The UK Business of Global Sport Management

This class has been cancelled.

You think that people in the United States love sports?  After your summer in London, our fans will look like a bunch of amateurs. In England, real football fans pay to have their ashes entombed inside of their favorite “home” stadium! In this class, you’ll learn what makes sport tick so profitably in the UK. You’ll get the inside story on British sports management from the people who have made it their lives. Your classrooms could be the stadium homes of football teams like Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United, or Wembley Stadium, where great wins and devastating losses have defined entire lifetimes for UK football fans. Other sites you’ll explore include Lord’s Cricket Grounds, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, the headquarters of MLB Europe and NFL Europe, and ‘the Old Course” at St. Andrews, not far from where you’ll spend the four days of your LondonALIVE!  You’ll also tour highly profitable niche businesses, like the world’s largest indoor climbing arena, where you may have sufficient guts to assess whether the famed “Aerial Assault” zip line could become a new export to the USA.

Course details

  • HPR 499CA/599CA (6 semester hours)
  • LondonAWAY! experience: Edinburgh for 3 nights
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Meet the Instructor



Dr. Dennis Phillips
The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Dennis Phillips is program coordinator for Sport Management at the
University of Southern Mississippi and has taught the Sport Global
Studies class in the British Studies Program since 2008. Originally
from Washington State, Phillips came to Southern Miss in 1992
following teaching and coaching stints in South Dakota, Missouri and
Massachusetts. Dr. Phillips has a wide range of experiences in Sport
including working at the Basketball and Volleyball Halls of Fame,
playing, teaching, coaching and managing sport in over 24 countries
worldwide, and serving as the Southern Miss Faculty Athletic
Representative to Conference USA and the NCAA. He holds a P.E.D./
Sport Administration degree from Springfield College, and has
conducted research in Sport Governance, Global Sport, Legal Aspects of
Sport, and Sport Security. He teaches classes in Sport Governance,
Sport Law, Economics and Finance of Sport, Organizational Leadership
in Sport, and Ethics. He lives in Hattiesburg with his wife Lenora,
and has two grown daughters, Paige and Abbey, and a “two dogs long and
half-a-dog high” dachshund named Pyper.