Special Topics in Management
Summer 2020 - So this class was taught by Mark Francis (who works at Anderson and the Center for MEMES) and John Briginshaw, a finance professor at Berkeley's business school (Haas). First off, let me say this class is great. It is relatively easy yet very informative in terms of learning the business environment of sports in a holistic way. The course is split into two parts- the first three weeks were taught predominantly by Prof. Briginshaw and revolved around financial and accounting principals (I would compare this part of the course to a summarized version of the first 3 weeks of management 1A). The next three weeks are taught by Mark and revolve around actual Sports Business practices. Each week there is at least one (may I say HIGHLY qualified) guest speaker- this year those speakers ranged from billionaire professional sports team owners, to high-profile athletic directors, to actors and producers, and more. These guest speakers are probably the best part of the course, in my opinion, because the Q&A's Mark runs with them truly shine a light on niche facts, skills, and advice you may need when trying to get into Sports Business. They honestly taught the class a lot of stuff you could not learn any where else. Sorry for rambling- long story short, very enjoyable, very doable, and VERY helpful class for anyone interested in sports. My only objection is the textbook and course reader price, but I complain about that in every class I take.