Tami Scott, the Grand Valley State University graduate wasn’t exactly sure that a job in the sports industry was what she wanted. An internship with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the CBA during her sophomore year in college however cemented her decision.
“At first, I really did not know what I was going to do. When I began my internship in my sophomore year, I knew that was what I wanted to do. It was a great internship that I had. I ended up going from intern to assistant director to the director in about a year.”
Prior to graduation in 1999, Scott sent out resumes and cover letters to every major sports team in the nation. “Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, you name it,” said Tami. However, tt was the relationships she earned in college that brought her to her current position in the WNBA.
“By working with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the CBA while I was in college, we had relationships with the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock of the WNBA. They used our facility for preseason events and I met some people through those connections.”
The first stop for Tami was the Utah Starzz, the WNBA franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tami joined the Starzz in April of 1999 and worked as the Media Relations Manager for almost two years before joining Phoenix in February of 2001.
In addition to managing game night interns and assisting with community relations efforts, Tami had quite a few other responsibilities. “I was in charge of creating and composing statistics for the yearly media guide, maintaining the team website with content and player editorials, drafting feature stories for the team’s monthly magazine, HomeCourt, as well as directing all media and public relations for the team locally, regionally and nationally.”
With the move to Phoenix, Tami takes on many of the same responsibilities, as well as adding a few others to the mix. “With the Mercury, I facilitate media requests between players and coaches and any media outlets, television, broadcast, print and electronic media. I facilitate those requests and publish materials such as the media guide and game notes on a game by game basis. I also serve as the liaison between the team and the league’s PR department.”
Add to that, designing flyers, postcards and collateral material for special events, attending appearances with the players and coaching staff and writing and editing a weekly e-mail newsletter to season ticket holders and fans, and Tami Scott never runs out of things to do.
Tami says that in order to “Work In Sports”, you have to be willing to start at the bottom. “I think you have to start at the internship level where you are going to be asked to do lots of small tasks that are important to the big picture. Whether that’s filling out credentials or stuffing envelopes, whatever it takes, you have to start there and get your feet wet.”
The rest however, is up to the individual. “Through hard work, that is how you’ll work your way up. Just like in any industry.”