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The SAEM department is unique because of its walking distance to so many iconic sports franchises including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Strong NCAA organizations are located nearby as well.

However, it's not just the close proximity to sports teams that gives SAEM students an advantage — it's having Point Park alumni working for each organization. These advantages translate into networking and shadowing opportunities, industry experts in the classroom, internships, and, ultimately, jobs.

SAEM Alumni Working in Sports

Our SAEM alumni working in the sports management field include:

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 and Jennifer (Bullano) Ridgley, MBA, senior director of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins. 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
  • Media Relations in Sports
  • Sports Agents
  • Sports Management/Leadership
  • Ticketing
  • Esports

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

Learn more about the SAEM major.

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

Cavs Sales Team Members

  • Bryanna Appley
  • Dan Bradlow
  • Morgan Day
  • Mitchum Donatelli
  • Jillian Svonavec
  • Matt Whitaker
  • Maddie Winger
  • Jessica Martin (coordinator)