National High School Sport Business Case Competition

Hosted by Kutztown University Sport Management
Case Provider:  Philadelphia Flyers

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National High School Sport Business Case Competition

Date:  April  16 – 17, 2024
Location:  Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia  &                                                                                                   de Francesco Bldg., Kutztown  University


To provide current high school students with exceptional educational opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an annual sport case competition.

Case Competition Overview
  • The NHSSB Case Competition offers a unique opportunity for high school students (9-12th grade) to compete in a fast-paced and challenging sport business real-life or artificial scenario.
  • Through the case competition, students will be able to showcase their skill sets, earn practical learning experience, and engage in excellent networking opportunities.
  • Each participant will be awarded a certificate of participation.
  • Certificates and/or trophies will be awarded to the Top 8 teams.
  • The first-place team will win a prize(s) from sponsors. 
Registration and Rates
  • Register here: 
  • Advisor/Chaperone(s) must register to compete in the case competition by February 5, 2024 (11:59 pm EST).
    • Registration and First round (online test): Free
    • Preliminary and final round: $300 per team
    • For more information about the 2024 NHSSB Case competition, please contact Dr. Jayden Kim at 
Rules and procedures


  • All current high school students are eligible to compete in the case competition.
  • Each team must be comprised of 3-4 students.
  • Each team must have a designated advisor or team leader. The role of the advisor/leader is to coordinate competition registration and travel for his or her team (see note below).
  • The Case Competition is a STUDENT-ONLY competition. Teams are prohibited from securing input or feedback from the advisor(s) until the end of the competition.
  • Teams invited to participate in the preliminary round will be required to pay a $300 participation fee.
  • Online written test fee: Free 

Note: 1.  All adult advisors accompanying the team must have documented child clearance verification.   2. One of the SM students will be assigned as an on-site chaperone for each team.                                                                                                                                                                 


Information Q&A Session on Friday, January 26, 2024 (2:30PM EST)                                                          ZOOM MEETING:

Competition Registration by February 5, 2024 (11:59pm EST)

  • Advisor/Chaperone(s) must be officially registered for the competition.                                      Register here:                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

First Round on February 19 -- February 23, 2024

  • Online Written Test
  • Recommended Reading materials:
    • Pedersen, P. M., & Thibault, L. (2022). Contemporary Sport Management (7th ed.). Human Kinetics. ISBN: 9781718202993  
  • Advisor/Proctor is responsible for overseeing the first round.
  • In the first round, team scores (online test scores) will be calculated with combined top three (3) team member scores. 
  • The team scores will be used to select top teams invited to advance to the next level of
  • Top 8 teams will be notified and invited to Kutztown University to compete in the
    preliminary round.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Case Release on Monday, April 1, 2024 (at Noon EST)

  • Full case and supporting materials will be released to both team leaders and their
    advisor via email.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Secret Shopper (Mystery Shopper) @ the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (at 4:30 PM EST)

  • Guided tour of the Facility
  • Secretly shop assessing customer satisfaction and service quality
  • Watch the game:  Flyers vs Rangers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Preliminary Round in DF 201 and DF 221 on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (8 AM EST)

  • Randomly selected teams will compete in a bracket. Only one team in each bracket will advance to the final round.
  • Each team will use PowerPoint slides to give their oral presentation. Teams should
    NOT include items that require internet access within the presentation.
  • MS office: Power Point Program or PDF should be used. Google Slides presentations will NOT be accepted.
  • Make sure NOT to identify your affiliation to the judges in any way on the PowerPoint
    slides and during the presentation. Disclosure made by a team is considered a violation of the rules of the competition, which will lead to disqualification.
  • Each team will be given 15 minutes to present, followed by an additional 5-10 minutes of Q&A from the judging panel
  • The Finalist teams (Winner from each bracket) will be notified, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, by 10:30 AM EST                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Consolation Round in DF 101 on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 11 AM EST

  • The second-ranked teams in each bracket will have the opportunity to participate in the consolation round.
  • In this round, the third and fourth place will be determined.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Final Round in DF 101 on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 11 AM EST

  • Preliminary round scores are not used in the final round; scoring is based solely on the
    final presentation.
  • Teams proceeding to the final round will NOT be able to make any changes to their
    PowerPoint presentations.
  • All Case Competition participants are allowed to sit in on the final round presentations.
  • The winning team(s) will be announced during the closing ceremony.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Agenda for National High School Sport Business Case Competition (subject to change)

Tuesday, April 16th   

          4:30 PM - 5:00 PM       Check-in at the lobby of Wells Fargo Center

          5:00 PM - 5:30 PM       Meet and Greet

          5:30 PM - 6:30 PM       Wells Fargo Center Tour

          7:00 PM - 9:00 PM       Watch the Flyers vs Rangers game + Dinner                                       

Wednesday, April 17th

        8:00 AM - 10:00 AM        Preliminary Round

       11:00 AM  - 12:00  PM      Consolation Round  Final Round

       12:30 PM  -  2:00  PM       Closing Ceremony in DF 101                                                                               

Organizing Committee

Dr. Duane Crider

Board Members:
Dr. Jayden Kim
Dr. Soojin Kim
Dr. Michelle Vaughn
Ms. Kirsten Seeger