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Sports Management

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Replies to: Sports Management

  • FormidableFormidable Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Formidable, did those kids happen to go to the top SM schools I listed?

    No, they went to Texas A&M, but still, they really couldn't find work in Texas at all. The degree is so specialized that you'll have problems finding non-sales work outside of the sports industry.

    I know someone who had a degree in something else and then she went into some sort of on-line sports management program and now she works for a sports team. You might go ahead and do that route, it'll keep your options open.
  • FormidableFormidable Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    You might be interested in this:

    This school’s all sports

    That's one of the programs I'm talking about.
  • B05T0NB05T0N - Posts: 945 Member
    That's cool and all, but I'll be fine. I'm not remotely worried.
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Registered User Posts: 1,872 Senior Member
    I'm not remotely worried.

    Why aren't you worried?
  • B05T0NB05T0N - Posts: 945 Member
    Because if I do well, I dont doubt I'll get a job.
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Registered User Posts: 1,872 Senior Member
    Because if I do well, I dont doubt I'll get a job.

    A job that you are interested in or just any job? Why don't you doubt this? Connections? Or you just think the economic outlook is so bright that there is no need to worry?
  • B05T0NB05T0N - Posts: 945 Member
    The school has a lot of connections in the industry. I already met with the Phillies marketing team.
  • FormidableFormidable Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Don't be so optimistic, B05T0N.
  • B05T0NB05T0N - Posts: 945 Member
    Thanks, dad. I'll be fine. Good day.
  • nyfan11nyfan11 Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    What did you base that list off BO5TON?
  • B05T0NB05T0N - Posts: 945 Member
    NASSM accredited schools.
  • A2Wolves6A2Wolves6 Registered User Posts: 4,232 Senior Member
    Whoever is saying that Sport Management degrees won't find you jobs outside of the sport industry has an unfounded claim. Also, saying that majoring in business and working in sports is do-able is also false. Being someone who is in a sport management program that cranks out hundreds of graduates per year, I know what the job outlook is, and those claims are so far from the truth it's unbelievable.

    First off, the majority of graduates in our SM program take jobs outside of the sport industry. These are kids who used the degree to work for financial firms. Maybe our program is different, I don't know how others do their program, but we have a complete business core that is required in addition to a business minor. All the business career services are available to the SM students, they interview with many companies that are strictly business-oriented.

    Secondly, it is VERY difficult to land a job for a sports team with a generic business degree. The reason behind this lies less within the curriculum, and more within the connections that one develops within the program. SM students are exposed to the field everyday and speak to numerous who are graduates of the program and working in the field, developing connections and getting the internships. You don't get internships based on your resume, you get them based on who you know in the industry. Business students don't have the alumni working in the field, they don't have the chances to develop the contacts that the SM students can.

    The claim that sports degrees are looked down upon is false as well. The industry is specialized, and requires a specialized degree. Organizations don't have time to train individuals to work their systems that generic businesses do. They expect you to graduate with the background needed to work in the industry. A business major trying to get in the field has a transition period that SM students don't have. This is why many organizations have "Sport Management degrees preferred" on their job listings. I would know this, I was a business major and I switched to Sports Management because I want to get a job in the sporting industry.

    BTW - That list of top SM schools, not accurate. Top schools are the one's with the alumni in the field who you can get jobs from. I would say the best two are UMass-Amherst and Ohio University, they have the largest alumni networks. If you want to be an Athletic Director, go to Ohio. Oregon is great, but it is Sport Marketing based rather than management based. If you want to work for Nike/Adidas, go to Oregon. UCF has a great guy running their program in Richard Lapchick, and they just got a big grant from Rich DeVos, the Magic owner. Approved means nothing - it means that the program curriculum meets the standards set by NASSM. However, you have to go through a lengthy application and pay a fee to get a letter next to your name on a website - many programs don't do this.
  • FormidableFormidable Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Thanks, dad. I'll be fine. Good day.

    Kid, if you are going to have that attitude, don't bother to come in here asking for advice from people who are more knowledgeable about the real world and college than you are.

    Combine your attitude with your sports management degree and you're looking at a professional career as a shoe shine boy. Your low maturity level isn't going to cut it out in the business world.
    Whoever is saying that Sport Management degrees won't find you jobs outside of the sport industry has an unfounded claim.

    When I said a job outside of the sports management industry, I meant a GOOD job, not just something in sales or waiting tables.
  • B05T0NB05T0N - Posts: 945 Member
    Kid, if you are going to have that attitude, don't bother to come in here asking for advice from people who are more knowledgeable about the real world and college than you are.

    Combine your attitude with your sports management degree and you're looking at a professional career as a shoe shine boy. Your low maturity level isn't going to cut it out in the business world.

    1. Dont call me kid.
    2. Who are you to critique my attitude?
    3. I wasnt asking for advice...
    4. I dont need my job outlook from you.

    If I think I'm going to be fine, so be it. Who are you to criticize?
  • FormidableFormidable Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    1. Dont call me kid.

    You're acting like one. Are you in middle school or something and just starting to look towards college?
    2. Who are you to critique my attitude?

    It's obvious that you have one.
    4. I dont need my job outlook from you.

    Doesn't sound like you have a job outlook at all.
    If I think I'm going to be fine, so be it.

    You obviously have no experience with the real world.

    Now get off the computer and go back to checking your algebra homework. It's due tomorrow.
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