Toughest jobs in sports

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For the past two months, I've asked the same question to everyone from friends to colleagues to athletes to executives: "What are the toughest jobs in sports?"

Their nominees have helped spawn a series of stories spotlighting eight dauntingly difficult jobs and the people who find them rewarding.

Some of the jobs are glamorous; others thankless. Some of the jobs are lucrative; others barely profitable. Some of the jobs are physically strenuous; others don't even require breaking a sweat. The only thing they all have in common is none is an easy way to earn a living.
Jeff Eisenberg

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PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08: Bruce Botchy manager of the San Francisco Giants signs baseballs and baseball cards prior to the start of the spring training baseball game against Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Seattle Mariners
PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08: Bruce Botchy manager of the San Francisco Giants signs baseballs and baseball cards prior to the start of the spring training baseball game against Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 12: General view of Jobing.com Arena before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 12, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks v Phoenix Coyotes - Game One
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 12: General view of Jobing.com Arena before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 12, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30: Manny Pacquiao spars with Feddie Roach in preparation for his fight against Timothy Bradley at the Wild Card Boxing Club on May 30, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao Media Workout
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30: Manny Pacquiao spars with Feddie Roach in preparation for his fight against Timothy Bradley at the Wild Card Boxing Club on May 30, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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