Sports Management Resources (SMR) consultants look forward to helping you take pride in the development of model educational sports programs.  The SMR consulting group focuses on helping educational institutions manage change in the increasingly complex and litigious environment of scholastic and collegiate athletics programs.  We emphasize embracing the highest standards of integrity, solving the challenges of remedying race and gender inequities and building the revenue streams necessary to the achievement of athletics department goals.  SMR consultants are former athletics directors and respected researchers, all of whom have also served as college professors and been recognized for their leadership and administrative excellence.  We have management experience in all competitive divisions as well as scholastic sports and sport-related non-profit organizations.  We believe that the excellence of athletics teams and programs can and must be compatible with academic and ethical integrity.   We’re excited about sharing this knowledge and experience.

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Time for Action on NCAA Reform is Upon Us

Time for Action on NCAA Reform is Upon Us

June 8, 2015 - Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D

The time for action on intercollegiate athletics reform is upon us and it will take lots of folks, each doing one very small thing to make change happen.   Few people maintain that the NCAA is capable of reforming itself because its Division I Football Bowl Subdivision members hold voting control over the organization.  Even the so-called Big Five conferences, who successfully sought legislative autonomy and received it in 2015, can exercise their power to get the NCAA to do whatever it wishes. 

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SMR Management Thought

The success of the athletics director lies in five important areas:

(1) informed, ethical and fair decision-making,

(2) hiring and retaining the most competent, passionate and committed employees,

(3) fulfilling the educational, funding and inspirational needs of employees and student-athletes,

(4) by example and action, inspiring excellence in the performance and behavior of employees and student-athletes, and

(5) creating policies and procedures that enable employees to work efficiently and effectively and mitigate the occurrence or repetition of problems.