Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry / Edition 4

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Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry is the most comprehensive and current guide ever published to this challenging and rewarding industry. This third edition has been revised and completely updated for the 21st century. In one source you will find information on more than 75 jobs. Throughout the 11 sections of the book, the reader will find a detailed quick-reference Career Profile for each job summarizing notable features of the job (duties, alternate titles, salary range, employment prospects, advancement prospects, and prerequisites); a Career Ladder illustrating frequent routes to and from the position described; and a comprehensive text pointing out special skills, education, training, and various associations relevant to each job. Also included is an index for fast, easy reference, as well as completely updated appendixes with listings of sports-related degree programs, sports teams and organizations, trade associations and unions, Internet resources, and much more.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
If you have ever been asked by a student about job possibilities in professional sports, anything from how to become a professional football player to harness racing judge, this book is a necessity. Innovative in format and content, the book details essential information an aspiring job applicant needs to know about dozens of jobs in the sports field. The education, training and other prerequisites for each position are included, together with job prospects, tips for breaking in and starting salaries. For example, know someone who wants to be a radio sportscaster ? This title suggests that job prospects are good for such positions throughout the country at salaries ranging from $15,000 to over $750,000. By contrast, the odds are considered poor for candidates wishing to become professional baseball, basketball, football or hockey players. With realistic career appraisals, the author provides young readers with eye opening, objective assessments of their chances to become the next Cal Ripken, Wayne Gretzky or Michael Jordan. Although such material is also provided in another noteworthy title, Careers in Pro Sports, the current book has the added value of giving readers information about each job in a straightforward, outline format rather than through a traditional chapter by chapter narrative.
School Library Journal
YA-- Seventy-three careers are discussed in a clear and easy-to-understand style. Boxed highlights of the facts in brief and a two-to-three page summary describe the position, the salary, employment prospects, educational requirements, and tips for entry. Lists of colleges, workshops, professional associations, and the media are appended.
A career guide describing 73 distinct jobs, including the requirements and prospects for each position. Appendixes provide information on programs of study and scholarships available at colleges and universities, major trade periodicals, and professional, industry, and trade unions and associations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816077809
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Career Opportunities Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,378,531
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
How to Use This Book ix
Introduction xi
Professional Athletes
Professional Baseball Player 2
Professional Basketball Player 5
Professional Women's Basketball Player 8
Professional Football Player 10
Professional Hockey Player 12
Professional Boxer 14
Professional Woman Boxer 17
Professional Soccer Player 20
LPGA Tour Player 22
Professional Sports Teams
Team General Manager 26
Business Manager 29
Director of Baseball Operations 32
Director of Minor League Operations 35
Professional Scout 38
Marketing Director 40
Marketing Assistant 43
Promotion Director 46
Public Relations Director 49
Publicist 52
Ticket Manager 55
Traveling Secretary 58
Equipment Manager 61
Intern 63
Cheerleader 65
Sports Business and Administration
Professional Sports Agent 68
Sports Statistician 70
Sports Industry Publicist 72
Account Executive for Special-Risk Insurance (Sports, Athletics, and Recreation) 75
Sports Event Coordinator 78
Sports Information Director (College, University) 81
Athletic Program Fund-raising and Development Director 84
Sports Facility Manager 87
Coaching and Education
Coach or Manager (Professional Sports Team) 92
Coach (College, University) 95
Coach (High School) 98
Athletic Director 101
Physical Education Instructor (College) 104
Physical Education Teacher (Secondary School) 107
Physical Education Teacher (Elementary School) 110
Sports Officiating
Pro Baseball Umpire 114
Amateur/Scholastic Baseball Umpire 116
Pro Football Referee 118
Amateur/Scholastic Football Referee 120
Amateur/Scholastic Basketball Referee 122
Sports Journalism
Sportswriter 126
Sports Columnist 129
Television Sportscaster 132
Radio Sportscaster 135
Sports Photographer 138
Recreation and Fitness
Sports and Fitness Program Coordinator 142
Personal Trainer 145
Aerobics Instructor 148
Health Club Manager 150
Health Club Assistant Manager 153
Tennis Director 156
Tennis Teaching Professional 159
Golf Pro 161
Lifeguard 164
Boxing and Wrestling
Matchmaker 168
Boxing Referee 170
Professional Boxing Judge 173
Boxing Manager 176
Boxing Trainer 179
Ring Announcer 182
Professional Wrestling Referee 184
Jockey 188
Harness Driver 190
Harness Racing Judge 192
Racing Secretary 194
Racetrack Announcer 196
Wholesaling and Retailing
Manufacturer's Representative (Sporting Goods or Equipment Company) 200
Sports Store Manager 203
Sporting Goods Salesperson 206
Sports Medicine
Athletic Trainer 210
Physical Therapist 213
Physical Therapy Assistant 216
Sports and Fitness Nutritionist 219
I. Degree Programs 224
A. Sports Administration 224
B. Physical Education 232
II. Programs in Sports Officiating 254
III. Workshops, Seminars, and Symposiums 255
IV. Trade Associations and Unions 258
V. Major League Baseball Clubs 269
VI. National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues Members 271
VII. National Basketball Association Teams 281
VIII. Women's National Basketball Association Teams 283
IX. National Football League Teams 284
X. Canadian Football League Teams 286
XI. National Hockey League Teams 287
XII. American Hockey League Teams 289
XIII. Major League Soccer Teams 291
XIV. College Athletic Conferences 292
XV. Boxing Organizations 297
XVI. Boxing and Wrestling Promoters and Promotion Companies 298
XVII. Cable and Network Television Sports Departments 299
XVIII. Sports Career Websites 300
Glossary 301
Bibliography 306
A. Books 306
B. Periodicals 310
Index 317
About the Author 322
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