For some, working in sports is a dream job.
For many researchers it provides an academic style working environment with private sector pay.
One of the major downsides is that due to the confidential nature of a lot of the business individuals cannot publish their work. With the industry being in its relative infancy there is also the risk of the unknown in terms of future progression. However, the sports sector can provide a very interesting career option for those with an interest in sports and statistics.