About us

Welcome to the Alliance for Sport Business (ASB) Website.  The ASB was founded in 2011 to meet the needs and issues with the growing number of Sport Business Programs in accredited schools of business. The ASB philosophy is to create a collegial professional environment by sharing innovative and best practices in the areas of the assurance of learning models, curriculum, faculty teaching and intellectual development along with creating high quality professional industry engagement opportunities.

Our international organization represents programs based in Schools of Business which are accredited by one of the following agencies:  the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs -ACBSP and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education- IACBE.  Full membership is open to sport business programs currently in accredited business schools.  Associate membership is open to sport management programs based in business schools in a formal process of obtaining one of the designated business school accreditations or those sport management programs not currently housed in their accredited business schools, but are in a formal transition process of relocation to their business schools.

The Alliance for Sport Business is committed to increasing the academic excellence, the high quality intellectual contributions to the academy along with preparing high quality graduates to the sport, recreation and entertainment industries. We look forward to working with our faculty, deans and industry stakeholders to create an impact on existing and emerging areas of education and business.  

In closing, please let us know how of your interest in contributing or how we might better serve your needs.
Best regards,

Mark Conrad, J.D.,
President, Alliance for Sport Business


Past conferences:

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2011

St. Louis University 

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2012

University of New Haven 

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2013

Loyola University-Chicago 

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2014

University of South Florida 

 


ASB Executive Committee:

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President:

Mark Conrad, M.S., J.D. Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University (2016-18)

Current Facts: Mark Conrad is Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he directs its sports business program. Professor Conrad’s books and articles have appeared in academic, legal and general circulation publications. The third edition of his book “The Business of Sports” (Routledge/Taylor and Francis), will be released in the spring of 2017. Professor Conrad has been quoted in many leading periodicals and online news services and has been interviewed on CNN and Bloomberg TV and local and cable TV outlets. In addition to his full-time responsibilities at Fordham, Professor Conrad has served as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Sports Management Program and at St. John’s University’s LL.M program in International Sports Practice. He served as President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, a leading academic organization devoted to legal research involving issues of sports, recreation and risk management. Professor Conrad received his B.A. from City College of New York and his J.D. from New York Law School. He also received an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He resides in New York City.


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Vice-President for Administration:

Bryan Finch, Oklahoma State University (Chair)

Dr. Bryan Finch is the Director of the Sports Management Institute and serves as a Visiting Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business.  He is also the faculty advisor for the Sports Management Club and directs the sports business student internship program.  In addition to teaching courses on campus, Dr. Finch has been able to teach students on travel courses to Australia, Phoenix, Montreal, Boston, and Washington, D.C.  Professor Finch’s research explores the cultural and social impact of sports at the community level.  Dr. Finch earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma, an MBA from Arizona State, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M


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Vice-President for Industry Relations:

Adrien Bouchet, University of Tulsa

Adrien Bouchet joined the faculty at The University of Tulsa as the Warren Clinic Professor of Sports Administration. Previously he served as Instructional Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Management, and Associate Director in the Center for Sport Management Research at Texas A&M University. Bouchet's research interests include finance, marketing, strategic management and executive decision making within sports management. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Athletics, Journal of International Sport Marketing and Sponsorship and Applied Research in Coaching Athletics Annual. Bouchet is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management and Sport Marketing Association. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, an M.S. from Arizona State University and a B.S. from Auburn University.


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Treasurer:

Keith Lambrecht, Loyola University – Chicago (2013-2015)
Keith W. Lambrecht, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor and serves as the Director of Sport Management in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago (LUC). He initiated the Sport Management program at LUC in 2005 and earned tenure in 2009. He served as the Marketing Department Chair for the 2013-14 academic year. He has made numerous presentations and written articles regarding sport and serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Sport Management. In 2014, he was appointed as the Loyola’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the Missouri Valley Conference and the NCAA. He earned his doctorate from Oregon State University in Sport Studies and Business Administration, with an M.S. in Athletic Administration and B.S. in Sport Studies from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

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Secretary:

Tassos Kaburakis, Saint Louis University (2014-2016)
Anastasios Kaburakis holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a Law degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is currently an Associate Professor in the John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University. Prior to academia, he practiced law and is licensed through the Thessaloniki Bar Association. He has published articles and presented research on International Comparative Sport Law, NCAA Compliance, Gaming Law, and Gambling Industry matters. He is currently pursuing intellectual property law, gaming law and policy, competition law, sport and entertainment business education, and empirical legal research. He was in the top-20 most influential sport lawyers internationally for 2010 according to Sports Business International. He has received several research, teaching, and service awards during his tenure at Saint Louis University. His research has been cited by federal courts, and featured by such media outlets as The New York Times, ESPN, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. As Founder and Manager of Nomos LLC, he regularly consults with industry constituents, regulators, sport governing bodies, and higher education and athletics prospects.

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Member-at-large:

Dr. Jason Reese, Stephen F. Austin State University

Ph,D., Texas A&M University
M.S., Texas A&M University
B.S., University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Teaching Areas: Sports Marketing, Sports Promotion, International Sports Marketing
Research Areas: Pricing, Sports Marketing, Branding, and Consumer Behavior

Jason Reese is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at SFA. His primary area of teaching and research is in Sports Marketing. He was born in Nacogdoches but grew up in Fort Worth. He worked for two seasons in sales and promotions at the Round Rock Express (AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros at the time) before receiving his Masters and PhD at Texas A&M University in Sport Management. In his free time he enjoys road cycling, trail running, and working as a football and baseball official.


