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Meet Our Sports Career Blogger: Brian Clapp

Being on the job hunt can be a lonely place filled with self-doubt and sleepless nights. For many, fear overwhelms the promise of landing a dream job and they fall back into their comfortable dead end job. Clock in, clock out, collect paycheck, rinse, repeat. But not for you. You’re here because you want something better for yourself, and we want that too.

Our blog has insider information that will set you up for success, teach you the right way to do things, help you learn from industry experts and understand what skills you need to thrive. So read on and learn – and don’t forget to ask questions in the comment section of each article - we actually take the time to respond to them because we believe we’re in this together.

Brian Clapp: Earn The Masters Degree Sports Employers Respect

Posted: 9/25/2017

Each calendar year U.S. colleges and universities award approximately 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees, an artful piece of paper delivered with a handshake and framed for a lifetime spent on parent’s walls. But after the handshake, most in graduating glory begin to hear the clock ticking in their head. Like a stopwatch racing towards zero, the [...]

Brian Clapp: What’s Next in Wearable Sports Technology

Posted: 9/25/2017

Like all trends, wearable sports technology is constantly undergoing changes and improvements to keep consumers interested. Fitbits, Apple Watches, and other wearables are well marketed to consumers, and companies have built their brands to become a necessities for many people in their day to day lives. Wearable gadgets are here to stay. Wrist gadgets, maybe [...]

Brian Clapp: Why The “Battle of the Sexes” Was About More Than Tennis

Posted: 9/21/2017

Women have been fighting for equal rights and equal pay for decades. Many believe one of the first instances of social change in women’s sports was the tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in 1973. Riggs challenged King to a match with a $100,000 prize, the “Battle of the Sexes” match became [...]

Brian Clapp: Philadelphia Eagles Talent Acquisition Manager Colleen Scoles Shares What Pro Teams Look for When Hiring – Work in Sports Podcast E5

Posted: 9/20/2017

Work in Sports Podcast Episode 5 – Philadelphia Eagles Talent Acquisition Manager Colleen Scoles Hi, Welcome to the Work in Sports Podcast – I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for WorkinSports. My job is to use my experience in the sports industry to share ideas with you on how to make your way in sports. [...]

Brian Clapp: Bonus Work in Sports Podcast – CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Shuts Down Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis During Segment on Sexism and Racism

Posted: 9/18/2017

Bonus Podcast – Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis Shows What Stupidity Looks Like I’m doing this bonus podcast because I’m mad – really mad – and this is my chance to rant a bit and release some steam. I’ll let you know this is about Fox Sports radio host Clay Travis’ appearance on CNN this [...]

Brian Clapp: Become a Basketball Scout with Training from NetScouts Basketball

Posted: 9/15/2017

NetScouts Basketball is the largest basketball scouting service in the world. We scout international men and women youth players for our International Scouting Service which we market to colleges in the USA. We also scout NCAA Division 1 schools for professional teams overseas. In order to give something back to the profession we have been [...]

Brian Clapp: Why You Need to Focus on Networking for Your Sports Career – Work in Sports Podcast E004

Posted: 9/13/2017

Podcast Interview with Arizona Diamondbacks Mascot and Author of Don’t Sleep on Planes, Zachary Hall Hi! Welcome to the Work in Sports podcast – I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for Work in Sports – today on the podcast we have Arizona Diamondbacks mascot and author of Don’t Sleep on Planes, Zachary Hall. A little [...]

Brian Clapp: How to Choose the Right College for the Sports Industry – Work in Sports Podcast E002

Posted: 9/8/2017

Podcast Interview with J.D. Pruess – Sports Producer, American Ninja Warrior In the last few years since we launched our blog on WorkinSports.com we’ve received over 10,000 questions about the sport industry from our user base and the sports community at large. I try my best to answer them all big and small, but it [...]

Brian Clapp: Careers in Sports Sales Are Your Ticket into the Sports Industry – Work in Sports Podcast E001

Posted: 9/8/2017

Sports Sales Careers Are Your Ticket into the Sports Industry – Work in Sports Podcast E001 Say the word sales and most people have a negative reaction. Yep you just felt it in your chest right as I said it… in fact, you are probably considering stopping this podcast already, thinking this will not help [...]

Brian Clapp: How Millennials Plan to Take Over the Sports Industry – Work in Sports Podcast E003

Posted: 9/8/2017

Millennials in the Sports Workplace – An Inside Look with Taylor Carmichael, WorkinSports.com Intern Hi I’m Brian Clapp and this is the Work in Sports Podcast – I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I’m a 42-year old dude. I’m in that phase where I think I’m young, but my kids remind [...]

Brian Clapp: How to Separate Yourself from the Competition

Posted: 9/6/2017

The classroom is a sterile environment – desks, chairs, blackboards, projections – all jammed into a room built on a 30-degree angle, intent on leaning your focus and attention towards the front. At the front, a wise person speaks. They have insight, experience and honed intellect. Their office is adorned with framed documents declaring their [...]

