Rodney Fort


Dr. Rodney Fort is a professor of Sport Management and member of the Center for Sport and Policy (CSP) at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. Prior to his time at U-M, Dr. Fort was a member of the Economics Department at Washington State University. He completed his PhD in Social Science at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Fort has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly outlets, including the Journal of Economic Literature, Economic Inquiry, the Scottish Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Sports Economics. He 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 has served on international advisory boards, including the International Association of Sports Economists. A part of his website, Rodney Fort’s Sports Business Data, is archived by the Library of Congress.

Dr. Fort is recruiting for a doctoral student to mentor, beginning Fall 2020. Details:

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