Professional Development Sports GM

Vincent Buccino


  • Bachelor's degree in sports or business administration or another related field.
  • Could also have degree in marketing, business, or even law
  • You need at least one of these degrees. My preference is business then marketing.
  • I want to go to school at Oklahoma State University because they have one of the if not the best Sports Management program in the country
  • In order to get into OSU you need a 3.0 GPA or better unweighted cumulative AND top 33.3% rank in high school graduating class, OR 3.0 GPA or better in 15-unit core AND 21 ACT/980 SAT or better, OR 24 ACT/1090 SAT or better
  • If you know the right people and have connections you will find something you will enjoy


  • Could take up to 10-30 years of experience at almost every level of an organization
  • May start in staff and technical positions before given tasks with more responsibility (these jobs are minor responsiblites but they teach you how the organization works)
  • May be promoted to manage a small group or team before becoming a leader of a larger group
  • No matter what you have to work your way up the ladder to be a GM
  • That ladder looks like video coordinator or analytics to scout then either coach or GM in 10-30 years

Future Employers

  • Scout
  • Coach
  • Video Coordinator
  • Video or Player Analytics
  • I would love to work for any of my favorite teams (New York Mets, New York Jets, Dallas Mavericks), but any organization would be a dream come true because sports are my passion

Job Details

Advantages: Make a lot of money, create great relationships that last, you're the boss

Disadvantages: Release/cut players, pressure of job, depending how good of a GM you are you might have little time to be one (GMs usually get fired in a few years)

  • Must direct day-to-day operations of the individual decisions that make the team function
  • From public relations, to administrative affairs, to promotions, the GM must know what will work well together

Skills Needed

  • Good leader, be able to coordinate resources, (money, time, and people) and to make decisions by assessing different options
  • Good interpersonal skills because you have to interact with your employees, vendors, and customers.
  • Be able to direct and organize business operations and to communicate their goals, policies, and issues clearly and directly.

Professional Appearance

  • A sports GM has to be a professional at all times
  • Everybody looks up to you to be strong when no one else is
  • You are the big man (boss) upstairs in the nice suit watching players, coaches, and staff at all times

How I've gotten closer to my dream job

I've gotten closer to my dream job by learning from great leaders and how they manage day-to-day problems and what to do in certain situations. Such as when to make a substitution, call a timeout, or what play to draw up. I watch and study players, stats, and most importantly the front office people in an organization.