Rice University Sport Business Alliance
2013 RUSBA Application
The Rice University Sport Business
Alliance (RUSBA) is a student-run organization whose mission is to
create awareness and valuable opportunities for the students of the Department of Sport
Management at Rice University.
- Establish relationships with members of the sport industry.
and execute events that results in school wide recognition.
a collection of students to act as advisors to students enrolled in the Sport
- Act as
a performance incentive for those students currently enrolled in Sport
- Exhibit leadership in campus-wide activities.
Sports Industry Panel
As a new organization,
RUSBA has begun to host the Sports Industry Panel held in the Fall Semester at
Rice University for the past two years, which include:
NCAA Athletic Director Forum
In Fall 2010, the panel focused
on issues concerning NCAA Athletics and featured Athletic Directors Chris
Plonsky from the University of Texas, Rick Greenspan from Rice University and
Tim Fitzpatrick from Texas A & M Corpus Christi.
Labor Issues in Sports: A Discussion with Experts in the Industry
In Fall 2011, the panel
discussed recent and current labor issues, particularly the NBA and NFL
lockouts. It featured Russ Granik (former
Deputy Commissioner for the NBA; current ESPN NBA business analyst) Jeff Nalley
(CEO of Houston-based sports agency Select Sports Group), Adelqui Boue (Executive VP/General Counsel of
International Sports Agency), Brian Cooper (Business and Finance Officer of
Rice Athletics), and Martin Levy (Professor of Law at Thurgood Marshall School of
Rice Owl Bowl
In the Spring Semester,
RUSBA has begun to assist the Sports Management Event class (SMGT 366) in
hosting the Rice Owl Bowl, an annual fund-raising event that features Houston-area
athletes and members of the community for a night of bowling and
Every month, RUSBA invites members of the sports industry
to visit the campus and have breakfast with the group. Such breakfasts provide the group with a
great learning opportunity to gain a variety of different perspectives and forms
of advice from people in sports-related careers. Past guests include Brian Cooper, Shannon Wright, and Neal