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June 28, 2011

Kihl appointed to JSM Editorial Board

Lisa Kihl

Dr. Lisa Kihl, associate professor of sport management in Kinesiology, was recently appointed to the editorial board for the Journal of Sport Management, which is the premier journal in the field.

April 5, 2011

Kinesiology student earns Fulbright Scholarship to study in Norway

Kristin Garland.jpgKristin Garland, master's degree student in sport management, has been named a prestigious Fulbright Scholar and is the 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Garland is advised by Eric Brownlee, lecturer in sport management.

Frode Moen, leader of the Olympic Training Center in Trondheim, has invited Garland to travel to Norway to examine the differences between the school-sponsored model of athletics and club cross-country ski teams, focusing on the experiences of elite skiers by evaluating the relationship between achievement and the integration of sport into the academic model. In addition, Garland will explore how collegiate athletic teams can provide greater support to international student-athletes, which would ensure a more meaningful experience and will hopefully encourage more international student-athletes to study abroad.

March 17, 2011

Brownlee comments on Joe Mauer's shampoo endorsement

Many have wondered why All-Star, multiple batting champ and celebrity Joe Mauer was growing his hair longer these days. It turns out that the Twins catcher will become the latest athlete to endorse Head & Shoulders shampoo. Eric Brownlee, Sport Management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, says the shampoo is a perfect fit for Mauer's all-American image. To watch, go to:

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February 18, 2011

Buysse, Hoffman receive CPAC Professional Development Awards

Congratulations to Brandi Hoffman, coordinator, and Dr. Jo Ann Buysse, lecturer, both from the School of Kinesiology, for receiving a CEHD CPAC Professional Development Award. The $300 awards will be used for a professional development activity. Ms. Hoffman will be attending the StrengthQuest Educator Seminar April 12-13 in Minneapolis. Dr Buysse will be using her award for international travel.

The call for proposals attracted 59 entries, and forty proposals were randomly selected for funding. The awards were sponsored by the CEHD Professional and Administrative Council (CPAC).

January 14, 2011

Kinesiology graduate student participates in head football coach search

Claud Allaire, Kinesiology Ph.D. student in sport management, had the opportunity to be involved in the hiring of new Gophers Head Football Coach Jerry Kill last month. Mr. Allaire, a member of the executive committee of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association and former Simley co-head coach, was one of six current and former high school coaches who met with the U of M's athletic leadership in November to discuss the transition and search process for a new U of M head coach. Athletic Director Joel Maturi invited the group to participate in the process and help identify the qualities desirable in a new Gophers head coach.

"It was clear that we were invited to this meeting because the university's leadership recognizes the importance of the relationship between the Gophers staff and the high school coaches," stated Mr. Allaire. "We had a very productive discussion and were able to highlight what the next Gopher coach should bring to the program."

Coach Jerry Kill was named the new Gophers head coach on December 6 and the committee was invited to meet with him the next day at TCF stadium. "I'm convinced that Coach Kill brings the strong vision, depth of character, and ability to relate to people that we need for the Gophers program to compete at the Big Ten level," commented Mr. Allaire.

December 1, 2010

Kihl publishes in Journal of Sport Policy

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, associate professor in kinesiology, recently published an article titled "Democratization and governance in international sport: Addressing issues with athlete involvement in organizational policy" in the International Journal of Sport Policy. Co-authors are Dr. Lucie Thibault and Dr. Kathy Babiak.

Brownlee comments on public funding for Vikings stadium

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, sport management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, comments on the current climate for potential public funding of the Vikings stadium in the Star Tribune article, "Hail Mary pass or timeout for Vikes stadium?"

November 2, 2010

Kinesiology Ph.D. student wins Best Student Paper at SMA conference

Megan Shreffler, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport management, won Best Student Paper at the 8th Annual Sport Marketing Association Conference last week in New Orleans, LA. The paper, entitled "The Socialization of Chicagoans into Baseball Fandom," won this prestigious award, which is the association's highest honor for graduate students. Ms. Shreffler is advised by Prof. Stephen Ross.

