As we approach the holiday season, let me remind you working in sports is a different animal. While all off your friends who are accountants at a Big 4 firm are getting ready for their extended holiday break, people in the sports industry are preparing for business as usual.
There is no break. There is no holiday. During these times there are team executives, advance scouts, sales teams, operations people, event management staff, coaches, trainers, sports TV reporters and producer and editors, camera operators, TV directors… you name it, they are all working.
While some people sit on their coach with a beer in hand watching Lebron an Steph go at it… hundreds, even thousands of people connected to that game will be working.
Why do I bring this up? – because it’s essential you know and understand the reality of this fact before you really embark on a sports career. This is life. This is part of the gig. So while in your superficial analysis you may be thinking I love sports why not work in sports… well, this podcast is about honesty, and if you can’t handle a crazy schedule where holidays aren’t really a thing… choose a different career, right now.
Today’s guest knows this better than anyone. Gina Miller is the VP of Media and Communication for FC Dallas, and prior to that spent many years as a sports anchor and reporter in Dallas. On the 4th of July I guarantee she worked covering the Rangers, or the Cowboys or the Stars, or the Mavericks or SMU or something else… because the job goes on.
In this wide ranging interview, Gina gives it to you straight on sports careers and what it takes to get ahead, her role with FC Dallas and how there is no off-season when it comes to promoting and building a team’s brand.
Here’s Gina Miller.
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