Sports 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. Football clubs CSKA, Spartak, Lokomotiv, Krasnodar, hockey clubs Lokomotiv, Sibir, Dinamo, CSKA, Kontinental Hockey League, VTB United League — the representatives of the management of those and other structures regularly give lectures and conduct master classes for students majoring in Sport Industry Management. 

The training program also includes lectures and master classes of foreign teachers, such as: top managers of NBA, Real Madrid FC, Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern München, Chelsea, Everton, Roma, Wolfsburg, Ajax, Leicester City, Arsenal, Juventus, Milan, PSV, Benfica and others.

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: Miroslav Romaschenko (Assistant manager with the Russia national team) and Sergey Ovchinnikov (Assistant manager in CSKA Moscow), Andrey Kanchelskis (Manager of Navbahor Namangan in Uzbekistan), Sergey Rodionov (General director of Spartak Moscow), Ilona Korstin (CEO at the VTB United League); well-known basketball players Victor Khryapa (CSKA Moscow), Sergey Bykov (Dinamo) and other representatives of the sports world.