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Breaking Out – Great Tips On Getting Into The Sports Biz

My friend Steve Fall, CEO/Founder of The Sports Resource, is one of my absolute favorites on Twitter.  Tweeting from @StatsMan, Fall provides interesting statistical observations on an almost daily basis.  While his analysis is baseball-heavy due to the unique statistical nature of the sport, Fall does an excellent job of deviating from baseball to focus a good amount on basketball players, as well.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is not just to plug Fall’s excellent Twitter feed, but to highlight a fantastic post that he published on his Sports Resource Blog last week.  I am not only promoting it because I was mentioned in it (however, major thanks to Steve Fall for including my name), but because it states something that is so obvious, yet never said to people who are looking to break-in to sports business.

I suggest reading the entire post.  Below, please find extrapolations that I pieced together.

The world has changed. Back in the 1990’s, you had to build and polish a resume with all the right background, send it off to the decision makers, and then hope for the best. Now, technology enables sports outsiders to become insiders without actually breaking in.

The key step is to put your work out there for all to see. Whether through a website, blog, app or videos, you can gain exposure in sports far easier than ever before.

While your passion and skills should determine what you put out there, I recommend avoiding the edgy sports opinion blogs that are everywhere. Specialize as much as possible.

Internships are great for making contacts and gaining experience. However, your work may not reach the masses or have your name attached to it.

Happy July 4th!  Be safe, have fun, and G-d Bless America!

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.