|（1.School of Physical Education and Health，East China Normal University，Shanghai 200241，China；2.School of Physical Educaiton，Qilu Normal University，Jinan 250200，China)
Abstract: The scientization and democratization of sports policy and strategy study expedited the rising of univer-sity sports think tanks. After collating the connotations, development orientation, academic mission, organization mode and research methods of university sports think tanks by means of literature, the authors found that current university sports think tanks had problems such as ambiguous orientation, doing one’s own business without coop-eration, abnormal research methods etc, which resulted in “more tanks, less think” or “tanks without think”. The authors proposed that university sports think tanks should, on the basis of specifying connotation, develop hierar-chically, rely on national or local sports policies, value the coordinated interaction between various behavior sub-jects of think tanks and multiple applications of research methods, so as to realize the mutual promotion of the number expansion and quality improvement of university sports think tanks.
Key words: sports management；sports think tank；institutions of higher learning