If you have a passionate interest in sports and the talent and ability to be successful in business, then here are five reasons to choose a career in sports management. You will study a broad range of subjects covering promotion and marketing, legal and ethical issues, organizational behavior, facility management, finance and economics, sports media, and general business courses like finance and economics. This training can prepare you for a full range of sports related careers from team or facility management, to sports law, to player management and agency, to public relations, and a host of other related areas in the sports and sports related businesses.
First and foremost, you will be working in a career for which you feel genuine passion. If you are the type of person that loves to talk about sports with your friends; if you get excited about the hot stove time of the year when trades and free agency signings abound; If you are always thinking up promotions and marketing plans to sell more tickets, then you will get great satisfaction from being paid to actually do this for a living. Not only will you get to hang out with players and management, but you will be able to identify with the success of your team or facility and with the adulation that comes from the true fans of the game.
Secondly, this is a growing field. Sports programs tend to be somewhat recession proof as people need to follow their favorite teams and players to escape from the pressures of every day life. This creates job opportunities and upward mobility for those already working in sports organizations. And your passion for sports can translate into a variety of jobs within such an organization, making advancement much more attainable.
Next is the remuneration. The pay, especially for higher level jobs, is very good and comes with significant benefits. But it is not limited to pay. You will also get the emotional satisfaction of being associated with a company that puts a product on the field that creates diversion for large segments of society. After the terrorist attacks on the Trade Center, for example, baseball was credited for helping to galvanize the national spirit and for helping people to get through their grief and anxiety.
If you have the instincts of an entrepreneur, then sports offers great latitude for you to evolve into player management or agency. You can also start a sports press and publicity office or a promotional business. Sports collectibles and memorabilia offers yet another of the many independent business opportunities, once you are on the inside and have access.
Finally, most sports teams have programs that give back to the community that they serve. You can become involved in sports related charities or in programs that send athletes into the schools or neighborhoods to bring positive role models to young people.
All of these benefits and more can give you a career that is not only personally and professionally satisfying, but one that can make you very comfortable financially while you are working in a field for which you have great passion.