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Sports Management

Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management Degree

Rowland School of Business

Achieve Your Sports Career Goals

Point Park University's Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management (SAEM) degree program is distinctive because of its walking distance to so many iconic sports franchises including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Strong NCAA organizations are located nearby as well. 

Point Park alumni work for the many sports organizations surrounding our campus, and our faculty, such as Robert Derda, M.S., bring extensive sports industry experience to the classroom. These advantages translate into networking and shadowing opportunities, industry experts in the classroom, internships and jobs

Our sports focus within the SAEM program will provide you with a thorough knowledge of the business side of the sports industry, as well as meaningful connections that will enable you to build your network of sports professionals. 

Sports-Focused Faculty, Coursework and Internships

Faculty teaching sports management-focused courses in the SAEM department include Robert Derda, M.S., former general manager of Learfield Sports; Chuck Berry, sports talent agent and Karen Hall, Ed.D., executive leadership coach. Sports talent agent Steve Tanzilli, J.D., dean of the Rowland School of Business, is a co-founder of the SAEM program. 

Sports management courses in the SAEM major include:

  • Amateur Athletics
  • Sports Sales
  • Sports Agents
  • Sports Management/Leadership
  • Ticketing
  • Esports

A full-semester internship, working with industry professionals, is required to complete the SAEM degree. Multiple internships throughout the program are encouraged.

Additionally, students gain hands-on experience through Point Park's various sales teams that work directly with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. The University also has a Pittsburgh Penguins events team.  

Point Park Pittsburgh Penguins Sales Team

Learn about Kate Painter's recent success on the Point Park University Pittsburgh Penguins Sales Team:


Point Park's team enjoyed a ride on the Fanboni at a Pittsburgh Penguins game this season in recognition of their sales efforts:


Point Park's team was previously recognized during a game by alumna Celina Pompeani Mathison

Video courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Point Park Cavs Sales Team

The Point Park University CAVS Student Sales Team was honored on court before a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game.

Video courtesy of the Cleveland Cavaliers

SAEM Alumni Working in Sports

Our SAEM alumni working in the sports management field include:

  • Haley Adams, social media coordinator, RCX Sports
  • Austin Brooks, NFL marketing agent, Neostar Football
  • Chance Callahan, inside sales representative, Washington Commanders 
  • Morgan Day, regional merchandise manager, Momentous Sports & Entertainment
  • Dana Drewniak, group events specialist, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Greg Fedor, director of membership services, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association
  • Jon Hanks, inside sales representative, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Julia Hester, external events coordinator, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Justin Joyce, assistant director of ticket operations, Pitt Athletics
  • Nicole Lakovic, membership services representative, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jessica Martin, manager, ticket sales and operations, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Meghan McCabe, event producer, Kapture Vision
  • Brendan McKnight, inside sales representative, Learfield – Pitt Athletics
  • Dani McSweeney, marketing project lead, Dicks Sporting Goods 
  • Michael Mitchell, corporate sales account executive, Sacramento River Cats
  • Rebekah Mohrmann, HR assistant/receptionist, Nashville Predators 
  • Anthony Pignetti, executive director of business development, Reading Fightin Phils
  • Carlos Polanco, player development – technology assistant, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Evan Schall, director of communications, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Julio Sepúlveda, coordinator of coaching & player development, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Fausto Severino, director of Latin America scouting, Washington Nationals
  • Erik Stouter, account executive, Washington Wild Things
  • Matt Uzar, events coordinator, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Cassandra Wangler, membership services representative, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • David Wilson, instant replay technician and game day assistant, Philadelphia Eagles