Sports Management Degree: What to expect?

For you, football Sundays are more than just a way to get your friends together, and fantasy baseball leagues might as well be real considering all the attention you pay to them. Whether it’s because you once played them or just sat on the bench dreaming, you’re obsessed with sports. The only problem with your love is that you’re more business-minded than touchdown plays and gold medals call for.

The good news, though, is there are a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics that need to be taken care of before a team can take the field. Sports administration positions let you live out the excitement of game day without ever suiting up.


If you’re considering a sports management degree, you have a number of options when it comes to types of programs. You can get a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year master’s, or even a joint degree. For example, some schools offer law or business degrees along with their sports management master’s. If you don’t want to spend time on campus for your degree, whether because you are also busy with work or don’t want to relocate, there are online sports management degrees for both undergrad and master’s programs.

While you’re in school, expect to take a number of business and communications classes. Typical courses include accounting, economics, marketing, sport ethics, and facility management.

Next Step

After you grab your degree, you can start looking for jobs wherever a sports team exists. Sports management is a fairly competitive career, especially at the top with professional organizations and teams. Though these might be your first choice, you can also work for colleges, high schools, or farm teams.

Typical job titles include Athletic Director, Compliance Director, Sports Marketer, and PR Specialist. Get a job working as an assistant in order to get your foot in the door and grab some on-the-job experience.

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