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Member-at-large for Association Members:

Ann Pegoraro, Laurentian University (2012-2014)

Dr. Ann Pegoraro is an Associate Professor at the School of Sports Administration in the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University. A holder of B.A., MBA, and PhD degrees, Ann is an active researcher, who has presented at international conferences and published in refereed management journals in the areas of sport management, marketing, social media and communications. Her research primarily focuses on the intersection of sport and new media, particularly social media.


Standing Committees

Marketing
Officer in charge: Bill Sutton

The Marketing Committee is charged with helping to disseminate the ASB mission to current and prospective members.  The committee is also charged with educating the industry of the value of sport management education as taught by accredited business schools.  Lastly, the Marketing Committee is charged with helping to promote the quality of sport management education to faculty, deans, and accrediting bodies so they can appreciate the unique needs/issues/opportunities presented by a sport management curricula.

Value Proposition:

A diverse group of institutions comprise the ASB membership.  From small Midwest based universities to large national universities, from public to private institutions, and from schools that only offer bachelor degrees to those offering doctorate degrees: all have found significant value from joining ASB.  Why should you join the other institutions who comprise the ASB?  We are the voice for those who aspire for the highest level of business based sport management education.  We accomplish this through developing and disseminating critical information exclusively to our members such as syllabi, journal ranking lists, employment guidance, industry specific data, assurance of learning matrixes, and other information that can help a sport management program currently housed in a college of business to become stronger and help those considering moving to a college of business or those considering becoming accredited with the process.

GilFried Gil Fried, University of New Haven (Chair)

Mike Pfahl Michael Pfahl, Ohio University

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david-tyler David Tyler, Western Carolina University

DarinWhite Darin White, Samford University
   

Membership and Accrediting Body Liaisons
Officer in charge: Tassos Kaburakis

DavidSynowka Dave Synowka, Robert Morris University (Chair)

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ASB Faculty Development and Research
Officer in charge: Susan Foster

The faculty development and research committee will attempt to gather and disseminate best practices dealing with faculty development and research. The committee will also gather journal rankings related information from member institutions and create a strategy to share that information. Lastly the committee will work to support member institutions’ faculty members navigating the promotion and tenure review process through providing information to help educate reviewers.

AnnMayo Ann Mayo, Seton Hall University (Chair)

TassosKaburakis Tassos Kaburakis, Saint Louis University

LiChen Li Chen, Delaware State University

JoelMaxcy Joel Maxcy, Temple University

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Sport Business Curriculum Best Practices
Officer in charge: Susan Foster

The curriculum committee shall collect and disseminate information regarding best curriculum practices for sport business programs as well as create opportunities for faculty within sport business programs to share pedagogy and curriculum innovations.
BryanFinch Bryan Finch, Oklahoma State University (Chair)
Dr. Bryan Finch is the Director of the Sports Management Institute and serves as a Visiting Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business.  He is also the faculty advisor for the Sports Management Club and directs the sports business student internship program.  In addition to teaching courses on campus, Dr. Finch has been able to teach students on travel courses to Australia, Phoenix, Montreal, Boston, and Washington, D.C.  Professor Finch’s research explores the cultural and social impact of sports at the community level.  Dr. Finch earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma, an MBA from Arizona State, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M.

AnnPegoraro Ann Pegoraro, Laurentian University

blank-profile Julia Hypes, Morehead State

blank-profile Sharianne Walker, Western New England

Mark Conrad Mark Conrad, Fordham University
   

Industry Relations
Officer in charge: Dave Synowka

The industry relations committee shall promote ASB and develop working relationships to the sports, entertainment, recreation, sport agency, sporting goods and media industry segments.  The committee will also coordinate efforts with the ASB Marketing Committee to engage ASB member institutions and all sport industry constituents.
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JoeCobbs Joe Cobbs, Northern Kentucky University

BillSutton Bill Sutton, University of South Florida (Chair)

blank-profile Mark Hecox/Doug Blais, Southern New Hampshire University

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External Academic Relations
Officer in charge: Dave Synowka

We explore and nurture relations with other academic organizations, representing the interests of Alliance institutions and colleagues during parent business disciplines’ and related academic organizations’ conferences. We research and monitor announcements, conferences, workshops, symposia/colloquia, and other meetings of Alliance members’ interest, join listserves, becoming actively involved members in such academic associations and networks. In conjunction with the Faculty Development and Research Committee, we coordinate efforts and communication with mainstream business fields’ journal editors in view of Alliance colleagues’ research submissions and journals' special issues.

TassosKaburakis Tassos Kaburakis, Saint Louis University (Chair)

JoeCobbs Joe Cobbs, Northern Kentucky University

DarinWhite Darin White, Samford University

JoelMaxcy Joel Maxcy, Temple University

JeffOhlmann Jeffrey Ohlmann, University of Iowa
   

Ad Hoc Conference Planning
Officer in charge: Susan Foster

KeithLambrecht Keith Lambrecht, Loyola University – Chicago (2013-2015), Chair

BillSutton Bill Sutton, University of South Florida

              

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