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Athletes Business Manager

Overview: Managers of athletes represent athletes in business dealings with professional team executives. They try to negotiate maximum salaries and benefits for the athletes. They also map out career and business strategies for their clients and recommend financial investments.
Duties: Assess the salaries and benefits of the athletes they represent and compare them with the salaries and benefits of athletes who are equivalent in terms of performance and popularity.

They represent the athletes in contractual negotiations with the owners and management of the professional team. Attempt to maximize the athlete's salary and security.

They propose contract terms and conditions that financially protect the athletes in case of injury and inability to play.

They recommend business investment strategies to athletes that will ensure a successful transition into a new career upon retirement from their athletic specialty.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of athletes business manager is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 as more people go into the field of professional sports.
Starting Salary: Most managers are paid on a fee or commission basis. The higher paid the client is, the higher the income of the manager. Business managers who work full time often receive benefits. Those who are self-employed must provide their own benefits.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $45,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in business administration with courses in investment, securities and accounting is the appropriate educational background for this occupation. Many athletic managers are lawyers or accountants or have an interest and experience as a player in sports.
Advancement Info: Advancement for agents and business managers usually is in the form of signing more clients. Some advance by moving to more competitive markets, such as New York City or Los Angeles.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having duties which involve frequent physical, financial, or social risk taking.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.