Brian Clapp: In Times of Need, We All Unite. This is the Time to Help Houston

Posted: 8/31/2017

Harvey didn’t care where you sit politically. The rising flood waters couldn’t tell the color of your skin or the country of your origin. In our divided, angry, frustrated country, a powerful circle of wind was willing and able to hurt everyone and everything in it’s path, without concern. The effects will last decades. Devastation [...]

Brian Clapp: 4 Mental Skills to Develop in Young Athletes

Posted: 8/28/2017

Coaches need to help athletes, particularly younger children, learn mental toughness. This is not a skill that athletes are born with, but must be developed over time by viewing competitive situations in a productive way. There will be struggles and challenges just like with physical skills, but if athletes work hard they will improve over [...]

Brian Clapp: How Data Analytics Helps Coaches in Planning

Posted: 8/21/2017

Before data entered sports, all coaches had in terms of statistical reporting was who played, who scored and who didn’t. This, by and large, was the basis on which players on any particular sport were evaluated. Decisions about who to play, draft, coach or develop were being made with a “gut” feeling or adhering to [...]

Brian Clapp: 4 Ways Technology is Changing Athletic Training

Posted: 8/16/2017

In the past, athletic trainers were known for taping ankles and icing injuries, but new technology advancements are helping give these industry professionals the chance to be a part of an athlete’s injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation process. Athletic trainers can now identify concussions, administer neurocognitive tests, perform specialized rehab and treat heat-related illnesses. Athletic [...]

Brian Clapp: The Most Successful People in Sports Do This Very Well

Posted: 8/1/2017

No matter how long you have worked, you still have moments that open your eyes. Some call them “Ah-Ha” moments, as if there were harps playing in the background and an emerging light bulb above their head. I prefer to think of them as, “how have I been so stubborn for so long” moments – [...]

Brian Clapp: Here’s Why More Stadiums are Adding Digital TV Screens

Posted: 7/27/2017

If you’re a long-time sports fan, one of the biggest changes that you have probably noticed over the past decade or so is the explosive growth of digital signs and TV screens in your local sports stadium. These days it’s hard to turn a corner without encountering a lit-up display advertising your team’s sponsors, a [...]

Brian Clapp: Why You Need a Walk-On Attitude For Your Sports Career

Posted: 7/18/2017

A stretch Hummer pulled up at the College Football Hall of Fame on April 22nd, 2006, inside was the top football recruit in the nation, high school senior and National Offensive Player of the Year, Jimmy Clausen. A press conference was prepared and ready to grab the attention of the sports world as Clausen arranged [...]

Brian Clapp: How to Get College Ready for Working in the Sports Industry

Posted: 7/12/2017

College bound high school seniors eager to work in the sports industry have big dreams. Running their own team, representing professional athletes, hosting SportsCenter – the sports jobs of their imagination are closer than ever before. While high school provided an all-encompassing education, with more chemistry and history than sports event management theory, college will [...]

Brian Clapp: Five Useful Tips for Starting a Sports Business

Posted: 7/11/2017

Thousands, even millions, of people around the globe only wish they could spend their time working in a career field that they truly love. A job they are passionate about. One that they desire to go to each day. Oftentimes, this wish for a career field they truly love encompasses the idea of starting a [...]

Brian Clapp: Learn How to Behave in the Press Box

Posted: 7/7/2017

As a media member getting credentials for a live sports event is one of the gifts of your job. With a simple team issued picture ID hanging from your neck, you are granted access to some of the best seats in the house to soak up the sights, sounds and action on the field of play. [...]

Brian Clapp: Behind the Mic For a Moment: A Day in the Life of a Sports PA Announcer

Posted: 7/5/2017

Guest author Jon Horton is a seasoned sports media professional having worked for CNN Sports, Fox Sports, the University of Washington, SMU and the University of Cincinnati. His first person account of being the game day PA announcer for FC Cincinnati follows. It’s about three hours to match time for the biggest soccer match in [...]

Brian Clapp: 5 Ways Running Can Help You Get a Promotion

Posted: 6/26/2017

Time to lace up those sneakers that have been sitting in the closet and go get the new job or promotion you’ve been gunning for. It could happen! Running has lots of benefits, including improving mood, reducing stress, and boosting self-confidence. Running just might help your work life, too. Here are five reasons running could [...]

Brian Clapp: 5 Traits an Intern Can Learn from Successful Sports Stars

Posted: 6/21/2017

Do you know how Venus Williams turned out to be a successful businessperson? Yes the tennis ace, Venus Williams is also the proud CEO and founder of EleVen (clothing brand) and V Starr Interiors (interior design company). The 7-time Grand Slam winner is more than just an amazing athlete, she also has extraordinary leadership traits. [...]

Brian Clapp: 7 Causes of Job Search Depression and How to Prevent it

Posted: 6/19/2017

Success is all about mindset, and so is failure. When you’re searching for the perfect job to further your career, it’s easy to become a sore loser and to feel frustrated, because the game hasn’t played out as planned. In failure, you often learn the key ingredient to success and one of the crucial elements [...]

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