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Senior Research Assistant


Observatory Lodge Rm 1118

1402 Washington Heights

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan's Sport Management program in 2017, Sierra joined the Center for Sport & Policy, full time. As a Senior Research Assistant, Sierra supports both the analytic and academic efforts of the Center.


Protecting the Public's Interest: Options for Structuring Public Authorities for Sport Venues. The Physical Educator. Michael B. Cantor, Sierra R. Bain, and Mark S. Rosentraub (2019)

Purpose: This study illustrates the benefits from special districts or public authorities created to build sport venues. Understanding the different structures that can be used is important for public officials and students preparing themselves for careers in sport management. The structure of special districts/authorities is also important for high school and collegiate administrators as partnerships for new venues are being developed with professional teams. Method: The structures of the following four partnerships were analyzed: The Frisco Independent School District entered into a partnership with the city and the Dallas Cowboys to build a new complex where its 8 high schools play their home games; Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Detroit forged partnerships with professional teams, but in each instance, different structures were used in creating public authorities. Results: The analysis illustrate the range of responsibilities that can be assigned to authorities and the benefits that can be generated for teams, cities, universities, and school districts. Conclusion: When cities, universities, and school districts form partnerships with professional teams to build a venue and develop adjoining land, the opportunities available to them through the creation of special district are more expansive than many realize.