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Summer 2012
Vol. 56, Number 2

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Summer 2012, Vol. 56, Number 2

More than play: Three careers in sports

S ports are more than fun and games; they also provide work for many people. Sports workers earn wages in leagues across the nation.

At the professional level, some of these workers earn lucrative salaries and contracts worth millions of dollars. But most sports workers make considerably less. Whether they make a lot or a little, these workers often do their jobs for the love of sport, not for the paycheck.

Organized sports include a variety of individual and team events, which require the efforts of many workers in different occupations. For example, managers and administrative staff run the business side of sports, such as marketing and human resources. Groundskeepers and janitors maintain the playing fields and facilities. And food vendors and cooks feed the many spectators.

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Last Updated: June 29, 2012