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California State University, Long Beach



Fall Application Deadline: June 1, 2018


- M.A. Sport Management


- Long Beach, CA


- 18 months/36 credits


- $18,900

Required GPA

- minimum 2.75

Admission Requirements

- Statement of Purpose
- Three reference forms
- Resume
- Proof of GRE scores: minimum 145 quantitative, 145 verbal, 3.5 analytical


- 9 credits
- Minimum 500 contact hours

- Over 400 affiliations



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Joann Klonowski

Joann Klonowski

Joann Klonowski is one of the top female executives in sports and event management with more than 25 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industries. A versatile leader with an extensive background in sports franchises, Klonowski has held executive positions with teams in Major League Baseball with the Cleveland Indians, Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy, XFL football, International Hockey League as CEO of the Long Beach Ice Dogs, National Basketball Association with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Klonowski’s international sports event management experience includes the 1994 World Cup where she was Vice President of Marketing and Client Services for the nine city event. She also served as Venue Director for Los Angeles for the 1999 Women’s World Cup. She was the Managing Director of the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake and the Vice President of Sponsor Marketing/Ticketing for the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

She has also served as a business development and marketing consultant for USA Rugby, Golden Baseball League, Chivas USA of Major League Soccer, Tournament of Roses, Broadway Inner Circle’s “The Producers”, and the Men’s and Women’s Gold Cup, Grammy Awards and California Speedway. She was Executive Director for the 1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and was the recipient of the MLB Marketing Excellence Award the same year and more recently Chief Executive Officer of SR Productions, producers of the Music Center Speaker Series. Currently she manages Business Development for a variety of companies, including Creative Productions in Long Beach and “A Way With Words,” a PBS show on words.

She also is a guest lecturer on marketing, sales, advertising, sponsorship, licensing and tv/radio contracts for the University of Southern California, University of San Francisco and serves on the Advisory Board of California State Long Beach Sports Management Program.