Sports agents are professionals dedicated to directing young sports talents through their careers and assisting them in various financial, legal and marketing issues. They literary take care of all the aspects of one player’s career outside the playground. Many sports agencies work with rather young sportsmen, at the very beginning of their career and many of these sportsmen stick to their sports agent for years. But since many natural sports talents are spotted early in the world of sports due to their excellent results and the bright future was guaranteed to them, the question rises whether they truly need a sports agent to manage their career. So, here’s a brief rundown of few main pros and cons for hiring a sports agency and a sports agent to assist you in your career development.
Focus on the training
Most players engage into their favorite sport because of love and passion towards the game. The devote and work hard until the first significant results show up. When the great chances come at stake, it is the point in their career when a lot of aspects have to be solved and managed outside the playground, and all those aspects require time, attention and devotion. If a player is truly into practicing and progressing, he usually doesn’t have time to handle this stuff. This is the moment to hire an agent. Sports agent will scan the market for you and hunt the lucrative opportunities. The agent will negotiate contracts with big teams and leagues, make a contract about player’s salary, promote and present player in the media and set various deals and contracts for merchandising. Meanwhile, the player himself can stay focused on practicing.
Agents are pros
Even if the sportsman himself tried to handle contracts, legal aspects of transfers, negotiations, marketing and PR services, and all other aspects that one developing sports career requires to progress, he usually doesn’t have enough knowledge about it, skills, an advanced network of connections and opportunities. The agent found their careers in those fields of interest, and they know exactly how to do it, where to look for and who to contact. Let them handle these tasks, and you’ll get a job done professionally.
Choose your agent carefully
Let’s be honest – agents earn their money as a percentage of player’s earnings. And they usually know very well how the sports business is done outside the playground. Be careful not to hit the fraud and end up losing a lot more money than you should. There are many sports agents with a bad reputation and lame results. They are known for their fraudulent manner of doing business, as well as for their clumsy and unprofessional strategies. The wrong choice of an agent could cost you some great opportunities in your career.