MBA 530 Public Relations, Communications, and the Media in Sport, 3 credits

This course is designed to examine the complex relationship between sport organizations and media outlets and the varying types of communication used in sport. This course explores public relations as a vital organization function in sports, rather than just a tool that supports marketing efforts or piques media interest. In addition to covering all aspects of public relations, this course challenges students to assume the role of a public relations professional tasked with developing items like a media relations plan, community relations activities, and a crisis communication plan. Also, this course addresses the need for reputation management and the unique challenges professional and amateur athletes present to sport organizations and their public images.