A career for sports fans

A career for sports fans
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Does your calendar revolve around professional sports seasons? Are you the designated sports expert among your friends? Were you the one who organized the office-wide fantasy football league this year? If you answered yes to these questions, you might want to consider launching a sports-related startup. With one of these seven ideas, you can turn your love of the game into a lucrative business.

Sporting goods retail store

Sporting goods retail store
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Opening a retail store is a great way to get involved in the sports world. Whether you sell professional team paraphernalia, equipment for amateur athletes, or both, you're sure to find a great customer base just about anywhere. You may want to scope out potential locations for nearby mega-competitors like Dick's or Sports Authority, and open up in a spot with high demand.

Sports bar

Sports bar
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If you've ever had an interest in the restaurant business, a sports bar is the perfect idea for you. Provide a place for your fellow sports lovers to enjoy the game while you serve them a cold beer and their favorite game-day appetizers. This will take a considerable amount of startup capital, so it might be a good idea to go in on this venture with a business partner.

Sports memorabilia seller

Sports memorabilia seller
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Make a living collecting autographed jerseys, equipment and photos of major league athletes and selling them via online marketplaces like eBay. You'll have to do a bit of traveling to track down the players people want, but once you have the autographs, mega-fans will pay thousands of dollars to own a piece of pro sports history.

PR for athletes

PR for athletes
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Professional and college-level players frequently make sports headlines with their athletic abilities, but they all have lives outside the game. Many athletes are also entrepreneurs and/or philanthropists, and it takes a great public relations agent to make sure their personal brands are well-known, both on and off the field. If you've got an arsenal of media contacts and a go-getter personality, you can launch an independent sports PR firm.

Health/nutrition coach

Health/nutrition coach
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Both major and minor league athletes need to stay in peak condition all year round, and part of that is making sure they consume a healthy, nutritious diet. Players need nutrition coaches to design healthful menus and keep their food intake on track. Online courses for nutrition certification are relatively inexpensive and usually take less than a year, so you could be making big bucks in no time.

Personal training

Personal training
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In addition to a good diet, athletes also need to follow a strict workout regimen to stay at the top of their game, especially in the off-season. If you want the chance to work with sports players, consider becoming a certified personal trainer. Build up a reputation with local clients, then start advertising to teams. Find out more about how to become a personal trainer here.

Sports photography

Sports photography
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Parents of school-aged children on sports teams want lasting records of their kid scoring the winning goal or hitting a home run. Most times, the best they can get is a blurry action shot on their smartphone or digital camera. As a sports photographer, you can work with amateur teams to capture stunning photos of each player and sell them to proud parents. Knowledge of the game and a good single-lens reflex (SLR) camera are essential for this business. Photography retailer DigitalRev offers tips for beginners.