Stefan Szymanski


Dr. Stefan Szymanski came to the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology as Stephen J. Galetti Professor of Sport Management in 2011. Before that he had appointments in the business schools of City University London and Imperial College (London). As an expert in sports management and economics generally -- and soccer specifically -- Dr. Szymanski is frequently interviewed by media outlets around the world. He blogs for his consultancy, Soccernomics ( After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, he received his Ph.D. at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Among the books Dr. Szymanski has authored are Money and Soccer (2015), Football Economics and Policy (2010), The Comparative Economics of Sport (2010), and Winners and Losers: The Business Strategy of Football (1999). He has also authored many book chapters and commissioned reports. His journal articles have appeared in Journal of Sports Economics, International Journal of Sport Finance, and The International Journal of the History of Sport. Besides higher education, Dr. Szymanski has worked in both private and public sectors.

Among the courses he teaches are:

  • SM 509: Financial Management of the Sport Industry
  • SM 313: Special Topics: Advanced Issues in Sport Economics and Policy
  • SM 238: Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Areas of interest

Sports management and economics; sport history, culture and society; European sport and the internationalization of sport; international sports federations and the governance of sport.


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Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
SM 433 Sport and Public Policy 3 Fall, Winter Szymanski
Course Name RO: SptPublic Policy
Course Level: Undergraduate
This is an upper-level course on the ways that politics, policy management, and comparative political systems affect national and international sports. It explores how public policies are formulated at the local, national, and international level, and examines the variety of issues and debates in the major areas of sport.
Prerequisites: Junior status.
Component: LEC