I’m a big lover of football – not that pretend American stuff – REAL football from the country that invented it ( Okay ‘soccer’ for those of you who don’t own a map! ).
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have contacts inside Liverpool Football Club, and because of this I’ve got to experience a lot of matches around the UK ( and Europe! ).
My Great Grandfather actually played for Liverpool FC in between the World Wars and much of my family still live in the Liverpool area.
A fellow marketing blogger, who I consider a good friend, started an article off last week about modern ways to make money with sports ( online of course! ).
He got about three paragraphs into it before he realized that he wasn’t really interested enough in any sport to finish the article…
So I stepped in!!!!
To be honest with you I was pretty shocked at the lack of ‘good’ ideas out there. One blogger even suggested renting out your driveway on match days ( Whaaaat!!! ).
Anyway, I’m not gonna go down that route, seems pretty stupid to me. Here are a few ( decent ) options for making money out of the sports niche online…
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#1 Fantasy Football Websites
This may or may not be a bit of a ‘tricky one’ for you…depending on where you live?
Fantasy Football websites tend to mean a totally different thing in the US compared to back here in the UK.
To make this easier – let’s throw betting straight outta the window before we carry on, okay?
A basic site set up to cater for many different forms of sport could be a right winner!
Think outside the box a little bit here – what sports could fit into this sort of setup?
- Football ( yeah, yeah, soccer if you want! )
- American Football ( see what I did there? )
- Ice Hockey
The list can go on and on really!
All you have to do is find a sport that fits into it’s own league based system and go from there.
Once the site is up and running I would SERIOUSLY advise staying away from the betting options – there are much safer and more respected ways to make money off a thriving website…
- Charge a small membership fee for use
- Google Adsense ( or any other advert option you can take on )
- Related sports affiliate products
I mean don’t get me wrong – this ain’t the type of ‘set and forget’ website that just anyone can pull off.
This is going to require some hard work AND dedication.
But if this type of thing is done right…the rewards could be MASSIVE!
#2 The Memorabilia Man
Most supporters of sports ‘teams’ or ‘franchises’ will have some sort of prized possession stored away.
A signed picture, and rare ticket, a match program, a signed ball or shirt….
You get the idea, right?
Well this stuff brings in BIG money online, a simple visit to eBay will underline this fact:
I’ve often come across memorabilia dealers at boot sales or collectibles markets – these guys know what they are doing!
Rare items can easily fetch thousands at auction, and even things that aren’t so rare can still be turned for a profit, if obtained at a good price.
The trick is to find the sellers that don’t really know what they have in their possession.
If you spend hours scouring over the online auction sites you are very unlikely to come across many bargains.
Local auctions, flea markets, boot sales – places where people are just looking to offload their s##t for ANY sort of money return.
The internet has opened the doors for wave after wave of forgery to walk through. If you manage to set up a legit sporting memorabilia business, you could well be onto a winner.
#3 Sport Blogger
Sports fanatics ( usually ) all share passion AND knowledge for the game they love. Why not take that passion and put it into words?
Not only can you shape the content to match your views and opinions, but you will be able to reach a large fan base that shares ( or hates ) your opinion.
There is big money to be made with high traffic blogs – no matter what niche it each one is in!
You don’t have to put your effort into promoting or reviewing related affiliate products – just throw some Google Adsense or Infolinks on there and rake in the cash from views!
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Ways to Make Money With Sports
To be honest I could of gone on a little further with this article but a lot of the internet options seemed to be related to the three I’ve listed above.
Guess some people just love to get the word count up any way they can!!! 🙂
I ain’t gonna fill you with that fluff today – the three options you’ve got above are the most solid ideas I could find.
If you have any other online sports business ideas I would love to hear from you. Please leave them in the comment section below.