Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 925 times:
I'm finally about to graduate college and would like a job in professional sports. I've looked in the AHL, NHL and MLB as well as some minor leagues websites and lots of teams have openings for Ticket Sales Account Managers, or some variation of the term. Although money isn't that important, this job must at the very least be enough to pay my bills. Does anyone do this for a living or know someone that does? I imagine a lot of your remuneration must be tied to bonuses and incentives and the like, but how is the base pay? Thanks for any help...
STLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9169 posts, RR: 27 Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 920 times:
Quoting Senorcarnival (Thread starter): Does anyone do this for a living or know someone that does? I imagine a lot of your remuneration must be tied to bonuses and incentives and the like, but how is the base pay
Totally depends on where you go and what not. You're probably going to have to take a very very minute entry level position ... perhaps part time at that in order to get in the door, period, and get another job on top of that to make ends meet.
Depending on the city, box office/ticket sales jobs are unionized. In New York City you basically have to be blood line in order to get in the union, but once you're in, it's a good ride. Kind of going away from sports and arenas, I know at the Broadway show houses, the box office employees are often making more than the actors in the production.
If you have any P.R. experience, getting in the door working with promotions can get you in and get you in working with the box office. At some venues I've worked with before, the P.R. person oversees the box office management.
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I'll be doing an internship in the sports business field soon for a minor league hockey/basketball arena and the teams which play there, which will include learning ticket sales...unfortunately, it doesnt start for another 6 weeks or so...
However, in my Sports Business class which I took over the summer, we had a number of guest speakers from various sports organizations, and they all said virtually the same thing: If you want to be in the sports industry, learning how to sell tickets is one of the best thing you can learn to do...when I interviewed for my internship, I mentioned that to the woman who was interviewing me, and she said that was absolutely right...
Good luck...let me know how things go...
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Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17289 posts, RR: 51 Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 903 times:
With some teams, you could be doing both hockey and basketball or some other sport that the ownership also owns. When the Hawks and Thrashers were bought by Atlanta Spirit, they combined the ticket sales and office staffs together instead of the way it was under the AOL/Time-Warner ownership, which was as two separate organizations.
I would assume that ticket sales/account manager positions salary-wise are like any other sales gig, the more you sell, the more you make. I guess the amount of $$$ you make on a someone agreeing to buy a season ticket plan would be more than say getting someone to buy a partial season ticket plan. I would also guess that the job would involve quite a bit of cold calling trying to get folks that come to a handful of games a season to upgrade to a partial or full season ticket plan (I know the Atlanta Spirit folks get their leads off of the entries they receive for some of the contests they hold in the arena prior to games.).
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 877 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 3): With some teams, you could be doing both hockey and basketball or some other sport that the ownership also owns. When the Hawks and Thrashers were bought by Atlanta Spirit, they combined the ticket sales and office staffs together instead of the way it was under the AOL/Time-Warner ownership, which was as two separate organizations.
That was actually one of the openings I saw earlier. Although the Thrashers somewhat sell themselves in terms of on-field performance, the Hawks are a tough sell...
Now I'm looking for internships, I have an interview with the Board of Realtos on Wednesday, which I should be a shoo-in for since I work in real estate. The one I really want though will probably only come in a few weeks when the local AHL team, the Rampage, and the Spurs will be looking interns. Back in April, I interviewed the Media Director for the Rampage for a class assignment who told me they usually start looking for interns in late July/early August. I'm wondering if I wait out for one of these two or just take the one with the BOR. I was thinking about interviewing with the BOR and stalling a bit in accepting a potential offer until I find out more about the other two.