Dan Matheson

I am the Director of the University of Iowa Sport & Recreation Management (B.S./M.A.) program and an Associate Professor of Instruction in the program. I also teach Sports Law in the UI College of Law. In 2017, I was named the Dean's Distinguished Lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  In 2016, I received the University’s highest teaching honor, the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.  Prior to joining the Iowa faculty, I worked as an NCAA Associate Director of Enforcement and as the New York Yankees Director of Baseball Operations.  My service to the university includes chairing the Presidential Committee on Athletics, which is an advisory board to the Athletics Department.  I am frequently asked to provide commentary during media coverage of sport industry issues, and my contributions have appeared in such media outlets as ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” in the New York Times, on CollegeAD.com, and on SiriusXM’s “College Sports Nation.”  I serve as a keynote speaker, panelist, and presenter in a variety of settings and am always interested in being contacted about such opportunities.

Feb. 27-28, 2020


Recent Blog Posts

November 18, 2019


How are former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, my first trip to New York, former Japanese baseball player Hideki Irabu, and the movie “Hoosiers” related to each other?  That’s what the audience was wondering last weekend when I took the stage during a spor...

November 27, 2017

I recently saw a student complain on social media about the low hourly wage offered by a paid, post-graduate internship, and it reminded me that many sport management students need a reality check at this time of year.  While seniors are busy submitting applications an...

September 24, 2017

As a sport management professor, I occasionally get questions about the job prospects for our students and skepticism about the usefulness of a sport management degree.  While the sport industry is undoubtedly competitive and sport management may sound like fun and gam...

September 4, 2017

A highlight on my teaching calendar each year is the summer practicum that I lead where students get to work with the Chicago Blackhawks and Cedar Rapids Kernels on sport management research and event management projects.  During the three-semester-hour course, student...

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Dan Matheson is the Director of the University of Iowa Sport & Recreation Management (B.S./M.A.) program.  He was previously an NCAA Associate Director of Enforcement and the New York Yankees Director of Baseball Operations.  You can follow him on Twitter @DanMatheson and visit his website at danmatheson.wixsite.com/sportbusiness

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