Sociology Of Sport Essay Interview

Project (Interview)

A position in sports requires a depth of sports knowledge and understanding, education, commercialization, and experience, as well as a vast number of responsibilities. One of the best ways to learn more about the area of sports management and sports in society is to talk with someone in the field.

For this assignment, contact an athletic director, recreation manager, YMCA director, or someone who runs an athletic department. If that person is local, please schedule a time and date to meet with this person for a personal interview. If the individual is not local, you may use Skype, Join Me, Zoom, or any other conferencing application or even speak with the person on the phone, if needed.

You want to not only gain their perspective on each of the topics but also how each topic affects/impacts his or her decision-making in his or her role and within the sports industry. Create at least 12 questions to ask this individual (at least one question per topic) from the following sport-related topics:

  • Sport Management Theories
  • Responsibilities and Duties
  • Best Practices in Sport
  • Ethical Issues in Sport
  • Globalization of Sport
  • Media in Sports
  • Sports and the Economy (money and power)
  • Religion in Sports
  • Politics in Sports
  • Gender Equality in Sports
  • Race and Ethnicity in Sports
  • Children in Sports

Please provide the answers to the questions you ask the interviewee and include a section that discusses how this experience has helped you in your educational journey to better understand sport management and best practices in sport.

Include the following parts:

  • Title page – Include the assignment title, Columbia Southern University, and your name.
  • Introduction – Introduce your interviewee and describe their title/position for the purpose of this assignment.
  • Body – List the questions and responses from your interview.
  • Conclusion – Provide a brief conclusion wrapping up the elements of the interview, including how this experience has helped you in this section.
  • Reference page – Include a reference page that lists your interviewee as a source (proper APA format for personal communication can be found below). If you use content from our textbook, be sure to include this as a source in your reference page.

Your paper must be at least two pages in length, not counting the title and reference page. Follow APA Style when constructing this assignment, including a title page, and in-text citations and references for all sources that are used.

Example: How to cite a personal communication source:

T. S. Smith (personal communication, January 20, 2016) [content….] or
[Content …….] (T. S. Smith, personal communication, January 20, 2016)

By the way, I several attachments below. The first attachments are tips for conducting the interview and completing this assignment (P.S notes/tips will be at the bottom to help you gage in interviewing someone). The second attachment is the Study Guide which will be useful to aide you in this assignment (please use the “Suggested Unit Resources” to read chapter 3. Just simply click on the link. Or if you want I have Power Point attachments below of Chapter 3 & 10 which you can review to understand the chapters (and what’s being discussed to add to the assignment). After the first four attachments are just screen shots of of the text book pages pages 50–76, 290–332. (For referencing the book is called Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, 12th Edition, Author: Jay Coakley). NO PLAGIARISM & Plagiarism report upon completion. Again please use the first attachment as a guide to help you in this assignment.

I am OK with the interview being conducted through skype, email, Facetime, Zoom, phone call etc.  You don’t have to conduct it in person if that is not possible.

*It is OK if the person isn’t a sports management professional.due to the time constraint in finding someone to interview.  I am OK with you interviewing a parent coach or someone you know who is (or was in the past) involved in sports as an athlete, coach, or administrator at some level (recreational or professional).  They could have been involved as a parent coach, local team coach, sports volunteer, or huge sports fan that follows sports in society, etc.

I know 12 categories of questions are given.  I know that it is a lot to cover.  *If you forget to cover a topic in your interview from one of the categories — just note you forgot or there wasn’t time and discuss some of your own thoughts on that category.

I gave you all the tools and information, please use them & form/ask good questions. Form questions that follow the sport-related topics above when conducting the interview. That first attachment will help out a lot and ask questions if you have them! No PLAGIARISM and I need a plagiarism report upon completion!