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On the first episode of the Work in Sports podcast, Carl Manteau of the Milwaukee Bucks said, “I’ve always enjoyed sharing insight into working in the sports industry, the things I wish I knew when I was starting out. I love the idea of this podcast, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” That summarized this whole project beautifully. I’m Brian Clapp, Director of Content for WorkinSports.com and the host of the Work in Sports podcast. I’m sharing all of my best career advice gathered over 25 ...
 
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We have this vision of the sports agent. Contracts. Negotiation. Schmoozing. Glad handing. A lot of this is true... but times have changed. Elite athletes used to choose their agents based on their history of signing massive long-term contracts for other clients -- “oh you helped Pedro Martinez sign a record-breaking contract extension – you're my …
 
Last week, WorkInSports.com released its inaugural State of Sports Hiring Report. Naturally, Brian Clapp leaned into the data it revealed in the latest episode of the Work In Sports Podcast to determine what the findings mean. One takeaway: A Lot of Movement is About to Happen Industries nationwide have been dreading a “Great Resignation” that is s…
 
With every sports gambling enthusiast's favorite season kicking off this week, the WorkInSports Podcast is doing a repost of Brian Clapp's Jan. 13 conversation with Nigel Eccles, Co-Founder of FanDuel. Strap yourselves in for an inside look at how he helped start up the sports book and daily fantasy sports service that boasts over six million users…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the WorkInSports podcast... I’m going to share one of my favorite sayings with you today. “If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.” -Ernest Hemingway This doesn’t apply to everything, my daughter start…
 
Today’s question ties into great to this concept for today’s question from Corrine in Nevada, As you touched on in one of your previous podcasts, there are many different areas of specializations in both professional and collegiate sports (i.e Sports Reporting, Community Relations, marketing, business operations, analysts, etc). What do you think a…
 
On this week's expert podcast, Brian Clapp gets within two (or three?) degrees of separation from Jay-Z as he chats with Roc Nation Sports VP of Operations Michele Rinchiuso. On this WorkInSports episode, Brian discusses his journey in the world of sports marketing at Puma to pivoting over into Jay-Z's empire on the sports side of things and the tr…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work in Sports podcast. This week, we've got a question from a curious high school senior named Jeremy who is passionate about getting into the sports industry. He writes: “Hi Brian, I am entering my senior year of High School, I play soccer and ba…
 
Remember ESPN the Magazine? NEXT athlete, the Body Issue – for me, the Mag was appointment reading. Maybe I’m a little different, but I grew up addicted to the sports magazine scene. Sports Illustrated, Sport, The Sporting News. Every year my grandmother would get me a subscription to these mags for Christmas, she didn’t have to think about it, jus…
 
Today's Sports Career Q&A Question comes in from Felicia in Seattle: “Hey Brian, I’ve been listening to your podcast for the past 6 months and it is fantastic, such incredible advice that has served me so well. Your content has helped me gain focus and confidence in my sports career, you have mentioned many times that we should get focused on speci…
 
There are two goals in every interview we conduct. 1) We want to paint a picture of our guests career, how they got there and why they love it, because this could inform your later decision in life. I love it when someone says to me “Listening to your show helped me realize I wanted to work in sports marketing.” 2) We want to inform. Even if you ha…
 
After a week away from this, time to dip back into the mailbag (digitally speaking) and we've got a great question from Ally in Virginia. “Hey Brian, love your podcast thank you so much for your guidance and expertise. I really appreciate how raw and honest you are. I was blown away by your vulnerability during your tribute to your CEO John last we…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. In 2015 Ishveen Anand brought to market her dream of an open marketplace for brands and athletes to do business. Brands have messages they want to get out in support of their products, athletes of all levels are great spoke…
 
I’m not going to sugarcoat anything, I’m a bit of a mess right now. Our CEO and one of my great friends, John Mellor, died last week at the age of 49 after battling cancer. You don’t listen to this show to hear me drone on about my life’s problems, we all have them, they are part of the human experience. But I can’t pretend this isn’t affecting me,…
 
Almost 390 episodes in to the work in sports podcast and we’re trying something a little different. Two guests -- Two All-time great guests together on one show. In 2021 one of the main goals I had for myself was to be more of a connector in the industry. I have met amazing people from my career in the sports media, and even more great people from …
 
