Do I need a degree to break into sports journalism?
Not necessarily. Having a degree does help as it helps you build network of contacts that can help you break into the industry. There are many professors and classroom guest speakers that have worked in the industry. You will also have the opportunity to work an internship and work for school newspapers and news outlets. Without a degree it will be easier to break into sports writing than sports broadcasting. Nothing is impossible. To learn more read our article 5 Tips onBreaking into Sports Journalism.
What do I need to become a sports physical therapist?
You will need a bachelor degree in biology, pre-physical therapy, kinesiology, or other similar majors. You will also need to gain a doctorate in physical therapy. You will need to complete a residency, gain your license, and earn a sports therapy certification. To learn more read our article How to Become a Sports Physical Therapist.
Do I need a license to become a sports agent?
Check with your state offices. Some states don’t require, but they do have a significant amount of rules and regulations for sports agents. It may be easier to gain a license so there won’t be any mishaps in the future because of moving to another state or change in regulations.
Are there any programs in sports management?
Yes! The number of sports management programs has grown in the last decade. Sports management is a diverse and competitive job role. To learn about the colleges that offer it and their program, read our article 5 Sports Management Programs in the U.S. that Undergrads Should Consider.
What do I do if I can’t find a job in sports journalism?
Try freelance writing or creating your own podcast or web series. Not only will this will help you create your own experience and a portfolio to show prospective employers. This will also help you expose and hone you skills. If your writing is good enough you can create a blog or sell it other publications. If your podcast or web series is interesting enough, a sports media outlet may reach out to you. To learn more, read our article 5 Tips on Breaking into Sports Journalism.
What is the best way to make connections in the sports industry?
If you are a college graduate stay in contact with professors, interview alumni, stay in contact with people you have met during your internship.
Is Jerry Maguire a real depiction of what it is like being a sports agent?
Yes and No. The movie Jerry Maguire does show the competitiveness and negotiations that goes on in the industry, but it is so much more than that. You are constantly looking for opportunities for your players. You are on the phone all day, every day, and sometimes at night. It is competitive, tedious, and can be highly stressful. You don’t represent one player, your represent multiple players. To learn more about being a sports agent, check out our article 5 Ways to Become a Good Sports Agent.