Career in Sports Management
So many people grow up wanting to be professional athletes. Though only a tiny fraction are able to realize that dream, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a career in sports. There are myriad careers in sports management, allowing those of us without a 90-mph fastball or a 42-inch vertical leap to work around the games we love.
Sports management includes all aspects of business, from the administration of finances to facilities management to the business aspects of sports teams, leagues, and establishments. With the growing popularity of the professional league sports such as BPL (Barclays Premier League) and what followed is the most successful and profitable league in India ($3 billion Indian Premier League) and it embarked the beginning of a new phase in Indian Sports Federation. After the recent success of ISL (Indian Soccer League), Indian Kabaddi League, Indian Tennis League, Indian Badminton League, Hero Hockey League and this has opened the opportunity for a new career path in the Sports Management.
Bachelor degree in similar field or in business with relevant work experience is acceptable for pursuing masters in sports management. Many in the industry hold advanced degrees, with MBAs among the most prevalent. Some of the best countries which offer these courses are UK, USA and Ireland
Enthusiasm for sports and recreation, excellent mathematical and accounting abilities, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people, ability to multitask and keep track of multiple priorities at once, excellent written and oral communications skills
Sports management salaries can vary to an incredible degree, depending on the position. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for the field in 2010 was $92,250 annually. With many years of experience and solid networking, Sports manages can earn astronomical salaries in professional leagues–perhaps not quite as much as the stars of the team, but close, in some cases.
Job prospects for sports management should remain relatively steady for the next decade, though competition will be fierce. Candidates with strong academic backgrounds, a passion for the sport they seek to work in, and strong interpersonal skills will have a leg up.