Working in professional sports, especially for a professional league, is clearly something that a lot of people would love to do. In the United States and abroad, these sports jobs not only pay better than team jobs and event management jobs, but they provide an outlet to the most exciting sports and events held all over the world. For many people, including yourself if you’re reading this, there is nothing better than working for a world class professional league and all of the prestige that comes along with it.
There are downsides to working in a league setting, however, and the main downside is that there are only a finite number of professional leagues and therefore positions available, making the competition extremely intense. The following pages will attempt to give insight on the potential jobs available to those interested in working for a professional league. Reading through these sections will help to give you a better understanding of the specific position that fits your interests best.
Those working for professional sports leagues complete a great variety of different tasks from team marketing and branding of the team, to selling sponsorships and managing those business relationships, to dealing with league operations of the league website. Other jobs both for the league include: working as event planners and managers, handling all of the logistics required to make the league a success in the eyes of the fans.
Each professional sports league job section will include: an explanation of job functions, training and experience needed for the job, the different levels of compensation, and resources that may be useful for your job search.
*None of these sections include the VP or C-level positions and instead are designed for those individuals that are just entering the field, those looking to move laterally within the organization, or those looking to advance to the managerial level.