Sports Jobs in Focus: What the Heck is a Production Coordinator?

You know you want to work in sports, but you really don’t know what sports career you should aim for. That’s where our new “Sports Jobs in Focus” videos will help, every week we’re going to introduce you to a position in the sports industry, do a deep dive into the role and responsibilities and set you up with the knowledge necessary to know if this is the path for you! This week – Production Coordinator. Enjoy!

Video Transcript for “Sports Jobs in Focus: What the Heck is a Production Coordinator?”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: One of the goals of the Work in Sports Blog is to introduce you to jobs and career paths that you may not be all that familiar with, but could be your perfect match. Maybe you’ve heard the job title before, maybe you’ve seen it on our job board and thought that sounds interesting, but you don’t really know what it is…that’s what we are here for we’re going to explain some of these roles a little deeper for you.

Today we are going to discuss what it means to be a production coordinator.

production coordinator jobs in sports

Live event productions like Monday Night Football require a whole team of people to pull off. A Production Coordinator helps organize objectives between multiple groups.

In the world of sports broadcasting there is a lot of logistical work that goes on behind the scenes in order to deliver the final product that you see broadcast out to you. Especially for live event production. A production coordinator works as a liason between the production creative side that is actually producing the event on game day and the administrative logistic side that is doing all of the behind the scenes work to get things ready for game day.

For example, most of the crew that actually work on an event are freelance employees. Positions like technical directors, font coordinators, camera operators, audio operators – thse aren;’t staff positions they are hired out on a per event basis. A production coordinator will work with the production manager to make sure all the crew is in place and hired for the event, if someone calls out sick the production coordinator will get replacements. They’ll make sure time sheets are done and that tax information is filled out accurately so they can get paid accordingly. The production coordinator works with the financial group to make sure all of those things get done and that things remain on budget and on task so that on game day there isn’t a focus on anything but creating the best possible product.

To be successful you need to be detail oriented, you need to be really organized, and you need to have a strong background in television production, because you need to understand all of the roles and responsibilities of the various positions on the crew.

This job because it takes great leaderships skills and attention to detail, can really vault you to great positions in sports broadcasting – production manager, coordinator producer – and it can keep going from there. It’s a great starting entry level sports job that can really grow to great heights.

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 &

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  1. see anything ironic in this statement

    “To be successful you need to e detail oriented,”

    • Ha! We all make mistakes Michael…transcribing my own videos is one of the worst parts of the job, but this should not have slipped through. My apologies! – Brian