October 20, 2010

Prof. Stephen Ross discusses Brett Favre off the field on Fox 9

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in sport management in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed for Fox 9 News by Maury Glover regarding the recent news of Brett Favre's off-the-field incidents and the allegations that he sent inappropriate text messages. Ross discussed the impact that the allegations might have upon the endorsement power of Favre, and the effects of the incident related to marketing the athlete's future.

September 29, 2010

Kinesiology doctoral student to publish in International Journal of Sport Management

Clinton Warren, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, and his adviser, Prof. Stephen Ross, have had an article accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sport Management. Mr. Warren is the lead author. "Beyond Beckham: The designated player rule in major league soccer" looks at the impact highly paid designated players have had on spectator attendance. The article will be published in 2011.

September 20, 2010

Kihl presents at European Association of Sport Management Conference

Lisa Kihl Dr. Lisa Kihl, associate professor in Sport Management, is attending the European Association of Sport Management Conference in Prague, Czech Republic this week. She presented a paper with co-authors Lucie Thibault (Brock University-Canada) and Kathy Babiak (University of Michigan) titled "Athlete involvement in the governance of international sport."

August 23, 2010

Ross delivers keynote at international symposium in Seoul

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology, delivered the invited keynote address, "Developing global brand equity in the sport event industry," at the Brain Korea 21 International Symposium at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, on August 21. The symposium focused on international perspectives on strategic sport management.

June 15, 2010

Kinesiology M.Ed. student shares time, talent with aspiring athletes

In addition to his full-time career and his graduate studies,Tony Yazbeck, an M.Ed. student in applied kinesiology, is committed to helping and mentoring young people in education and athletics. WCCO-TV features him in a "Life to the Max" segment. Watch his inspiring story.

Kinesiology graduate drafted by Minnesota Twins

Kyle Knudson.jpgKinesiology graduate Kyle Knudson has been drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Knudson was a catcher for the Golden Gophers baseball team and graduated this spring with his B.S. in sport management. Read more at GopherSports and USA Today.

Knudson was featured in the story "More than a game" on athletes and academics in the fall 2009 issue of Connect.

June 11, 2010

Sport Management undergraduate minor approved

A new undergraduate minor in Sport Management has received University approval and is available to students beginning this fall.The free-standing minor requires 17 credits and "provides students from different disciplines the opportunity to explore interest in the sport industry, while combining their passion for sport with sport management concepts and practices."

A description and list of requirements is available in the Twin Cities Undergraduate Catalog at this link:

April 30, 2010

Graduate Garrett Brown is free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs

garrett brown.jpgGarrett Brown, sport management B.S. student who graduated last fall, was signed recently as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs to play in the NFL. Garrett was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and captain for the Golden Gophers with 99 tackles during his four-years on the team.

April 23, 2010

Kinesiology's Rayla Allison talks about recent athlete behavior on Fox 9 News

<a href=Rayla Allison, J.D., sport management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sport Business Institute, was interviewed in a Fox 9 news video "Digging Deeper: NFL Player Personal Conduct Policy" on the issue of player conduct off the field.

March 26, 2010

Rayla Allison sums up Mauer's salary on WCCO's "Good Question"

<a href=Rayla Allison, J.D., sport management lecturer in Kinesiology and director of the Sport Business Institute, was interviewed last night on WCCO-TV's 10 p.m. news about Joe Mauer's salary. With his agent's cut and annual taxes and fees, the Twins catcher won't take home quite as much as his multimillion contract might suggest--only $14 million a year. Read the whole story here:

March 25, 2010

Sports business expert talks to media about Target Field opening, Mauer signing

<aEric Brownlee, sport management lecturer in kinesiology, was courted extensively by local media recently after catcher Joe Mauer signed an eight-year contract with the Twins. Brownlee talked about the economics of Mauer's signing and the new Twins stadium in interviews with KSTP-TV, KARE-11, and the Minnesota News Network.

