Contract Negotiation

Player Salary Growth = Agent Salary Growth

Let’s not lie, many people want to be agents because of the possible high salary that comes along with the job. Let’s also be be clear, though, that it is very hard to be one of the few Sports Agents with a list of top clients that gross you a good amount of money. One thing that a future Agent may want to look at is the annual average salary growth in the major sports leagues in America since 1990. The graph below was taken from

The growth of salaries in a sport means that Agents on average will make more money on average per contract (assuming that percentage of compensation is static). At the same time, though, the NFL has the highest total revenues of all four major sports. It may be a more secure sport to enter into as an Agent than the others which have seen player salaries rise at a higher rate.

Also, the raise in player salaries should be looked at alongside the salary caps in the 4 sports. It seems that contracts in baseball will always be much larger than in the other major American sports.

[tags]sports salary, sports agent, salary cap, sports, nfl[/tags]

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.

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