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California State University, Long Beach
Graduate Program in Sports Management

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Degree

- M.A. Sport Management

Location

- Long Beach, CA

Duration

- 18 months/36 credits

Tuition

- $18,900

Required GPA

- minimum 2.75

Admission Requirements

- Statement of Purpose
- Three reference forms
- Resume
- Proof of GRE scores: minimum 145 quantitative, 145 verbal, 3.5 analytical

Internships

- 9 credits
- Minimum 500 contact hours

- Over 400 affiliations

 

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Fred Claire

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Fred Claire

Fred Claire was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office for 30 years, advancing from publicity director of the team to the position of Executive Vice President with responsibility for player personnel decisions and baseball operations.

In a distinguished career with the Dodgers, Claire served the team as a publicity director; vice president of public relations, promotions and marketing; Executive Vice President in charge of day-to-day operations; and Executive Vice President and General Manager in charge of player personnel.

Claire joined the Dodgers in 1969 and he proved to be an award-winning executive at every stage of his career. Claire was directing the team’s marketing efforts when the Dodgers first hit the three-million mark in attendance and established a period of record-setting attendance figures.

In April of 1987, Claire was named general manager of the Dodgers and when the team won the World Series in 1988 he was selected Major League Baseball’s “Executive of the Year” by The Sporting News. Claire became the fifth Dodger executive in the team’s history to win the award, following Larry MacPhail (1939), Branch Rickey (1947), Walter O’Malley (1955) and Buzzie Bavasi (1959).

Since his departure from the Dodgers in June of 1998, Claire has maintained an active schedule as a columnist and analyst for MLB.com. He was the host to the weekly radio show “The GM Corner” on MLB.com radio for two years and serves as the host of the show “The Scouts Section.”

He also has served as an instructor at the University of Southern California and as a consultant to companies involved in sports while maintaining an active schedule in civic involvement.

A book on Claire’s career with the Dodgers (“Fred Claire: My 30 Years in Dodger Blue”) was released in March of 2004 by Sports Publishing LLC. The book was co-authored by Claire and Steve Springer of the Los Angeles Times and it was recognized on the Los Angeles Times’ “Bestsellers” list.

During the spring semesters of 1999 through 2001 Claire served as an instructor at USC in the presentation of a class titled “Sports, Business and the Media in Today’s Society.” He continues to lecture on the business of sports at USC and is a member of the advisory board for both the USC Sports Business Institute and the student Sports Business Assn. Claire also serves on the advisory board for the Sports Management graduate program at California State University, Long Beach.

Claire is a consultant for Suite Captures, a company that provides photography services for professional teams and arenas, and for Sportfolio, Inc., a sports holding company that manufactures and markets licensed products.

Claire is a member of the board of directors of the Rose Bowl Operating Company and his civic involvement also includes board of director positions for the Special Olympics of Southern California; the Los Angeles Sports Council; and Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc.

During the time Claire headed the Dodgers’ public relations and marketing efforts, the team received the Diogenes Award for ethics in marketing by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Los Angeles and the Dodgers were saluted for achievements in marketing by both Major League Baseball and the Advertising Club of Los Angeles. In 1986 Claire received the Robert O. Fishel Award, an award presented annually to an industry executive who excels in promoting the game. Claire received the “Good Guy” award from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters in the Spring of 2000.

Claire served Major League baseball in a number of capacities, including a role as a member of the Board of Directors for MLB Properties, as a member of the Broadcast Advisory Group and as a member of the Baseball Operations Committee. In 1990, Claire received the Award of Honor from the American Baseball Coaches Assn. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner-cities).

Prior to joining the Dodgers, Claire spent 12 years in the newspaper field as a sports editor, columnist and baseball writer for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Pomona Progress-Bulletin and the Whittier Daily News. During the time Claire was the sports editor of the Progress-Bulletin the newspaper was saluted for its sports section by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.

Claire was graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mt. San Antonio College and has been honored by the college as an outstanding alumnus. Claire also attended El Camino College and was selected as the college’s first Alumnus of the Year. In March of 2000, Claire was inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

During Claire’s tenure as the Executive VP in charge of baseball operations, the Dodger teams had a record of 917-867, the third best winning percentage (.519) in Major League Baseball during this period.

In Claire’s final four full seasons with the Dodgers—1994 through 1997—the team reached the post-season twice (1995 and 1996) and was leading its division when the strike halted play in 1994.