• Loading stock data...
Monday, July 22, 2024
Join us this September for Tuned In Request to Attend

Multiple Paths to the Same Result

This post is part of the #YPSportsChat Blog Series! This series will give young professionals an inside look at the intricacies of the sports business world and advice on how to navigate it.

By: Cliff Miller, @CliffMiller25.

When it comes to pursuing a career, we’ve all heard the cliché advice: chase your dreams. Last week’s #YPSportsChat blog was even about having a dream. If you haven’t read it yet, go check it out. While chasing your dream is important, having a limited mindset while doing so can be harmful. The problem lies not with the “what,” but with the “how.” Pursuing a dream is fantastic, but believing that there is only one path to get there and not allowing yourself to deviate from that path can be a mistake. If we choose not to be open to other opportunities, we are limiting ourselves in a field that is already extremely limited.

For those of us looking to make it to the AD chair, it can seem like there is one specific route to get there. This was my thinking when I first got in the industry and I was determined to stick to that route. It wasn’t until I started to look around that I realized this thinking was completely false. Look across the college athletics landscape and you’ll see ADs that got their start in every area in an athletic department. The one thing they all have in common is that they took advantage and made the best of the opportunities presented to them.

As I stated previously, I had this type of mindset when I first started in the field. It was only after prompting by a mentor that I reluctantly decided to check out an opportunity in ticketing. This one, small decision set in motion events that brought me to my current position. If someone had told me three years ago when I was in graduate school that I would be a Director of Ticketing, I would have thought they were crazy. My mind was so focused on development and how it was the only way I could move up through the ranks.

Not only did a start in ticketing provide me with opportunities to advance my college athletics career, it has given me invaluable insight into an area that I otherwise wouldn’t have learned about. After being in this position for a little over a year now, I see the weaknesses of this mindset. Not only do I get in-depth insight into ticketing, making me more marketable later on, I collaborate with and learn from other departments on a daily basis

A too narrow focus doesn’t just apply to choosing a department. It also applies to thinking you can only work for a big school or major professional team or tying yourself to one geographic area of the country. Stepping outside the lines is a big part of helping us learn and develop as professionals. So, always chase your dream, but don’t be afraid to deviate from the path occasionally — you just might be pleasantly surprised where you end up.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Netflix Reigns Supreme: NFL Deal, Robust Earnings Highlight Q2 Report

Netflix delivers a strong quarterly report, helping ease prior investor concerns.

After World Cup Buzz, Major League Cricket Finds Its Footing in the U.S.

Attendance is tracking to potentially surpass the 70,000 fans from last year.

The Road to the Return of ‘EA Sports College Football’

This summer, the biggest development in college sports is virtual.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

WNBA ASG, Paris Olympics Continue Rise of Women’s Basketball


Featured Today

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium.
July 14, 2024

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

Penalties often aren’t stringent or consistent enough to deter banned behavior.
Oct 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goddell speaks during the Don Shula Celebration of Life at Hard Rock Stadium.
July 13, 2024

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

The league may have good reason to believe it can win.
July 8, 2024

NFLPA Report Cards Have Become the ‘Talk of the Locker Room’ Across..

NFLPA report cards have become the ‘talk of the locker room.’

How Sportradar and the NBA are Partnering to Fuel Fan Engagement

How Sportradar and the NBA are utilizing data to enhance fan engagement
April 25, 2023

Oakland A’s Could Share Stadium with Triple-A Team

The Oakland A’s could be searching for a place to play.

MLS’ Chris Schlosser on Pioneering the Digital-First Sports League with AI

Chris Schlosser discusses MLS’s growth and digital transformation.

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
Titans stadium.
April 19, 2023

Titans’ Historic New $2.1B Stadium One Step Closer to Reality

About $1.26B in public money would go toward the new stadium.
May 20, 2022

Crypto Crash Impact on Sports Sponsorships

Prior to the last two weeks, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, exchanges, and a host…
March 11, 2022

The Evolution of Consumer Wearables

The wearables market has seen incredible amounts of growth since the onset of the pandemic. Trends like telemedicine and remote patient monitoring have helped spur adoption and inspired new consumer products that allow for the tracking and collection of biometric data.
February 11, 2022

The Role of Live Sports in Streaming

The streaming wars have intensified as the field is as competitive as ever. One way to retain customers? The answer might be live sports.