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Originally posted by Willy Franzen on April 11, 2011. Updated through a sponsorship agreement.
Posted by Willy Franzen on April 11, 2011. Positions below updated every five minutes.
|Sales Associate||Minneapolis, MN|
|Bilingual Event Trainee- Gulf States Client||Houston, TX|
|Event Trainee-Gulf States Client||Houston, TX|
|Internship - Legal and Regulatory Affairs - Summer 2015 - Ultimate Fighting Championship (the UFC)||Las Vegas, NV|
|Administrative Assistant||Los Angeles, CA|
|Administrative Assistant - Public Relations - Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)||Las Vegas, NV|
|Sports Marketing - Account Trainee, Luxury Automotive Client||United States|
|Art Director||Los Angeles, CA|
|Creative Planner||Los Angeles, CA|
|Sports Marketing - Tournament Trainee||Texas|
Usually when readers recommend companies, I put them on my list and cover them soon after if they look interesting and have relevant opportunities. Lately I’ve had two readers mention that they applied to Octagon, but I somehow overlooked the company. My only excuse is that I’m often skeptical of sports and entertainment marketing companies because there are so many sports marketing hiring scams. But that’s very clearly not the case with Octagon, they’ve been around since 1983 and they have offices all across the world. As they put it, they’re “the recognized, global thought leader in passion-based, sports & entertainment marketing.” Some of people they represent are Chris Paul, Michael Phelps, Randy Johnson, John Elway, Elena Dementieva, Landry Fields, Michael Johnson, Anna Kournikova, Apolo Anton Ohno, and many more huge names.
From what I can tell, Octagon separates their business into four divisions. On their Octagon’s What We Do page, you’ll see links to: Marketing, Marketing North America, Athletes & Personalities, and Events. Within the Athletes & Personalities section you’ll find links to specific verticals like OctagoOly.com, OctagonHockey.com, OctagonBasketball.com. Additionally, there are separate sites for Octagon’s international businesses like OctagonBrazil.com, and Octagon-UK.com. It’s all a bit overwhelming, but it’s indicative of how big Octagon’s presence is in the field of sports and entertainment marketing. In fact, the best overview of what Octagon’s businesses actually do is on their Careers page. Once you read through that, then you can take a look at their current job postings. Right now they have a few positions that seem right for a new or recent grad including Account Executive – Telecom (Kansas City, KS), Non-Profit & Media Relations Coordinator (Portland, ME), Account Executive – Sales Assistant (Norwalk, CT), Associate Producer – Digital (Norwalk, CT), and Account Executive – Multicultural – Home Improvement (Atlanta, GA).
Octagon has offices in the following locations, so you may want to watch out for new postings in any of these places:
That’s a lot of locations, so keep an eye on Octagon’s job postings for opportunities closer to home (or further away if that’s what you’re looking for).
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