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About Sports Management

Whether you’re a die-hard pro football fan or just interested in sports, now could be a good time to think about a career in sports management. Sports entertainment is a huge business. There are many job opportunities for new graduates with educational exposure to sports management and the “playing field” is open to all levels of education. It doesn’t matter if you want to become a coach for a middle school or try your hand with working for the NFL, the doors are wide open.

The Anisfield School of Business’s Minor in Sports Management prepares students to have the knowledge, skills, tools and competencies required to understand sport, sport industry, and sport-related issues through an interdisciplinary lens.

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What Can I Do With a Minor in Sports Management?

Students can benefit from the minor and from learning skills like negotiation, contract management, sport and event management, and economics of the sports industry, which is a large, billion-dollar industry.

Coaches and scouts, fitness and athletic trainers work with clients to help them achieve or maintain a level of physical fitness. Coaches also assess the abilities of their players and use that knowledge to develop game plans. They also plan training schedules and physical conditioning programs. Sports agents, advertising, promotions and public relations managers all work to improve or maintain a positive image of a brand, company or person. They also work on behalf of athletes, developing professional contacts, scheduling promotions, negotiating contracts and collecting payments.

Employer Demand and Projected Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for growth for scouts and coaches will increase by 13 percent, while other related workers in the sport industry are expected to grow by 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average for all occupations.1

The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook also notes that “the median annual wage for entertainment and sports occupation was $42,940 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38.640. While no doubt skewed by the multi-million-dollar salaries of major league ball players and matinee performing artists, the salary, plus job growth, coupled with student/parent inquiry numbers all present a favorable outlook for attracting students to the minor.2

1 Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/coaches-and-scouts.htm

2 Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/home.htm

The top careers you can pursue include:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Promotions Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Scout
  • Sports Statistician
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