What Are the Different Types of Sports Agent Jobs?

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A sports agent is a person who works out contracts for professional athletes. This agent is responsible for soliciting contracts from professional sports teams, negotiating terms of those contracts, and ultimately working out a salary for the player. Sports agent jobs can range from the top agent who performs these functions to assistants who work with the agent to ensure all aspects of the contract negotiation and procurement are carried out properly. Some sports agent jobs are specific to one sport, while others may be more all-encompassing, allowing the agent to represent athletes of all kinds.

A hockey sports agent, for example, will work exclusively with hockey players and work to get those players contracts with professional teams in various leagues. Such sports agent jobs will require adherence to specific contract rules and regulations set forth by a league, and the agent must be knowledgeable of said rules and be able to negotiate effectively within those constraints. The rules for a hockey agent may be different than those of a football agent, or baseball agent, and so on.


Money management is a big part of being an agent, so some sports agent jobs focus primarily on financial planning and handling. An agent may, for example, hire an accountant as part of the agent team to take care of money management for players, or to run the financial aspects of the sports agent's business. Due to the nature of the job, many sports agents are lawyers who are familiar with contract law, but in the event that the agent himself is not a lawyer, it is likely that some sports agent jobs will be focused primarily on the law; a lawyer may be on staff with a representation firm to ensure all contracts are written correctly and within the constraints of all applicable laws.

Sports agents may work for a representation firm, or they may work independently. If the agent works for a firm, it is likely he or she will be part of a representation team that includes agents, assistants, lawyers — especially when contract negotiations reach arbitration — and accountants. If the agent works on his or her own, he or she may have to perform many of these jobs instead of hiring others to perform them. A successful agent will very likely build his business quickly, and delegation of more complex tasks will therefore be much easier. An agent will usually represent several athletes at once, which can be difficult and time-consuming; assistants and office managers can help ensure each athlete gets the attention necessary for effective contract negotiation.


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Post 3

Did anyone see the movie "Jerry Maguire" with Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr.? The movie is about a sports agent who leaves a big firm and goes out on his own. Basically he puts his future as an agent in the hands of one client, a football player. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the football player.

Yes, this is Hollywood, but the movie does a good job of showing what a sports agent does and what he has to go through to satisfy his clients. Also, the story is based on the life of a very successful sports agent. It's a good movie for anyone thinking of becoming a sports agent to watch.

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@Animandel - Some sports agents are former athletes so for them representing someone who participates in the same sport they played has to be much easier than starting with a sport they know nothing or little about. Maybe once they get the basics down for being a sports agent then they can expand into other sports.

The biggest advantage to representing players from different sports would be that you have more potential clients, so you have the opportunity to make more money.

The advantage of sticking to one sport would be that you can focus on the guidelines of one sport rather than having to learn all that additional information from other sports.

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The article mentions that some sports agents work with one particular sport while others work with players from different sports? Isn't the job pretty much the same regardless of which sport the person you represent is playing? What would be the advantages of working in one sport only and the advantages of working in more than one sport?

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