Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs president makes presentation to sport management majors

Mr. Robert Soper was a guest lecturer in Deron Grabel's sport economics class.
Sport management majors at Misericordia University recently participated in an interactive class that featured a question and answer session with guest lecturer Robert Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and a member of the Misericordia University Board of Trustees, in the Banks Student Life Center’s Kennedy Lounge.

Mr. Soper outlined the purchase of the Plains Township harness racing track by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority in 2005 and the multi-million dollar investment in upgrades that paved the way for the facility to become the first slots casino in Pennsylvania when it opened in November.

Misericordia University and the Leadership Team of the Dallas Community of the Sisters of Mercy announced Mr. Soper’s appointment to the board of trustees earlier this year. Prior to his current position, he served four years as senior vice president of administration of Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., where he managed various divisions within the company and participated in the opening of the $1 billion expansion of Mohegan Sun. Mr. Soper also served as senior attorney for the Mohegan Tribe from 1997-2001.

Mr. Soper graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law with honors and also served on the editorial board of the “Georgia Law Review.’’ Mr. Soper presented his lecture in assistant professor Deron G. Grabel’s sport economics course, which focuses on methods and procedures as they apply to the economics of sport. Areas such as cost analysis, purchasing, budgeting and what a franchise means to a community are examined. Besides presenting guest class lecturers who have real-world experience in sport management, the program also holds an annual sport management roundtable featuring an interactive panel discussion for high school students with executives in the field of sport management. The 7th Annual Sport Management Roundtable will be held April 19 on campus.

The sport management major at Misericordia University allows students to combine their love of sport with the skills necessary to become professionals in the field. A well-rounded business background is the backbone of the program. The curriculum prepares students for careers in this fast growing multi-billion dollar industry. Curriculum is based on a sound philosophical foundation involving the business of sport. This foundation combines conceptual, managerial, and practical skills and experiences to best prepare students to be future leaders in the field of sport management.

For more information about sport management or the roundtable, contact Mr. Grabel, program director, at 570-674-6287 or dgrabel@misericordia.

Caption: Robert Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and a member of the Misericordia University Board of Trustees, front, speaks to Misericordia students, faculty and administration during a recent sport economics class. Seated, from left, are assistant professor Deron G. Grabel, director of the sport management program at Misericordia University; John Sumansky, Ph.D., chief planning officer at Misericordia University; and Dr. Michael A. MacDowell, president of Misericordia University.