To get into the “conversation” in the sports business industry you need to be current, full of information, new ideas, and trends – which will help you add value to the organizations you are seeking to join. The blogs below are all written by experienced professionals in the sports business industry. So, go ahead and become familiar with as many of these blogs are you can. They are must read material in your quest for that “dream job in sports”.
The Essential List Of Sports Blogs To Help You Land A Job In Sports
Sports Business Daily
Delivering sports business content throughout the day with the The Morning Buzz, the Daily Issue and the Closing Bell, this site is a must for all sports business professionals. Here you will find the most current daily news and sports industry trends. For connivence sake you can have the content emailed directly to you. Additionally, the site breaks down into “subgroups” such as Marketing/Sponsorship, Media, Franchises etc. It’s quick and easy to find content that relates directly to your own interest. This site requires a subscription, but for those in the industry or looking to get into it, its worth every penny.
Forbes SportsMoney Blog
A subsection of the overall Forbes blog empire, Sports Money delivers excellent content on the business of sports. There are a ton of great contributors here, (over 40 total) and they all have very practical and relevant experience in the industry. There are articles here on all facets of the industry, and they are often times pretty unique: Example: LSU Shouldn’t Profit From Star Player’s Honey Badger Nickname.
Darren Rovell’s Sports Business Blog
As CNBC’s Sport Business Reporter Darren Rovell has amassed quite the following over the years. He recently launched a TV show called “Sports Biz: Game On” which also features Erin Sharoni. His blog, a great complement to the TV show, still brings the punch with interesting tidbits from the world of sports business. Also, check out this interview Darren did with our own Lewis Howes.
The Business Of Sports
Around since early 2008, and written primarily by Russell Scibetti, this blog provides some excellent content. The content, for the most part, focuses on sports marketing and customer service. Occasionally, Scibetti will have guest posters from additional areas giving his readers a well rounded view of the industry. This blog has evolved a bit over the years, and arguably in its current incarnation, the best feature is the Business of Sports Networking Events. These events are now staged all over the country on a semi regular basis, and best of all, are free of charge!
The Sports Business Exchange
Created by Joshua Duboff , The Sports Business Exchange (TSBX) is a collection of articles written by young sports business professionals. TSBX is a forum for intellectual articles on issues and concerns in the world of sport business. These articles are written strictly by young professionals in the sports business industry who often otherwise lack a platform for writing articles on current events. This is a great place to check out ideas and insights from rising professionals in the industry. The Fall 2011 was a huge success with over 30,000 page views and 4,600+ unique readers.
The Sports PR Blog
Written by PR Pro Melinda Travis, along with the help of some guest writers, this blog is a great source for PR content with the sports industry spin. The video presentations featured on this blog are a real highlight, and applicable for those in the industry as well as those looking to” break in.”
The sports law blog has been around since 2003, and contains a collection of some of the brightest sports minds around. Believe me, if you visit this site for a mere five minutes you will quickly realize these guys know their stuff. They write on issues and topics that aren’t seen in many other places. Need an example: How about an article on Transitioning to the NBA: Advocating on Behalf of Student Athletes for NBA & NCAA Rule Change. Michael McCann (Sports Illustrated), Warren K. Zola (Boston College), Nathanial Grow (University of Georgia), Marc Edelman (Barry School of Law), Gabe Feldman (Tulane Law School), Greg Skidmore (Kirkland & Ellis LLP), and Geoffrey Rapp (Toledo Law School) hold down the fort on this site.
The Sports Agent Blog
Interested in representing athletes? Check out the SportsAgentBlog written almost extensively by Darren Heitner. This site is as in-depth about a specific sector of the sports industry as it gets. Want to learn more about specific agents? Check out the great Agent Interviews section. Want to keep close tabs on news in the agency world? Check out the news page. Heitner updates this site almost daily, so it’s a good pulse on whats going on in the sports agency world.
Recently named 30 under 30 by Forbes, Brian Gainor brings the best of the best with his blog Partnership Activation. Branded as the “think tank” for connecting brands with fans, Sponsorship Activation has a wealth of information on sponsorship and marketing. Created to provide sports business professionals with consultation of industry best practices and innovative concepts, this site is a great read. The monthly newsletter is an additional feature that all should take advantage of.
Octagon First Call
Octagon First Call helps brands, their agencies and nonprofit organizations by assessing the business value of celebrities, negotiating smart partnerships and activating each program. If you are interested in working on the brand side of the sports industry, or working with celebrity clients and/or endorsers check out this blog to see how some of the best professionals in the industry do it.
Kim Skildum-Reid’s Corporate Sponsorship Blog
Power Sponsorship was started by Kim Skildum-Reid with the primary goal being to provide good advice to major corporate sponsors in the Asia-Pacific region. Since that time, Power Sponsorship has evolved into a multi-faceted, global, and highly influential organisation, providing a range of services to clients and media.
The Business Of College Sports
Alicia Jessop has taken over writing for this wonderfully insightful blog. She’s a lawyer by day, and a writer by night. Well written and thought out articles are the theme here, along with interesting data analysis from the world of college athletics.
Kris Mathis started SponsorPitch in 2008 to address a core business problem he noticed while starting and working in the sponsorship division of a global marketing and PR agency. SponsorPitch has adapted its model over the past few years, but the “Articles” portion of the site is a great way to keep up with sponsorship news within the sports industry.
IEG’s Sponsorship Blog
IEG’s sponsorship experts provide unique perspective on the latest industry developments, news and trends. These posts will make you think, challenge conventional wisdom, give you new ideas, and spark discussion.
The Biz Of Baseball
Written by Maury Brown, if you love baseball. or want to work in the front office of a minor league or MLB club then this is the site for you. It’s an all inclusive location for news, interviews, data, and articles dedicated to just the game of baseball and the business that drives it.
Sports Marketing and PR Roundup
This blog is written by Joe Favorito who has over 26 years of strategic communications/marketing, business development and public relations expertise in sports, entertainment, brand building, media training, television, athletic administration and business (woah, quite the list). With this blog you will find solid insight from an industry veteran who has been in the “PR trenches.” Make sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter which features a run down of the week’s top articles from a variety of publications. You will also find job and internship opportunities.
By now you’ve heard the phrase “networking, networking, networking” so much that you have replaced the phrase with counting sheep. But seriously, it’s as important as anything. In the last few months Kristi Dosh has really taken over this space as it pertains to sports business networking and how to land a job in sports, and has done a fantastic job. Her networking tips are typically geared towards those looking to break into the industry. At this point you can find Kirsti in many places, but here is where you will find the sports business networking tips you are searching for.
If you are looking to stay up to date on the latest trends in sports and social media, then you have to follow the guys at Activ8Social. The founders of Activ8Social, Anthony Caponiti and Steve Cobb, have done some amazing work with their client Red Bull and the athletes they endorse including Rajon Rondo, Reggie Bush, Tim Lincecum, Thierry Henri and most recently Blake Griffin. Activ8Social distributes content on a weekly basis with their Monday Social Mashup as well as their popular #Sports newsletter.
Are there any other blogs that you have used to help you land a job in sports? Let me know in the comments below!
Good list Matthew, we keep up to date with all the material from those sites as well. If your readers are looking for a sports digital angle they can stop by Sports Geek – http://sportsgeek.com.au and say hello. With self promotion out of the way here is a list we compiled a while ago – 30 sports blogs you should be reading – http://sportsgeek.com.au/communications/30-sports-blogs-you-should-be-reading/
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