See Brownlee's KSPT interview at The U of M News Service also interviewed him recently about Target Field:

February 24, 2010

On the fringe: pulling in marginalized athletes

Jo Ann BuysseMarginalization in athletics has been central to the work and study of Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology. She studies media portrayals of minority athletes and advocates for athletes with disabilities or other restrictions that hinder them from participating in sport.

For more than 12 years, she and her kinesiology students have been involved with Courage Center, a nationally known, Minneapolis-based rehabilitation and resource center for people with spinal cord injuries. Many Paralympic athletes from Courage Center have achieved national recognition in their sports. Its wheelchair basketball team, led by coach Mike Bauler, has won four junior wheelchair basketball championships. Students from the University sports management program have interned at the center as well as volunteered at practices and tournaments.

Currently, local student-athletes with disabilities are recruited to other colleges with special programming and intercollegiate teams. Buysse hopes the University will establish a wheelchair basketball program to keep some of the local talented athletes who currently move away to be collegiate athletes. As a step toward the goal of providing more physical activity options for people with disabilities on campus, Buysse is pushing for the addition of a basketball wheelchair activity course. Already, the Department of Recreational Sports has procured ten basketball wheelchairs that are available for use.

Another marginalized athletic population that Buysse has worked with is Muslim women in the Twin Cities. The Bryan Coyle Center has been the location of a weekly basketball program for women only. Buysse has coached in this program and is also working to find a place on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus where Muslim women can exercise more frequently and more comfortably.

February 17, 2010

Star athlete and student Angela Ruggiero in her 4th Winter Olympics

Angela Ruggiero, known to the world as a star player on the Olympics women's ice hockey team (and a contestant fired on "The Apprentice" who was later offered a job by Donald Trump), has a U of M connection. She is pursuing her M.Ed. degree in Sport Management from CEHD/School of Kinesiology. Her adviser is Brandi Hoffman, coordinator in the School of Kinesiology.

Ruggiero was featured last week in an online article for Team USA Ice Hockey.

February 15, 2010

Ross quoted in MPR story on Olympic athletes' funding challenges

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management in Kinesiology, was quoted in a recent Minnesota Public Radio story about Olympic athletes and the trials and tribulations of funding their dream. Local Olympic contenders who are less visible than the Ohnos and Vonns can't give up their day jobs to train for the opportunity of a lifetime--but they make it happen through determination and creative financing.

February 10, 2010

Ross comments on Brett Favre for Associated Press

The Associated Press last week interviewed Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, in an article about the far-reaching effects of Brett Favre and the Vikings, from financial implications to the team's bid for a new stadium, much of which will hinge on whether the quarterback really retires or decides to play for the team again next year.

The article was carried in online publications nationwide, from Forbes to city newspapers to .

Buysse to visit Dominican Republic, develop new course on globalization of sport

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist and Tucker Center affiliate, recently received a travel grant to go to the Dominican Republic in March. She will be meeting with sport professionals and arranging site visits for a new learning abroad course on sport, globalization, and human capital. The Minnesota Twins Baseball Academy in Boca Chica and the Dominican Sports and Education Association in Santo Domingo are two of the locations Buysse will visit as part of her grant.

KARE-11 interviews kinesiology faculty on Olympian Lindsey Vonn appearing in SI swimsuit issue

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in sport psychology, and Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in sport management, both in the School of Kinesiology, appear in a KARE-11 video interview as part of a short piece entitled "Lindsey Vonn poses for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue." LaVoi's recent blog post has drawn fire in highlighting the media's propensity to portray female athletes as sex objects.

