Like I previously stated, the movie “Jerry Maguire” was one of my main influences on wanting to become a Sports Agent. I have always been a big football fan and I was also a fan of Tom Cruise. I decided to watch this movie at a pretty young age, when I did not even understand half of the things that were going on. The way Jerry Maguire conducts himself in this movie was very amusing for me though. While he doesn’t illustrate everything into being a Sports Agent, I think what he did best was showing the lifestyle and characteristics of a typical person in this field. He also reveals the negativity that can sometimes be associated with Sports Agents as well. At the beginning of the movie, Jerry is on top of the world. He has the best clients and is making ridiculous amounts of money. He ends up getting fired from his firm and has all his clients taken from him. Jerry then is stuck with one client, but manages to build his way back up to the top. It also shows the difference in working for a firm as opposed to working independently. Jerry was at his highest point when he worked for his firm, but it pretty much crumbled overnight. When he was forced to be independent, it was a struggle at first, but he still managed to achieve success. While this movie doesn’t nearly show everything that goes into the world of Sports Agents, it has some credible facts that it does a good job of illustrating to the audience.
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.