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Sports Industry Boardroom Jobs

Off-track – 5 Best Types of Sports Industry Boardroom Jobs

Most people imagine careers in the sports industry to include opportunities like athlete, coaches, managers, etc. And while these are good careers, there are other several higher-level positions that can be easily overlooked – sports industry boardroom jobs.

The boardroom positions are the most elite in the sports business management career path as discussed in this article at Sports Management Degrees: The jobs include executive positions in professional sports teams, sports leagues, and governing bodies. Often, these positions are not advertised publicly. Instead, they are filled through special recruitment drives. For example, by executive recruitment firms like Stone Executive and others, that specialise in the sports industry. Read more at Stone’s site here

If you are looking to start (or switch to) a career in the sports industry, below is a look at the 5 top boardroom jobs you can consider.

1. Team President/ General Manager

Sports team executive
A lot of people see a sports team as just that – a team. However, in today’s world, sports teams are more than sports – they are also businesses. As a result, they need someone to manage them for them to be successful enterprises. One of the top sports industry boardroom jobs is that of a sports team president or general manager (they are usually the same person in most outfits).

The president and/or the manager is the chief executive officer of the team, and they are responsible for its overall success. They are charged with overseeing several departments/units within the team – from marketing to finance, sales, tickets, broadcasting, community outreach, and so on. In some teams, the president might be the founder, but for big teams and clubs, he/she is employed by the owners/shareholders to guarantee the success of the business side of the team.

If the president is also the general manager, he or she might also be tasked with additional day-to-day tasks. These include responsibilities such as hiring and firing employees, promotions, player negotiations, supervising talent scouting (players), and so on.

2. Director of Business Affairs

As already stated, most professional sports teams are also business outfits. As a result, they require someone managing the business side of things so that the team can continue being successful. Another one of the top sports industry boardroom jobs is that of the Director of Business Affairs. The position can also be referred to with other titles such as the Vice President of Business Affairs.

Whatever the name, the person in charge is tasked with managing the business side of things, which (when it comes to a sports team) include things such as:

  • Negotiating commercial agreements such as endorsement deals, consulting services, broadcasting agreements, vendor agreements, intellectual property rights agreements, representation agreements, and others
  • Contract administration
  • Advising the board and executive in business transactions
  • Devising and executing the organizations’ (team) business strategy
  • Supporting the team’s commercial growth

3. Chief Marketing Officer

The position of Chief Marketing Officer is another one of the most lucrative sports industry boardroom jobs. The officer is tasked with one vital responsibility – marketing the team and its’ athletes/players to the fans, corporation (for sponsorships and endorsements), and public (to gain more fans, sell team merchandise, etc.).

Chief marketing officer advises the board on the marketing strategies. At the same time, he/she can work with the staff in marketing, promotion, advertising, sales, public relations, and other departments to come up with strategies that will help to sell the team.

4. Chief Communications Officer

FIFA Communications Executive
Sports team attract a lot of attention and scrutiny, be it from fans, the general public, media, corporations, leagues, and governing bodies, and other entities. As a result, a good sports team should have a strong public relations department/unit, whose job is to build a positive image of the team and players, handle damage control, liaise with the media, perform community outreach, and other public relations task. This brings about the need for another top-level executive position, that of the Chief Communications Officer.

For successful day-to-day responsibilities, the Chief Communications Officer will have the role of supervising the entire communication strategy of the organization, including the activities of the public relations unit. The CCO also advises the board, devises, and executes an effective communication strategy that will ensure the team retains a positive image and reputation. For more information read this post:

5. Athletes Representative

Sports industry boardroom jobs are not only limited to positions within sports teams. You can also land a great boardroom job in the various organization and governing bodies that are in charge of managing sports. Most of these organizations will usually have the position of an athlete representative in the boardroom, who is charged with representing the interests of the athletes. The athlete representative will also advise the organization on strategies that will cater to the interests of the athletes.

Tips for Landing The Best sports industry boardroom jobs

From the above job titles, it is pretty clear that there are several exciting sports industry boardroom jobs. But how can you get one of these jobs? Below is a look at some tips on how you can land a boardroom job in the sports industry summarised from the detailed post at Forbes:

1. Get the right qualifications

This is the first step towards landing a C-suite job in the sports industry. Usually, it will mean pursuing a course in sports management (there are several sports management courses in both undergraduate and masters level). If you are looking to land a specific position, for example, marketing, finance, and so on, you should consider pursuing a course that incorporates the specific skills required.

2. Find a job in the sports industry

More often than not, it will take you some time before you can rise to a boardroom job. Therefore, it is a good idea to start low by finding another job in the industry, and then building your career until you have enough experience to land a C-suite job. Some of the other types of sports management jobs you can start with include athletics director, marketing director, sales director, finance manager, etc.

3. Diversify your skill sets

Sports industry boardroom jobs are highly competitive. As a result, you need to add several skills to your resume so as to be attractive to employers. You can acquire these much-needed skills through managerial responsibilities in other sports management jobs, as well as more qualifications through additional courses and professional training.

