Yes and no, if you are looking to working at a college or at a high school it is a great path. It allows you to have credentials that a lot of schools and states need to work in certain athletic departments .
My sister in law and I are two examples of people who work in sports and went about it two different ways.
My sister in law has a degree in sports management from Whicita state, which helped her get a job in the athletic department at the institution. Where she ran events and coordinated athletic activities for the department. She now works for the Dallas Cowboys planning events at their pracice facility. She has always said she loved getting her degree, but to go into the professional sports world a degree is not really necessary. The one thing that she has always loved about her degree is how it helped her to establish her self in the sports world and build a network of colleagues.
As for myself I have a undergrad in music industry studies and I have not used my degrees since I graduated. I have been umpiring baseball since I was 16 and even pursued it professionally for a couple years. By baseball being my life I have found my home in the travel baseball world, and have made a very good name for myself in California. I am the operations manager for one of the largest baseball groups in California, where I handle the day to day operations; from helping with field allocation, hiring staff, scheduling events, and managing the company website. The one fall back to my approach of at sports management is due to the fact I don’t have a degree or certification it is hard for me to get out of the private world and into college and high school sports admin.
But what we both can say is network, network, and network some more. Also, never ever be rude or disrespectful to anyone because you never know who you are talking too.
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