Sports Business

Got The Job, Now Make Me Exec!

Getting yourself a sports business job is quite a challenge in itself, but what if you are not complacent with just breaking into the industry?  You want to be an executive of a major sports franchise and will do whatever it takes to get that coveted job.  Your best shot at landing the executive position is to be related by blood or marriage to a major stakeholder in the ownership group, but what if you are not so fortunate?  Bill King of SportsBusinessJournal looked at the breakdown by percentage of ways that people are able to become executives:

Those who worked their way up at a franchise (36 percent)

Those who were hired to run a team based on a prior business relationship with the owner (11 percent)

Those who came in from outside of team sports, often through the work of a search firm (9 percent)

Those who were brought in from a league office (7 percent)

General managers who took on the additional title, sometimes with added responsibilities but sometimes without (12 percent)

Former players who got the job primarily because of that connection (3 percent)

Family members (16 percent)

This actually paints not such a bleak picture.  You really do not have to be a family member to get the prized executive position (although it certainly does help).  SportsBusinessJournal has a long article on this subject with personal stories from many high ranking officials of large franchises.  I suggest you read it, if this topic interests you.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.