Want To Work In Sports? Learn Sales

Written by Jordan Goldberg

A former business development employee at The Selling Factory and graduating shortly from the University of Florida with a degree in Sport Management, Jordan hopes to continue his career in sales and business development, and to someday be an executive within a sport organization.

Getting a job in today’s business environment is extremely challenging. While getting a job has always been challenging, the influx of college degrees has added to this. This saturated market of recent graduates creates the need to redefine how people go about securing opportunities. There is no industry where this trend is more prevalent than in the sports industry.


According to Jason Belzer of Forbes, the availability of opportunities in sports has been steadily rising, from entry-level all the way up to the executive C-suite level. However, the number of applicants is increasing as well.

Belzer states that “While the number of professional sports teams has stayed largely constant over time, the addition of jobs created by the growth of technology – from system engineering to analytics and social media – has opened up thousands of additional positions that did not exist a decade ago.”

The rise in the number of sports opportunities and the growing interest in the field make it a competitive area for job hunters. Due to this competitiveness, getting a job in sports is as much of an art as it has a challenge.

The jobs are in sales, especially as a sales development representative (SDR). There is an unfair stigma regarding sales that paints all salespeople as telemarketers or door-to-door disturbances. This isn’t the case in sports sales. In fact, sports teams are tasked with a variety of marketing and sales development services that many could find challenging.


Sports organizations are always looking for the next sales star, someone who can bring in tremendous amounts of revenue. There is plenty of turnover in sports sales because of this. According to Brian Clapp of WorkInSports.com, 53% of sports jobs are in sales. In other words, sales is basically the window to a career in sports (Clapp, 2016).

There is an important balance that exists in the industry between what one has done and who they’ve worked for. Sports companies that hire college graduates want to see valuable resume experiences within the sports industry. This way the organization can understand the knowledge the applicant has regarding working in the sports industry. They also place significant stock on work experiences that provide essential tools and ability to be successful in the industry.

For example, an internship that teaches a person the sales process steps, strategies for lead generation, and how to use CRM tools for lead generation and nurturing, such as Salesforce or Hubspot, would provide countless benefits that could be applied to sports sales. An SDR position is a valuable resume builder that can help meet employer’s list of job qualifications.

These two sides of the scale share a commonality. The need for an aspiring sports industry employee that understands the sales process steps and tools for lead generation. The quintessential task in positioning oneself to be a competitive sales development representative is overall experience. But not just receiving experiences, but excelling within them.

Sports agent Leigh Steinberg notes that one key to getting a job in sports is to stand out while working with the organization (Steinberg, 2016). This is especially important in sales, where one’s implementation of the strategies for lead generation is literally documented in numbers. 

However, not all experiences are equal. Employers view a candidate’s preparedness for a job in sports by matching their experience to the list of job qualifications. Not all learning experiences in the industry are going to provide an amazing experience. This is where the type of experience tends to trump just working in the industry.


A position that prepares someone for the day to day responsibilities of a SDR is a far more valuable experience than just a basic sports position.

In a society where people break the bank to receive their degree, education is not enough when looking for sports jobs. When it comes to sizing up the competition, what an applicant has already done or achieved triumphs. 

Positioning oneself for a career in sports is all about the experience. It is about what one can do to make themselves a better and more knowledgeable candidate. Contrary to popular belief, getting a sports organization on a resume is not enough to catch the eye of employers.

Finding that balance between learning experiences based on applicable skills or in the sports industry is important for aspiring sports professionals.

Victoria Zamitalo

Campaign Manager

Victoria received a BA in History and Economics from the University of Florida in May 2023. She is a driven sales professional with over 5 years combined experience in customer service, consumer relations and outbound sales, and is deeply passionate about fostering close relationships between consumers and sellers. She aims to train the next generation of sales professionals in not only the tricks of the trade, but also interpersonal skills that make sales the exciting and ever-changing industry that it is.


