Interestingly, the game’s NFL, NHL, and MLB equivalents appear open to female Citizens, although we’ve noticed that football doesn’t appear among the available school activities for female characters, while hockey and baseball are replaced by field hockey and softball. You cannot become a golf or tennis pro, and your martial arts training, if applicable, cannot be parlayed into a career as an MMA fighter.
For example, if you have high Smarts, that increases your chances of getting drafted as a basketball Point Guard, a baseball Catcher, a football Quarterback, or a soccer Goalkeeper. Players at these positions mainly serve as on-court or on-field leaders, and it stands to reason that they have should a high in-game IQ, which is why Smarts are so important in the context of the Pro Sports Update.
The very first decision you’ll need to make, of course, is whether you’re going to accept your first contract offer, negotiate for a higher salary, or outright reject it. Take note that BitLifesports free agency isn’t as lucrative or as (seemingly) easy to navigate as it is in the real world.
While we’re still on the topic of Respect, we should also let you know that this stat, combined with your Greatness, has more of an impact on your Fame as a Famous Athlete than the usual avenues, meaning your book deals, TV commercials, magazine photo shoots, talk show appearances, and social media posts and product endorsements. The Greatness bar can be found on your main athlete menu, and this goes up or down depending on your attributes as a player as well as the Respect you earn or lose by doing good or bad things on and off the court.
You can still star in them, you can appear in sexy photo-ops, you can write autobiographies, and you can endorse everything from sportswear to scorpion lollipops in the various in-game social media platforms. This would usually happen if you’ve proven to be too much trouble, typically as a result of frequent on-court issues, off-court legal problems, or if you chose to do a Lateral Farewell and attacked your coach for one reason or another.
You can even choose to take your character’s talent overseas and participate in soccer games or become a world-class rugby player. The options will increase as developers Candy writers add more, and players should expect to see more sports coming to the game in the future.
After participating in the sport for at least three years, they graduate from high school and should receive the option to draft for any of the professional teams looking to recruit players. You typically want to accept the first offer you receive, work on your character’s skills by practicing, and then see if you can get them to join a better team.
Players can now train and become professional athletes and be paid to play the sports they love. However, much like real life, the path to becoming a professional athlete is a long and arduous road, so you’ll need to be prepared.
Most of the professional sports teams in the Billie League are based in the US, so for the easiest time just start in the US. To become a professional athlete, you need to start conditioning your body early on in your life.
Age up until you hit 8 years old, at which point you can start taking martial arts classes and go for walks. Choose one martial art and then repeatedly take the classes over and over again until you stop moving up in belt colors.
Do all of these activities once every year for the best chance at giving your character a high athleticism stat, which is hidden until you try out for a team. When the game prompts you to join a club/team, it’ll finally reveal your athleticism stat.
Try to join a team as soon as you start your first year in high school, as this will give you the most time to grow. Make sure to keep working on your body and also go into your Education menu and go to your activities to find your sport.
You will be promoted to team captain if your performance is high, which looks wonderful on your professional athlete resume. Once you graduate high school, you have two choices: you can either directly apply a professional sports team (which almost always end in failure) or you can hope that you get drafted, which is more likely to happen.
The higher team position you were in by the time you graduate from college, the better your chance of getting drafted. When you finally make the team, you will unlock the fame section of your stats as if you became famous through any other means.
This means you’ll need to go on walks, hit the gym, go on a diet, and all that healthy good stuff. If you’re not performing well you risk getting kicked off the team, and you definitely don’t want to happen considering how tough it is to even make it this far.
A professional athlete’s life takes a lot of hard work, and Billie requires quite a bit of dedication for you to earn your time in the spotlight. To become a professional athlete, you want to focus on increasing your character’s look and health as early as possible before they reach college.
When they become 18, you can choose to change their diet to assist with this, but making sure they hit the gym and go on walks often is an excellent way to keep the health stat high. Once you graduate, you gain the option to apply for the open draft, and based on your skill, a team will randomly pick you.
From there, it’s all about practicing, watching your skill at the position you choose in your sport, potentially being traded to other teams, and working at the professional level. Finally, you can put your achievements in high school or college football, basketball, and baseball (among others) to good use while earning millions of dollars.
Unfortunately, you still can’t use your martial arts training for more than just bar fights and other physical altercations, and you can’t use your membership in the high school or college wrestling team as a stepping stone to the world of sports entertainment. But while MMA and pro wrestling still aren’t supported in the Billie universe, two other popular sports have been added in version 1.43, and those are women’s volleyball and men’s rugby.
This is, sadly, a case of art imitating life, considering that real-life NBA superstars earn far less money than their male counterparts in the NBA. Makes sense, considering Brazil has produced so many great players through the years and has possibly the most prominent soccer league in South America.
You’ll want to keep winning more of these awards in order to improve your chances of making the Hall of Fame, which we shall be explaining in the next tip. In addition to the individual awards we mentioned, you can also earn championship rings if your team win a title in your chosen sport.
Thanks to the new update, you could end up getting inducted into your sport’s Billie Hall of Fame if you have a standout career, preferably from start to finish! For one, it appears that it’s quite hard to get inducted into a Hall of Fame if your career ends due to old age, i.e. you reach your early 40s and no one wants to give you a tryout no matter how well you played in the last season.
In many, if not all cases, Hall of Farmers in a given sport are essentially guaranteed celebrity status for life, or at least until a few decades pass from their retirement and/or induction. But then again, Billie has always had a mechanic in which you need to keep starring in commercials, doing shoots for magazines, etc., in order to remain relevant once you’ve retired from your celebrity career, so this might be less likely to be patched than the former issue.