Sport Industry Management

RMA business school regularly organizes comprehensive research to determine which specialists are most in-demand on the market. Such analysis helped to determine the lack of a professional system of sports management in team sports such as football, hockey, basketball and volleyball, and also in golf and fitness industry.  

The Sport Industry Management training program was started in 2004 and became the first training program in Russia with the main goal of preparing competent managers able to solve a wide range of sports industry problems and to occupy various managerial positions from general manager and sports director to ticket service manager and PR specialist.

Sports are not just goals, points and seconds, but also a powerful tool uniting economics, marketing, strategic planning, advertising and many other aspects of functioning of serious business structures. In today’s world professional sports should be able to subsist on their own and not to depend on the government’s help. The teachers, current students and graduates of the Sport Industry Management training program try to break the settled system doomed for failure and to change the face of the Russian sports.

Today the Sport Industry Management training program interacts closely with the best leagues, federations and clubs. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee, Russian Football Union, Kontinental Hockey League, Real, Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Central Army Sports Club, Spartak and Lokomotiv football clubs, Central Army Sports Club and Khimki basketball clubs, Central Army Sports Club and Krylja Sovetov hockey clubs – the representatives of the management of those and other structures regularly give lectures and conduct master classes for students majoring in Sport Industry Management.

During the program the students get the opportunity not just to visit master classes of the leading managers of Russian sports industry but also to intern at various sports events. The students who gave a good account of themselves are usually recruited right during their studies or internship.

Specifically for the students and graduates of this program RMA business school organizes internships abroad intended for studying the experiences of the Western sports organizations and professional clubs, and also organizes meetings with leading sports management specialists of the world. 

Among the students and graduates of the Sport Industry Management training program is the new generation of football coaches — Andrey Kanchelskis (Torpedo-ZiIL), Miroslav Romaschenko (Salut) and Sergey Ovchinnikov, well-known basketball players Victor Khryapa (CSKA Moscow), Dmitriy Domani (Dinamo), Sergey Bykov (Dinamo) and Oksana Rakhmatulina (UGMK), the general director of Spartak Moscow Sergei Rodionov, the football agent Dmitriy Gradilenko, world champion as a part of the youth volleyball team of Russia Vladimir Kastornov, world champion as a part of the hockey team of Russia Valeriy Karpov, adviser to the president of FIDE Berik Balgabaev, the general director of VTB United League Ilona Korstin and other well-known representatives of the sports world.