4. Network

The final step is to create contacts that will help you become visible to employers and recruiters. These contacts can include employers in the sports industry, colleagues and friends, and other contacts made through industry events. It might also be a good idea to get in touch with and submit your resume to an executive search firm. You can submit your CV at Stone Executive( and elsewhere online.

The job market in the sports industry is not limited to athletes’ career or other technical and managerial jobs. Instead, there are several sports industry boardroom jobs that are available to the candidate with the necessary skills. More jobs are also being opened up with the creation of new teams, leagues, and governing bodies. Therefore, there are good opportunities if you have the necessary qualifications for a C-suite job in the industry, or are looking to start a career that will lead you to one.

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Sports Promotional Videos – Best Practices and Examples

Sports teams have the advantage of having great visibility, thanks to live (physically) and TV sports events that are watched by thousands, sometimes millions of people. However, not all sports team have global recognition. And even with famous sports teams, there is always a need for making players more relatable, informing fans about sports events, marketing the team brand, and so on.

This brings about the need for promotional content, and for the best results, sports promotional videos are the way to go. Continue reading “Sports Promotional Videos – Best Practices and Examples”

Quitting the rat race

How I Quit the Rat Race for the Race Track

Waking up early in the morning, missing breakfast so as to make it to the subway in time, working endlessly during the day (often without lunch), working overnight into the late hours of the night, and heading home late in the night, only to catch a few hours of sleep before the process begins all over again. A few years ago, this is what my day-to-day life in the rat race looked like until I had enough.

After deliberation for a long time, I decided that this life was not for me and I would be happier in my dream career – athletics. So, I finally turned in my resignation letter and consulted with Appleby Associates, a career consultant website that helped me land a job as an athletics coach.

When deciding to leave my office job in a software development career, family members and friends advised me against it, warning me what a terrible decision I was making, However, two years down the line, I could not be happier. Since started working as an athletics coach, I have seen several changes in my day-to-day life. Some of these changes include:

Less job stress

One of the huge disadvantages of the rat race is the high stress that comes with the job. Some of the common things I dealt with on a day-to-day basis included unrealistic deadlines, which meant having to work for long hours every day and more often than not, even during the weekends. On top of that, after completing each project, a new one would arise soon after, and the process would continue again. This meant having to miss out on several family occasions. Finding time for a vacation was also not possible.

Stressful jobs

When working in the office, you also have to get accustomed to working with unreasonable bosses and colleagues, and on several occasions, dealing with clients who are hell-bent on making your life miserable.

When you add all these issues to being scooped in a little cubicle for several hours a day staring at a laptop screen, you end up with high levels of stress that can become health-threating very easily.

Since changing careers, I no longer have to deal with these issues. I only work for a few hours a day, and the only time I work on the weekend is during competitions. Therefore, I am able to find a lot of free time for family, friends, and vacations.

A decrease in the day to day expenses

After I quit the rat race, I found out that my office job had been costing me a lot of cash every month. Some of the expenses I incurred to maintain my corporate job included:

  • Commuting to and from work every day
  • Buying coffee, eating out during lunch, and ordering takeout in the evening
  • Buying business suits and having them dry cleaned (no time for laundry)

At the end of the day, I was spending a huge portion of my paycheck on various expenses in order to maintain my corporate job. Since changing careers, most of these expenses are non-existent. As a result, I am now able to save more money each month.

A lot of free time to do things I love

As already mentioned, I used to work for several hours every day, and on several occasions, even during weekends. Therefore, I was left with very little free time to do things that I enjoy. Simple things such as jogging in the morning, taking a walk in the evening, going to a movie, a picnic during the weekend, or even a vacation were not possible.

However, since changing careers, I am now able to enjoy these things. I find time to exercise in the morning every day, which has really helped me to maintain fitness, something that I had found impossible while working in the office. I am also able to spend a lot of time with my family. On top of that, I have enough free time to travel, enjoy outdoor activities, read, code, and even write. All of these would not have been possible a few years ago.

High level of job satisfaction

For a long time, I did not find satisfaction in my work, despite the fact that I was really good at it. When I started working, I thought I would enjoy it because coding was one of my most favorite things. However, the long hours of work and the stress of the job made me start hating it. It reached a point where my only motivation to working each day was the pay.

Since I quit the rat race to become an athletics coach, I have been able to start enjoying my work. Now, I can be able to take pride in the fact that I train young people to become professional athletes. This has helped me feel that I am leading a more purposeful life.

You too can quit the rat race

Bottom line is since I quit the rat race for the race track, my life has become easier and happier. If you are still in the rat race, you too can quit it and lead a better life. But how do you tell that it is time to quit? Well, below is a look at some of the top telltale signs that you are ready to quit the rat race

  • You no longer enjoy your job and you envy the free life people not working in the corporate world lead
  • You do not like how your current career status look like, and you are not looking forward to the future while still in your current job
  • Other than money, you have no other motivation in your current line of work
  • You feel that there is never any time for you. You have missed out on several important occasions due to your job.You have turned to alcohol (or other substances) to help you deal with the stress of your job

If these describe your current situation, maybe it is time for you to quit the rat race. Simply arrange a consultation with a careers company for help in a career change. Let us know how you get on.

