Video: A Concept to Help Define Your Sports Career Path

Good ideas come from everywhere – even sometimes, as Director of Content Brian Clapp found out –  your first grade daughter.

In this short video, Clapp explains a simple, yet advanced concept on how to create a path for various sports careers by thinking with the end in mind.

Lets us know what you think in the comments below, and as always please share through social media if you think this concept can help anyone in your network. If you’d rather read than listen – that’s cool too – we include a transcript below the video.

Video Transcript for “Sports Careers – A Concept to Help Define Your Path”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content, My daughter came home from school the other day and was discussing this concept they were going over called, ‘beginning with the end in mind’. My first thought was, that’s a little highbrow for first grade, but she seemed to be interested and curious so we spent some time discussing it.

It occurred to me during our conversation that this is very applicable concept for anyone in job seeker mode, especially someone wondering about sports careers.

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Let’s say you wanted to be a sports reporter like Erin Andrews, you should start working backwards.

Let’s break this concept regarding sports careers down a little bit, and I’ll use myself as an example:

Early in my career I knew that my goal was to become a news director at a fairly large market – there are many sports careers but that is the one I had chosen for myself.  If at the beginning of my career, when I was working as a production assistant let’s say,  if I had thought ‘OK, I want to be a news director, that’s my end goal, let’s start there and work backwards”, I could have created a plan for my career path to news director.

To actually start building my sports career path, I should have started contacting news directors and asking questions like:

  • How did you get to this point?
  • What have you learned along the way that was vital to your success?
  • Is there anything you would have done different?
  • What are the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
  • What are the biggest successes you’ve had?

Questions like these would help me define my sports career path to reach my eventual goal of being a news director.

While I was a production assistant, I also could have gone through a site like, found news director positions and researched their job descriptions, discovering:

  • What skills a candidate needs to have to be considered for the job
  • How many years of experience they are requiring
  • What local knowledge you need to have

All these little pieces of advice would have made me see my sports career path a little bit clearer – now I’d have a clear vision for how I’ll get from production assistant to news director.  Every step I would  take would be a focused step where I’d know what I was getting into and how it would help me on my sports career path.

This concept works for any and all sports careers, from sports marketing, to sports management, to ticket sales and sports media.

I really believe this is a strong concept that everyone should incorporate into their sports job search, think where you want to be and start to reverse engineer and work backwards from there to figure out what you need to get to that point.

It’s a pretty cool concept – even if you aren’t in first grade anymore.

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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