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If you are interested in going into the sports entertainment field and you are a sports fanatic what career path should you follow?

Ever since I was a little kid I enjoyed watching sports, such as football, hockey, and baseball. I would watch games on tv and end up analyzing the play before the announcer would. #sports #sports-management #recruiting #statistics #data-analysis #staffing

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Brittney,

It all depends on what you want to get out of a career in the Sports Industry. There are many avenues like Marketing, Management, Analytics, Communications, etc.

You mentioned that you like analyzing the play calls in sports. Perhaps, sports broadcasting or data analysis is your calling. If so, then college degrees in communications or data science may be the path to take.

If you are in high school, you can check with the Athletic Director and Coaches for advice. The Athletic Director may let you sit in the broadcast booth during a football game to see how the announcers work. Or, the coaches will allow you to observe from the sidelines. You can also use this approach if a college is nearby and check with the Athletic Department for additional insights.

Another suggestion is to contact your local news stations, especially the Sports Director. Shadowing can allow you to gain a better insight and understanding on what it takes to be a broadcaster. You can learn about how the professional got into his/her line of work, what he/she went to college for, internships completed, etc. Also, you may want to reach out to the bigger sports broadcasting networks like ESPN, FOX Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports and ABC Sports for additional guidance to break into the Sports Industry.

Hope this helps and best wishes in your career journey!

Michael recommends the following next steps:

Check with high school Athletic Director and Coaches
Check with local news stations and the sports department
Reach out to ESPN, FOX Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports and ABC Sports for additional guidance
Shadowing with sports industry professionals
Research which degrees to major in college - Communications, Data Science, etc.
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John’s Answer

There are a ton of different ways to get your foot in the door in Sports Media and Entertainment. Being a sports fanatic, though, does ont qualify you automatically. If you want to get in to the industry and don't care what you function is, try everything! If you already know what you are most interested in or best at, focus on that. Some entry level jobs you might consider applying to are: writer (blogging, most likely), social media manager, PR associate, statistician, marketing associate, financial analyst, etc. Sports teams and the media entities that cover them are businesses, and require a plethora of different skill sets to succeed.

You can look at jobs available directly through teams (on their websites) or at media /pr / sports agencies and see which job descriptions appeal to you


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Howard’s Answer

I don't believe being a 'sports fanatic' really helps much in the industry, but if you do love a specific sport or team then that might be the best place to start looking. Being intimately knowledgeable about that sport/team might help you get a foot in the door and you can build a career beyond that initial opportunity. A typical starting role would be working as a local ambassador for a team or in ticket sales.

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Zach’s Answer

Hi Brittney, if you want to get more involved in sports, you may want to consider studying sports leadership/management in college. This degree will only help so much, though, as the onus is on you to reach out to employers (teams) and get your foot in the door via an internship or potentially an entry-level job. Getting to know an organization is a great way to build your way to your dream job. If you get an education in a relevant field as well as show them your commitment and skill with your role, they're likely to want to keep you around and possibly promote you. As you gain more experience in the field, you might find yourself in charge of PR, ticket sales, analytics, finance, or possibly even team management if you are successful enough. To make it this far, I'd also suggest getting a degree to fit one of the paths. For example, if you want to eventually be in charge of analytics for a team, you'll want to study analytics in school and gain internship and job experience in that field.
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Kazim’s Answer

Hi Brittney, degree in journalism will prepare you on how to communicate to your audience and being knowledgeable about a sport (of your choice) will be essential.

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