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Working In Sports: Expectation vs. Reality

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It’s easy to get caught up in the preconceived notions that come with working in sports. That it’s glamorous. That you get paid a lot of money. You travel to fun cities and get to meet new people. Well, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. WRONG.

Salary and Benefits

Expectation: A competitive salary fairly based on your market size. Season tickets for you and your family
Reality: You’re making minimum wage once you do the math on how much a $32k/year salary works out when you take into account your 80-hour workweek. You get bitched at every time you ask for tickets.

Player Interaction

Expectation: Best friends with the biggest star on the team. Autographed memorabilia on your desk every morning out of gratitude.
Reality: They won’t know your name and ignore every single word that comes out of your mouth.

Office Culture

Expectation: A team-first environment, working together to give your fans the best experience possible.
Reality: Excessive in-fighting, micro-management, overconfident alpha males and constant stress.

Your Team

Expectation: Championship caliber powerhouse who plays on ESPN every night. Banners litter the rafters and you have the most loyal fans in the league.
Reality: A Double-A baseball team that draws 3,000 a night.

Travel

Expectation: You will rack up frequent flier miles and stay in gorgeous five-star hotels.
Reality: You never travel with the team, but have to follow along with every game at home.

Your Stadium

Expectation: A brand new, state-of-the-art, downtown stadium that is loaded to the gills with tech and video boards.
Reality: Your offices are located miles from the stadium.

The Offseason

Expectation: Talking shop with the GM and Head Coach about roster moves and plans for the upcoming season.
Reality: You’re probably getting fired.

Advancement

Expectation: You’ll pay your dues for a season or two and then catch your big break once you’ve got experience.
Reality: You’re working in the most competitive industry outside of investment banking. You will pay your dues for several seasons and never get promoted. You’ll take a sales job after getting burned out in year three.

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