Today's Sports Career focused question comes in from Kenton in California, “Hey Brian, I just completed an interview cycle for a job I was really interested in. I listened to your podcasts and really nailed the process, thank you so much, I had so much confidence throughout from your guidance and advice. My excitement continued to rise as I went fu…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the WorkInSports podcast! Just as much as change is a constant, so too is resistance to change. Every generation, to some degree, fights against change. They like how things operated in their youth, that is what they see as their perfect combination of…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. We’ve got a good question coming in this week and I want to jump right on it, it speaks to the urgency of this moment, and it comes from Michelle in Boston. “Hi Brian, huge fan of your podcast you have given me guidance and…
 
If we have learned anything over the last year, it is that we all must constantly adjust, or we will watch the world pass us by. Quick story – in 2006 I went to Europe for the first time, my wife was competing in a field hockey tournament that took us to Germany, Amsterdam, Scotland and Belgium. IN Germany we visited Charlemagne’s castle – not Char…
 
Today's Work In Sports podcast subject: interviewing skills we don’t discuss enough. We’ve talked about research and preparation, first impressions, video technology, phone interviews, panel interviews and more. But we might not have talked about a few other skills that can’t be lost in the preparation for your big moment. I have five I’d like to s…
 
Managing and leading people requires a unique blend of patience and expertise. Patience is paramount to success as a manager because you are inherently managing and leading people who are less experienced in this expertise than you are. If someday you become the director of group sales for a sports organization, you will be influencing the day-to-d…
 
I’m going to jump right into things this week with a passionate plea for all of you job seekers out there. The time is now to go extra. What is happening in the sports industry right now? Huge shifts in hiring. For the last year there has been staffing contraction due to COVID – not necessarily because of revenue depletion, sure in some cases it wa…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. I have a new theory I’m testing out – let’s call it a lukewarm take in progress. Over the last 10 years as I’ve spoken at colleges and universities across the country, a vast majority of the young people I talk to equate wor…
 
Question from Gerald in Oregon: “Hey Brian, whether you know it or not, you have been advising me for years. I know this is the first time I’ve reached out, but I’ve been a huge fan and you’ve profoundly changed my perspective and approach on so many career-focused initiatives. I started listening when I was a junior in college, I graduated last ye…
 
I know this may sound trite, but I learn something from every interview I conduct on this show. It’s true - when you keep yourself open to learning and open to your own need for improvement, you start to see the opportunity in everything. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but today’s guest Shahbaz Khan director of digital content for the …
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged learning for WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast… Community relations is food for the soul of an organization. Still one of my favorite quotes. It’s from an anonymous CEO, I’d give credit if I could. And it’s a true statement. When most departments of an organization are f…
 
Question of the week comes in from Brian in Pennsylvania. Yes for the second time in a row I am answering my own question. “What are the big problems you are seeing first-hand as you review applicants to your job openings?” Great question Brian. As you all should know I’m hiring for three roles, and I’m in the weeds of resumes, phone calls and inte…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. Over the last year, I, like many others, have spent time contemplating my own preconceived notions and unconscious biases in every walk of my life. We all have them, it is a part of the human condition, but where do they co…
 
July 8th 2010, for many this represents the dawning of the Player Empowerment Era. If you don’t remember that date, and why should you unless you live in Cleveland, that is the date “Lebron: The Decision” aired on ESPN. Lebron James announcing his intent to take his talents to South Beach in an ESPN special that was probably 10 minutes but felt lik…
 
Last week I had a friend reach out who was applying for a cool job with a professional sports team. Since I really like and respect this person, and I know people at the professional sports team, I volunteered to reach out on their behalf to my friends at the team and put in a good word. Now, I didn’t bring this up to show off my altruistic nature …
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast... As I talk to young people across the country, there is an undercurrent of panic in their collective voices. It sounds a lot like pressure and fear. I’m no neuroscientist, but anecdotally is sure seems negative news accumu…
 
