Working in the world of sports is a complicated proposition. To begin with, you can’t do it just for the love of the game. Yes, it helps to be passionate about the sports you work with, but the nuts and bolts of what you do day in and day out is actually more important.
You’ll deal with immense scheduling activity, travel, tracking of personnel, and much more no matter what role you have in the world of sports. Keeping up with other employees, or simply being able to be found by your employer, requires a powerful system that integrates mobile technology with assets in fixed facilities to track everything — from working hours to security access. Asure Software, an SAAS-based mobile solution, is an example of a cloud-powered system that can handle such attendance and workspace management issues.
Communicating With Personnel
Don’t you love playoff scenarios? Many broadcasters begin very early–sometimes too early–with the process of who has to win what to get to the playoffs. This team must lose for the other to advance, this tie-breaker may come into play, and we still have to figure out who has home field. The flow charts can resemble a bowl of noodles.
Whatever your role in sports, the results of these games have an immediate impact. It could be everything from souvenirs that need to be printed to VIP’s requiring a luxury box. And the matchups in playoff situations drive almost 100% of the marketing plan. How different is a ‘subway series’ from an east coast/west coast matchup?
The point is, throughout the playing season and the off-season, there are changes going on that affect everything else that happens. The business of teams — trades, draft plans, injuries, retirements, coaching changes — is big business for the rest of us. The ability to manage these massive piles of data is critical to working successfully in any facet of the game, and the ability to collaborate with co-workers is vital.
Travel is one of the inescapable necessities of working around sports. And while the regular season is set ahead of the season and rarely changes along the way, playoffs are a different story. The NBA, NFL, and MLB are all on a game-by-game travel plan. You may have to go to one city if the home team wins, another if the visitor wins. There may be a one-game wild card playoff. One team may sweep a series and cancel up to three more games.
You have short time frames for making potentially long flights and hotel stays, meaning you may have to do work on the road during an unexpected trip. You need to be able to access as much information and communication as possible throughout your journey.
Scheduling Work and Supplies
Tracking working hours is very tricky. You need to be efficient in calculating the time that employees are actually on the clock. Minimizing overtime without sacrificing the quality of work is a balancing act best left to software. You deal with everything from fitting in salaried workers vs. hourly ones to rest times for truck drivers to bringing in contracted help.
Use Software For Your Advantage
Sports happen at every speed. They can be as fast as a Ronda Rousey knockout or as slow as Syracuse and UConn in six overtimes. Whatever the tempo, you need to be prepared for the surprises that will surely come. The proper use of appropriate software for management of your workload is the difference between proving your worth at a job and needing to find a new one.