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FAU's Sport Management MBA Ranked Best In Florida And Among Top Three Programs In The World
PR Newswire online
Florida Atlantic University's College of Business MBA in Sport Management program is among the best in the world and first in Florida, according to the latest rankings from SportBusiness International.
Florida Atlantic’s Sport Management MBA Ranks Among Top Three Programs in World
The Boca Raton Tribune online
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business MBA in Sport Management program is among the best in the world and first in Florida, according to the latest rankings from SportBusiness International.
Jim Riordan initiated the MBA Sport Management program at Florida Atlantic University on July 1, 2000. Prior to coming to South Florida, Riordan was director of the Masters of Science in Sport Administration program at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. During his five-year tenure in western New York, Riordan placed more than 80 percent of more than 60 graduates in full-time positions in the sports and entertainment industry. Riordan’s seven-year placement record at FAU is close to 90 percent. The Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, University of Miami, Florida Panthers, Radford University, Boston Bruins, Global-Spectrum, Jacksonville University, Florida Marlins, USOC, Toronto Maple Leafs, the LPGA, Conference-USA South Florida PGA, the ACC, and Iowa State University are some of the organizations that have hired FAU MBASport students under his watch. Riordan served as director of training and quality control for the New York Mets, as well as assisting in the management of Shea Stadium. Between 1980 and 1983, Riordan served as an assistant director of stadium operations for the West Side Tennis Club (Forest Hills, N.Y.) and the National Tennis Center (Flushing Meadow, N.Y.) the former and current home of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. In August 1983, he was named director of security and event services for what is now known as the Wachovia Spectrum (Philadelphia). At 22, Riordan became the youngest individual in a major market to hold such a position.
In addition to his Spectrum duties, Riordan served as director of security for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and assisted in the planning and implementation of crowd management operations for major outdoor concerts that included the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Beach Boys, and the Live Aid benefit concert held in 1985. Other major events that he has performed similar duties for include the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals, official visits to Philadelphia by Hillary Clinton and Nelson Mandela; to Richmond (VA) by Margaret Thatcher, to New York City by Pope John Paul II. Riordan worked for Spectacor Management Group (SMG) between 1989 and 1994. Riordan served as manager of event services at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, as director of operations for the Richmond (VA) Coliseum and Mosque Theater, and as director of operations for the Philadelphia Civic Center.