When you attend a big sporting event like the NCAA Final Four or the Super Bowl, for example, you might forget that there’s a laundry list of people working behind the scenes to put on the event. Even for regular season games in the NBA or NFL, there’s people working together to make sure the game is a worthwhile experience for the fans in attendance.
If you’re interested in jobs in sports events, then read the following article, which gives a breakdown regarding jobs in sports events, additional insight from sports business professionals, and universities offering worthwhile programs tailored toward individuals aspiring to work in sports events.
Types Of Jobs In Sports Events
[easyazon-image align="left" asin="0471460079" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51K9D90SA0L._SL160_.jpg" width="122"] Sports events jobs can be found at all levels. Whether it’s with a minor professional hockey team, the NCAA Final Four, or the NBA Draft, there’s countless opportunities for aspiring young professionals to work in the industry.
Jobs in sports events include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
- Assistant Event Manager
- Facilities/Operations Coordinator
- Director of Stadium Security
- Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
- YMCA Director
- Scoreboard Event Operator
- Event Sales Assistant
- Senior Event Manager
- Special Events Director
- Guest Services Manger
- Customer Relations Manager
- Executive Director of Facility Operations/Entertainment
How To Get Jobs In Sports Events
If there’s one area of the sports industry where there’s ample opportunity to volunteer, it might be at sporting events. Think about how many events occur each and every single year?
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. The Senior Bowl. The NBA All Star Game. The NHL Draft. Not to mention, the countless number of regular season games both at the collegiate and professional levels.
The list goes on and on, but you get the picture. It’s just like any other area within the sports world — make connections, and lasting connections at that.
Besides volunteering at events, consider possibly attending sports career fairs, like the ones offered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Chicago Wolves in the coming months. Or attend sports networking conferences such as the Sports Industry Networking Career Conference held this February in Washington, D.C.
Jenna Helton, Promotions Manger with ACTIVATE Drinks
Ms. Helton is a young business professional working for Activate Drinks, where she acts as the health drink company’s public relations manages; she formerly worked at Pacific Sports LLC as a Marketing and Event Coordinator. At ACTIVATE, though, she answers all incoming company emails, manages trade show logistics, and handles a number of other issues. Up to this point, most of her career experiences have been focused around event production, promotions and marketing.
Below, she offers one piece of information that will help a sports business professional stand out from the crowd when applying for internships and future jobs in sports.
“I created my own portfolio. I took all of the items that I was proud of, emails that said what a great job I had done on a certain event that I helped put on, and my letters of recommendations all in one book for the employer to see. I believe this helped me stand out compared to other people in the applicant pool. I have heard of some people sending a pie with one piece missing with a letter saying, “I’m the missing piece, I look forward to speaking with you soon”.
Or if you’re applying for a professional team, you could send a jersey with “Team” written on the back with a note saying, “I would love to be a part of your team”. You want to be able to set yourself a part from the other applicants, and do it in a way that is special to you.”
College Programs That Can Help You Land Jobs In Sports Events
College programs geared toward jobs in sports events might not be as plentiful as, maybe, programs in sports management or sports administration, but they indeed still exist.
The key is first figuring out what jobs in sports appeal to you.
If it’s possibly working in event management and facilities, then find a similar college program that meets your needs.
Sports Networker highlights a few institutions below that combine education in the classroom along with real-world experiences for students interested in jobs in sports events.
Syracuse University — David B. Falk College Of Sport & Human Dynamics
Syracuse University offers two options when it comes to obtaining an education toward pursuing those jobs in sports events. Their Master of Science degree in Sport Venue and Event Management is unlike any other master’s program.
The 36-credit hour graduate degree is focused on educational knowledge and skill development, leveraging experiential opportunities in the SU Carrier Dome, the only multi-purpose domed sports facility on a college campus. Master’s students will gain real-world experience managing facilities and multi-faceted events in sports and entertainment.
The graduate program includes faculty from the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management, as well as SU’s School of Information Studies (iSchool), S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. In addition, the school offers a Sport Hospitality and Event Management minor in the College of Sport and Human Dynamics.
Elon University — School Of Communications
Elon University’s Sport and Event Management major focus on five core study areas of leisure management: facilities, sport (spectator and participant), tourism, public recreation, and cultural arts. Along with the undergraduate major, the school has a 20-hour minor in Sport and Event Management as well.
The University also has the Premier Sport and Event Society, a student run organization that offers its members professional experience related to career interests in various industries. This outside of the classroom experience is achieved through various event planning activities, networking opportunities, and educational pursuits.
The Society is quickly becoming a premier organization for students to be involved with. Regardless of whether you’re interested in sports tourism, facilities, or public recreation, this is a great group to join for anyone seeking a career in the sport and event management industry.
University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio offers a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Sport, Event, and Tourism management.
The degree is housed in the College of Business and the Department of Marketing.
The sport, event, and tourism management degree provides the opportunity for a comprehensive business education that can allow students to enter into careers in sport management and marketing, event management, travel and tourism, and destination marketing.
The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.
University Of South Carolina – College of Hospitality, Retail/Sport Management
The Master of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management (MSEM) is designed to train students for management and leadership roles in the sport, entertainment, and venue industries. The degree program offers the graduate curriculum with the most comprehensive emphasis on venue management (arenas, stadiums, amphitheaters, etc.) and professional and personal growth in an atmosphere that cultivates long-term networking opportunities leading to expanded career opportunities
When considering South Carolina’s undergraduate major in Sports and Entertainment Management, students should view the Sport and Entertainment industries from a “business” perspective. The curriculum is a business oriented degree tailored to meet the specific conditions and demands of the Sport and Entertainment industries.
The degree combines studies in the liberal arts with studies in business, accounting, marketing, economics, finance, information management and sport and entertainment management.
How To Find Jobs In Sports Events
Are you ready to find and land your dream job in sports events? Check out the job postings on Work in Sports for a detailed breakdown of jobs based on type and region.
Did you know that there were so many types of jobs in sports events to choose from? Let us know what your dream job in sports would be. Leave a comment for us below or tweet us your thoughts at @sportsnetworker.