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Sports management is the area of employment that is responsible for managing sports programs, teams, leagues and associations The business model of sports teams is often different than those of normal business, requiring individuals with specialized education and understanding to effectively manage such large businesses.
Education and Schools
Education in sports management is usually offered through business schools or departments. Programs in this field are comparatively rare in comparison to normal management programs. Individuals studying in this field will typically pursue a specialized master's degree. that provides a specific education in various sports management models, including sources of income, operation costs, sponsorship, stadium operations and more.
A curriculum may include:
- Sport Finance
- Sports Marketing
- Professional Literature
- Sports Law
- Ethics in Professional Sports
As mentioned above, sports management is a specialized area of study, often offered through graduate programs to provide a more targeted education for individuals wishing to enter specific careers. Individuals seeking a sports management program should research the relative success of a given program based on the success of its graduates. Additionally, programs that have ties to local sports teams may also provide additional beneficial resources.
Employment in this field is typically sought through the front office of established sports teams in a given league or association. Tasks assigned to entry level front office employees may vary, though positions in management open on occasion based on the success and failure of a given team. Additional opportunities may be found in the management of sports associations themselves, or even in the representation of specific players for a portion of an athlete's income. Job growth will remain steady as position open due to personnel changes and retirements over the next decade. New jobs are rare, and typically open when new teams are formed in existing leagues, or a new sport is introduced requiring experts.