Coordinated through the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, the Oregon MBA's sports business curriculum provides students with an immersive experience that blends classroom instruction with real-world practice. Join an impressive network of alumni who hold leadership positions in sports organizations across Oregon, the U.S., and the world.
Gain a competitive edge from the program’s winning combination of challenging coursework, hands-on learning opportunities, and a network of connections in the sports industry that is second-to-none.
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“Investing in the Warsaw MBA is the best career decision I have ever made.”—Akash Jain, VP of International Development, NFL
Program graduates are prepared to enter the following types of positions in the sports industry:
In the summer between their first and second year, students complete an internship to hone their skills and build their resumes. The Warsaw Sports Marketing Center has a tradition of internship positions at numerous leading sports companies, including ESPN, adidas, the NBA, the Pac 12, Wilson Sporting Goods, MLS, Wasserman, Sport Singapore, and more. Students must secure their own internships but are supported in doing so by the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, the Lundquist College of Business’s Career Services Office, and program alumni.
Each winter, the first-year cohort travels to Seattle to meet with senior executives at several leading sports organizations and fortune 500 companies including the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Microsoft, TMobile, and more. In the spring term, they head for San Francisco to meet industry leaders at some of the most high-profile sports organizations and innovative companies on the West Coast. Stops in past years have included the Golden State Warriors, the North Face, Facebook, Twitter, WME IMG, the Pac 12, GMR Marketing, Twitch, and Visa.
In September, shortly before the start of their second year in the program, students experience Asia first-hand by visiting such cities as Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore through the school's Engaging Asia study tour. Along with unforgettable cultural experiences, like visiting the Great Wall of China, students tour companies and factories, participate in marketing events, attend lectures given by executives at leading firms, and network with top executives. Past stops have been the NBA China, Nike, the NFL, Li Ning, Wieden & Kennedy, Sport Singapore, and more.
Program travel rounds out with the second year east coast U.S. trip to New York City. In-depth meetings with some of the most influential people in sports make for an incredible experience. Students visit with media and apparel companies, agencies, teams and leagues, and other sports industry influencers over four full days of intense seminars, small group meetings, and special events geared to provide an extra edge in the job market. Companies visited on past tours include the NFL, the NBA, Nike, ESPN, Wasserman, and MLS.
Throughout the two-year journey, the cohort visits Portland based industry leading organizations 3-4 times per year. Visits include trips to the Portland Trail Blazers, Nike, adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and more. The end result is valuable insight into the industry from outside the classroom.
We are the best and deliver the best.
The Warsaw Sports Marketing Center has an award-winning team educators and prominent industry specialists. They motivate and illuminate their students with a dynamic mixture of grounded theory and real-world application. Quoted in the media and respected in academia, as well as throughout the sports industry—Warsaw Center faculty members lead the way in their respective fields of sports marketing, sports finance, corporate sponsorship, and more.
Each year numerous industry leaders come to campus to share their insights with our students in workshops and lectures via the center's speaker series. Past speakers have come from CBS Sports, EA Sports, Gatorade, Major League Soccer, Pac12, WNBA, Visa, Nike, the NFL, ESPN, Red Bull, and more.
The Warsaw Center network is unmatched. We boast alumni at the industry's top sports businesses and organizations. Below is just a sampling of the companies and job titles where our graduates are leading the way:
The program is closely tied to the sports industry, not only through alumni and guest speakers, but also through our industry advisory board. The board helps shape the program content and opportunities and further strengthens the breadth of access given to our students.
Current board members include: