Take Your Pick: Boras Or Steinberg
Jon Haber, a student writer at the Daily Trojan (USC’s university sponsored newspaper), likes Leigh Steinberg and does not think very highly of Scott Boras. In fact, he considers them to be at opposite extremes in the way that they conduct business.
This is what Haber had to say about Boras:
On one side, there’s the money agent. He’s the agent not many people like, the agent that suckers the most he can from an owner’s pocket into the bank account of his client. A great negotiator, but he has no real connection with his clients or the franchises for which his clients play.
And these words to describe Steinberg:
The agent that wants his clients to be good role models, the agent that truly cares for the well-being of his athletes. He’ll make sure his clients earn their millions the right way and give back to society.
I will not comment on whether I agree or disagree with any of the associations of words with the agents listed above. However, I will say that I think it is quite obvious that we should all aspire to be the agent who truly cares about his clients instead of a pure money agent. Being an agent is not all about the bottom line. It is easy to forget that sometimes.