Want a Job in the Sports Industry? Study Shows Race Matters More Than Experience

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It seems that misconceptions and prejudices are alive and well in the wonderful world of sports management and administration. A recent study done at North Carolina State University shows that race and gender mean more than experience when it comes to getting an entry-level position in the sports industry.

"Previous research has shown that management positions in the sports industry continue to be dominated by white males – and that a prejudice against blacks in managerial positions exists because of a perceived 'lack of fit' between being black and being a manager or leader," explains Dr. Heidi Grappendorf, assistant professor of parks, recreation and tourism management at NC State. "We wanted to find out – when all other factors were considered equal – what impact race had on hiring for entry-level sports management positions."