Aside from Big Games, when you’d much rather see the action first-hand in courtside seats, a box in left field or your favorite spot in the football stadium, you’d prefer to enjoy life from the comfort of your couch.
Though that, among many others, is a good sign you’ll never be a professional athlete, it also doesn’t mean you can forget about a career in sports. In fact, there are plenty of sports-related jobs best performed from the comfort of your home.
If you want to combine the heart-racing excitement of sports with the leisurely comfort of home-based work, here are a few top careers for you:
Any kind of writing is easily done from home, and that includes sports writing. Sports writers report on any and all events and activities in the world of sports, to include match outcomes, athlete injuries, trades and hires, game scheduling and more. Plus, now that alternative sports like fantasy and eSports are growing in popularity, you can write for these outlets, as well. To begin, you might start your own sports blog and work your content onto major sports sites and publications.
If writing is not among your strengths, you can produce similar content and publish it over the airwaves, instead. Podcasts are immensely popular, especially with younger, more educated generations. With a microphone and an internet connection, you can spread your sports opinions to eager listeners. Though you might need to podcast for free, eventually your show should attract sponsors that might let you quit your day job and gain the at-home sports job you always wanted.
Unlike an independent writer, podcaster or other sports content creator, a contributor tends to work for and with a specific team. Contributors develop content, generate stories, conduct research, monitor team performance, scores and news and perform other duties for their teams. As long as you have an extensive knowledge of a particular team, you might find work as a remote sports contributor.
Sports managers handle the business side of sports for teams, meaning they manage budgets, negotiate contracts, handle media relations, organize events and hire various staff. Admittedly, high-level sports managers – i.e. those for professional and national teams – cannot work from home. However, to build a name in this career, you can begin working from home, managing smaller teams and earning your online master’s in management. Then, you might qualify for more prestigious sports management jobs later.
A sports agent identifies athletic talent and assists athletes in negotiating deals with teams and sponsors. In effect, sports agents earn the job by calling themselves sports agents, but it can be useful to earn a sports management degree for this career path, as well. Just as with management, beginner agents will likely attract smaller names and smaller gigs, but as your name becomes familiar in the industry, you will net larger and more powerful clients.
Sports Sales Specialist
You don’t have to work with athletes to work in sports. Sports sales specialists most often sell sporting equipment to gyms, schools, recreational facilities and similar institutions. Because this career only requires you to have a reliable phone line, you can often follow leads and convert sales from the comfort of your home.
Sports Merch Designer
If you have experience as an artist or graphic designer, you might find your services applied to sports merchandise design. Sports teams often hire such professionals to assist in the creation of mascots and appealing merch like apparel. However, you might also design and sell your own merch through a web store or Etsy. Still, you should be familiar with licensing laws to avoid being sued by your favorite team.
Sports marketers work with cities, teams and other sports organizations to promote products, services and events. Marketing is huge, so it should hardly be surprising that sports take advantage of marketing tactics to build audiences and increase fan enthusiasm and support. Smaller teams likely take advantage of freelance marketing, which you can easily do from the home office.
Social Media Producer
Like a mixture between a sports content creator and a sports marketer, a social media producer creates and publishes sports-related content for social sites, like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To do this profitably, you might find employment with a team or sports content publisher – or else be an expert in monetizing social media success.