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An Athlete’s Guide to Agents Paperback – December 4, 2009
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If you are a pro athlete or looking to become one, this appears to be the book you need to find the best agent FOR YOU. You will be working with your agent for (hopefully) several years so it should be a good relationship & the agent should be aligned with your goals. This book will help you to accomplish that.
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
President and Founder
This book is a MUST for any athlete (their families and advisors) considering hiring an agent. At the University of Miami this book is given to every student athlete. The guide clearly laid out, with interesting real life examples, the potential pitfalls and decisions facing an athlete when selecting an agent. The process of selecting an agent is such a critical process since an agent plays a large role in the athlete's financial future. This is not a decision for athlete's to take lightly. The guide provided an in depth background into the agent selection process so an athlete can feel knowledgeable, prepared, and comfortable when faced with meeting and choosing an agent.
This book not only covered the major sports but also dedicated a portion to individual and Olympic sports which I found particularly interesting to learn the differences. Also, the guide includes sample contracts, historical salary information, and (my favorite) the Directory which has contact information for all sport leagues and associations in one place. These extras were a great tool to understand how professional contracts ACTUALLY work and how much athletes ACTUALLY get paid.
I felt the guide covered the A to Z of selecting an agent. I could not have been more satisfied with all of the interesting true stories, research and data provided. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in playing, advising, or working in professional sports.
As I said before, I have two boys looking to be drafted in the future, does anyone know where I could get Darren Heitner's information so I could contact him as a possible advisor to my boys? He seems to really be in the business for young players best interests...
Dr. G. Lynn Lashbrook President and Founder Sports-management.com