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Jaime R. DeLuca and Jessica Braunstein-Minkove

Experiential learning has become a driving force of universities around the world, and is a crucial part of many sport management programs. This is particularly true given the competitive nature of the field and the rapid changes the industry continuously faces. This work seeks to reexamine the sport management curricula to ensure a progression and evolution toward a superior level of student preparedness for their internship experiences. Through the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods, our major findings recommend a focus on academic, experiential, and professional development. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed along with limitations and directions for further investigation.

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Gina Pauline

Sport management as an academic discipline requires a balance of theory and practice through endowing students with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and expertise (Cuneen & Parks, 1997). Professionals call for students being “prepared” for the demands of the sport industry through the acquisition of a quality education and a significant amount of hands-on experience before entering the work force. Researchers have recommended utilizing experiential pedagogical strategies to not only provide the hands-on engagement but also to challenge students to use their knowledge for the public good (e.g., Bruening, Madsen, Evanovich, & Fuller, 2010; Chalip, 2006; McKelvey & Southall, 2008; Pauline & Pauline, 2008). It also supports the recent trend to educate students in the world beyond the confines of the college campus. Boyer (1996) noted engaging outside the confines of campus will not only give students hands on experience but also, cultivate a student’s cognitive and moral development, which is often underestimated in higher education.

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Gil Fried

Gil Giles has a passion for softball and wanted to turn his passion into his second career. After retiring from the police force he decided to invest at least $2.8 million (including borrowing $1.7 million) in building a six field sportsplex. Although the research and the numbers did not support his decision, his passion was so strong that he decided to take the risk. While he enjoys the thought of owning a sports facility, the reality of day to day management and paying the bills is another story. This case study examines the financial and strategic underpinning for building the facility. From analyzing potential revenue streams and expenses to the profit margin for concession goods, Gil will need to pinch every penny to make his facility financially viable. Luckily he hired a manager to help run the facility, but if he had several rain-outs, or fails to attract the leagues he hopes for, his financial plans could be ruined. Is it ever safe to have a business model with such thin margins?

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Steve Swanson and Samuel Y. Todd

the new employee should lead a special internal task force called Homeless Orcas Mean Everything (HOME). The name was derived from the perspective that the Orcas should represent the entire community, and therefore consider the homeless population as part of their community family who all need a place

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Elizabeth A. Taylor, Gareth J. Jones, Kristy McCray and Robin Hardin

to learning about and changing stereotypes or accepted behaviors, thereby replacing this resistance with willingness to challenge existing ideologies ( Kumashiro, 2000 ). Antioppressive education works to counter deeply ingrained oppressive norms (e.g., sexism, rape myths) by forcing individuals to

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Cole G. Armstrong, Theodore M. Butryn, Vernon L. Andrews and Matthew A. Masucci

project. This is particularly important for sport management education because regardless of the motivation, ethic, or other driving force, if undertaken CSR-related decisions must fit with the strategic mission of the organization ( Heinze et al., 2014 ). A final theme that emerged in our discussion

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Erin Morris, Ryan Vooris and Tara Q. Mahoney

different ways than male students, who make up the majority of the student body ( Harding, 1987 ; Hartsock, 1983 ). Women will likely experience the labor force and other aspects of life differently and possibly in “othered” ways from men, particularly when the environment is highly gendered ( Hartsock

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Molly Hayes Sauder and Michael Mudrick

framing the research questions and approach used throughout the study, it may be helpful to distinguish between a “capstone internship” and an “early internship.” This research defines a “capstone internship” similarly to the description of an internship put forth by The NASPE-NASSM Joint Task Force on

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Lynley Ingerson and Michael L. Naraine

more through bad luck than bad management. However, with renewed energy, financial backing, and a new stadium, the Braves are set to re-enter the NBA in style. In order for the Braves to build a successful following and be a force in the NBA, Erie County, backed by a financial consortium, has

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Heather J. Lawrence, Andy J. Fodor, Chris L. Ullrich, Nick R. Kopka and Peter J. Titlebaum

CEO of the National Football Foundation, stated, “no other sport contributes more to the vibrancy of a college campus than football, and the trend of adding programs continues full force” ( National Football Foundation, 2014 , para. 3). However, the financial cost to start or reinstate and maintain a