The Minors, You & Working in Sports


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Many want to work in sports, but few are able to do it long term. Suggestions on how to get out the gate correctly as a sport management student

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  • The Minors, You & Working in Sports

    1. 1. The Minor Leagues, You, & Working in Sports By Chrystal Denmark Porter a.k.a June 2010
    2. 2. You are responsible for your own results. You hold within your hands the key to more meaningful life; a road map to brighter tomorrows; a nugget of truth in the midst of confusion; a valuable blueprint that will enable you to restructure your future. Read it. Study it. Then get into action! -Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D. author of What Makes the Great GREAT
    3. 3. Sport Industry Internships & “Minor Team Mentality”
    4. 4. How does the “Minor Team” system work?
    5. 5. In the minors... Most winners are made, not found
    6. 6. In the minors... Players must be coached & developed
    7. 7. In the minors... Players strengths & weaknesses are identified
    8. 8. In the minors... Coaches try to find players the right position
    9. 9. And most importantly, in the minors... Only if you are good enough, will you be promoted to the majors
    10. 10. What can you learn from knowing this?
    11. 11. As an intern, give them a reason to ask you to stay If you are not offered the opportunity to return, what do you think it means? Were you trained, transferred, or terminated?
    12. 12. There are advantages hiring from within the organization
    13. 13. Reason #1: They Know You They know the person’s character & attitude
    14. 14. Outsiders are a risk Resumes do not address character
    15. 15. Reason #2: You Know Them Already know the organization & people
    16. 16. Reason #3: You are Proven You displayed you share the philosophy of the organization
    17. 17. Graduating without a secured position is a risky professional move
    18. 18. You are viewed as the riskier choice Taking a risk on an unpaid employee is more attractive than taking a risk on a paid one
    19. 19. It may be more economical to improve a current employee than start a new person from scratch
    20. 20. Two required steps for career success in an internship #1. Do things that bring positive change for leaders/organizations
    21. 21. #2. Find someone in the organization who is willing to develop you
    22. 22. Are you a fan or professional in training?
    23. 23. 95% of all decisions you’ll ever make in a career could be made as well by a reasonably intelligent high school sophomore...
    24. 24. But they will hire and pay you for the other 5%
    25. 25. Leaders: Have the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguish leaders from followers…they are perpetual learners
    26. 26. A leader who loves the status quo soon becomes a follower
    27. 27. Are you focused on obstacles or opportunities?
    28. 28. Want more? Visit