The Rice Sport Business Society (RSBS) is a student-run organization whose mission is to create or improve awareness about the Sport Management major and connect Rice students with valuable opportunities in the sports industry. We will serve as the premier group to facilitate interaction between the sports business community (including the Department of Sport Management) and Rice students.



  • Build Skills - develop event coordination, consulting, networking, fundraising, digital media, and other valuable sport industry skills through event organization, miscellaneous projects with partner organizations, and other club-related activities
  • Build Connections - establish a network of strong relationships with sport industry professionals and fellow students as a result of networking events and organizational outreach
  • Build Prestige - boost the perception of the Rice Department of Sport Management and, as a result, increase the long-term value of a Rice SMGT degree



  • GameBreakers (Fall 2016)
    • GameBreakers Rice is a sports industry success initiative for high school students in the Houston area. Through a series of interactive informational sessions, GameBreakers educated students on their limitless potential of how to succeed in sports. GameBreakers Recap 
  • Monthly Breakfasts
    • Every month, RSBS invited members of the sports industry to visit the campus to have breakfast with the group.  Such breakfasts provided 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 Jay Verrill, Brian Cooper, Shannon Wright, and Neal Talmadge. 
  • Sport Industry Panels
    • Once a year, RSBS hosts a Sports Industry Panel, which focuses on a current topic and features professionals from the sporting industry. (Please see below for past panel topics)


Alive and Kicking: A Discussion of the Business of Soccer 
In Spring 2015, the panel discussed the growing popularity of soccer and how the business continues to grow from both the organizational side and the retail side. The panel featured Chris Canetti (President of Business Operations - Houston Dynamo), Frank Arnold '08 (Director of Enterprise Operations), and David Siddons (Strategic Account Director - Nike).

Inside the War Room - Evaluating NFL Talent
In Fall 2014, the panel brought in Neil Stratton, president of "Inside the League", and Miller McCalmon, Assistant Director of Player Personnel with the NFL's Detroit Lions. Stratton interviewed McCalmon about the decisions he has had to make in the War Room. Also, Stratton discussed how to get started in the talent evaluation industry, while McCalmon discussed his 35 years of NFL experience as a scout, coach, and administrator.

To Draft or not to Draft? Exploring Athlete Images
In Spring 2014, the panel discussed the importance of professional athletes' images and how they are managed from the perspectives of an agent, a team's front office, and from within the locker room. This issue is an extremely hot topic with athletes such as, Johnny Manziel, Michael Sam and Richard Sherman, making headlines. The panel featured James Casey '10 (tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles), Jeff Nalley (chief operating officer of Select Sports Group and contract agent for Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel), Brittany Bock (midfielder for the Houston Dash), Brian Cooper (former president of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets) and Clark Haptonstall (founder of the Haptonstall Group and chair of Rice's Department of Sport Management).

 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 Law).

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.   



For more information, please contact us at: ricesportbusinesssociety@gmail.com

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