Overview

Learn the business of sports firsthand from professionals including former players, agents and more, experiencing various sectors of the ever-changing sports industry through site visits and sporting events.

In this course, students will investigate the business of professional and amateur sports with emphasis on its unique evolution and manifestation in New York City, the nexus of the sports industry. Starting with an overview of America sports, students will discover how and why the business of sports came to exist. After, students will consider critical industry topics such as athlete management; facility and event superintendence; the relationship and impact of culture, society and individuals on the business of sports and the future of sport. Through a combination of seminars, site visits and attendance at sporting events, students experience the various sectors that comprise this ever-expanding and ever-changing industry.

This course is ideal for sports-obsessed students or dedicated athletes who long to turn this passion into their life’s work. Students will meet people who have made a career out of sports, whether playing it or working with players, organizing it or working with leagues, or describing it and working with media.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will learn firsthand from sports professionals ranging from sports writers to former players, from consultants and agents to attorneys and beyond.

• Students will read and think critically about critical elements that make sports a business and the laws they must follow.

• The course will culminate in a project for which the class will use their newly gained understanding of the industry to meet a sports management challenge such as the development of a business model for a new professional sports league.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: MLB Network, NBA Entertainment, Yankee Stadium, Barclays Center and Live games (major and minor league baseball, soccer, women’s basketball). Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Ken Belson (Sports Writer, The New York Times), Josh Feinberg, Staff, The Brooklyn Nets), Ray Negron (Consultant, The New York Yankees), Charles Grantham (Director, Center for Sports Management and former Executive Director, NBA Players’ Association), Terry Lyons (Senior Consultant and Founder, Digital Sports Desk) and Mark DeRosa (Studio Analyst, MLB Network).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,225* ($5,825* for residential students)
  • DATES Term 1: June 7 - 19
  • TYPE Intensive
  • LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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