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Ask a 7 or 8-year-old child who is associated with a sport and he/she will most likely tell you that it is the players. A few more years later, he/she will know that there are coaches and, rarely, rest of the support staff. That brings us to our first myth, upon which many of the others are based.

Sport is all about players, managers and coaches

While it’s true that without players and coaches or managers there is no sport, the PR, sales and marketing guys are also important; without them, the sport wouldn’t be the refined version that we watch today.

You should have a sports background

While a sports background might be helpful in remaining fit and coping with the pressures of the job, it, certainly, is not a prerequisite. To handle a PR job, you do not need to clock an under the 30s in 100m.

Specialise in one sport

Studies have proven that specialising in one sport since an early age can have negative impacts on a player’s career. While children playing many games and choosing one later in life benefited from advanced skill sets, those specialising in one tend to drop out of the sport sooner and were more prone to injuries.

Sport managers’ lives are glamorous

While it’s true that your childhood dreams of meeting your favourite player may come true, the job as such is not glamorous, but a tough one. These people who work behind the scenes do as much work as those on the field.

It’s a 9-5 job

Depending on your area of work, the hours can vary. You might have work only during the season or all year round; at a desk or on your feet; interacting with players or staring at a computer screen. Ultimately, everything depends on what you choose to be.

Sports agents make a lot of money

While they may make money, every penny is hard-earned. In the initial stages of their career, they do not have enough clientele and reputation so that phase can be hard and it takes a long time to build these up. Money doesn’t flow as it seems; it is squeezed out.

It’s very demanding

While a career in sports might see you working on weekends and holidays, it need not be taxing. If you have a great affinity for sports, you can enjoy working in this field and have your vacations in the off-season.

Employment prospects are low

This is not the case. While there are many graduates looking for jobs in this field, the availability of jobs is also increasing everyday — every team needs support staff, every tournament needs marketing. So breaking into the industry is not hard.

You don’t need a degree for a sports job

Depending on your connections, you may or may not need a degree but it’s always safer to have degrees and practical knowledge by means of internships and the like, as these are likely to come in handy during your career. Certainly, a degree can boost up your confidence and knowledge levels.

It is who you know, not what you know

It is not who you know but who knows you! Your clientele is just as important as your knowledge. If you have connections with influential people, the better. These can help you rope in more clients, more earnings and a reputation.

Myths are prevalent in every field be it science, arts or sports. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to look upon them that rules our life.