2 Weeks / Noncredit

Technology in Sport Management *CLOSED*

Sat. July 14 & Sun. July 15 Mandatory Move-in & Orientation 

Class runs July 16 – July 27, 2018 

This exciting summer program for high school students examines the use of technology in the operation of sport and introduces students to the wide range of career opportunities in the field of sport facility and “Game Day” event management. Students experience the opportunity to use the same technology used in most of the professional sport facilities in the United States.  Students utilize the current applications of technology in sport and event facilities as it applies to sport management, venue management, event facilities and the systems that support event day operations. Infrastructure technologies topics will include; video board and scoreboard systems, sound systems, lighting systems, and other technology based infrastructure that supports the business of running an event. Technology systems in sport organizations within the intercollegiate, professional and international segments of the sport industry are highlighted.

The primary objective is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the duties and functions of sport technology as they apply to amateur and professional sports. Upon completion of the course, students should have a working knowledge of “Game Day” technology.

A Typical Day

Students will begin each day with an introduction to one aspect of technology utilized in “Game Day” operation. Following a mid-day lunch break students will gain hands on experience with the same equipment use in major league sports.  The program will conclude with actual production of a simulated college football game.

The experience is a hands-on practical opportunity to prepare students for a career in the sport industry.

*Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.


About the Sport Management Program at SU

The David B. Falk Center for Sport Management offers students unprecedented opportunities in a collaborative, interdisciplinary framework that incorporates faculty and nationally acclaimed industry practitioners from across several disciplines, including: sport business, communications, law, marketing, management, technology and facilities, and event planning.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management at Syracuse University provides a diverse and rigorous curriculum that combines industry-specific courses with professional electives and a strong, broad-based experiential learning component. Students are encouraged to take theory and knowledge from their coursework and apply it to real-world learning experiences through fieldwork, practicums, and internships that are supervised by professionals.

Learn more by visiting: http://falk.syr.edu/SportManagement/Default.aspx

Instructor Bio

Patrick T. Ryan
Associate Teaching Professor


Professor Ryan is an Associate Teaching Professor who joined the department in the fall of 2006 to teach the “Principles of Sales in Sport” course. In addition, he has taught, “Managing the Sport Organization” and has developed the “Technology in Sport Management” and the “Olympic Odyssey” courses. Beginning in 2011, Prof. Ryan was the instructor coordinating the “NASCAR Kinetics” course allowing students the experience of developing marketing programs in the motorsports area. For the past seven years, Prof. Ryan has taken a group of students to Europe with the SU Abroad Olympic Odyssey program. Students gain first-hand exposure to the leaders of all aspects of the Olympics in London, Paris, Lausanne and Greece. Annual trips to Lake Placid to meet with Olympic organizers are a component of the spring Olympic Odyssey course.

Prior to being an instructor at Syracuse University, his professional experience involved him working for more than 30 years in technology organizations such as Data General and Cisco Systems, with a focus in Computer Servers, Telecommunications, Data Networking and Data Storage, where he held positions in Sales Management, Corporate Director, International General Manager and Vice President. In sport, he has been professionally involved with organizations such as SU Athletics, the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA Baseball) and the Auburn Doubleday’s (Class A Baseball)


Executive Development Program, Northwestern University, 1992

B.S., State University College of New York at Geneseo, 1975


SPM 215 – Principles of Sales in Sports

SPM 345 – Technology in Sport Management

SPM 449 – Technologies in Game Day Operations