Question incoming from Brandon in Bellevue, Washington. Brandon, I lived in Bellevue for 10 years, we’re practically neighbors despite the fact I now live 2,882 miles away. Yes, I googled it. “Hey Brian, I’ve been doing a bunch of mock interviews to prepare and there is a pattern that keep emerging. I’ve had two of my professors and three different…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning for WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. Recovery starts with innovation. I read this the other day and thought, this sounds a lot like what my grandmother used to tell me when she’d cobble some new fandangled way of plowing her garden fields with a series of hoe…
 
Today’s question, and it’s a good one, from Janell in Missouri. “Hi Brian, thank you so much for your show and the effort you put into its creation, it’s clear how much you care and want to help others. I have a question for you about interviewing for internships. I’ve heard you talk about asking follow up questions at the end of a job interview, a…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the WorkInSports podcast. There are two major assumptions that Americans tend to make about sports. 1: The big four – baseball, football, basketball and hockey - are the only sports that matter. 2: Sports happen within our borders, except the rare occa…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning for WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. There are so many interesting conversations to have right now surrounding the abnormal sports world we are currently immersed in. The other day I was asked during a panel discussion what I thought were the most important s…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast... Question today comes from a regular of the show, someone I am personally very fond of, but who will remain anonymous for this conversation. Their question came directly via LinkedIn, which is a great way for any of you lis…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning for WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. No surprise to say I grew up a fanatical sports fan. I have always loved game action. I remember vividly sneaking out of bed to watch Boston Celtics games when they were on the road, hoping my mother wouldn’t catch me. Homm…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning for WorkInSports.com and this is the WorkInSports podcast... Super pumped for this week's expert interview with Emily Caron, a sports business reporter from Sportico.com. Emily has worked at espnW and Sports Illustrated before joining Sportico and she is awesome. What is fun about t…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning for WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast.I started to read a new book the other day and after about 70 pages I had to put it down. This is abnormal for me, I’m the type of personality that once I start something I have to finish it. I have to know how it ended. Th…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast. Big show last week, if you missed it go back and check out Dr. Bill Sutton on the show, if you are unfamiliar with Dr. Sutton, he is the Kevin Bacon of sports. Everyone tracks back to him. Seriously, I’d guess at least 20 o…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the WorkInSports podcast. My goal today, to write the shortest intro to a podcast interview ever. Dr. Bill Sutton joins me today, and we have an incredible discussion ahead for you. It’s meaty, there is a ton of info in here, life changing kind of stuf…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast... For those of you who haven’t listened to last week’s podcast with Zach Maurides, go listen to it. Seriously, now. Stop listening and start there first. Zach is the founder and CEO of Teamworks an athlete engagement platfor…
 
Hey everybody, I am Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work in Sports podcast... In the sports world we are all accustomed to being led by a coach. From early tee-ball or youth soccer to more intense high school competitions or club teams and then for some of us college – we are all accustomed to the…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast…Some big news before we get into the stat line and today’s question...As some of you may have read -- WorkInSports has been acquired by iHire. Now, before panic ensues, this was not a hostile takeover like in the movies. We …
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast…What would you do if someone asked you to build a new pro sports brand from the ground up, AND build a new stadium in LA? Your budget is 350 million -- go!Me? I’d probably roll up in the fetal position and cry myself to slee…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the WorkInSports podcast…Before we get into the stat line and today’s awesome question -- twoo upcoming guests I want to highlight. Last week I interviewed Benny Tran, EVP of Corporate Strategy and Operations at LAFC. Benny came from a world outside o…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work in Sports Podcast…This episode is about expansion. We in the sports industry so often out on our blinders and only think about sports. We tell ourselves it is so different than everything else out there, we are unique.Truth is, in some places …
 
Hey Everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work in Sports podcast …Daylight savings! A love-hate relationship here -- loved the fact the sun was out at 7:15 last night. Hated the fact my kid’s sleep schedule was a mess.Anyone who is a parent knows this dilemma, it takes a week for your kid…
 
Hey Everybody I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkinSports.com and this is the WorkInSports podcast…The idea of a sports startup isn’t exactly new, there a fledgling agencies, marketing companies, tech companies all popping up throughout the year. But what about a professional sports team that functions like a startup?The Sea…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast…Thanks for joining me this lovely Monday, that’s not even sarcasm, the sun is out daylight saving is around the corner, I’m feeling lovely. Quick confession before we get into the stat line and today’s question… for those of…
 
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