Go beyond spectacle and learn about the most critical political challenges facing the American sports industry today.

An enthralling, compelling part of society, sports inspires many of us – child to adult – across the world. An over $70 billion industry in the United States alone, the hugely influential sports industry faces significant political challenges: relationships with local and federal governments, controversies, demonstrations, research results and more.

In this course, students will learn about how American sports and politics are closely intertwined. Taking current events as its lens, students will investigate the current challenges of sports in America. Why are players protesting and has this happened before? What role should the government play in overseeing sports, if any? What is the responsibility of owners and teams to understand and prevent negative aspects of the industry such as player injuries?

Site Visits:
This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

  • MLB Network
  • NBA Entertainment
  • Live games (major and minor league baseball, soccer, women’s basketball)
  • The New York Times newsroom and/or printing press

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Past guest speakers include:

  • Ken Belson, Sports Writer, The New York Times
  • Will Leitch, Founding Editor, Deadspin
  • Terry Lyons, Senior Consultant and Founder, Digital Sports Desk
  • Terri Jackson, Director of Operation, WNBPA

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 23 - July 5

LOCATION Washington, DC

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

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