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    I want to go to college and major in Sports Management. What kind of jobs could I get with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management?
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    Re: Sports Management

    Quote Originally Posted by degenerate10 View Post
    I want to go to college and major in Sports Management. What kind of jobs could I get with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management?
    There might be an opening in Cincinnati soon. You'd probably have a good shot since you're not yet a proven big league manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander View Post
    There might be an opening in Cincinnati soon. You'd probably have a good shot since you're not yet a proven big league manager.
    I'm just a junior in high school right now.
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    I'm also curious about this, the only bad part is I think UC doesn't have sports admin available.
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    Don't do it, I majored in sports management. I now live in a cardboard box just outside of Los Angeles, right off Apricot Lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by degenerate10 View Post
    I'm just a junior in high school right now.
    That means you would be cheap. That would qualify you even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander View Post
    That means you would be cheap. That would qualify you even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilHamburger View Post
    Don't do it, I majored in sports management. I now live in a cardboard box just outside of Los Angeles, right off Apricot Lane.
    On the contrary, I am about to complete my third year of the sports management program and I love it. The career possibilities really are endless and the industry continues to grow at an incredible rate. Of course the market is very competitive but it is all about getting a lot and a variety of experience (and it's never too early to start!). Off the top of my head, sports management majors can go into one of the following: professional sports, collegiate athletics, high school athletics, recreation, or health and fitness. And the list of positions under those categories are numerous (administration, marketing, media, sales, law, finance, sponsorship, facility management, event planning, etc...). From what I hear, a lot of organizations especially at the high school and college level are looking for that sports management background.

    My advice is to really look at the course offerings at the college program. A lot of university "sports management" programs are nothing more than first aid and coaching courses. The course offerings should almost look like a business program but tailored to sports. Also, I am backing my sports management degree with a business degree to not only get a different background but to hedge my bets if the whole sports management thing doesn't work out. PM me if you have any other questions. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reds Freak View Post
    On the contrary, I am about to complete my third year of the sports management program and I love it. The career possibilities really are endless and the industry continues to grow at an incredible rate. Of course the market is very competitive but it is all about getting a lot and a variety of experience (and it's never too early to start!). Off the top of my head, sports management majors can go into one of the following: professional sports, collegiate athletics, high school athletics, recreation, or health and fitness. And the list of positions under those categories are numerous (administration, marketing, media, sales, law, finance, sponsorship, facility management, event planning, etc...). From what I hear, a lot of organizations especially at the high school and college level are looking for that sports management background.

    My advice is to really look at the course offerings at the college program. A lot of university "sports management" programs are nothing more than first aid and coaching courses. The course offerings should almost look like a business program but tailored to sports. Also, I am backing my sports management degree with a business degree to not only get a different background but to hedge my bets if the whole sports management thing doesn't work out. PM me if you have any other questions. Good luck!
    I plan on going to WVU. Here are the courses I would have to take in order to graduate. Are these similar to the classes you took/taking?

    Program Requirements

    Course
    Hours
    SS 616 Sport Marketing Research Methods
    3
    SS 620 Ind. Interaction in Sport & Physical Activity
    3
    SS 627 Legal Issues -- Sport Administration
    3
    SS 635 Sport Management Processes
    3
    SS 646 Sport Marketing
    3
    SS 650 Paciolan Systems
    3
    SS 660 NCAA Compliance / Current Issues
    3
    SS 670 Sport Finance
    3
    SS 680 History & Philosophy of Sport
    3
    SS 685 Internship in Sport Management
    6
    SS 691 C ADTP: ESPN Sports Poll
    3
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    Don't let anybody tell you that there's any sort of job that you WILL get with a sport management degree. You might get a great job in sports, a so-so job, or no job. You need to be both good at what you do and lucky. Sport management programs are turning out more graduates than there are jobs.

    My best advice is do the best you can in the program, GET A GOOD INTERNSHIP AND NETWORK your tail off, and take a few classes outside of sports that develop some type of skill (foreign language, computers, etc).

    For example, I have a master's degree in sport management, who decided very quickly I would target baseball or nothing. Baseball teams give mad preference to those who speak Spanish, which I don't. I'm now in law school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by degenerate10 View Post
    I plan on going to WVU. Here are the courses I would have to take in order to graduate. Are these similar to the classes you took/taking?

    Program Requirements

    Course
    Hours
    SS 616 Sport Marketing Research Methods
    3
    SS 620 Ind. Interaction in Sport & Physical Activity
    3
    SS 627 Legal Issues -- Sport Administration
    3
    SS 635 Sport Management Processes
    3
    SS 646 Sport Marketing
    3
    SS 650 Paciolan Systems
    3
    SS 660 NCAA Compliance / Current Issues
    3
    SS 670 Sport Finance
    3
    SS 680 History & Philosophy of Sport
    3
    SS 685 Internship in Sport Management
    6
    SS 691 C ADTP: ESPN Sports Poll
    3
    That looks like a pretty good program. I've taken an Intro course, sport law, psychology and sociology of sport, sport marketing, sport finance, management of sport, event planning, facility management, an independent study, and an internship. Like I said before, I also backed that up with a seperate business degree.

    Like cincinnati chili said, the internship, experience, and networking is the biggest part of sports management. There's only so much you can learn in a classroom. Our professors have drilled that in our heads from day one. There are a lot of sport management graduates these days because it sounds fun and easy. But the way to set yourself apart and prove to possible employers that you have a passion for the field is to get as much experience and networking opportunities that you can.
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    Re: Sports Management

    What are you looking to do?

    Coaching? I think just getting your teachers licenses would be a better idea. Health/P.E. teacher and move your way up, hopefully from high school to college, etc.

    Or are you thinking more like an agent or something? I'm not sure what degree would be best, but one with some business classes, accounting would probably be a good idea, make sure you take some language courses, etc.

    I think it would be better to get a different degree and try to find a job that will tie into the sports field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamSelig View Post
    What are you looking to do?

    Coaching? I think just getting your teachers licenses would be a better idea. Health/P.E. teacher and move your way up, hopefully from high school to college, etc.

    Or are you thinking more like an agent or something? I'm not sure what degree would be best, but one with some business classes, accounting would probably be a good idea, make sure you take some language courses, etc.

    I think it would be better to get a different degree and try to find a job that will tie into the sports field.
    I'd like to be a scout for a baseball team or maybe have some form of front office job.
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