BHSN- Tampa Bay Lightning, USF partnering for new graduate program

By Dalia Dangerfield, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012

USF announced Thursday it's partnering with the Tampa Bay Lightning to prepare students for careers in sport and entertainment management.

The two-year graduate program launches in August.

Degree seekers will complete foundational MBA courses in management, finance, marketing, information systems, and accounting as well as elective courses that focus on the sport and entertainment industry, including Negotiating Agreement and Resolving Conflict, Economics of Sport, Sports Communication, and Marketing Strategy.

Students also complete two internships as a part of the program, working in key business functions with the Tampa Bay Lightning, partner firms, or other sports and entertainment businesses.

Budget concerns linger

But the big news was overshadowed by the huge battle that USF is fighting right now concerning next year's budget.

As it stands in the Senate now, the state university will lose $103 million next year. That's $25 million less than what was originally proposed and USF President Judy Genshaft says that's unfair.

USF has won one fight. Wednesday, the Senate agreed to give the school back $25 million.

That money was being held to make sure USF split ties with its Lakeland campus, USF Polytechnic.