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5 Industry Options for Breaking into a Sports Career 0

Posted on September 30, 2017 by Dixie Somers

sports careersAt some point in life, you’ll likely be forced to admit that your chances of becoming a pro athlete are slim to none. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a successful career in sports. There are numerous related roles that will allow you to take part in your favorite sport or team and get paid for it. Here are some opportunities to focus on.

1. Social Media Director

Sports teams and organizations are aware of the potential for engaging and expanding their social media following, and like many businesses are increasingly looking for someone to represent them. If you have social media experience, writing, and digital marketing skills, the team you’re passionate about may need you.

2. Announcer

While the TV jobs usually go to established professionals and former athletes, sporting events at all levels usually require both on-site and radio announcers for broadcasting. You may be able to find a starting position as a high school announcer fairly easily. Moving up will typically require years of experience, training at broadcasting, and extensive knowledge of the game, along with a clear speaking voice and some authentic enthusiasm.

3. Sales Coordinator

All teams, even local high school teams, have an interest in earning extra money from merchandising or advertisers. You’ll work closely with team management, owners, and often the players themselves. You’re helping the team to improve and prosper in an important way. Typically, all it takes is an undergraduate degree in sales or marketing, some knowledge of sports management, and good people skills. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Make Money From Your Sporting Obsession 0

Posted on August 14, 2017 by John Harris

Sport Hockey Fan Team Ice HockeyNot many of us have the good fortune to play sports for a living. If we did, we would soon be on the way to making a fortune. However, while we may need to be content with the meager salary we get from our ‘normal’ jobs, there are still ways to make money from our sporting obsession.

Here are a few (sporting) tips to get you going, and you won’t need to break any sweat in the process.

Sports betting

An easy, though risky way to make money from sports, is to take part in sports betting. From horse racing to EPL betting, signing up to a site like Unibet and spending a little bit of money on the bet can net you a sizeable return if your luck is in. Of course, you can just as easily lose money, and for many people, betting can lead to a gambling addiction. However, if you limit yourself each month, you may just score your bank balance a winning goal.

Sell sporting memorabilia

You have probably amassed quite a bit of memorabilia yourself over the years, and amongst the tat, you have no doubt built up, there may be something that is worth a lot of money. Of course, true sports obsessives will buy anything associated with their favorite team or sport, so you may be able to sell anything in your collection. Letting go of it, of course, is another matter, but if you want to make money, this is a viable way to do it. Take a look at sites such as Amazon and eBay and price up your items.

If you know your stuff about your chosen sport, you may even find something of value online or at a car boot sale, giving you the means to sell it for a profit. Be aware that there are a lot of forgeries out there, however, so be wary of sellers looking to flog signed items, for example. Read the rest of this entry →

Searching for Sports Info: 5 Tips for Finding a Reliable News Outlet 2

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Kara Masterson

Searching for Sports Info, 5 Tips for Finding a Reliable News OutletThe internet has definitely given people access to information more than ever before, which is quite exciting, but it does come with challenges. Finding a reliable source for sports news and info can be hard online because there are so many sites to choose from, making the whole thing a little overwhelming. The following are few tips to help you find reliable sources.

Established Sites

One of the easiest ways to find a reliable sports site is to find one that has been working for ages. Sites startup all the time, but the most reliable sites are the ones that have been up of years. Go to a site’s about page to find out how long the site has been up and compare the sites you are considering afterward.

Expert Websites

Specialized websites are another way you can find a great source for your sports. Try to narrow down your sources from the biggest to the most specialized. Most people start with a regular news site and just look for their sports section. The web has more choices for you, so why not look for a website that only cares about sports or your favorite sport.  Read the rest of this entry →

Sports Careers: How to Break into Broadcasting 0

Posted on May 29, 2017 by Eileen O'Shanassy

broadcastingThere are plenty of ways you can become the next great broadcaster, as well as other areas and careers into the wonderful world of sports. This piece will break down how one can potentially break into these lucrative sports careers and get more involved in a career in the sport spotlight.

Sports Broadcaster

There is a specific path that one should go if they plan to become the next Joe Buck, Mike Breen or Al Michaels. Sports broadcasters work as analysts or play by play announcers for major sports networks or specific teams. Individuals that pursue sports broadcasting careers will need to get a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting or communications. Anyone looking at this job should also make sure that they take courses that will help them to familiarize themselves with the production process that surrounds a broadcast. They should consider courses in audio production, broadcast journalism, and mass media. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, aspiring broadcasters usually hone their skills via entry level opportunities at small or local radio stations before advancing to do television coverage. Read the rest of this entry →

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    • Bulldog Turner: Two-Way Star
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      Bulldog Turner

      Bulldog Turner

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was a two-way star for the dominant Chicago Bears teams of the 1940s.

      Though Hardin-Simmons College in Abilene, Texas was not known as a football power, legendary head coach George Halas could find great players anywhere and chose Clyde “Bulldog” Turner with the seventh pick in the 1940 NFL Draft.

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