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Is sports management a good major?

Asked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

This really depends upon you and how sports management relates to your personality traits as compared with others in that area. What may be best for one is not necessarily best for all. it is definitely a question of personal fit.


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This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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Kamilah’s Answer

Updated Huntsville, Alabama

Yes, it is a good major depending on what you like to do. You will basically be the manager of a team, you don't do anything hands on/physical with the players. You deal with the paperwork, schedules, finances, and setting up things for them. It can be used in any sports field.

I'm current using my sports management major as a shadow under high school teams and then my internship, I will travel and work with a league team and create their schedule of other teams they play in and out of town, their staying arrangements during trips, and overseeing their finances.

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • Sports Management is a field where it allows you to work for a team; as in: the office work, creating their schedules, or you're an AD at a school. You can track of all paperwork of the team and the finances.
  • What you're able to do with a sports management major is to work under any sports team the requires a manager to manage and deal with the back end of everything that people don't see from their paperwork, money plans, teams schedules, and legal work.
  • Yes, there are a lot of opportunities avail in this field. It is constantly growing and the owners of teams aren't so much of keeping up with training the team and dealing with the paperwork in the back end as they used to.

Kamilah’s Answer

Updated Huntsville, Alabama

Yes, it is a good major depending on what you like to do. You will basically be the manager of a team, you don't do anything hands on/physical with the players. You deal with the paperwork, schedules, finances, and setting up things for them. It can be used in any sports field.

I'm current using my sports management major as a shadow under high school teams and then my internship, I will travel and work with a league team and create their schedule of other teams they play in and out of town, their staying arrangements during trips, and overseeing their finances.

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • Sports Management is a field where it allows you to work for a team; as in: the office work, creating their schedules, or you're an AD at a school. You can track of all paperwork of the team and the finances.
  • What you're able to do with a sports management major is to work under any sports team the requires a manager to manage and deal with the back end of everything that people don't see from their paperwork, money plans, teams schedules, and legal work.
  • Yes, there are a lot of opportunities avail in this field. It is constantly growing and the owners of teams aren't so much of keeping up with training the team and dealing with the paperwork in the back end as they used to.

Kale’s Answer

Updated Los Angeles, California

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.


Kale

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