Top Menu

The Secret to Breaking Into Sports

Want to know the secret to breaking into sports? It’s really not much of a secret. You’ve heard it before. Many times, I’m sure. But this time I want you to do something about it. Are you with me? Good.

Below are four (not-so-secret) power moves that will help you get to where you want to go with your sports business career.

1. Out-Hustle Your Competitors

Here’s the secret: Out-hustle the competition. Beating your opponents takes an enormous amount of work. Especially in the sports business industry. But it starts in the mind. You don’t out-hustle the competition by accident. It happens on purpose. Until you make a conscious decision to do so, it’s not going to happen.

Application: Add an hour or more per day to your schedule to work on breaking into the biz.

2. Be Relentless

Landing a job in sports is about rolling up your sleeves and getting after it. And not giving up. That’s how you win a job. When you pursue your dreams — and you’re relentless — everything else will take care of itself.

Application: Network like a man or woman on a mission. Because you are.

3. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you’re an athlete, or former athlete, you’ve heard the old saying, “No Pain, No Gain.” In the off-season that was your mantra while you were preparing for the future. The same approach applies now. Planning and preparing to launch a sports career requires you to get out of your comfort zone and embrace the pain so you can enjoy the gain.

Application: Outline a plan of attack.

4. Have Something to Sell

Before you start working in sports, you first have to work in marketing. Self-marketing, that is. In order to land your first job in sports — and build your sports career from there — you must be able to sell yourself. But you’ve got to have something to sell. Your diploma alone won’t cut it. Grades either. Dig deeper.

Application: Find one or two things you do extremely well. Package it in a way that brings value to a company. Lead with that.

Comment below with other great ideas and tips to getting a job in sports! Make sure to like us on FaceBook and follow us or tweet us @sportsnetworker

, , , ,

22 Responses to The Secret to Breaking Into Sports

  1. LiloWilliams September 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    @TheRueGuy A good article, but hopelessly optimistic. I’ve been doing that for 4 years, and nothing has happened.

  2. TheRueGuy September 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    @LiloWilliams took me 15 years.

  3. ChrisMcKinney September 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    @LiloWilliams Hey Lilo – I wrote that “optimistic” article. I’d like to help, if possible. In your pursuit, what were you “Selling”?

  4. ChrisMcKinney September 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    @TheRueGuy That’s the definition of “Relentless,” which was Point #2.

  5. TheRueGuy September 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    @ChrisMcKinney It was more accidental than anything!

  6. LiloWilliams September 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    @ChrisMcKinney Hi Chris–can I send you an e-mail?

  7. LiloWilliams September 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    @TheRueGuy @ChrisMcKinney I also keep hearing “just have to be in the right place at the right time,” which isn’t very encouraging.

  8. ChrisMcKinney September 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    @LiloWilliams sure. [email protected] I’ll be able to reply tomorrow.

  9. ChrisMcKinney September 19, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    @TurnkeySports @JohnMellor my rec: Figure out what you’re great at and market yourself directly to companies who will pay you to do it.

  10. BaseballATeam September 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    @matthewcerrone @LewisHowes Also get really really lucky on the health front as a child and train like it’s your job.

  11. BaseballATeam September 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    @matthewcerrone @LewisHowes ah sports business…I say my comment still applies!

  12. LewisHowes September 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    @matthewcerrone 🙂

  13. LeftyRS September 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    @matthewcerrone @LewisHowes Really bad at something? Such as, word choice? “Like” means “similar to,” not “such as.”

  14. ChrisMcKinney September 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    @TheRueGuy Luck you!

  15. ChrisMcKinney September 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    @ChrisMcKinney @TheRueGuy “Lucky”

  16. Scott February 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board
    and I in finding It truly helpful & it helped me out much.
    I am hoping to provide something back and help others such as you aided me.

  17. delray beach internet marketing help July 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Tracking and ease of use are other advantages for companies using polls.
    You can use this name when ever you are ready to get into social
    media marketing. While activism is a great way to ensure control on authority, at times it can be misused by power hungry
    activists. Twitter users use hashtags for topics and to gain trending spots in Twitter.

    Publicity and promotion is making a shift out of traditional media shops and there are new and unique ways of targeting audiences for events through social media.

    Create a group page on Facebook and try to gain followers by consistently posting social events,
    product updates, or daily specials. After all, everyone loves good content and will click on the product links if they are ready to buy something.

    It is possible and has been done before, but it
    is highly unlikely that your social media profiles will go viral the moment that you set them up.
    It still puzzles me to find businesses that don’t use social media and more importantly, don’t
    think that it is necessary. This led to more positive comments on the event invitations and a higher rate of turnout at the performances.

  18. black t party yoga pants wholesale August 22, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    It is very important to find chic ball gown wedding dresses after you have acceded to your man. Tantra teaches that lovemaking
    between a man and woman, when entered into with Awareness,
    is a gateway to both sexual and spiritual ecstasy.

    Insect silver fish damage is something you might not even know you have.

  19. restore deck coating coverage September 23, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    Furthermore, feeding live food is difficult as all live meals have a much higher
    risk in bringing bad bacteria or microorganisms that maybe harmful to
    your fish. Keep in mind the Cooper Mountain resort design their activities.
    Bait casting are multiplying reels, with the spool mounted above the rod.

  20. イベント ★セール会場 October 4, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.

    Thanks for great information I was looking for this info
    for my mission.

  21. crock pot freezer meals healthy October 5, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    You don’t want to linger until the last minute to make your plan so I would recommend reading the waterway guidebook in advance.
    With the high temperature sensitivity of some perishable goods,
    it’s easy to understand why so many companies rely on vacuum insulated
    panels such a Thermo – Cor to ensure the quality of their products.
    Bait casting are multiplying reels, with the spool mounted
    above the rod.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. The Secret: Is It Really That Simple? « - September 19, 2012

    […] Original Link: http://www.sportsnetworker.com/2012/09/18/the-secret-to-breaking-into-sports/ […]

Leave a Reply