Swimming Trunks Malfunctions

Swimming Trunks Malfunctions – Embarrassing Hiccups in the Water

Getting into the water can be a lot of fun, not to mention relaxing. However, there is one problem when it comes to swimming – finding the right swimming trunks. In addition to making you feel uncomfortable the entire time you are in the pool or on the beach, wearing the wrong swimming trunks can lead to a hiccup, one that can become quite embarrassing when you are in public.

In fact, there have been several incidents where people, including famous swimmers and divers, lost their swimming trunks while in the water, with some of these instances happening right in front of the cameras. Below is a look at some of these swimming trunks malfunctions.

1. Tom Daley

Tom Daley, an Olympic medalist is an accomplished British diver, who has also won several medals in other world competition. However, even with his accomplishment, and a long career as a diver that started when he was seven years, Daley is one of the famous people to experience a hiccup while in the water.

During a World Series competition in Guangzhou, China in 2017, Tom Daley nearly lost his swimming trunks when he dived into the water. While they did not completely come loose, he ended up giving the viewers a show (of his backside) that they were not expecting. And on top of that, the hiccup was caught by a camera and ended up being posted on several online publications to be seen by millions more across the world.

2. Keith Duffy

Keith Duffy, an Irish media personality, singer-songwriter, and actor, is another famous person who has suffered a swimming trunk hiccup in public. During the semi-final of Splash!, a television show in Britain where celebrities learn how to dive with Tom Daley, Keith Duffy experienced a swimming trunk malfunction that left thousands of viewers seeing more than they had expected.

As he was diving into the water, his trunks came completely loose, and the unfortunate incident was captured by an underwater camera and seen by thousands of live viewers. And as is the case with such an incident, it eventually found its way in the columns of several gossip online magazines and other publication, thus being seen by millions more across the world.

3. swimming trunks come loose during a charity swim event

Another hiccup involving swimming trunks occurred during a fundraising event organized by Darwen Leisure Center. The center organized a swimming event to help raise money for cancer support. Unfortunately, as participants were swimming, one of them lost his swimming trunks in the water. While he was able to find the trunks and complete his swim, there is no doubt that the incident must have left him a little embarrassed. The only consolation would be the fact that the attendance was not large, and no one managed to snap a picture or record a video.

4. dad loses Trunks at an amusement park – while with his family

Embarrasing hiccup in the water

A Florida dad is another person who has suffered a swimming trunk hiccup in public after his trunks came loose while riding a wave machine. As he was riding the artificial water wave, the machine “pulled” his trunks of his body. Helpless and unsure of what to do, he continued on riding the water wave, until a lifeguard came to his rescue, bring the trunks back to him and helping him to cover while putting on back the trunks.

Unfortunately, he was not too lucky as the incident happened before his children, and with other onlookers finding it hilarious. A video was also captured and shared online, eventually finding its way to a number of online publications.

5. 5-year old swimming trunk horror

Swimming trunks malfunctions are not only limited to the celebs nor adults. Even children can experience some embarrassing hiccups while in the water. Sometimes, some of these hiccups can also be serious to the extent of requiring urgent medical help. A five-year-old was the unfortunate victim of such a hiccup when his private parts got caught up in the netting of the swimming trunks.

The incident happened when the boy was enjoying the water in a pool during a vacation with his mother in Lanzarote. The hiccup was serious enough such that it would have led to the loss of his genitals, had urgent medical help not being given. Fortunately, he was rushed to the hospital in time for the doctors to cut him free without any permanent damage.

Tesco, the manufacturer of the swimming trunks the boy was wearing was forced to apologize for the incident and promise to launch an investigation into the incident.

What do these incidents teach you?

These swimming trunks hiccups are just small but embarrassing (and sometimes serious) incidents that are common when in the water. However, as you will notice, most of such incidents are caused mostly by one thing – using the wrong swimming trunks. These can be either swimming trunks that are too small, too large, or even faulty ones. Therefore, you can avoid them, or if not possible, minimize the risk of them occurring by wearing the right trunks (we shop at to make sure of that.

Below is a look at tips on how you can choose the right trunks for a great time in the water:

1. Always choose the right size of swimming trunks

When shopping for swimming trunks, choose the right size. Do not go with something too baggy or too small as this will be more likely to come loose while in the water.

2. Consider elastic swimming trunks

While wearing elastic swimming trunks might be something you have avoided in the past, it is a good idea to consider them as they might save you from public embarrassment. If possible, buy trunks that come with elastic waistband and drawstrings. This will offer you two layers of protection.

3. Shop for quality trunks

Buying cheap trunks from any place is a sure way of inviting embarrassing hiccups while in the water. As already mentioned, faulty (or poor quality trunks) are one of the top causes of these hiccups.

Therefore, if you want to avoid them, you should ensure that you purchase quality swimwear. There are a number of places where you can find quality swimming trunks, for example, Podenco Eivissa an online fashion store that specialized in men’s swim shorts and other accessories. Before placing an order, be sure to look through the store’s lookbook for some high-quality realistic images of the swim shorts.