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Forbes names Ohio State University Athletics Department one of the 10 best organizations to work for in sports

The Ohio State University Athletics Department’s culture and reputation for excellence have won the Buckeyes a new top 10 ranking. Forbes has named the department one of The 10 Best Organizations To Work For In Sports.

Ohio State is the only college athletic department to make the list. The others include: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Cavaliers, GMR Marketing, Navigate Research, National Football League, Premier Partnerships, The Aspire Group, RSE Ventures and Turnkey Sports and Entertainment.

Ohio State’s athletic enterprise is the nation's most comprehensive and one of its most successful collegiate athletics programs. With more than 300 employees, the department sponsors 36 fully funded varsity sports and operates facilities that include Ohio, Bill Davis and Jesse Owens stadiums, the Schottenstein Center, golf courses and many more.

Organizations that made the Forbes list have “developed an incredible reputation in the industry for the positive way they treat their employees.”

To develop the list, Forbes contributor Jason Belzer sought to determine which leagues, teams, agencies and other organizations within the sports industry set themselves apart from the competition when it came to factors such as employee satisfication, work-life balance and career growth. He interviewed dozens of individuals at all levels of sports, from entry-level sales staff to team presidents and university leaders.

Ohio State Associate Athletic Director Janine Oman told the publication, “The culture is one of excellence that is focused on the growth and development of each person. It is an environment where all individuals are valuable members of the team with ideas to contribute and given the opportunity to lead those efforts.”

The athletics department is completely self-supporting; it receives no state tax or student tuition dollars. In fiscal year 2013, the department transferred nearly $30 million in assessments to the university, including more than $16 million in grant-in-aid reimbursement.