Best Employers in Sports

About the Award

Established in 2019, the Best Employers in Sports Award presented by FEVO, recognizes organizations across the sports industry that are doing the best for their employees.

Whether it’s great leadership, commitment to diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing, or philanthropic/social endeavors, the Best Employers in Sports Award looks to recognize organizations who do right by their employees.

The 2021 survey is now open! All surveys must be completed by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 12, 2021 to be considered.

Winners will be notified on or around November 22nd and publicly announced in early December.

Why Submit

Recruiting Advantage
Stand out in the industry with prospective employees
Employee Engagement
Drive enthusiasm of current employees while sending a clear message that your company’s culture is a priority
List of winning companies promoted across FOS newsletter network, social media and our website


Working with our primary research partner, Yrdstck, we developed a survey with a specific set of open-ended questions designed to uncover how employees truly feel about their employer and rate their likelihood to recommend to a friend or family member.

The ranking system consists of two categories of questions: closed-ended and open-ended. Closed-ended responses consist of single answer questions and an analysis of the percentage of employees within each company that engaged in the survey.

Using Canvs AI, Yrdstck also analyzes the emotions behind employee’s open-ended responses and determines if they mention specific keywords. Reponses are also searched for multiple specific keywords and phrases (such as leadership, equity, or opportunities for advancement) and analyzes the sentiment surrounding them.

Once the survey is complete, all responses are analyzed, datasets are normalized, and bespoke weighting is applied to each category to come up with a single score for each company. Companies with the highest scores indicate the Best Employers in Sports Award winners.

2020 Winners


2x Winner!

Atlanta Hawks

2x Winner!

Charlotte Hornets

EdjSports, LLC

Generator Studio

GMR Marketing

2x Winner!

Good Karma Brands

Harris County - Houston Sports Authority


Miami Dolphins

2x Winner!

Minnesota Røkkr and Version1

Nashville Predators

2x Winner!


2x Winner!

Next College Student Athlete (NCSA)


2x Winner!

Orlando City Soccer Club

Peach Bowl, Inc.

Prep Network

Scout Sports & Entertainment

2x Winner!


2x Winner!

STN Digital

The Savannah Bananas

Tipico Sportsbook

USA Triathlon


Previous Best Employers in Sports Winners

Previous Winners


Who is eligible to enter?

Any company who is involved in sports or the business of sports may enter. This includes but is not limited to teams, leagues, venues, brands and more.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to enter.

How do you evaluate organizations that have a smaller amount of employees?

The percentage of respondents per company gets factored into the final analysis. The survey is a "sentiment" analysis where the far majority of weight is placed on the open-end responses.

What are the important dates for the Best Employer in Sports application?

All surveys must be completed by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, November 12th. Winners will be notified on or around November 22nd.

What will my company receive if we win?

Winning companies will receive a physical award along with a social graphic to share on your social and digital platforms.

When will the list of honorees be published?

The list of honorees will be publicly announced in early December.


Tell Us About Your Organization

Complete The Survey