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Ohio University’s Sports Administration program prepares sports professionals in India

Thursday, February 23 2017 12:00am

OHIO’s Department of Sports Administration impacts India’s sports management professional landscape by expanding their global educational offering

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University’s Department of Sports Administration concluded its first international sports certificate program in Mumbai, India, and impacted the global expansion of the sport industry profession in the country.

Through the partnership between SVKMs Usha Pravin Gandhi College (UPG College) and OHIO’s Department of Sports Administration, 26 emerging leaders graduated from OHIO’s first Certificate Program in International Sports Management (CPISM).

“This is an important time to develop the next generation of sports administrators and strengthen the rapidly growing Indian sports sector,” said Neelay Bhatt, Mumbai University graduate and the first Indian alumnus of OHIO’s top ranked MBA / MSA program.

As the global sport industry expands India has also seen significant growth through increased government funding, greater brand interest and several sporting leagues, notably the Indian Premier League (IPL), the largest professional cricket league in the world.

“This partnership provides India’s budding sports leaders a global perspective to help expand their career opportunities and empower them to succeed in the industry while providing U.S. institutions insights to the sporting landscape in the world’s second most populous nation”, said Bhatt.  

The six-month program included lectures from international guest speakers, OHIO and UPG College faculty, internships at international cricket matches and a live consulting project. Students consulted on a data analytics projects with NHL’s Calgary Flames by utilizing insights from IPL to help improve organizational operations through player analytics and sponsorship strategy.

 “With over 25 million business students in India, we identified a want and opportunity to build the management side through niched sports program that will globalize this profession and enhance culture of sport in India,” said Norm O’Reilly, chair of OHIO’s Department of Sports Administration.

OHIO’s Department of Sports Administration plans to continue offering the next CPISM in India starting July 2017 and implement its vision to expand educational programs globally. 

About OHIO’s Department of Sports Administration

The OHIO Department of Sports Administration continues to be a pioneer in sport industry education and home to the world’s leading programs for future leaders in sports business. With more than 50 years of expertise, prominent job placements and more than 4,000 alumni from four programs, OHIO has become known for its strong industry network and applied learning opportunities with leading sports organizations. OHIO’s sport management programs prepare students and industry professionals with the relevant tools, resources and connections to advance their careers and effectively contribute to the evolving sports industry. Sport Business International has ranked OHIO’s MSA program the #1 post-graduate sport business degree globally four of the past five years.

To learn more about OHIO’s Department of Sports Administration, visit

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Holly Moody, marketing and communications specialist, Ohio University College of Business, 740.593.9362,