Right? People always come out and say that having a Sports Agent is an unnecessary extra cost. Players should be able to negotiate their own contracts and handle all of their off-field issues themselves, right?
Wrong. Doug Brown, a defensive lineman in the CFL gives 2 reasons why he has an agent [Player who acts as own agent has fool for client]:
1) So that he and the general manager of his team do not enter a personal arena where playing on the team becomes uncomfortable.
2) He admits that he is “not trained in the language, rules or wording of legal documents.”
Need proof? Take a look at the misery that two CFL players find themselves in after recently believing that they could handle their own negotiations. Stanford Samuels and Rob Murphy each reaffirm the value of paying a small commission based fee to an agent. This statement should hold true no matter what sport is being discussed.