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M.B.A. Is MVP of Sports Management Industry, Some Say

Students with sports M.B.A.’s may have an advantage over peers with master of arts or science degrees.

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As a student at Florida Atlantic, Postma has received what he views as a lot of industry experience. He interned for the NFL's Miami Dolphins and the Palm Beach County Sport Commission, and he will start a second internship with the Dolphins in January 2012.

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Gordon Kaye, executive director and general manager of the Illinois-based Rockford Area Venues & Entertainment Authority—which runs an American Hockey League arena—also chose to get an M.B.A. after earning a graduate sports degree.

Kaye received an M.S. in sports administration from Indiana University—Bloomington's Kelley School of Business, and then an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. "The M.S. program was a good stepping stone for me," he says. "The M.B.A. was more along the lines of: 'It's time to grow up.'"

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