Sports Management Fields

There is a wide array of choices when it comes to the fields of study in Sports Management.

This is a very good thing for Sports Management students as they will have a wide range of choices in the world of sports and they can pursue the careers of their choice which they are best suited for and be successful.

These can include high profile or behind the scenes careers and whatever your choice is, there are a lot of opportunities in a wide range of organizational settings in the sports business.

The sports industry continues to rank among the biggest and most diverse industries in the world, thus keeping many sports career opportunities available for the future.

SKILLS REQUIRED

When it comes to the skills required to be successful in a Sports Management career, there are numerous combinations within the context of a sports organization or department including:

  • Budgeting
  • Controlling
  • Directing
  • Evaluating
  • Leading
  • Organizing
  • Planning

Individuals who want a Sports Management career should pursue an academic degree program that provides them with a complete and thorough understanding of the business side of sports along with business management.

SPORTS ORGANIZATIONAL SETTINGS

Sports Management is a lot more then just managing the sport itself and there are numerous different organizational settings for someone to choose from.

Just some of the different organizational settings people with a Sports Management degree will have to choose from include:

  • College Sports
  • Professional Sports
  • Olympics
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Communications
  • Sporting Goods
  • Community Recreation Sports Programs
  • Private Club Sports Programs

 

Besides the traditional major sports such as baseball, football, basketball, golf and hockey, the professional sports industry now includes extreme sports such as:

  • UFC / MMA
  • MX / ATV
  • Wakeboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skateboarding
  • Boogie Boarding

Also contributing to the continued growth of the sports industry is the growth in the number and variety of specialized sports facilities, an increase in sports tourism and the rapid advancement of the globalization of sports along with sports related goods and services.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Some examples of career opportunities for Sports Management professionals in various organizational settings along with job titles include:

ADMINISTRATION:

  • Athletic Director
  • Executive Director
  • General Manager
  • Owner
  • President
  • Vice President

COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA:

  • Assistant Manager for Sports Internet Site
  • Media Relations Assistant
  • Sport Video Manager
  • Sports Video Production Assistant
  • Vice President of Communications

FACILITIES & EVENTS:

  • Customer Relations Manager
  • Event Coordinator
  • Executive Director of Facility Operations
  • Facility Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Guest Services Manager
  • Special Events Director
  • Special Events Promotion Manager

FINANCE:

  • Accounting Manager
  • Associate Athletic Director for Finance
  • Director of Corporate Sales
  • Manager of Group Sales
  • Ticket Manager
  • Vice President of Finance

LAW:

  • Assistant General Counsel
  • General Counsel
  • International Sport Lawyer
  • Special Events Contract Lawyer
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Arbitrator/Mediator
  • Vice President for Labor Relations

MARKETING:

  • Corporate Sales Manager
  • Director of Marketing
  • Director of Special Events and Promotions
  • Director of New Business Development
  • Director of Fan Development
  • Tournament Operations Manager
  • Vice President for Marketing

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

  • Corporate Communications Assistant
  • Director of Sports Information
  • Director of Sports Publicity
  • Director of Sports Media
  • Director of Community Relations
  • Vice President for Public Relations

TRAVEL

  • Guest Relations Specialist
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Tournament Planner
  • Travel Coordinator
  • Travel/Tour Guide

So where ever your passion for sports brings you, the choices in a Sports Management career are endless and will continue to grow with time.

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