For my first post, I want to go over the basic details of what being a Sports Agent is, and just give a basic overview of the career. A Sports Agent “represents an athlete on a contractual basis, with the goal to market, promote and negotiate contracts in the best interest of the athlete.” They are basically in charge of making sure the athlete they are representing is getting a fair contract, while at the same time making sure the athlete is happy throughout the duration of their contract. It is a big incentive for them. Most of their salary is based off a percentage of the athletes contract. Therefore, the more money their client is making, the more money they will make. To be a good agent though, you have to do a whole lot more than just negotiate the contract. You essentially have to market yourself to your clients constantly. You have to attend their games, meet with their coaches, personally know their family, and basically be on call for them at all times. Athletes do not hire Sports Agents that aren’t readily available. But as long as both parties are happy, it is a very profitable field to be in. While a majority of the agents attend law school to get a better feel for contract negotiations, it is possible to become one with a bachelor’s degree in either Sports Management or Business Management while still having some knowledge of sports. Once they finish school, they decide whether or not they want to join a firm or work independently. Firms offer a better job stability and the benefits of a normal job, but working independently will usually end up making you more money. Either way, the money is there. In 2008, the average annual salary was around $98,000. If you are one of the lucky ones who can recruit the top athletes, you are bound to make much more. While the money is one of the reasons this career path entices me, my passion for sports makes it even more desirable. I would get to be acquainted with professional athletes and it would be considered “work”. Sounds more like fun to me. All this information is courtesy of eHow.com.