February 8, 2010

Phil Esten, Kinesiology grad, named new CEO for the U of M Alumni Association

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association announced today that Phil Esten, Ph.D., has been named Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Esten, who currently serves as Associate Athletics Director at the University, succeeds Margaret Sughrue Carlson, who announced plans to retire from the Alumni Association last May after 25 years of service.

Dr. Esten, who has a doctoral degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management (advised by Mary Jo Kane, Director of the School) and teaches graduate level courses as an adjunct professor of the University's School of Kinesiology, was chosen through a national search process that began last August. "Our 60,000 members will benefit from Phil's extensive knowledge of the University, his proven ability to turn alumni into ambassadors for important University causes, and his passion for the role that school spirit plays in connecting today's and tomorrow's graduates to their alma mater," said Bruce Mooty, immediate past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and co-chair of the search committee.

As an Associate AD, Dr. Esten manages the overall strategic plan for intercollegiate athletics, which includes 25 sports and 225 employees. He was the department's point person for the TCF Bank Stadium, serving as the intercollegiate athletics liaison for all design, construction, operations and management of the $288.5 million project. Dr. Esten also was instrumental in stadium fundraising, an effort that included more than $45 million in funds for academic programming for the University.

"Now more than ever, major universities around the country are realizing the immense importance of building strong relationships with their alumni," said U of M President Bob Bruininks. "Phil is a proven leader who brings out the best in people in pursuit of a common goal. I'm looking forward to working with him in support of this great institution."

Dr. Esten will be the seventh CEO in the Alumni Association's 106-year history. His first official day with the organization is March 15.

December 2, 2009

Kihl completes study on inner city youth participation in baseball/softball

Lisa KihlDr. Lisa Kihl, sport management assistant professor in Kinesiology's Sport Business Institute, has completed a two-year study on the effectiveness of the Rookie League and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program, designed to promote interest and involvement in baseball and softball among inner city youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Sponsored by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund and the Park and Recreation departments of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the program has been operating for 16 years. Dr. Kihl interviewed youth participants, coaches, administrators, and staff over two seasons to identify the program's strengths and weaknesses and tools for improvement. Results will be used to ensure the program will continue to benefit youth and employ strategies to improve its effectiveness.

November 24, 2009

Brownlee comments on Joe Mauer as MVP on KARE-11

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, sport management teaching specialist, was on KARE 11 news November 23 discussing Twins catcher Joe Mauer's MVP award and the economics of keeping a player of his caliber in Minnesota. For the complete story, go to:

November 23, 2009

Affliated Tucker Center Scholar to be Published in SMQ

heather-bw.pngAffiliated Tucker Center scholar Heather Maxwell is the lead author of a paper titled "Signage vs. No Signage: An Analysis of Sponsorship Recognition in Women's College Basketball", which will appear in Sport Marketing Quarterly (SMQ).

November 11, 2009

Kane & LaVoi comment on violence in women's sport

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center, was quoted in The New York Times on November 11 in an article titled, For All the Wrong Reasons, Women's Soccer Is Noticed. The piece follows up on the suspension of college soccer player Elizabeth Lambert of the University of New Mexico after she engaged in shoving, punching, tripping and yanking an opponent down by the ponytail November 5 in a 1-0 loss to Brigham Young.

Kane remarked, "I think women being physically aggressive and violent is, in many ways, the last boundary to break ... I think you'll see snippets, but I don't think you'll see the same kind of behavior as men. In the broader social context, we don't allow women to engage in that kind of behavior. There would be a pushback."

Tucker Center Associate Director, Nicole LaVoi, was also quoted on the same subject in WCCO's Good Question: Why Are We Drawn To Women Fighting?.

LaVoi stated, "Women get national news sports coverage when they behave outside of the societal norms for a woman."

October 19, 2009

CEHD Connect Features School of Kinesiology

Fall semester's CEHD magazine Connect spotlights a host of Kinesiology faculty and students. Read about Kinesiology student Heather Dorniden, U of M track team star, and how she copes with dueling pressures of competing on the field and achieving success in the classroom: More Than Game.

