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Sports Business

Explore career opportunities in the Sports Business industry!

This page and the associated resources are a starting point for exploring sports business careers and developing the skills commonly needed for roles within the field.

The $65+ billion sports industry in the United States – over $150 billion globally – provides almost limitless opportunities. That’s a good thing for those wanting to build a career in the industry. However, the competition for landing jobs with the best brands, agencies, teams and leagues has put a premium on acquiring a diversified skillset that extends well beyond passion for sport. If you want to make it in this industry, you have to fully commit yourself to putting in the hard work and enduring grueling hours with the understanding that your bank account won’t necessarily reap the benefits in the short-term. Coursework and networking opportunities will help you build a set of both hard and soft skills and knowledge that will enable you to launch a successful career in the sport industry.

Career paths in sports business can include positions at sports apparel companies, fan development for specific teams or leagues, sponsorship, sales, and much more. Sports business careers involve a variety of tasks, some of which include marketing, finance, and sports sponsorship in the global sports marketplace.

Explore & Research Careers

Professionals are needed in a variety of companies and industries within a sports business context. Here we detail some of those as well as provide examples of internships and entry level jobs, as well as common skills needed to excel in a career in sports business.

Gain Experience & Develop Skills

Although you will develop many skills inside the classroom, getting involved and gaining experience will allow you to test them out, improve your abilities, and give you concrete examples to share with future employers.

Make Connections

Connecting with, and learning from, alumni or professionals working in sports business will serve you well in your search. Here we detail how to engage in informational interviews and suggest clubs and organizations you can join to build your network.

How to Stay Current

There are hundreds of websites, blogs, and other resources that address topics related to sport business. It’s important to know what is happening in the industry so that you can talk intelligently while networking.

Underrepresented students can find community & professional development opportunities in the DucksRISE program

Through DucksRISE, the UO provides inclusive and structured support to help our students gain professional experiences, develop job seeking skills, and leverage the UO community for networking opportunities. Applications for the Spring 23 cohort are open now!

By Sara Mason
Sara Mason Assistant Director, Industry and Alumni Engagement
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Four Ways to Make Breaking into the Sports Business Industry Easier

Jarrod Barnes from Front Office Sports discusses how breaking into the sports business industry is no small task, but there is four tips that can help set you up for success from the start!

By Lucy
Lucy Career Peer Educator
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Grow your Value in Networking

Networking is like a bank account. You’ve got to grow your equity and make multiple deposits in an account before you can make a withdrawal. By building an authentic connection with an alumni or a professional over time, you position …

By Laura von Stockhausen
Laura von Stockhausen Career Advisor
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Recruiter Tips: Be Experienced, Be Strategic, Be Real

While connecting with recruiters on campus, on site, and on the Zooms, Mohr Career Services Career Connections team works hard to promote you, your talent, and support BizDucks in landing internships and jobs. We also seek to gather insights and …

By Sara Mason
Sara Mason Assistant Director, Industry and Alumni Engagement
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The Proactive Job Search

It can be easy to get caught up in the reactive job search, which involves perusing job boards and simply applying to jobs that are currently posted online. However, this approach limits your opportunities and can be a frustrating and …

By JD Van Alstyne
JD Van Alstyne Graduate Career Advisor
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Career Resources

Find Alumni

Connect with alumni in your industry via the Lundquist Connect community.

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  • Sr. Product Marketing Manager Nutanix
  • Orlando, FL
  • Growth Consultant Bostic Consulting
  • Eugene, OR
  • Financial Advisor Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Vice President - Sales Cursive
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Head of Group Planning Ching Luh Group NIKE Division
  • Portland, OR
  • Financial Planning Associate Blue Water Wealth
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Member of the Supervisory Board wehkamp

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Contact & Location


Mohr Career Services
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Lundquist College of Business
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