The New Job Engine

The Sports Industry is a business combined of the “Big 4” in America, which include the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Baseball (MLB).

The “Big 4” brings in about $23 billion in revenue during a typical year, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. U.S. sporting equipment sales at retail sporting goods stores are $44.1 billion yearly. A reasonable estimate of the total U.S. sports market would be $485 billion yearly (and $1.5 trillion for the entire world).

When the astonishing variety of sports-related sectors is considered, a significant portion of the workforce in developed nations such as the U.S., UK, Australia and Japan rely on the sports industry for their livelihoods. In 2013, in the U.S there were 13,880 professional athletes plus 206,808 coaches and scouts, along with 16,140 umpires, referees and officials. Meanwhile, about 523,400 Americans work in fitness centers, 40,700 in snow skiing facilities, 68,300 in bowling centers and 349,900 at country clubs or golf courses. In total, approximately 1.3 million Americans work directly in amusement and recreation sectors. Another 49,800 work in the wholesale trade of sporting goods and 270,000 in retail sporting goods stores

Sports, recreation and related supplies and services have been among the greatest new job engines over the past two years, and virtually all of these sectors are up substantially in job count since 2011.

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Our new Sports Industry Almanac 2015 is your key understanding to the global sports business.


Plunkett’s Sports Industry Almanac 2015 Edition

501 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-62831-335-2
Price: 349.99
Published Date: July 2014