The important relationship of physical activity to lifelong health and well-being is explored in the article Teaming Up. Tucker Center faculty and associated faculty Daheia Barr-Anderson, Lisa Kihl, Nicole LaVoi, and Jo Ann Buysse, and graduate student Chelsey Thul, are doing research and working on a variety of projects to bring the message of the vital importance of exercise and physical activity to local and international communities.

And in the article The Sporting Life, , Prof. Maureen Weiss and Dr. Nicole LaVoi share their knowledge and research on kids' participation in youth sports.

You can also view the entire issue of Connect.

October 14, 2009

Ross interviewed about Adrian Peterson's star power

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), was interviewed by Fox 9 News (9pm) on October 13th. Ross discussed the marketing power and endorsement opportunities of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson.

The story and broadcast video are available, see Adrian Peterson: Football and Marketing Star.

October 5, 2009

Ross led workshop on sports event management

Stephen RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, led a workshop on Saturday October 3th on sports event management. The workshop was the capstone program for the Certificate in Festival and Event Management Program coordinated by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. Ross spoke on current issues in sports event management, sponsorship opportunities, and the importance of sporting events in community development.

September 17, 2009

Ross to present at sport marketing conference

Stephen RossSteve Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in sport management at the School of Kinesiology, along with colleagues from Towson University and University of Miami has had two papers accepted for the 7th Annual Sport Marketing Association (SMA) conference. Ross and colleagues will present "The impact of brand extensions on the brand associations of a professional sports team" and "Brand Personalities across the Big Four: Positioning Leagues for Differentiation" at the conference in Cleveland, Ohio, October, 28-30, 2009.

Ross quoted on fans' reactions to Favre

Steve Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management, was quoted in two publications related to the fan attention garnered by Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, despite the negative publicity around Favre's on-again, off-again retirement. See the stories in Canadian Press and Brownsville Herald.

September 9, 2009

Brownlee to present paper at Sport Marketing Association conference

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, Ph.D., teaching specialist in sport management at the School of Kinesiology, had his paper Ambush Marketing in Major League Baseball: Are Loyal Fans Fooled? accepted for presentation at the 7th Annual Sport Marketing Association (SMA) conference in Cleveland, Ohio, October, 28-30, 2009.

September 8, 2009

Kihl publishes with doctoral student, former Fulbright Scholar

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, Ph.D.,assistant professor of sport management at the School of Kinesiology announces a new publication with doctoral student Vicki Schull and former Tucker Center Fulbright Scholar Sarah Leberman:

Kihl, L. A., Leberman, S., & Schull, V. (2009). Stakeholder constructions of leadership in intercollegiate athletics. European Sport Management Quarterly. In press.

August 27, 2009

Allison inducted into UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor

Rayla AllisonRayla Allison, JD, lecturer, School of Kinesiology, will be inducted into the University of Texas at Arlington's Athletics Hall of Honor on September 12. Allison was a standout softball player at UTA from 1972-75 and was a Head Coach from 1983-89 compiling a record of 189-152-2. Read more at the UTA Web site.

August 21, 2009

Ross interviewed on Favre

Stephen RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), continues to be interviewed on the marketing implications and fan response to Brett Favre signing with the Vikings.

August 18 - Interviewed by Stan Turner of the Minnesota News Network

August 18 - NBC KARE 11 News (10pm): interviewed by Scott Goldberg

August 19 - Interviewed on WCCO Radio Morning News with Dave Lee

August 19 - Quoted by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (story by John Vomhof Jr.)

August 21 - CBS WCCO 4 News (6pm): interviewed by Darcy Pohland

June 24, 2009

Ross gives expert opinions on Brett Favre to local media

RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), was interviewed on WCCO News Radio June 24 to discuss the possible signing of Brett Favre by the Vikings. Dr. Ross discussed the positive and negative impact on fans as well as the financial implications for the Vikings and its quest for a new stadium. Dr. Ross will also be appearing on WCCO's Saturday Afternoon with Steve Thomson on June 27.

