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What is Sports Operations

As I said in my previous post, my major is Operations Management and I enjoy sports. If you have never heard of what operations management is, it “refers to the administration of business practices to create the highest level of efficiency possible within an organization.” The sports industry is is a huger industry. Whether it is NBA, MLS, MLB, or NFL there are operations jobs in all aspects of sports. These are only the major league teams. SO could also include sports business’s such as Dicks, Nike, Academy Sports and Outdoors, etc. It could involve event planning such as planning a golf tournament, the NCAA Basketball tournament, or even the Superbowl. There are numerous jobs in the sports industry that include operations.  When you put operations management and sports together…you get sports operations-easy as that.

Stadiums I Have Been To

Lessons

One of the best things about sports is the lessons you learn. My biggest lesson I have learned is to never quit when you are down. For example, when I was a freshman in high school I did not make the baseball team. Instead of quitting and never playing again I joined the cross country and track team to get in better shape. The following year I tried out for the the baseball team again and made it this time. I played throughout high school. If I had quit when I was down then I would have forever regretted my decision. Instead I learned a valuable life lesson. 

Alabama Basketball

Last night I attended my first Alabama Basketball game of the year. They played Oregon. It was a thriller to say the least however it ended in a tragedy. They were leading by 12 points at half but struggled beginning of the second half. They had chances to tie it and even win it in the end but failed to do so. The event was put on by a group called Knight Eady Sports Group. If you click on the link you it sends you to their website. They focus on everything from marketing to event management which is a great example of a company that portrays sports operations.

Colorado

As I said earlier in one of my posts, we go on a trip to a different baseball stadium every summer. This past labor day we went to Colorado. First off, I have always wanted to work out west. I have always loved visiting it. There are many sports operations jobs in Colorado including jobs with thei NFL team and MLB team the Rockies. The Rockies stadium is called mile high stadium because at in the upper deck there is a purple line all the way across the 18th row  which is supposedly one mile high. Here is a picture of my view from the mile high seats.

View from the mile high seats in Denver, Colorado at a Colorado Rockies baseball game
Colorado Rockies Mile High Stadium

Alabama Twins

When you are born in Alabama you must make a choice; Roll Tide or War Eagle. That choice wasn’t too hard because both my parent went to the University of Alabama so…Roll Tide! Now I am currently a student at the University of Alabama. I have a twin. He goes to Alabama. I have a younger brother. He goes to Alabama. My younger brother also has a twin. Unfortunately she goes to Auburn. I guess 3/4 isn’t so bad. If you did not catch that, I have grown up in a family of two sets of twins only two years apart. We are always fighting over who can be better at anything whether it is who is the fastest in a race or as little as who is the favorite in the family. Maybe this is where I get my competitiveness from.

My teams

Who are my favorite sports teams in each sport? For all collegiate sports as you can guess I pull for Alabama…I go there. In the NFL I go for the Saints. My mom is from New Orleans so I have traveled there many of times and seen them. As a youngin I pulled for the Jaguars, but that was only for their colors. MLB- I pull for the Yankees and the Braves. The Braves are closest to home, however I used to be a Rangers fan because of Alex Rodriguez and ever since he moved to the Yanks I have rooted for them. NBA- The Pelicans, once again because they are from New Orleans. I have cheered them one since they had Baron Davis when they were called the Hornets. As for Soccer and NHL, I do not specifically have a favorite team. In the NHL I like the penguins because of their mascot, but as far as MLS goes, I just like to watch teams compete.