Sports Management

Sports Management

Learn Outside the Classroom

The Institute for Research in Sport (IRIS)

Build your academic and professional credentials and gain practical experience in the sports industry via the college’s Institute for Research in Sport (IRIS). Under the guidance of faculty and professional alumni in the sports industry, students can pursue independent research relevant to their academic interests in the sports industry, with the ultimate goal of having their work published. 

The IRIS also hosts workshops, guest speakers and networking opportunities for students to build and share expertise on important issues and trends in the field. 


There’s no better way to get in the game than by participating in one of several internship opportunities available through the sports management program.  Canisius’ network of 400 alumni in the sport industry and its many long-standing professional associations give the college a competitive edge when it comes to finding valuable internship opportunities for students.  Of course it helps to be centered amongst Buffalo rich sports scene.  The region is home to two major sports teams (Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres), as well as the Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A baseball) and the Buffalo Bandits national lacrosse league team, all of which recruit Canisius students.  Disney’s Wide World of Sports, the NCAA, Tampa Rays, Florida Panthers and UCLA also accept Canisius student interns. 

National Sports Forum Case Cup

Want some great exposure to the sports management industry?  Then join the Canisius team at the National Sports Forum Case Cup.  The college is one of only 10 institutions invited to the annual event, which puts students’ skills to the test in a multidisciplinary case study competition.  Held in conjunction with the annual National Sports Forum conference, competitors also have the exclusive opportunity to attend the conference, which is the nation’s largest annual cross-gathering of the top team sports marketing, sales, business development, promotions and event entertainment executives from teams and leagues across North America.