Will I Need to Relocate to Have a Sports Career?


Perception doesn’t always line up with reality, and in the case of sports careers, the belief that to make it big you have to head to New York or Los Angeles is outdated thinking. Our Director of Content Brian Clapp explains the reality of sports careers for today’s era in this short video:

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Video Transcript for “Will I Need to Relocate to Have a Sports Career?”

Brian Clapp, WorkinSports.com Director of Content:  One the most common question I get from people entering the sports industry is: “Will I need to relocate in order to really build my sports career?” The simple answer is “NO!”….maybe…..well, probably.

Have I confused you yet? Because it is a little bit confusing.

The simple fact is this, we did a study of all the jobs we posted last year on WorkinSports – 28,000 jobs in the sports industry and we covered every state on the map. Montana, Missisippi, Alaska, Hawaii, all of them were represented in our jobs posted last year.

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Starting a sports career doesn’t require a trip to the big apple

Now, were there more jobs posted in New York than Montana – well, yeah. But what the data tells me is that you can start a sports career anywhere, it’s kind of what you want though. Do you want to gravitate toward the big city? Well, then you are probably going to relocate to one of the major markets and your career will grow at a faster rate. But if you want to stay small school or small community, that abiliy is afforded to you.

I’ve spent most of my career working in sports broadcasting, and I’ve gravitated towards bigger cities, I wanted to work in a major market like Atlanta and Seattle -that is what I wanted, but if I wanted to go to South Dakota, there is a sports network there. There are online opportunities that have popped up in just about any state – there are high school sports networks that require coverage on a very local level.

So even in my field of sports broadcasting – which people tend to think is relegated to Bristol, Connecticut, or Fox Sports in LA, or Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta – there are a lot more options than people realize.

While this doesn’t sound like an exact answer, it’s so much going to depend on what you want – you can relocate to start your sports career or you can stay right where you are.

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 WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

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  1. Jo Anne Hall says

    Brian Clapp,….”Will you be my Mentor?” Yes/No/Maybe So? Lol
    But seriously, I’m asking you! I just graduated, not in Broadcasting or Communications, but I would love to be in Sportscasting, Media and Writing. I am in Richmond, Virginia and a Army veteran who has plenty to write on!! Can you help me?

    • Jo Anne – you are very sweet, I’m flattered and happy to help any way that I can. Truth is, I’ve written about 140 articles on the WorkinSports Blog so many of my best ideas are there for all to read! Ask any questions you have — I try hard to respond to everyone! Brian