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Dr. Aubrey Kent
Dr. Aubrey Kent

Dr. Aubrey Kent, Chair of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) and founding director of Temple’s Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC), is the winner of the 2016 North American Society for Sport Management Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award.

The award, the highest service honor within NASSM, recognizes a member with outstanding dedication to the promotion and growth of the sport management industry. Kent, a NASSM member for more than 20 years, credited the organization for providing him with exceptional mentors, including Paton, for whom the award is named.

“Garth was one of my mentors and a dear, dear man. It is special to receive this honor,” said Kent, Professor of Sport Management at STHM.

Kent’s commitment to the NASSM is strong. A past president of the organization, he helped establish the Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant, awarded at NASSM’s annual conference, as well as the Commission of Sport Management Association (COSMA) inaugural board of directors, which is dedicated to sport management education at the collegiate level.

Kent received the NASSM Student Research Award five years after joining the organization as a graduate student at Canada’s University of Windsor. In deepening his NASSM involvement, he served on several student committees and, in 2006, was recognized as a Research Fellow. He followed up that recognition with a highly successful stint as an Executive Board Member-at-large, which included several chairpersonships across various committees.

During his tenure, Kent has served on the editorial board for NASSM’s Journal of Sport Management, the leading academic journal in the field. He also has published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles within the journal.

“NASSM promotes the field, facilitates scholarships, and brings together academics to trade best practice ideas around teaching and research,” Kent said.

Kent will receive the Paton Award this June at the 2016 NASSM conference, to be held in Orlando, Fla.

When Penn State replaces Joe Paterno, who earned about $1 million this season, they will get a serious case of sticker shock. It is no longer unusual for a proven coach to command an annual salary in excess of $2 million. “Most coaches think Paterno got a raw deal and won’t hesitate to take the job,” said Temple Sport Industry Research Center professor Aubrey Kent, who co-authored a forthcoming research paper on the determinants of coaching salaries in college football. “Overall, while I don’t think that PSU will have to pay a premium, they are crazy if they think they can get anyone good for $1 million. Those days are over.”


The NFL impasse – how long will it last? That was the question during a 30-minute panel discussion on the NFL lockout. Aubrey Kent, director of Temple’s Sport Industry Research Center, fielded questions on NFL revenue, player drafts and salary caps, and a host of other issues related to the ongoing labor dispute. “Why we haven’t seen a lot of progress in negotiations thus far is no one’s really missed a pay check,” Kent said. “Once the players start missing paychecks, once owners start missing revenue from games, you’ll see a big push to get this done.”

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