When I talk to my friends and family about me pursuing a career path in sport management, they do not understand what it entails. They look at sport simply as a fan, see a very simple concept and are entertained by the product shown. After being apart of the sport management program and on my last semester of my undergraduate studies I see so much more. This is because of all I have learned through this program. Football is hands down my favorite sport to watch. I love the pure athleticism and physicality of the sport. After being apart of sport management, I see deeper than that. One of the most talked about contemporary issues in sport right now is concussions.
Through my studies I have learned a lot about how dangerous the game of football is. The repetitive hits to the head that these players are enduring is ruining lives. Concussions have been linked to depression, CTE and in the worst cases, suicide. This is a major problem that is now finally taking a front seat in discussions for player safety.
Because of the sport management major, I now see the big picture in sport. I do not just watch it in order to be entertained. While noticing hits and realizing that a concussion could be very detrimental to a player, I also notice everything else no one else does. When watching and experiencing the greatness of sport, most people do not identify the many people and the million details that went into putting that event on. All the things that people behind the scenes did so that the fan could enjoy their experience, all while knowing that said fan will not give them any credit. Those are the types of things I notice and the types of things sport management has taught me to notice and appreciate.