Watch Dr. Ross discuss the Favre debate on the U News Service.

June 4, 2009

Kinesiology Sport Management group attends NASSM

At the NASSM conference in Columbia, SC, last week, Stephen Ross, Ph.D., presented several papers along with Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Eric Brownlee, Ph.D., and doctoral candidate Heather Maxwell and doctoral student Clinton Warren. The University of Minnesota was well represented at the conference by current faculty and students as well as former students (Pat Walsh, Ph.D. 2008; Jina Bang, Ph.D. 2007; and James Chien, Ph.D. 2006).

Ross named Research Fellow

RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), was recently named a Research Fellow in the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM). Ross was also promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure this spring.

May 26, 2009

Global Sport Management class in Italy

Jo Ann BuysseThe School of Kinesiology's May session study abroad course "Global Sport Management," led by Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist, is on a trip to Italy where students will be exploring the relationship between globalization and sport. You can follow their experiences and adventures via blogger, twtter, and flickr.

May 7, 2009

Allison appears on WCCO-TV's "Good Question"

Rayla AllisonRayla Allison, J.D., lecturer in Sport Management, was interviewed May 6 by WCCO-TV on the business worth that Brett Favre could bring to the Vikings.

April 30, 2009

Kihl publishes in Journal of Sport Management

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has published the following article with graduate student Tim Richardson in the recent issue of the Journal of Sport Management: Kihl, L. A., & Richardson, T. 'Fixing the Mess': A grounded theory of a men's basketball coaching staff's suffering as a result of academic corruption. Journal of Sport Management, 23 (3), pp 278-304.

April 10, 2009

Kihl to present at North American Society for Sport Management Conference

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, will be presenting at the upcoming North American Society for Sport Management conference, May 27-May 30, in Columbia, SC.

Lisa Kihl and co-author Kathy Babiak (University of Michigan) will be presenting a paper titled "Stakeholder management and corporate social responsibility in professional sport." Kihl will also be presenting at a symposium titled "Civic Engagement: Educating Citizens through Sport Management."

March 30, 2009

Kinesiology faculty and students at CEHD Research Day

Several members of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center participated in this year's College of Education and Human Development Research Day poster displays on March 24.

Chelsea Thul, Ph.D. student in sport and exercise psychology and research assistant at the Tucker Center, Jill Haom, B.S. student in kinesiology and former intern at the Tucker Center, and Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., lecturer and Tucker Center associate director, presented their poster "Reducing Physical Inactivity and Promoting Active Living: From the Voices of East African Adolescent Girls" [abstract | poster]; Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor, presented "Safe or Out: Using Community Action Research to Transform the Environment for Youth Baseball at an Urban Recreation Center" [abstract | poster]; and Tom Smith, Ph.D., research associate, presented his poster "The Ergonomics of Learning - The Design of the Learning Environment is Key to Student Learning Performance" [abstract | poster].

Chelsea Thul
Jill Haom
Nicole LaVoi
Lisa Kihl

Tom Smith

Female Somalis learn basketball in girls-only gym

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist in the School of Kinesiology, is featured in a Star Tribune article for her volunteer work with The Melpomene Institute for Women's Health Research and the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood where each Sunday she works with Somali high school and college girls on their basketball skills. Buysse is a former collegiate women's basketball coach and now directs the undergraduate Sports Management Program at the U of MN.

March 23, 2009

Buysse's Volunteer Work Featured on MPR

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., was featured on an MPR segment March 19. She volunteers each Sunday to work with a group of Somali high school and college women who get together to play basketball at the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Pictures, along with more information, are available at Minnesota Public Radio.

