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NSU professor discusses sports management issues on ESPN Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Northern State University professor in sport management
was interviewed about local and national issues this week on ESPN Aberdeen’s The Sports Hub.


Dr. Thomas Orr, assistant professor of sport marketing and administration, discussed projects his students have done with NSU athletics and the Aberdeen Wings this season. Orr also spoke about current issues around Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins as it relates to the “mock trial” being conducted in his law and ethics class.


Orr’s area of research is a hot topic with so many sport violence issues in the news. In May, he spoke on The Huffington Post’s HuffPostLive about the death of a soccer referee who was attacked after giving a player a yellow card for a foul. Orr is author of “Sport and Violence,” a critical examination of “sports rage” and aggression in athletics. 


Orr, who is completing his third year at NSU, received his B.A. in history with minors in recreation and leisure services, economics, and athletic coaching from the University of North Dakota. He completed his master’s and doctorate degrees at Indiana University. Orr has had extensive experience as a sports player, official, supervisor, coach and sport administrator. He competed in Canadian junior hockey leagues before playing college hockey for the Hoosiers and eventually joining the coaching staff at Indiana. 

Today, Orr leads several Midwest youth camps for the Boston Bruins as a director for Pro Ambitions hockey. He also coaches youth teams for his children in Aberdeen.


Orr is planning a summit on bullying and hazing in schools and is currently finishing up his second text book, which will be about event planning.


To listen to the interview, visit