The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry

May 20, 2020

Buffalo, NY – The Canisius College School of Education & Human Services will present a live webinar on Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m. titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry.” The webinar will be hosted by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of sport administration at Canisius College and Brad Hutchins MS ’04, interim assistant director of brand management and trademark licensing at the University of Oregon.  Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of O’Rourke and Hutchins.

To register for the webinar, click here.

A veteran professor of sport administration, Shawn O’Rourke is the director of the Master of Sport Administration and Master of Sport Product Development programs at Canisius, as well as director of the college’s undergraduate Sport Management Program.  He is also co-host of the podcast “The K.O. Influencers,”  which invites guests from a variety of backgrounds to discuss how they have been influenced to get where they are and what kind of influence they hope to have on others following in their paths. 

O’Rourke holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON; a master of sport management from the University of Richmond, VA; and a PhD in organizational effectiveness from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 

Brad Hutchins is a 2004 alumnus of the Master of Sport Administration Program at Canisius College.  He has since gone on to work as a marketing associate for the Buffalo Bills, for which he managed the team’s season ticket holder and community service programs, and supervised the Tops Gameday Fan Experience.  Hutchins is also past deputy director of athletics for external operations at the University of New Mexico Lobos.  He is currently interim assistant director of brand management and trademark licensing at the University of Oregon. 

The graduate programs in sport administration and sport product development, in addition to the undergraduate sport management program are all housed within the School of Education & Human Services at Canisius College and widely recognized for excellence.  In 2019, ranked the MS in sport administration among the Top 10 Best Online MS programs in the country. previously ranked the same program as No. 3 in the nation, recognizing the curriculum for its emphasis on the importance of law, ethics and professional conduct in the athletic industry.

One of 27 Jesuit universities, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary during the 2019-20 academic year, marking 150 years of Jesuit education and leadership in the city of Buffalo and Western New York. Visit for more information about Canisius’ milestones and celebratory events.