SPORTS
10/18/2010 11:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Why The Mascot Has The Toughest Job To Get On Any Field

Think the odds are slim of ever playing on a pro sports team? Getting to be the mascot is even tougher.

"There are only 125 positions available in the U.S.," said Erin Blank, a professional mascot who has worked for teams like the Detroit Tigers baseball team and the Washington Capitals hockey team. "You have a better chance of making an NFL team, an NBA team, a Major League Baseball team or an NHL team than being the mascot."

That isn't stopping people from trying. For every Famous Chicken or Phillie Phanatic who hits the big time, there are hundreds of other hopefuls happy to be the mascot for their local high school or college team or a minor league team, or even to just put on a wacky cow costume for the Chick-fil-A chain.

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