APSM 2310: Contemporary Issues in Sports Management


Course Description

This course explores the functional areas of business, management principles, contemporary issues, and future considerations for organizations within the sports industry. The course serves as the gateway course for sport management concentration majors. Successful completion is mandatory to be invited into the applied physiology and sport management major with sport management concentration.

Instructor Biography

Michael Lysko joined the SMU faculty in August 2009 as Director and Professor of Practice launching the Sport Management program within the newly-established Applied Physiology Sport Management program.  He also serves as Director of the new Master’s program in Sport Management that launched in August 2013 in conjunction with the SMU Cox School of Business.

Michael brings 25 years of sports business experience as former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League, as an Athletic Director at a top academic institution, and in senior roles with several sports marketing agencies in the United States and Canada. 

Lysko has completed the Strategic Persuasion program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and the Strategic Negotiation Program at Harvard University.  He is also a graduate of the Advanced Executive Leadership Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.  Lysko holds a Master’s of Science degree from Indiana University, an Honours B.A. from the University of Waterloo and a Sports Administration Diploma from Durham College.  

Learning Outcomes and Benefits

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Define sport management and discuss the nature and scope of opportunities in the sport industry;
  • Explain the importance of a professional perspective;
  • Exhibit critical professional skills and attitudes;
  • Critically evaluate major challenges confronting various segments of the industry;
  • explain the relevance of ethical, legal, and sociological concepts to the management of sport;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theories of management, leadership, and organizational behavior and how these theories are applied in sport enterprises;
  • Identify research questions in sport management and demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret published research; and
  • Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for the Applied Physiology and Sport Management program with sport management concentration.
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