Fair Or Foul? A Sports And Entertainment Management Program At The University Of Hawaii - Fact Sheet

 

Fact Sheet

  • Currently, only 1.8% to 3.1 % of visitors to Hawaii report a sporting event as a primary or secondary purpose for their trip.

  • A sports and entertainment management degree program at the University of Hawaii would compete against more than 236 sports management programs at universities nationwide.

  • Undergraduate sports management degree programs generally require students to complete general education courses along with specialized sports business and management courses and an internship. Master's degree programs tend to require specialized sports business and management programs and an internship. Sports business M.B.A. programs generally require the completion of core business programs, followed by specialized sports business courses.

  • There are high costs associated with starting and operating a sports and entertainment management degree program at University of Hawaii, and the economic and non-economic benefits of a sports and entertainment management degree program are unknown.

  • There appears to be little demand among students at the University ofHawaii for a sports and entertainment management degree program.

  • There is no demand for a sports and entertainment management degree program among the administrations at the Shidler College of Business, Travel Industry Management School, or the College ofEducation at University at Manoa.

  • The administrations of the University of Hawaii-West Oahu and University of Hawaii-Hilo have rejected proposals for a sports and entertainment management degree program in the past, but remain open to the possibility in the future when and if sufficient funds may be available.

  • Opinions vary among sports and entertainment business professionals in Hawaii on the need for a sports and entertainment management degree program at University of Hawaii.

  • Possible alternatives to a sports and entertainment management degree program include a sports management certificate program or a joint program between a University of Hawaii community college and another university that already has an established sports management program.

  • A golf management program may be a feasible alternative in the future when and if sufficient funds are available. Such a program may provide benefits to Hawaii's golf tourism market.

  • There are limited job opportunities in sports management and sports business throughout the United States, and there is no evidence that the creation alone of a sports and entertainment management degree program will correlate to the creation of new sports and entertainment management jobs in the State.

  • Limited professional education programs in sports business have already taken place in Hawaii, and possibilities exist for them to continue.

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