Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr., M.B.A
Teaching Assistant Professor – Sport Administration
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
305 Woollen CB# 8700
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Wayne McDonnell has been involved in education, media, coaching, and finance for two decades. He achieved the rank of Clinical Professor of Sport Management and served as Academic Chair at New York University’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport. During the 2020-2021 academic year, McDonnell was an Adjunct Full Professor at St. John’s University in the Collins College of Professional Studies Division of Sport Management. A former financial analyst and accountant at Madison Square Garden, McDonnell is a business of baseball contributor for Forbes Sports Money and guest contributor for the YES Network. He has also written for other sport business periodicals, textbook chapters, and has presented research papers at industry conferences.
McDonnell’s area of expertise is the business of baseball. He has consistently appeared on television programs on the MLB Network (Prime 9); Bloomberg; Business News Network (Canada); ABC; BBC; NBC; FOX; CNN; SportsNet New York and the YES Network. He is a frequent guest on ESPN-affiliated radio programs across the country and is regularly quoted in several periodicals. McDonnell’s research has been featured on multiple occasions at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.
In his spare time, McDonnell lends his expertise to inCourage, a not-for-profit that helps young athletes and adults redefine success in youth sports. He represents the company as Vice President of Content and Curriculum on panel discussions, conferences, and events. A winner of academic awards for teaching excellence and outstanding service, McDonnell is passionate about sport management education, mentoring, and being of service to his students. He treats the classroom as a laboratory for learning and the students as the future of the profession.
Born and raised in the Bronx, McDonnell is a proud graduate of Iona Preparatory School and holds two degrees from Iona College’s LaPenta School of Business: Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Business Administration in Management. He was an assistant baseball coach at Iona Preparatory School and a former two sport athlete (baseball and soccer) who went on to co-own and manage the Westchester Rockies, a semi-professional baseball team in the Westchester Rockland Wood Bat League.