Mr. Jeff Vinik
Owner, Tampa BayLightning
"EVERY student that"s admitted to the program is going to have an internship, either with Lightning or another team or organization in town."
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First year of the program