The Secret to Getting Your Dream Sports Job


What strategy should you use to get your dream sports job? We have a few ideas on that concept, and we explore it in this short video:

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Video Transcript for “The Secret to Getting Your Dream Sports Job”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: I’ve spent the majority of my career as a journalist, so it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite things to do is ask intelligent questions of people. I attended the recent Team USA Career Development forum and what was great about this forum is that they had large Q&A panels after their breakout sessions, where you could ask various questions of the Team USA executive staff.

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There is a secret that many hiring managers hold back behind the curtain…but we are opening it up in this video

I had a chance to speak with the VP of Human Resources and I asked him – when you are hiring, do you have a preference for internal candidates or external candidates?

His response made perfect sense. What he said was, sometimes you like to hire an internal candidate because it shows the rest of the staff that if they work hard they can be promoted, plus they already know the system so there is less training involved.

He took it a step further saying, sometimes you like to hire external candidates because they bring fresh ideas, experience form somewhere else, ideas on process, creativity or how to achieve goals.

His conclusion – each individual situation is different.

Well, even though that is a logical and well articulated response – I’d like to take it one step further.

If you are in the building, if you are one of those internal candidates, you’ve had a chance to show who you are, you’ve had a chance to impress hiring managers, to demonstrate your skill set. These other external candidates haven’t had that benefit. The external candidates may be competing against 100 other people just to get noticed, but you, if you are already working in some capacity in the building, have the chance to get noticed every day.

My advice to you, and the secret that hiring managers know but don’t always share, is that your chances of getting promoted or escalating into your dream sports job are greatly increased by already being in the building. Always find a company you really want to work at and grow in, get your foot in the door and start impressing and knocking the socks off of everyone around you. That will lead to your dream sports job.

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. Hi! I have a dream I had since I was a child, and I am 29 years old

    My dream is to work in television and operates itself its own channel on social media.

    The channel called YouTube 365 TV,

    and pushed nearly 10 years.

    My question to you is, I can internship with you for 1 year?

    Here a football game that I’ve filmed

    Youtube channel page:

    youtube views are 441,062

    There are 485 videos on the channel.

    There are also website but it is not completed yet, although you may see some event photos and videos


    Regards Mustaf!

    • Mustaf – we aren’t the ones who hire, we are the ones that introduce you to the various jobs that are available. Search our job board for the right match and then apply for it! – Brian

  2. I want to internship a 1 year to learn to shoot matches‏‏‏

  3. Work In Sports,
    I am a straight up video editor looking to change up what content I edit. I love sports, all of them. As for my past, I have been a film trailer/television editor for 18+ years. I would like to take
    my experience to the sports world; editing highlight reels, sizzle pieces and any other media that
    is required. Football and soccer are my favorite, but I am knowledgable in almost all other professional and college sports. I would like to freshen up my career and switch to the world of sports. I am located in Los Angeles. Thank you for your time.

    Brad Spring
    c: 310-569-4864

    • Brad – we have many jobs on our job board for video editors, your experience will help! Just find the right job and start applying…we make it really easy! – Brian

  4. Great article.

    I’m a recent graduate from UCI and currently in the process of being interviewed for an associate editor position with ESPN at Bristol.

    This is obviously a huge step, if not the final step of me achieving my ultimate dream job. What advice would you offer to someone fresh out of college with a huge opportunity in front of me.

    I’m not sure how to prepare and how to approach this interview. I’m from Los Angeles so the thought of them comping my travel arrangements just for an interview has me in limbo.

    I’m feeling like a small fish in the hugest of oceans right now. Any advice how to calm that?



  5. Jimmy McDonald says:

    I have read a few of your articles and they have been very informative. I would like to add you to my Linkedin profile if that is fine with you. I just got laid off my job and this would be the perfect opportunity to look for work in the sports industry. Thanks. Jimmy

  6. I am just an upcoming senior in college with limited skills but I have a willingness to learn anything. I really want a job at ESPN one day, but I was wondering how does one even get a foot in the door.

    • Torez – ESPN hires based on the skills you have, if that is your dream desire change this sentence “I am just an upcoming senior in college with limited skills ” to “I am just an upcoming senior in college with massive TV production skills and experience”. -Brian


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