The purpose of this assignment is for you to investigate the field of sport management and the various sport-related careers in the sporting industry.Conduct research on different sport management careers. Once you have researched various sport career opportunities,narrow down your choices, and choose a single sport industry career you would like to pursue. Compile the information you learned into a PowerPoint presentation. Include the following information in your presentation: nature of the work,tasks associated with the job,required skills, education and other qualifications, academic programs that are available or would help aid you in entering the career field,related occupations,salary, employment outlook, and professional associations or websites related to the career.
Nature of the work
- Sports agents are one the important people in the sports fraternity given the nature of their work.
- Some the major characters of a sports agent include recruiting athletes, negotiating contracts on behalf of their clients as well as managing images of their clients.
- They are often judged by the reputation and perceived value of their clients (Doherty, 2013).
- To remain competitive in the market, they have to deal with team ownership and potential endorsers on behalf of their clients.
- A good sports agent must have a thorough knowledge and information on marketing, legal and financial implications and issue in the sports industry.
- Must have networking skills, solid ethics, have good communication skills, effective verbal and written skills as well as analytical and problem-solving skills.
- He or she must know how to multi-task given the fact that they handle different tasks and responsibilities.
Education and other qualifications
- Degrees are not expressly important in this career path although having one gives an individual an added advantage over their competitors.
- Good sports agents must attain an advanced degree in critical areas such as contract law and a degree in sports management (Mathner & Martin, 2012).
- Sports marketing, finance, business law as well as kinesiology can be an added advantage to any sports agent.
- Sports management, particularly sports agency is a broad area that covers other academic programs such as physiology, sociology of sport as well as psychology.
- Effective sports agency significantly involves coursework, internship, research and masters of the thesis (Newman, 2014).
- Moreover, management, marketing, and policy-making are important academic components of this career.
- Other, closely related careers to sports agent include team management, athletic directors, recruiters, marketing and public relation officers.
- The team manager must show his or leadership skills by showing directions, providing instructions and guidance to his or her team.
- The athletic director provides guidance and direction to sporting programs to ensure that they perform as expected.
Salary and professional outlook
- In sports business, the agents are often paid when their clients get paid.
- The earning of a sports agents varies with the athletes they sign and the contract of their clients.
- Successful agents can make over a million dollars annually (Doherty, 2013).
- Most of their benefits are tied to the athletes they represent as their salaries is a percentage of what the player earns.
- There exists a variety of professional organization that a sports agent may join.
- They include:
- North American society for sport management
- National Association of sports agents and athlete representatives
- Sports marketing association
- National association of collegiate directors of athletes
- National interscholastic athletic administrators association (Newman, 2014).
- Doherty, A. (2013). Investing in sport management: The value of good theory. Sport Management Review, 16(1), 5-11. doi:10.1016/j.smr.2011.12.006
- Mathner, R. P., & Martin, C. L. (2012). Sport Management Graduate and Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Career Expectations in Sport Management. Sport Management Education Journal, 6(1), 21-31. doi:10.1123/smej.6.1.21
- Newman, J. I. (2014). Sport Without Management. Journal of Sport Management, 28(6), 603-615. doi:10.1123/jsm.2012-0159