Posted by Willy Franzen on October 2, 2013. Jobs updated daily.
|Associate Director of Sports Programming|
New York, NY
There are a few kids who I knew growing up that ended up playing professional sports. For one it was destiny. His dad was a pretty good MLB player whose cousins played in the NFL. Despite the pedigree and signing an NFL contract, I don’t think my friend ever got in a game. Another kid (with a crazy intense dad who got banned from coaching in at least one local league) played a few years of minor league baseball. However, the most successful pro athlete that I knew growing up was a kid who I never would have expected to make it. He never struck me as super athletic, but he ended up being extremely good at lacrosse. In fact, he has already won a Major League Lacrosse Championship and made an All Star Team. It may not be one of the four major sports leagues, but it’s a serious league with serious growth potential (lacrosse keeps getting more popular). While the league is headquartered in Brighton, MA, it has teams in Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Annapolis, MD; Denver, CO; Hamilton, ON; Hempstead, NY; Columbus, OH; and Rochester, NY.
Major League Lacrosse had its first season in 2001 (the league was founded by Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake). The teams have moved around a lot since then in an effort to test markets to see where Major League Lacrosse can best succeed as a business. You can get the full history on the league’s Wikipedia page. It’s been a bit of a rocky road, but the league finally seems to be finding it’s groove. They have tv deals with ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and they’re shooting to grow from 8 to 16 teams over the next decade. It’s an exciting time to be in the sport of lacrosse. While most MLL players need a full-time job to supplement their income, there are some career opportunities for non-players with Major League Lacrosse Teams. Right now the pickings are a bit slim (the next season starts in the spring), but the Ohio Machine is hiring people in Account Management and Ticket Sales. You can keep an eye out for positions with the league and all of its teams here.
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