Where Could a Sports Degree Lead You? The MMA Corner Staff January 12, 2021 News Not only are they a huge passion but sports are also a huge part of daily life for many people. For some, this means simply following their favorite soccer team in the news and on TV. For others, it means heading to the gym or dojo to workout or hone their skills in the martial art of their choice. For those that don’t involve themselves in any sport, it can be hard to comprehend the love and competitiveness that matches and events can bring out in fans and participants. For others, it goes further. Many people want to build a career in the world of sports but don’t know how to start or where to go. The simple truth is, most people are not going to be top fighters or athletes. That doesn’t mean that they can’t have a rewarding career in a sporting area that they love. Here are just a few examples of how you could achieve a role and carve a career in sports if that was what you wanted. What is an MBA? MBA stands for Master in Business Administration. This is a higher-level area of education that gives the holder an increased chance of employment but of course, there are no guarantees. An MBA shows you have the intellect, drive, and commitment to push yourself forward, much like any dedicated athlete. How long does it take to get an MBA? It can take two years normally to study and qualify for the degree. There are however accelerated versions that can be taken and completed in a year but this depends on the subject matter. There are part-time and executive MBA programs that differ in the length of time also. Some things remain the same though. You will need to qualify before you can enroll. How can you enroll for an MBA? You would normally have to submit academic transcripts, a resume and there is standardized testing. It does depend on the school, the type of MBA, and the applicant however and you should explore this before giving up. So, what jobs could a Sports MBA bring? An MBA in Sports Management or Business will bring about the same career options, which are varied. Gaining an MBA opens all sorts of doors. Below you can see some of the options that would be available for you if you pressed ahead with a degree. Coaching An MBA can lead you to be a sports coach. This means a whole spectrum of sporting options depending on your skills and passion. If you are or were a fighter then you can use your MBA to help others with tips and coaching in MMA. Starting as an athletic coach at a college you could then head for the head coach role or move into professional sports. Write about your favorite sports Have a talent for writing? This is another option. With the amount of online sports websites and newspapers, there is room for a quality writer with enthusiasm and knowledge. The requirements for employment in MMA are sometimes minimal but a degree adds a level of knowledge your competitors might not have. Marketing for a club For someone with less sporting prowess but a sharp mind, this position could let you run a team’s marketing campaign. Helping to drive the business and marketing side forward of a club can lead to a rewarding career with a good salary. As TV and the internet takes on bigger sporting contracts this role will grow and the rewards will get bigger. Other career options Sports medicine, information director, and law are just three more areas that you can consider. The list for job positions in the sports industry is long. The competition is tough for sure but having a sports business master’s degree is a great way to have a long career in this industry. Consider your future too You may now be an active sportsman or fighter but unless you are going to get rich from this you need to consider what else you will do in 5, 10, or 15 years’ time. It may surprise you but Jeff Monson, Nathan Cleverly, and James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith all got degrees to help in case things didn’t work out. In fact, Monson has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s! Summary For an active sports enthusiast or an armchair fan, their favorite activity or entertainment will remain with them for life. Rarely do sports fans grow out of their loves, whether it is boxing, MMA, hockey, or athletics. The only thing that changes is time. Your body grows older and injuries can arise. Father time brings the end to the most illustrious careers eventually and then you have to decide what to do next. There are many career options in the sporting world from being behind a desk to being in the gym and training future athletes. Getting an MBA is one way to get a step up and be ready for the future.