Sports Industry Blog

These blog articles are created for the industry, by the industry. Our hope is you can learn about these topics from some of the best in the business.

Don't sell like a four year old

By justin jordan - manager, inside sales and development team at the oklahoma city thunder

I've been in the sports industry for 13 years. I've been a father for a little over four. It didn't take me long to see the parallels in both jobs - long hours, needy consumers, highs and lows. But the...

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Tips for your first 90 days as a new manager

By ted glick - sr director of ticket sales & service at sacramento republic fc

In part two of a two part series about "The path to sports business leadership", Ted Glick at Sacramento Republic FC shares his insights and advice on navigating your first 90 days as a new "boss"....

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#MySportsBizStart - Sam Renaut: "Success doesn't happen overnight"

By Sam Renaut - director of sports law and business at arizona state university

How do you define “making it” in sports? In my current role as the Director of ASU Law’s Sports Law and Business graduate program, I speak with hundreds of aspiring sports professionals every year,...

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Our belief, our service in Ticket Sales

By adam vogel - sr. director, Training & Development at Sports business solutions

If you were anything like me, you did not go to college to pursue a career in ticket sales. Instead, you went to college to be a professional baseball player. When those dreams faltered, you then took...

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#MySportsBizStart - Jackie Hobson: "Don't just rely on who you know.."

By jackie hobson - Communications coordinator, Fiesta bowl

Its 8:00 a.m. on a Wednesday in late August 2012. I’m a freshman at The Ohio State University, sitting in my first college class ever - Intro to Sports Industry. By 8:05 a.m., I was fully introduced...

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7 ways to make cold calling easier

By bob hamer - president, sports business solutions

Cold calling is arguably the toughest part of most sales jobs. Depending on the type of role you have the amount of cold calling you’re asked to do varies, but it’s safe to say if you’re in a sales...

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How adaptability and change can grow your sports career

By brian specia - director of ticket sales & Service, uconn athletics

So you want to work in sports? As we grow into working professionals, the High School to College ranks provide several large jumps that force us to adapt and change. I would love to see an entire course...

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#MySportsBizStart - Keenan Polan: "A relationship based approach to career"

By keenan polan - director of sales - barracuda championship, PGA tour

How did you get your start in sports? It's a common question from college students looking to “get a foot in the door” in the sports industry. I love telling people how I got my start. Mainly because...

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The cornerstone of success? Relationships..

By nick richardson - director, new business development - texas rangers

As I sit here today entering my 16th season in professional sports, I take more time for self-reflection and to review what has gone right, wrong, and everything in the middle. When it comes to the successes...

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Keeping it real... What Inside Sales in sports is really like

By Brian towers - vice president, ticket sales & service - san Jose sharks

There are plenty of great articles written about the early stages of developing a career in an Inside Sales program. I’m putting a different spin on it and taking a shot at providing some authentic feedback...

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4 keys to breaking into the sports industry

By ben slingerland - business development manager, catapult sports

In an article written by Ben and originally published 02/20/19 on his personal site: Everyone loves sports. Our culture is predicated around them for better or for worse. Sport has served as humanity’s...

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3 ways to win over your salespeople

By thomas messerich - director, ticket sales - minnesota united fc

Getting the salespeople on your team to buy into you and your vision is important to achieving sales team success. Here are three things that I believe can help you do that. Invest in them One of the most...

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#MySportsBizStart - Lexie Sidney: "Sacrifice, rejection and success in sports"

By lexie sidney - Director of strategic marketing, houston dynamo

Most people think working for a sports team means free tickets, being friends with the players, knowing the inside scoop before it happens, and being the biggest superfan in the world. In some cases, that’s...

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How to grow your career in sport sales

By nick szpur - manager, inside sales - san jose sharks

“Nick, how did you get to where you are in your career?” “Nick, in your opinion what does it take to be successful in sport sales?” “Nick, what are you looking for in a potential new hire?”...

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How exploring your mindset can improve your "mental performance"

By Dr. Lauren S. Tashman, CMPC - Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

What does it take to be successful in sales? One key to success is your ability to get into the minds of your customers and prospects to understand among many things, who they are, what they want and don’t...

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