Scott Tainsky brings sport and entertainment management experience to Wayne State faculty

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November 30, 2017

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business welcomed Scott Tainsky, associate professor of management and director of sport and entertainment management, to the faculty in the fall semester. With Tainsky on board, Wayne State M.B.A. students can now pursue a concentration in sport and entertainment management, and undergraduate classes are also being offered. 

Tainsky earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and worked previously as an associate professor at the University of Illinois in the department of recreation, sport and tourism.

Tainsky utilizes economics and quantitative analysis to research major professional, intercollegiate and amateur sports. At the core of this research are the decisions made by high-level sports managers and how they impact both organizational performance and the collective well-being of fans.

“Wayne State is ideally situated for sport and entertainment management,” he said. “Our move into the new building puts us less than a quarter mile from all four major sports franchises as well as in close proximity to the Fox Theatre, the Fillmore and other entertainment properties.”

When it opens in 2018, the new Mike Ilitch School of Business facility will be just steps away from Little Caesars Arena, the soon-to-be home of both the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons, and within a short walk ­­– less than a half-mile – of Ford Field and Comerica Park.

“Beyond that, there’s a synchronicity between places and people which I’ve always felt was true for Detroit and me,” Tainsky added.

To date, Tainsky’s projects have focused on demand for tickets and game broadcasts, league efficiency, player performance, and corporate social responsibility in the largest US-based sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA Football, US Paralympics), as well as several abroad in Canada, China, Europe and Africa.

Tainsky doesn’t leave sports to just his research. He coaches his son in basketball and his daughter in soccer.

“My wife lettered in two sports, so if the kids aren’t any good it’s either my poor genes or poor coaching.”

About the Mike Ilitch School of Business
The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond through its programs, research and community engagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Thanks to this lead investment, a new state-of-the-art building is slated to open in the heart of the District Detroit in 2018, and entrepreneurial programming and collaboration with city businesses are expanding. For more information, visit

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