The Union of Lithuanian Sports Federations recently recognized the excellence of the Sports Business MBA by EB Institute, awarding it the organization's prize for that country's best sports initiative in 2018.
The award was voted from among three candidates chosen by the Lithuanian public before the winner was selected by the eight-member Lithuanian Sports Management Awards Working Group. In assessing candidates, the working group took into account the criteria of professionalism, innovation, creativity and management efficiency.
The Sports Business MBA by EB Institute equips students with advanced professional knowledge and skills in the field of sports business management. Taught jointly by Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and the Euroleague Basketball Institute, it is a truly international educational project, benefiting from an extensive global network of academicians, industry leaders, experts and social partners for contemporary sports business and world-class online learning opportunities.
The Sports Business MBA, which covers three 20-week semesters spread over 16 months, takes its participants on a unique journey to Barcelona, Kaunas and each season's Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four host city, the next being Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in May. Students go behind the scenes at Euroleague Basketball headquarters in Barcelona and at the Final Four while learning from Vytautas Magnus University and industry leaders to obtain a systematic understanding and working knowledge of all major areas of sports business.
The MBA program upgraded a decade-long master's program that had focused on sports management and sent hundreds of alumni from all over the world onward in careers at clubs, leagues, federations, companies, media and more. The two-year-old Sports Business MBA by EB Institute in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University now takes that initiative forward to help prepare a new generation of sports executives.