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Are all of us crazy?!?!?!

Don't ever look like this

Probably, but I still will not give up my drive to become the best Sports Agent that has ever existed.

All of the signs tell us “Future Sports Agents” that we statistically have a very small chance of being successful at all (and that is with defining success as having one client). So why does this site get so many hits, and why are there so many people in my generation that insist on becoming Sports Agents?

The Sports Business Journal wrote a good piece on the small amount of jobs available for the large number of applicants.

wanna-be agents must prepare themselves for other jobs in law or business, in or out of the world of sports.

That quote from the article should be taken to heart. No matter how great we may think we will be in a specific profession, diversification is extremely important. This statement applies to pretty much any type of industry (including professional athletes who may see their career slip away due to a severe injury). That is why when I am asked if there is a specific major that one should study to become a Sports Agent, or if Law School is necessary, or if you should go to a particular school, etc., my answer is no.

You can major in English, not go to Law School, and get a degree from the University of North Florida (not trying to put down the Univesity) and still be the next Leigh Steinberg.

Yet I will continue to stress the importance of obtaining an internship. The list of Sports Agency Links on the left side of this website has been growing every week. Please use the links to research different companies and see if you are interested in applying to intern with one of them. An interesting point from the SBJ article is that Phil de Picciotto, the president of Octagon, started his work with Octagon as an intern. Alastair Johnston, president of IMG, also started as an intern.

The last important point taken from the article is that networking is key. Do everything that you can to create relationships with those around you and reach out to make new relationships each day. Once again, networking is not only important in the Sports Agent profession, but also in any other walk of life.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.