February 18, 2009

Brownlee to present at NASSM

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, has had his abstract on "The Effectiveness of Official Sponsor Designation: The Case of Ambush Marketing in Major League Baseball (MLB)" accepted for presentation this spring. He will be presenting at the 2009 North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) conference in Columbia, SC, on May 27-30.

February 13, 2009

Buysse recently spoke to AAUW chapter

Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., recently gave a talk titled Framing the Female Athlete: Media Constructions of Gender in Photographs to the White Bear Lake chapter of the American Association of University Women.

January 7, 2009

Brownlee to present at SRLA

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be presenting at the 22nd Annual Sport & Recreation Law Association (SRLA) conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 5-7, 2009. He co-authored the paper, "The Practical Application of Dram Shop Laws: Rating Major Professional Sport League Alcohol Policies," with Marion Hambrick at the University of Louisville.

October 2, 2008

Stephen Ross quoted in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Stephen Ross, professor of kinesiology, is quoted n the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Through most of September, as the Milwaukee Brewers were looking more like a team heading home for October, the business side of the organization was making plans for a playoff run. “As long as the team is winning, it’s good," said Stephen. “They have all of these designs done ahead of time with the printer. The turnaround time is quick. But if the Brewers go three and out, people are going to be a little less willing to buy them or wear them."

Brewers struck fast on merchandising
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisc.) Sept. 30, 2008

September 16, 2008

Ross discusses value of naming rights

RossStephen Ross, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently discussed whether naming rights for sporting venues are worth the cost to the brand.

Good Question: Are Naming Rights Worth The Money?
WCCO (Minn.) Sept. 16, 2008

August 5, 2008

Ross quoted in two Olympic articles

RossS-2003[1].jpgStephen Ross, Kinesiology assistant professor, is quoted in the Opinion Exchange section of the August 3 Star Tribune. The article focuses on the viewership of the upcoming Beijing Summer Olympics. Stephen is also quoted in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the new high-tech sporting goods used by Olympic athletes in this year's Games.

The Olympics: A modern spectacle
Star Tribune (Minn.) August 3, 2008

Olympic athletes will put many high-tech devices to test
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wis.) August 3, 2008

January 4, 2008

Allison / Foundation IX featured again in MN Women's Press

AllisonR-2007[1].jpgRayla Allison, kinesiology lecturer, was quoted in the latest edition of the Minnesota Women's Press in an article on Foundation IX, a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating cost as a barrier to girls' participation in sports and fitness activities.

Play it forward
Minnesota Women's Press (Minn.) Jan. 4, 2008

November 26, 2007

Allison presents, interviews

Rayla Allison.jpgRayla Allison, J.D., lecturer and CEO of the newly formed Sport Business Institute, has been making the School of Kinesiology proud this month. She was inducted into the Honor Wall of Fame honoring Distinguished Alumni at the University of Texas at Arlington on November 6. She was a guest speaker for the Horizon 100 organization at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club on November 14, on a legal review of the implementation of Title IX in athletic settings. Rayla was also interviewed by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for an article on the Sport Business Institute published November 16.

October 19, 2007

Sport Business Institute formed

Rayla Allison.jpgThe University announced today the formation of the Sports Business Institute housed in the School of Kinesiology.

The Sport Business Institute’s mission is to provide clients in the sport industry with business consulting and research services overseen by Kinesiology sport management faculty, while allowing sport management students to apply current sport management theory and practices and to conduct research in the context of real-world experiences. The Sport Business Institute is the vision of Lecturer Rayla Allison, J.D., the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute. Professor Mary Jo Kane, director of the School of Kinesiology, says “We are proud to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking initiative."

July 26, 2007

Ross in two interviews on NBA betting scandal

StephenRoss.jpgAssistant Professor Stephen Ross in the School of Kinesiology was interviewed today in the Pioneer Press about the NBA official who was accused of betting on games. Read Ross's comments here.

Ross also discussed the scandal this morning on local radio station K-FAN (1130 AM). Click here to download the interview.