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Business Observer Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 9 years ago

USF partners with Lightning

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The university will launch a new M.B.A. centered on sports business.

TAMPA — The University of South Florida will offer a new graduate program with the help of a partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the team's charity organization, the Lightning Foundation.

USF will begin offering a two-year M.B.A. in Sport and Entertainment Management this fall, a news release says. The Lightning will support the program with a grant of an undisclosed amount. Students in the program will also have the opportunity to do paid internships with the team.

William A. Sutton will head the program. Sutton is a former professor of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida.

Based in Tampa, the University of South Florida is a public university with four campuses and about 47,000 student enrollments.

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