In its early days, sports media primarily consisted of the printed media as journalists would watch a game or sporting event, write about it, and have it published in the local newspaper or magazine. With television yet to be introduced on a mass scale, sporting events were broadcast exclusively on radio. With the evolution of mass media and new technologies used to disseminate information to the public, the face of sports media and its global reach have changed considerably.
A quick Internet search or a click of a television remote control yields sports information that is immediately delivered to the public in multiple forms.
Traditional forms of media such as print, television, and radio remain as reliable and important sources of sports information. The power of the Internet, however, has forced those media to evolve in accordance with the channels through which sports fans receive their sports news. With that evolution, comes a multitude of career opportunities in both the traditional and newest forms of sports media.
“Following your passion” is a great piece of career advice that many people strive for but few achieve. Success in a sports-related career requires patience, perseverance, and sacrifice along with basic professionalism. A career in sports media separates itself from the other functions within the sports business industry because it places these professionals closest to the athletes and events being covered.
With that in mind, the following are a few basic pre-requisites, rules, and guidelines that must be considered before proceeding in this category within the sports industry.