Located in Tampa, Florida and developed in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the USF Sport & Entertainment MBA/M.S. 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.
Developed with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a
joint educational endeavor, the partnership is not just financial, but
philosophical and developmental. In addition to the Lightning, our platinum
partner, we have gold partners such as USF Athletics, VF Majestic Imagewear,
Feld Entertainment, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Sports
Commission, FOX Sports Florida, WTA, Hard Rock Casino and more. The second year
of the program functions as a Co-op Program, with students attending classes
and working for one of the partners simultaneously. This residency co-op provides
compensation, a tuition waiver and health care for each student in year two.
Our faculty has significant experience working in
academic sport management programs at UCF, UMass, Florida State, NC 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
Our faculty has more than 50 years of experience
placing students throughout the United States and globally as well.
MBA with concentration in Sport Business - Campus
The dual-degree Sport & Entertainment Management
MBA/M.S. 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 is designed to meet the current and anticipated needs of the sport
and entertainment industry. Providing students an academic and experiential
base gives our graduates 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.
Drs. Sutton and Mondello have published extensively and 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.
Master of Science in Sport & Entertainment Management - Campus
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
Tampa Bay Lightning
"EVERY student that's admitted to the program is going to have a residency, either with Lightning or another team or organization in town."
Name Title Employer Class
Account Manager, Premium Sales
Database Marketing Analyst
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Assistant Director of Donor Relations
Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Assistant Athletic Director/Director of the Mean Green Club
University of North Texas
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
Madison Square Garden Company/Westchester Knicks
Associate Manager, Consulting
Wasserman Media Group
Coordinator of Analytics
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Southeast Regional Director
North American Sports Group
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Lightning Foundation Coordinator
Tampa Bay Lightning
Assistant Event manager