What are the steps in becoming a sports agent?
There are many factors that describe a successful sports agent. Commitment is the most important, to be committed to the player(s) you plan to represent is key. There are some sports agents that are only in the business for the money and not for the best intentions for the player they represent. Although it is tough to gain the trust of the players due to the history of sports agents that have robbed players of money and were the cause of their career being shortened due to lack of commitment.
One of the steps to become a sports agent requires a degree in sports management from an accredited college or university. Sports management is a course that prepares those who are considering a career in becoming a sports agent. This course shows the business side of the sports world to prepare those who intend to pursue a career in a sports management field. The steps to becoming a sports agent are outlined in the sports management curriculum. Once you have received your degree in sports management you are almost there and ready to represent.
There is a certification that must be obtained to legally become a sports agent. This certification is to ensure that you understand the league policies, salary cap rules, and many agreements that ensure player’s rights and the agent’s rights. After the certification there are non-refundable application fees that must be paid to the league you are applying to usually around $1,500 or slightly more. Attending classes on league terms and conditions may be required along with clinics and workshops. This is where you can start networking meeting different people in the league and other sports agents.
Once you have completed certification and applied to the league that you intend to represent players it’s time to build your professional network. This is where you should be committed to finding top players and getting them to believe in you. Not only should you be searching for players to represent you should also be on the road meeting team owners, coaches, existing players and other team representatives. It is also important to attend collegiate games, clinics, minor league games and even traveling overseas to look at international players.
After you have attended many clinics, games, and met with team representatives and you have landed a prospect to represent its crunch time. The player you represent must trust you with one of the most important decisions of his life and you must be committed to this player and show him that you are trustworthy. This is how you will gain more players to represent of course he or she knows other players looking to fulfill their dream on the professional level. So if you are looking to become a sports agent the steps that you have just read will get you on the road to properly representing sports prospects, legally.