Sport Governance – SMGT 623

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/20/2024

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth anaylsis of the history, development, and organizational structures of the agencies that govern amateur and professional sport. Initial and continuing eligibility, major governance areas, and current issues requiring policy revisions will be examined.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Coaches and athletic administrators must have a clear understanding of policy development and implementation in order to effectively manage their programs. Examining the historical context for governing agencies gives insight into the current structure and policies that govern amateur and professional sport. As cultural, societal, and economic changes occur, coaches and athletic administrators need to be equipped for and engaged in policy development to support efficient and effective administration of athletic programs.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussion (1)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for the discussion. The thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Current Policy Area Assignments (6)

The student will write 6 2-page research-based papers in current APA format that focus on current policy issues for each chapter utilized from the textbook. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Textbook material for the assigned modules. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 short answer/essay questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour.