Jobseekers who want to become a general manager (GM) for a sports team prepare by learning their chosen sport and working for several years in a sports organization. General managers oversee their teams' day-to-day business operations.
GMs need to be knowledgeable about scouting for new players, managing team finances and marketing activities. Effective general managers have a strong understanding of how to run a business, in-depth knowledge of their sport, and the ability to generate profits.
GMs start for a high school or college team organization and work their way up to positions of increasing responsibility. GMs typically advance from scouting, coaching or assistant manager positions.