Research Analyst - US Sports Media Job at S&P Global, Boston, MA

  • S&P Global
  • Boston, MA

Job Description

About the Role:

Grade Level (for internal use):
10 About the Role:

The Team:
The US Sports Media analyst role requires a mix of maintaining databases and creating financial models, writing research articles and reports, talking with clients and members of the press as an expert in your coverage area, networking and speaking at industry conferences and contributing to consulting jobs.
In this role, the analyst will spend about 50% of their time updating financial models annually and periodic edits for the US Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) and creating new financial models for the emerging local broadcast TV station and direct-to-consumer streaming media sports rights deals. The analyst will also contribute to estimates for the sports-centric basic cable networks like ESPN. Each financial model requires a series of processes, including:
• Leveraging Media Census video subscriber data to estimate inner and outer market subscribers on a Nielsen DMA level
• Using the video subscriber data to estimate inner and outer market license fees to calculate total affiliate revenue
• Using CPM, advertising inventory and ratings estimates to calculate advertising revenue
• Allocating sports rights expenses using an amortization schedule across the span of the contract
• Balancing the estimated totals against reported 10K data (where applicable)
• Producing 5-year projections based on macroeconomic and industry trends
• Reaching out to industry contacts for input on the models

The economic models are updated on an annual basis but are also adjusted when major developments occur (new rights deal, change in carriage, etc.). Once the models are updated, the analyst will roll up the individual network financial estimates to generate industry-wide metrics. This will include written analysis for the annual Global Sports Report. The analyst needs to be prepared to discuss these estimates with clients and members of the press. The analyst will also be expected to present these figures during internal meetings with sales and support, and on webinars with prospective clients.

The analyst will maintain a database that tracks media rights deals for all of the 83 U.S.-based professional MLB, NBA and NHL teams. This includes the estimated cost of the deal, the length of the contract and the annual average price. The analyst will also maintain a database that tracks national sports rights deals across broadcast and cable networks. This includes things like the World Cup, the Olympics, the NFL Sunday Ticket, and Super Bowl advertising rates.

The analyst will also maintain a database that tracks RSN carriage across the major traditional and virtual MVPDs. The analyst will write a series of articles around these databases. The analyst will track quarterly earnings releases for major RSN owners like Diamond Sports Group and report on new developments. As the industry changes and the RSNs launch direct-to-consumer apps, the analyst will also produce research around these developments, using Media Census data to estimate the potential market for the service. The analyst will stay on top of new developments in the industry such as the growth of legalized sports gambling and the shift in media rights to streaming services. The analyst will be expected to attend industry conferences like the CAA World Congress of Sports. There, the analyst will network with other industry executives as well as produce articles around conference panel discussions. The analyst will contribute to any relevant consulting jobs related to the sports media industry.

What We're Looking For:
  • Knowledge and interest in U.S. Sports and media sectors
  • Experience working with major professional sports leagues, individual teams
  • Background in distribution strategy, media rights, advertising sales
  • Analytical skills including high-level Excel, financial modeling, coding experience (Python, SQL, Tableau, Power BI) a plus
  • Experienced researcher with professional writing skills and publishing background highly desired
  • Ability to interact with clients, prospects and participate in external speaking engagements
  • Team player, good communicator and collaboration skills
Compensation/Benefits Information (This section is only applicable to US candidates):
S&P Global states that the anticipated base salary range for this position is $61,846 - $126,225. Final base salary for this role will be based on the individual's geographic location, as well as experience level, skill set, training, licenses and certifications.
In addition to base compensation, this role is eligible for an annual incentive plan.
This role is eligible to receive additional S&P Global benefits. For more information on the benefits we provide to our employees, please click here

Right to Work Requirements:
This role is limited to persons with indefinite right to work in the United States.

Return to Work
Have you taken time out for caring responsibilities and are now looking to return to work? As part of our Return to Work initiative (link to career site page when available), we are encouraging enthusiastic and talented returners to apply, and will actively support your return to the workplace.

About S&P Global Market Intelligence

At S&P Global Market Intelligence, a division of S&P Global we understand the importance of accurate, deep and insightful information. Our team of experts delivers unrivaled insights and leading data and technology solutions, partnering with customers to expand their perspective, operate with confidence, and make decisions with conviction.

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What's In It For You?

Our Purpose:
Progress is not a self-starter. It requires a catalyst to be set in motion. Information, imagination, people, technology-the right combination can unlock possibility and change the world.

Our world is in transition and getting more complex by the day. We push past expected observations and seek out new levels of understanding so that we can help companies, governments and individuals make an impact on tomorrow. At S&P Global we transform data into Essential Intelligence®, pinpointing risks and opening possibilities. We Accelerate Progress.

Our People:
We're more than 35,000 strong worldwide-so we're able to understand nuances while having a broad perspective. Our team is driven by curiosity and a shared belief that Essential Intelligence can help build a more prosperous future for us all.

From finding new ways to measure sustainability to analyzing energy transition across the supply chain to building workflow solutions that make it easy to tap into insight and apply it. We are changing the way people see things and empowering them to make an impact on the world we live in. We're committed to a more equitable future and to helping our customers find new, sustainable ways of doing business. We're constantly seeking new solutions that have progress in mind. Join us and help create the critical insights that truly make a difference.

Our Values:

Integrity, Discovery, Partnership

At S&P Global, we focus on Powering Global Markets. Throughout our history, the world's leading organizations have relied on us for the Essential Intelligence they need to make confident decisions about the road ahead. We start with a foundation of integrity in all we do, bring a spirit of discovery to our work, and collaborate in close partnership with each other and our customers to achieve shared goals.

We take care of you, so you can take care of business. We care about our people. That's why we provide everything you-and your career-need to thrive at S&P Global.

Our benefits include:
  • Health & Wellness: Health care coverage designed for the mind and body.
  • Flexible Downtime: Generous time off helps keep you energized for your time on.
  • Continuous Learning: Access a wealth of resources to grow your career and learn valuable new skills.
  • Invest in Your Future: Secure your financial future through competitive pay, retirement planning, a continuing education program with a company-matched student loan contribution, and financial wellness programs.
  • Family Friendly Perks: It's not just about you. S&P Global has perks for your partners and little ones, too, with some best-in class benefits for families.
  • Beyond the Basics: From retail discounts to referral incentive awards-small perks can make a big difference.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at S&P Global:
At S&P Global, we believe diversity fuels creative insights, equity unlocks opportunity, and inclusion drives growth and innovation - Powering Global Markets. Our commitment centers on our global workforce, ensuring that our people are empowered to bring their whole selves to work. It doesn't stop there, we strive to better reflect and serve the communities in which we live and work, and advocate for greater opportunity for all.


Equal Opportunity Employer
S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to: and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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20 - Professional (EEO-2 Job Categories-United States of America), RESECH202.1 - Middle Professional Tier I (EEO Job Group), SWP Priority - Ratings - (Strategic Workforce Planning)

Job ID: 290696

Posted On: 2024-04-05

Location: New York, New York, United States

Job Tags

Full time, Contract work, Second job, Local area, Remote job, Worldwide, Flexible hours, Shift work, Sunday,

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