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Thomas H. Regan, EdD

Associate Professor
Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Ed.D., Education (Sport Administration/Regional Economics) at University of   Northern Colorado, 1989-91.
M.S., Accounting at University of Wyoming, 1979-81.
B.S., Accounting at University of Wyoming,, 1975-79.

Research Interest
Research emphasis focuses on the economic impact of sport and entertainment events on regional economies and the financing and feasibility of live entertainment events.  He has completed more than 80 economic impact and related feasibility studies on professional, collegiate, and touring sports.  Publications have highlighted his work on the Denver Broncos Football Club, the University of South Carolina athletic department, NASCAR, golf in South Carolina, USTA and WTA  professional tennis, and other studies involving live entertainment.  He was invited to The Brookings Institute to discuss the impact of professional sport facilities on regional economies.

Awards and Honors
Harry E. Varney Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Columbia, South Carolina, 2011

1996 -- Invited to participate, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, Economics Study Program, "The Economics of Stadiums: October 1996.

Teacher of the Year, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, 1996.

Multiple nominations for Teacher of the Year and Researcher of the Year in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. 

Dr. Regan's work experience includes working as a staff accountant for Fox & Co., CPAs and eight years as a comptroller for a fully integrated oil and gas company.  He has consulted with many professional organizations concerning financing venues and determining the economic benefit of facilities, events and teams.

Dr.  Regan served as department chair from 1987 to November 2007.  The department grew in student body and faculty numbers during this tenure.  The International Conference on Sport and Entertainment Business was reinstated during the University of South Carolina Bicentennial Celebration.  The student profile for attracting scholars was increased significantly. Faculty who have been recruited to the department are world class.

“The Economic Impact of a NASCAR Racetrack on a Rural Community and Region”, Bernthal, M.,  and Regan, T.H., Sport Marketing Quarterly, Volume 13, Number 1, 2004, pp. 26 – 34,

“NASCAR's Increasing 'Customer Gap':  Are Fans' Perceptions Keeping Up with Their Expectations?” Bernthal, M., and Regan, T.H. "" Sport Marketing Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 4, 2001.  Published

“The Geo-Economic approach to sport marketing segmentation”, Public Administration Quarterly.  Spring 1997.

“Financing Facilities”, Chapter 3.  Sports Facility Management, By:  Walker, M.L. and Stotlar, D.K., Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Book Chapter. 1996.

“Financing Sport”, Chapter 19.  The Management of Sport : Its Foundation and Application.  2nd Edition.  By: Parkhouse, B., Mosby Publication, a Times Mirror Company, New York, NY. Published Fall 1995.  Pages 363 - 373.

“The economic impact of the University of South Carolina athletics on the Columbia metropolitan economy”, The National Review of Athletics, Oregon State University, The National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators, Plano, TX.  Published. Vol. 2, #1. Pp. 1-13.

“The economic impact of the Denver Broncos Football club on the Denver metropolitan economy”, The International  Journal of Public Administration, Volume 18, Number 1.

Managing Sport and Special Events, Josey-Bass (Simon & Schuster), San Francisco, CA.  .

“An interdisciplinary curriculum for the sport and entertainment business”, Regan, T.H., Business Education Forum, Volume 50, Number 3, February 1996.  pp. 24-27. 

“Sport event development and economic impact analysis”, Regan T.H., Business of Sports, KPMG - Peat Marwick’s newsletter for professionals serving the sports industry, Winter/Spring 1993, pp.4-5. 

Other articles:  twelve articles written in non-refereed journals on Sport Business.

Professional Presentations (15 - 18) :  Invited to participate in International, National, and regional conferences on Sport Business and Administration.

Current Grants and Projects
2003/04 – 2 funded grants, St. Pat’s Event and Township Marketing Study.  Two refereed articles

2002 – NASCAR – Darlington Raceway, Impact analysis and projections, Grant J-103, Spring/Fall 2002.

2001 – Family Circle Cup, Impact analysis and forecasting, Grant J102, Spring 2001.

2000 – NASCAR Focus groups, Event pricing, amenities and fans, Fall 2000.

1999 – The Family Circle Cup, Feasibility Study and Analysis, Hilton Head to Charleston, August 1999

“Golf creates jobs, revenue”, Regan, T.H., U.S. Mayor - Cities and Sports, May 30, 1994. pp. 7.

Funded research projects included:  University of South Carolina athletics, Golf industry in South Carolina, Darlington Motor Speedway, Speedway Motor Sports, Carolina/Colonial Cup and Family Circle Magazine Cup.

Professional Affiliations
International Association of Assembly Managers
Southern Regional Science Association
NASSM (at one time)

Consulting Experiences
Work shop conducted:  Speedway Motor Sports (SMI) Vice Presidents and Chief Financial Officers (CFO’s),.  The workshop was for CFO’s of six (6) NASCAR tracks and several motorsports merchandising operations.  They were all CPA’s and highly seasoned motorsport professionals.  Morning session, September 27, 2007. Biltmore Estate, Ashville, NC.

National, regional and local commentary via television and radio on economic impact of sporting events on regional economies. 

Many varied consulting projects in sport and entertainment business have been completed.


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E-mail: regan@hrsm.sc.edu
Office: Rm 2012-G Carolina Coliseum
Phone: 803-777-6713
Fax: 803-777-8788

Courses Taught:
SPTE 495 – Internship in Sport and   Entertainment
SPTE 444 – Sport and Entertainment Event   Management
SPTE 440 – Sport and Entertainment   Business and Finance
SPTE 635 – Sport and Entertainment Event   Development
SPTE 201 –   Introduction to Sport and Entertainment