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The Sims 3 Professional Sports (Athletic) Career Track

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Professional Sports Career Track in the Sims 3 For your Sim to be in pro sports, head to the stadium and apply for a job. Sims in the professional sports career track will require plenty of athletic skill to get by. They'll have to win ball games, so make sure your Sim is in shape and in a good mood before sending them to play. Sims who reach the highest levels in this athletic career track will be able to use their superstardom to hold autograph sessions and make extra money on the side.

The Sims 3 Pro Sports Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
1Rabid FanMon-Thu and Sat
Athletic, Mood
2Snack HawkerMon-Thu and Sat
Athletic, Mood
3Toddler Sports CoachMon-Thu and Sat
Athletic, Mood
4Minor LeaguerMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Athletic, Mood, Teammates
5RookieMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Games: Sun/Wed 3-6PM
Athletic, Mood, Teammates, Game Record
6StarterMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Games: Sun/Wed 3-6PM
Athletic, Mood, Teammates, Game Record
7Team CaptainMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Games: Sun/Wed 3-6PM
Athletic, Mood, Teammates, Game Record
8League MVPMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Games: Sun/Wed 3-6PM
Athletic, Mood, Teammates, Game Record
9SuperstarMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Games: Sun/Wed 3-6PM
Athletic, Mood, Teammates, Game Record
10Sports LegendMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Games: Sun/Wed 3-6PM
Athletic, Mood, Teammates, Game Record

Good Traits for The Sims 3's Pro Sports Career Track

The most simple and obvious choice. It should help with the rate your Sim learns the athletic skills, and thus help them to earn promotions faster.

This may or may not be beneficial to the game record metric. Mood is certainly helpful for it, but lucky helps with career events. Thankfully, this should help with getting raises more often at any rate.

Look to Good Traits For Every Career for more ideas.

Professional Sports Uniforms
Sims 3 Professional Sports Uniform: Toddler Sports Coach
Toddler Sports Coach Uniform
Sims 3 Professional Sports Uniform: Minor Leaguer
Minor Leaguer Uniform
Sims 3 Professional Sports Uniform: Rookie
Rookie Uniform
Sims 3 Professional Sports Uniform: Starter
Starter Uniform
Sims 3 Professional Sports Uniform: League MVP
League MVP Uniform
Sims 3 Professional Sports Uniform: Superstar
Superstar Uniform
Sims 3 Professional Sports Uniform: Sports Legend
Sports Legend Uniform
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Ash says...
I don't understand how to get my sim to attend games on his game days I press "attend game for free" but it doesn't allow me the option to practice before in order to then play and I don't know why ??
18th October 2013 4:15am
Kathleen says...
you may have gotten an answer to this a long long time ago... but on the off chance you or anyone else is still trying to figure it out. Just have your sim go to work as normal on game days. He will have a pregame warmup automatically. As for practice, go to work on normal days and choose the option from the drop down box that appears in the upper left of your screen while he is at work.
15th September 2018 4:45pm
Kathleen says...
The option for practice will be called "prepare for game"
15th September 2018 4:46pm
Emily says...
I have a female sim, who's athletic is at 10, she's best friends with all her team mates but they have never won a game. And I don't mean lost by a few I mean they are dominated every game. Is this just luck or is it something I'm not doing right?
3rd February 2014 5:04pm
Hannah says...
When you go to work, choose the option to "prepare for next game" and make your sim do that all day or for a few hours a day when working. I did this for the majority of two days in work and my sim won 15 - 0!
11th May 2014 9:02am
Tayluhh says...
Super Star Athlete question:
I'm not understanding the game days, what should I make my sim do? I mean he 'attends game for free,' but that's about it?
12th October 2013 12:33pm
Kathleen says...
"attend for free" is for those who want to watch the game, not for those who are playing. For the athlete who is going to play a game in the stadium, he just goes to work as normal and on that day, they play a game. The other days of the week are for hanging with teammates and preparing for the game days. Just go to work in a good mood, make sure to "hang out with teammates" at least one day, and "prepare for game" another day during the week before game days. On game day, go to work as normal and he will automatically play in the stadium
15th September 2018 4:48pm
cait says...
My Sim who wants to be a superstar Athelete isn't winning any of her games. Why not??
Are all your career metrics green?  You know all of your teammates and you've been using the prep for game option on the day before the game?  Athletic is as high as it needs to be?  Have you cleared your caches recently?
24th July 2013 1:27am
HimochiIsAwesome says...
It says Sports Legends get less money per day than Superstar Athletes, despite being the next rank up. Is that a mistake? Is it less hours, or more pay, instead?
8th October 2013 10:36am
Dee says...
Yes, it's correct. As a Sports Legend, you can run autograph sessions and do advertising deals which bring in more money.
27th August 2015 12:27pm
Kathleen says...
I haven't noticed a pay difference. My sim is both a sports legend and a pro athlete. He still gets raises. I thought the autograph was in addition to the regular work days. I have never noticed my sims pay go down. That isn't to say it didn't happen, but I imagine with pay raises, continuing to go to work in a good mood, being athletic, hanging with teammates at least one of the days during the work week at work etc., and your sim would continue to get raises. That is how mine is doing as far as I can tell
15th September 2018 4:51pm
Nigel says...
Who are. My Co workers
25th December 2013 4:17am
Chris says...
I can't work out the pay just from this page. Does the Superstar Athlete get paid just for training, just for matches or both? If both, by my calculations this career would have the highest earnings per week, due to working 7 days of it.
28th October 2013 2:24am
BozSimmons says...
I switched job from Agent to MVP Athlete and even though all stats are green, the games record have all been losses and I can't win at all! My games are Away: 12 to 1 or 2 for home. Any fixes?
9th September 2013 11:05pm
Ben says...
What is the sport that they play? is it a specific sport?
12th April 2014 8:15am
Hannah says...
I believe it's soccer but it appears EA tried to keep it fairly general so you can imagine your sim playing another game of your choice.
11th May 2014 9:34am
ramona says...
My sim is at level ten with athletic and his career but I don't see the sign autograph session anywhere. How do I get it to pop up. P.S. I never started a autograph session yet due to me not finding the Icon can you help me please
21st October 2015 11:52am
Kathleen says...
I think if you click on the stadium

*while I realize my answers are years away from the date they were asked, since they are still here I figure anyone who is looking from answers may benefit.
15th September 2018 4:52pm
SomeOne says...
Unfortunately that didn't help at all. Should we start the session at the stadium? What do we expect to see or do?
28th October 2019 1:37pm
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