Rod Fort


Dr. Rod Fort is professor of Sport Management and member of the Center for Sport and Policy (CSP) in the School of Kinesiology. Prior to his time at U-M, Dr. Fort was a professor of economics at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Science at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

He has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Sports Economics, Economic Inquiry, and the Scottish Journal of Political Economy. Dr. Fort is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Finance, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, Journal of Sports Economics, and Managerial and Decision Economics.

Dr. Fort serves on advisory boards such as the NCAA Scholarly Forum and the International Association of Sports Economists. His website, Rodney Fort's Sports Economics, is archived by the Library of Congress.

Areas of interest

Sport economics; regulation; microeconomics.


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Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
SM 331 Economics of Sport 3 Fall, Winter Fort
Course Name RO: Econ of Sport
Course Level: Undergraduate
Economic aspect of sports including fan demand, advertising, team output decisions, league conference organization, government and sport, and labor issues.
Prerequisites: Junior status.
Component: LEC
SM 438 Sports Economics Policy 3 Fall, Winter, As Arranged Fort
Course Name RO: Sports Econ Policy
Course Level: Undergraduate
Understanding and analyzing the internal and external regulatory environment of North American sport leagues. Internally, leagues control their business models as well as the behavior of member owners. Externally, leagues interact with local, state, and federal governments.
Prerequisites: Advisory prerequisite: SM 331.
Component: LEC