June 15, 2021


world magazine 2020

How To Choose The Best Sports Agent

The answer to choosing the best agent for you is simply more than getting a great contract, even though that is very important. So, what is important?

Today, a lifetime mentor as an agent is absolutely a must to be successful. What a mentor does is provide advice and wisdom with respect to decisions and life situations. Wisdom comes from a learned experience and an understanding which, in turn, comes from actual knowledge obtained and then applied. Sports is the vehicle, agen bola terpercaya but life is the real game. Knowing the sports business industry, understanding contracts, and being skilled as a top negotiator are important, but being a life time mentor is critical. Yet, one cannot be a successful life time mentor of another if he is not successful in his own life.

Five questions can help determine if an agent will be a great life time mentor for you.

1. What questions outside of sports should the athlete ask the agent when it comes to selecting him also as a life time mentor?

2. For one, ask him more than questions but also see how this person you are now considering lives?

3. Is he married? If so, how long has he been married?

4. Does he have any children? If so, does he raise them?

5. How do his children feel about him? Meet and interview the children one on one and face to face. How successful are these children? (The apple usually does not fall that far from the tree).

These are just a few of the questions that should be asked by the young football player and/or his parents or, at the very least, the answers to these questions should be discovered before a commitment is made. The difference has a lot to do with a lot of talk compared to the real character of a man. Many people in the agent game are smooth talkers, but talk is just that – talk. You see, the agent business is much like a magic show. When the magician sawed the lady in the coffin in half, the audience originally thought that the magician had killed the lady until she later stood up for a bow. The young athlete can be fooled just like the audience was at the magic show, but in the agent business, unlike the magic show, the damage can be severe and may be irreparable.

The agent business is rarely a logical business. That is, one where a college athlete chooses an agent based on his “real history” as a competent contract negotiator and character as a person. The college athlete often hears the “his-story” pinch from agents, which is filled with false misrepresentations and half truths. He many times signs with the agent who has offered him the most… at least that’s what he thinks. In the agent business today, there are “entourage” hookups, the undercutting of fees, undisclosed “under the table” payments to third parties, nasty false rumors… you name it. Agents are agents, but like cars, they are not all the same. You get what you pay for. You may pay more for a BMW than most other cars, but, in the short and long run, it is probably worth it.