Mia Semel

Campaign Manager

Before graduating with a B.A. in Sustainability Studies, Mia took on multiple roles while interning at The Selling Factory, including sales development, recruiting, and leading campaigns. She is an active listener and effective communicator, specializing in fostering genuine connections and finding common ground among differing perspectives. She aims to find practical, creative solutions regarding sustainable development, biodiversity and the climate crisis.


Kira Grieve

Senior Campaign Manager

Kira graduated from the University of Florida and received her Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about helping businesses grow and connecting with new people. Some of her hobbies include traveling and hiking. She hopes to visit all of the National Parks one day!


Jared Glosser

Vice President

After graduating from UF in 2014 with a B.A. in history, Jared started his professional career Fundraising for a non-partisan political lobby in South Florida. In 2016, Jared moved back to Gainesville to work for a non-profit, recruit students for international travel opportunities, and pursue his MBA at UF. Jared has been with The Selling Factory since 2019 focusing on operations, client onboarding, and client success.


Ian Massenburg

Chief Operating Officer

A graduate of University of Florida (B.A. 2001), Ian Massenburg brings over 18 years of sales executive and sales management experience to The Selling Factory. Before coming on-board, Ian worked alongside Brad at Infinite Energy, and then spent his next 3 years as VP of Partnerships selling SaaS products B2B. Ian brings his vast knowledge and experience to the team and to our partner companies served.


Damien Paulk

Campaign Manager

Damien is a University of Florida graduate that recently joined the team full time after working as a Sales Development Intern for one year. As a Campaign Manager, Damien looks forward to contributing to the growth and success of The Selling Factory. When Damien is not at work he enjoys exploring Gainesville with his girlfriend and dog or watching the Gators dominate college football.


Brendan Viehman

Campaign Manager

Brendan graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Project Management. For the past 5 years, he has enjoyed working with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency development. In his free time, he surfs and makes personal finance videos for his YouTube channel.


Savannah Howard

Campaign Manager

A graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, Savannah obtained her Bachelor of Science in public relations with a concentration in French. After almost two years as a sales development intern for The Selling Factory, she joined the leadership team in 2021 taking on the role of Campaign Manager. In her free time, Savannah enjoys going to concerts and festivals and cooking for her friends and family.


Zack Kampf

Campaign Manager

Zack is a creative technologist with experience in advertising, event planning, and game design. He started as an SDR in 2018 and has been with TSF ever since. Upon graduating UF in 2019 he became a campaign manager and is currently seeking a master's degree from NYU. In his spare time, you can find him at the intersection of Art & Technology!


Josiah Blakemore

Growth Manager

Josiah has over 10 years of sales experience, worked with Brad and Ian at Infinite Energy, and also spent time selling SaaS as Director of Partnerships at SharpSpring. He’s always been very competitive and has a love for sports and games. He enjoys solving problems and coaching team members to do the same!


Sue-Ming Frauenhofer

Marketing Manager

Sue-Ming received both her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Management from The University of Florida. As a student, she took on multiple roles while interning at The Selling Factory, including sales development, marketing, and recruiting, eventually leading to her current role as Marketing Manager. She enjoys refining her taste in music and visual art, engaging in mindfulness and meditative practices, and frolicking outside with her sidekick pup.


Adam Grossman

Chief Development Officer

Adam is an ordained rabbi, who has founded multiple ventures focused on workforce development. Hired as CEO by a failing non-profit, in over 5 years, his ingenuity saved the organization, which led Slingshotfund.org to recognize it as one of North America’s most innovative Jewish non-profits. His expertise to identify, cultivate, and on-board talent ensures our student teams meet our partners’ needs.


Brad Gamble

Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from UF in 1999 with a B.S.B.A, Brad Gamble has dedicated himself to sales management, branding, coaching, and building companies. He served as the VP of Sales & Marketing for Infinite Energy until 2014, when he founded The Selling Factory. He has dedicated himself to teaching critical skills to tomorrow’s leaders, and helping companies achieve sales success and revenue growth.