The purpose of this program is to combine a study of the business of sports with a deeply informed understanding of how sports relates to understand, resolve, and prevent the costly conflicts that inevitably arise both on and off the playing field. Both indirect and direct costs are critical to understand to fully embrace the importance of managing conflict in this $70B industry. This knowledge and skill set represents core competencies necessary to succeed in the sports industry.

It is critical that the classroom connects closely to real-world application to ensure that theory is understood both in the abstract and in its relevance today. The combination of sports management and sport and society through the lens of conflict management provides a strong interdisciplinary experience that impacts an under-served area of the sports industry. Every day, there is a sports conflict issue that makes national headlines. The untold stories and destructive costs to the business of sport far exceed those that constitute the tip of the iceberg.

The program prepares and educates those from a number of jobs where a unique background in sports studies, and especially conflict management, would give them an edge in performing their role.

  • Athlete Development Specialist
  • Sports Ombuds Mediators
  • Coaching
  • General Manager/Assistant GM
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Ticket Manager
  • Sports Marketing & Branding
  • Public Relations
  • Community Outreach Specialist/ Community Programs Manager
  • Community & Player Relations Coordinator
  • Client Relations Specialist
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Athlete Wellness Specialist
  • Athletic Director/Assistant AD/Women’s AD & Assistant
  • NCAA Compliance
  • University Athletes’ Academic Affairs Coordinator
  • Youth Sports Program Director
  • Regulatory Organization Manager, e g., state high school governing bodies
  • Union Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Sports Attorney
  • Agent
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Many more…


  • Philosophy of Sports
  • Sports Conflict Management
  • Negotiation in Sports
  • Organization & Team Dynamics
  • Sports Law & Policy
  • Sports & Educational Theory
  • History & Culture of Sports
  • Mediation & Consensus Building in Sports
  • Sports Ombuds
  • Sports & An Angry Public
  • Sports Philanthropy
  • Olympics and International Sports – Values and Issues
  • Custom Courses

Contact SCI to discuss your organization’s executive educational sports conflict management needs. Courses can be delivered as individual titles or as an intensive series combining any number of courses selected to meet your staff’s needs.  Additionally, they can be delivered in a variety of time formats tailored to align with your organization’s culture and availability.