Sports is one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative industries with Sports Management continuing to be a fast growing field and besides athlete management includes financial management, athletic performance, coaching, and sports medical careers.
Talent scouts, coaches, and team administrative office staff are all included when it comes to Sports Management.
Possible Sports Management Job Titles
Sport management careers have a variety of different job titles. Program director, marketing and promotions director, corporate sales director, director of ticketing, facilities coordinator, athletic director, athletic business manager, and fitness manager are all sport management titles.
Besides the traditional American sports triumvirate of football, baseball and basketball there are many other professional sports that offer good sports management career choices, such as golf, tennis, NASCAR, MMA, hockey, surfing, skiing and snowboarding, along with the universal appeal of soccer, the world’s #1 sport.
Anyone that is interested in a career in sports management has an extensive amount of different individual positions in different sports in which to apply for.
However, the most popular career in Sports Management is as a Sports Agent who represents professional athletes, takes care of contract negotiations, marketing, as well as housing, taxes and more.
The Benefits Of Completing A Sports Management Internship
These days, most universities, both online and traditional brick-and-mortar, are offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Sports Management.
Most undergraduate sport management degree programs include courses in accounting, management, marketing, economics, and computer applications and along with focusing on the business aspect of sport in culture, sport ethics, sport finance, sports information, intercollegiate and professional sports, sport law, facility management and sport marketing.
Some collegiate sports management degree programs also include internship opportunities to give the student hands-on experience in the field. Although the majority of these internships are unpaid and will most likely include filing and moving paper around rather then receiving the one-on-one hands-on experience in dealing first hand with professional athletes.
There are some programs out there however that offer the student hands-on experience in dealing directly with professional athletes under the umbrella of their parent company and gives them the opportunity to earn money in the process. Passing a free certification course is all that is necessary to qualify for this program.
All in all, if you love every aspect of the sports world and would like a career in sports management, the opportunities are out there, you just have to go for it!