And there's definitely two ways you can go with a Sport Management degree: intern in the majors or intern in the minors. Both have their pluses and minuses. I've seen people who have interned in the majors then gone to the minors and are completely overwhelmed because they didn't do nearly as much as those who interned in the minors. That said, you can get better contacts and connections working in the majors.
When I interned for the Pensacola Ice Flyers, I got experience in PR/communications/media relations, community relations, marketing, game day ops, sales, ticketing, the logistics side of travel, and pretty much everything from the hockey ops side of coaching/equipment. Even when I worked for the team last season as the Communications Manager, I was also heavily involved with sales, game day setup/ops, community relations, organizing game day food for the teams, and a ton of other small, random things.
You overlooked two other avenues which are there.
1-Intercollegiate Athletics Administration: One can intern within the athletic department and even in a specific sport or area, like facilities. Even those, like becoming a SID, majoring in English or Communications is more advantageous since you have better writing skills.
2-Research and Teaching: While an advanced degree is required, there is still a need to teach the concepts. Plus, analytics is more important than ever.
That said, 'sportsfan1212', a Bachelors in Sport Management is becoming more and more useless, to the point that Mark Cuban does not hire them. "Sport" management is not really a discipline, it's an easy way for colleges to make money. As others have pointed out, that is a lot of debt to take on for a degree. A regular big box collegiate Management degree would open you to more opportunities than a Sport Management one would since the name alone hurts your flexbility to prospective employers. Jobs in sports/entertainment/broadcasting are extremely competitive to the point that applicants are willing to work for free. Sales skills are more important.
Sport Management does seem like a strange discipline (or maybe I'm just thinking of it wrong). When I hear "sport management", I think the guy running the business office for a sports team, or doing operations for an arena, or selling tickets, or doing promotions, or even equipment manager. However, Ohio State and at least one of the two Canadian colleges I looked at run sport management under kinesiology, with biology and exercise science and ergonomics classes and such?
Were salmon offended?
Just found out that my old junior college just changed their mascot from the Fighting Salmon, which was AWESOME, to the Coyotes, which is so incredibly lame I wanna puke.
It's an ugly euphemism for pink-skinned people.