About this Course
Whether you are passionate about sports and interested in starting a career in sports marketing, or are looking to upgrade your marketing toolkit or your job with new experiences, this course will have you covered. In this MOOC, we will focus on the business side of sports while highlighting vital marketing concepts through the lens of sports and entertainment. Sports marketing is nuanced, covering areas such as ticket pricing strategies for losing teams and how soft drink, sneaker, and apparel providers use athletes to reach their audience. Learners will investigate how companies use sports to enhance brands. They will also explore a wide range of topics that cover aspects of marketing applicable to a number of fields and brands, including service and product marketing, promotion, event marketing, and sponsorship. A great deal of focus will be given to sports communication. Learners will not only hone traditional skills such as press release writing but also delve into aspects of celebrity, social media, and crisis communication in sports. By the end of this MOOC, learners will have gained significant knowledge in the wide world of sports marketing, building on foundational tools while growing their own loyalty plans and sports insights along the way....
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100% online courses

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Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Clock

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
1 hour to complete

What is sports marketing?

Welcome to the first module of Sports Marketing. This course showcases sports-specific marketing strategies and trends. In subsequent modules, we will discuss how sports marketing is both similar and different from other kinds of marketing, but to start our course, we’ll provide a broad overview of the differing aspects of sports marketing and will also break down the components of sports marketing as a concept....
Reading
10 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Introduction to the Sports Marketing Course2m
What is Sports Marketing?2m
Sports Marketing Challenges4m
Marketing Basics Applied to Sports Marketing3m
The Traditional 4 P's: A Meaningful Update for Sports9m
Interview with Katrina Adams, Chairman, CEO and President, U.S. Tennis Association5m
Interview with Wally Hayward, CEO, W Partners5m
Interview with Mark Silverman, President of Big Ten Network5m
Module 1 Conclusion and Looking Ahead2m
Reading2 readings
What to expect in this course10m
Suggested readings for Module 110m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Practice Quiz4m
Week
2
Clock
1 hour to complete

Sports Marketing: differences and similarities with other marketing

In Module 2, we will examine the difference between service and product marketing and why sports marketing has some overlap with both of these areas. We will also explore the world of event marketing. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 28 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Interview with Paulina Leperi, Former Manager of Delivery & Analytics, Nielson Catalina Solutions5m
Interview with Geoffrey Goldman, Senior Director of Communications, Fox Sports Midwest5m
Interview with Ken Babby, Owner, Akron RubberDucks & Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Minor League Owner, USA Baseball5m
Event Marketing & Management7m
Reading1 reading
Suggested readings for Module 230m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Practice Quiz4m
Week
3
Clock
1 hour to complete

Value: Sponsorship, Partnerships & Dynamic ticket pricing

This module will explore how to gain value in brand and sponsorship partnerships. Licensing and dynamic ticket pricing, and the potential value of both will also be touched on. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Sponsorship Rights2m
Activation: Bringing Sponsorship to Life3m
Interview with Mark Repchak, Senior Director of Marketing and Media, Florida Citrus Sports4m
Interview with Ryan Luckey, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship, AT&T5m
Mark Finn, Clinical Professor of Accounting, Kellogg School of Management5m
The Value of Licensing3m
Dynamic Ticket Pricing: Matt Notowidigdo, Associate Professor of Economics, Northwestern University10m
Reading1 reading
Suggested readings for Module 340m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Practice Quizm
Week
4
Clock
4 hours to complete

Sports communication: press releases, media relations, public relations

This module will cover the primary areas of communication in sports marketing. Sports-specific trends in public relations will be highlighted, along with specific examples. This module will also include a thorough overview of how to draft an effective press release. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Communication and Public Relations in Sports: Interview with J.A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications15m
Public Relations: Nancy Hobar, Senior Lecturer, Medill's Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Program6m
Press Releases & Communication Planning: Nancy Hobar, Senior Lecturer, Medill's Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Program7m
Press Release Peer Review Overview1m
Reading2 readings
Suggested readings for Module 4m
Press Release Examples6m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Practice Quiz2m

Instructor

Candy Lee

Professor
Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. ...

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