How to Increase Your Sports Industry Knowledge

increase your sports industry knowledgeThere are multiple components necessary to thrive in a sports career. You can’t get by with just a passion for sports and your infectious charisma, you need more than that, you need skills, knowledge and a network.

Your skills are developed by education and internships, methods to learn first-hand how to complete the various tasks the sports industry requires. Whether that is marketing, sales, scouting or some other facet of the industry, you need to learn the how behind your sports career dreams.

Knowledge is something altogether different, knowledge comes from being around those who have done it or are doing it right now. Asking questions. Being curious. Observing skills in action. Knowledge is an awareness or familiarity gained by experience.

And your network is the powerful engine, your web of contacts and business acquaintances, that works on your behalf. They mentor, they inform, they refer. Your network helps you cast a wide net, catching opportunity as it comes to the surface.

If your dream is to work in the sports industry and you aren’t sure how to increase your knowledge and network, Sports Management Worldwide conferences hold the answer, and with the discount code workinsports you can get $100 off either their NHL Career Conference or their Basketball Career Conference.

Coming later this month, June 22nd-24th, Sports Management Worldwide is headed to Chicago to host their annual NHL Career Conference from the NHL Draft in Chicago. In fact, with your registration to this conference you’ll receive a lower bowl ticket to both days of the draft!

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President and Founder, Sports Management Worldwide

“Our NHL Draft Career Conference provides an invaluable opportunity for attendees to learn about careers in the NHL while networking with some of the biggest names in the industry,” says Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President of Sports Management Worldwide. “Agents, GM’s, Directors of Player Personnel and Marketing Executives all will be present, meeting and speaking with attendees. This is a unique event!”

Past conference speakers have included Calgary Flames President Brian Burke, Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, powerful sports agents like Pat Brisson and Rick Curran, NHL Network host EJ Hradek, head coaches, personnel executives, scouts and more.

If a career in hockey is what you are striving for, look no further than this industry leading hockey career conference from Sports Management Worldwide.

But if Basketball is your game, and your dream revolves around the action on the court, Sports Management Worldwide has you covered there too.

July 8th-9th in Las Vegas Sports Management Worldwide will be hosting their annual Basketball Career Conference, with industry leading guest speakers, Q&A sessions, networking events and more.

“Every year we bring in the best speakers to our conferences because the top-level people in the basketball industry love to teach the next generation of basketball minds. They are passionate about their game and they want to share,” adds Dr. Lashbrook. “Come hang out with us for two days in Las Vegas and learn the intricacies of the basketball world. You’ll learn from the people who know who is hiring, what teams are looking for and how to make yourself stand out from the crowd.”

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Past speakers have included Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin, ESPN senior NBA writer Marc Stein, Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman, New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel Mark Warkentien, Milwaukee Bucks Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock and many other scouts, agents, marketing executives and team operatives.

“I learned so much at last year’s SMWW Basketball Career Conference, it was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to network,” says Tara Iguidbashian from the University of San Diego. “Being able to interact with professional personnel and team decision-makers was inspiring and educational. I feel the knowledge I acquired will lead directly to a sports career.”

If you are ready to take the next step in your sports career by increasing your knowledge of the industry, and your network, sign up for one of these two great conferences and don’t forget to use the discount code workinsports to get $100 off your registration!

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the sports media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

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