Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) met with Dr. Lou Marciani, the Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), during the NCS4’s annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA on 3 August 2010.
In a post-9/11 world, security has become a primary focus of all aspects of social activity. Sporting events have become potential targets due to their high profile popularity and the number of spectators.
Examples abound as evidenced by security costs at the 2010 Winter Olympics were estimated to be $1 billion and at Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, Fla., 900 federal and local law officers were assigned to secure the event.
Security has become a major concern in sports. As a result of these facts, the Academy has added an emphasis in Sports Security to its bachelor’s degree program.
The emphasis in sports security is designed for individuals who are interested in learning about the principles and theories associated with security and how they apply to sport venues. The curriculum consists of the following courses:
- SAM 487 Introduction to Sports Security Management
- This course examines the concepts, principles, and methods of organizing and administering security management and loss-prevention activities in industry, business, government, and sport venues. Emphasis is on protection of assets, personnel, and facilities.
- SAM 488 Contemporary Sports Security Management
- In this course, students examine principles and issues in security management as well as the challenges, concepts, strategies, and skills needed to manage security-related operations and activities. Focus is on leadership in management, personnel management, security planning and evaluation, communication, and best practices.
- SAM 489 Introduction to Emergency Management for Sport Settings
- This course examines theories, components, systems, and strategies in contemporary disaster and emergency management. Students examine: 1) The historical, administrative, institutional, and organizational framework of disaster and emergency management in the United States; 2) The role of the federal, state, and local governments in disasters; 3) The role of nongovernmental organizations in emergency management; 4) The role of land use regulation, the media, crisis communication, insurance, and citizen participation; 5) The social and economic costs of disasters; and 6) The management of natural and man-made disasters.