Scholars, practitioners and industry leaders gather at the Cook for annual Applied Sport Management Conference


Students, professors and sport industry leaders gathered together to listen and present research in the areas of academic and practical aspects of the sport industry at the annual Applied Sports Management Conference at the Cook Conference Center Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Friday, February 24, 2017.

“I believe our 2017 ASMA conference was a great success, due in large part to increases in attendance from both faculty members and students,” LSU School of Kinesiology’s Dr. Mike Martinez said. “Within the academic field of sport management, there are very few opportunities for faculty who conduct applied research to present at a conference that is specifically framed as an applied conference.”

The three-day program, with over 250 registrants, saw attendees come together to listen to speakers, participate in breakout sessions and partake in a sport focused career fair. 

Attendees heard from speakers across the country and parts of Canada, including a lunch presentation Thursday from Dr. Andy Gillentine, a professor and associate dean in the College of Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management at the University of South Carolina. Gillentine received the Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference for his significant scholarly contributions to the field of sport management.

“We’ve been able to build our conference over the last few years, and through the efforts of our Sport Management faculty, we added more professional development opportunities for academics in our field,” said Dr. Martinez. “By having an outlet at which to present their applied focused research, our conference serves as an excellent opportunity to share their research and connect with other applied sport management scholars."

New this year, the conference included a case study competition. Out of four teams, LSU representatives Aaron Boseman, Ashleigh Keller, and Nicole Batista won under the advisement of Dr. Chris Barnhill.

Friday afternoon the conference invited students interested in a sport related career to network with universities, sport magazines, local sport affiliates and many other professions related to sports, health and wellness.


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