The Secret to Advancing in Your Sports Career


On the WorkinSports blog we spend a great deal of time discussing how to land your first job in the sports industry, but in this video we’re going one step deeper to discuss what you should do after you land your first job!

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Video Transcript for “The Secret to Advancing in Your Sports Career”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: On the Work in Sports blog we often share pieces of advice for getting your first job in the sports industry. That makes sense to us, because the first one is absolutely the hardest one to get…but that is not what we are going to discuss today.

Today we’re talking about how to advance your sports career after you get that first opportunity.

advancing in your sports career

Bring the same level of focus and attention to every task you are assigned no matter how big or small

When I first started at CNN, I still remember being this crazy bundle of energy, just so excited to show up to work everyday and show my badge to the security guard like, “I’m allowed to go in here, they are going to let me in here, I work…here!” I was just so proud.

I remember approaching one of our lead anchors, a guy by the name of Bob Lorenz, and asking him what advice he had for someone like me, just starting their sports career and looking to make the right name for myself. I still remember to this day exactly what he said to me, and it’s one of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever been given:

“You have to bring the same level of focus and dedication to the little tasks you are assigned, like running teleprompter, as you would to the big tasks you are assigned, like helping to cover some breaking news story.”

That advice has resonated with me to this day, the concept of bringing a consistent level of performance to every task, every day. That is what will make managers notice you and know you are reliable no mater what the assignment.

That is the secret that will get you noticed, and help you advance far in your sports career.

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. Gary Gordon says

    how can i obtain job as field recordist or audio engineer?

  2. Hello,

    My name is Joseph P. McGrath Jr. I currently working part time for the a number of teams in the Philadelphia PA and still not in my career. I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration which I still question their accreditation, owe 70,000 in student loans, in low income housing, and at this time have had apply with temp agencies which I absolutely dislike. My years experience is in Community Relations, Customer Service, and Merchandise. I have contacted your organization a number of times, have a passion and value, not giving up for what I want, and I will begin working for the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Soul in like a month. I would be willing to work if its a part time opportunity. Do you or colleagues have any contacts within the Philadelphia, PA Area or if full time I am willing to relocate. I am frustrated, stressed, but have passion and value for what I want in a career. Not just a job I want which I know most people do not enjoy going to every day.

    Joe McGrath Jr

    • Just sent you an email Joe
      – Brian

    • James Edwards says

      I am a retired Navy guy that started taking pictures in the 90’s and when I retired in 2010 I started taking photos for Middle School and Pop-Warner football, basketball and soccer. Wedding Photos as well. I just fell in love with photography. I’m in Jacksonville, Florida. Do you know anyone in the Jaguars Football that I can show them my photos … My Dream Is To Be A NFL / NBA season photographer…. Also a photographer with the Olympic’s

  3. Jitaksha Patil says

    Hi Brian,

    I am an international student doing masters in Sport Management with Deakin University, Melbourne. Previously I was employed in IT industry but my passion towards sports has brought me here. I always enjoyed organising events, looking after match day operations during my undergraduate. After coming to Australia I started volunteering to events and now it is the time to break through to sport industry and make a successful career. So I would like to know is there any opportunity which can give me this breakthrough so I can live my dream of working in sport industry and make positive contribution to the organisation. Any help or suggestions are much appreciated .

    Thank you,
    Jitaksha Patil

  4. Brian is absolutely right. I would say the three key aspects you can contribute to your growth is as follows:

    Consistency, Persistent and Passion.

    And that is honestly why it has landed me the freelancing role I am currently doing today with Pro:Direct Soccer. But I have high ambitions to develop within this company. Do you have any other advice you could provide?

    Thank you.


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