Sports Management Degree and Programs

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Are you an armchair athlete or coach? If you're a business-minded sports fan, think about pursuing a career in sports management. Sports management combines America's favorite pastime with a firm foundation in business principles. The goal is generally to sell sports as entertainment and make it financially successful as a business. Sports managers often focus on just one or two sports and build their careers in those areas.

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Many accredited schools around the country and online offer a college degree in sports management. Earn your degree and you could become an agent, a publicist, or the manager of a team. If you don't want such a specialized degree but think you might want to work in sports management, consider getting your undergraduate degree in accounting, economics, communications, or marketing, and then continuing on for a master's degree in sports management later. Other related fields of study that use some of the same skills are entrepreneurship, finance, and advertising.

Career Outlook

Potential careers with sports management education:

Business Manager of Athletes

Median annual salary (2012):  $63,370

Top states with highest employment (2012):

  • California, annual salary of $119,170
  • New York, $91,880
  • Florida, $47,110
  • Tennessee, $63,840
  • Illinois, $64,910

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

  • Agents and managers for artists, athletes, and entertainers
  • Promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events


Sports Management Degree and Programs

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