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College of Arts & Sciences

Sports Administration

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Jill Franklin

Department Assistant

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About

From backyard dreams to big stage glory, sports are a business tied to the emotions of millions. Sports are a means of participating in physical activity, building character, and learning lifelong lessons. In today’s world, however, that’s not all. Sports are a business. The sports industry must rely on coaches, administrators, marketing and finance professionals, and others to ensure the success and popularity of athletic programs, products, and services.

At Baker, sports administration students are immersed in active learning and hands-on cultural experiences that prepare them for working at all levels of sports.

Our sports administration major provides students with a background in sport and business. Students complete courses in facility planning, event management, communication studies, sports marketing, and sports law. Students who major in sports administration also earn a minor in business.

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Welcome to the Big Show

Internships with the NFL, NBA, and baseball teams in various leagues are common for Baker students, and grads have turned them into careers with the NFL, Daytona Speedway, and other premier organizations.

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Exceptional Experience

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Hands-On Learning

Students apply what they learn in the classroom to on-site experience working at events like the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Mountain West men’s basketball tournament.

Career Preparation

In their last semester, sports administration majors take on a full-semester clinical experience to apply classroom lessons in a practical sports setting.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Students become well versed in communications, event management, marketing, sports law, and other areas to prepare for successful careers in an exciting, competitive field.

Careers

Our students graduate with a sports administration major and a business minor, ready to hit the ground running in these organizations:

  • Professional sports teams
  • College athletic programs
  • Sports broadcasting agencies
  • Recreation agencies
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Scholarships

The Department of Behavioral and Health Sciences gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Psychology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Exercise Science
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Health and Physical Education
  • Benjamin A. Gessner Award
  • Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
  • Robert L. Miller Scholarship
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Sports Administration Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Lynsey Payne

Lynsey Payne
Athletic Trainer, Head Dance Coach, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
B.S., M.S. University of Kansas
Office: Mabee Hall 106
785.594.8499
lynsey.payne@bakerU.edu

Judy Smrha

Dr. Judy Smrha
Professor of Business & Economics
B.A. Mills College; M.A., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Expertise: applied microeconomics, statistics, sports economics
Office: Mabee 303
785.594.8337
judy.smrha@bakerU.edu

Chad Gerber
Assistant Professor of Sports Administration
chad.gerber@bakeru.edu

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