I am definitely biased, but I truly believe that the small percentage that one pays an agent is oftentimes more than worth it. There are so many benefits of having representation over going at it on your own. Myself and others at SportsAgentBlog.com have also been critical of people acting in a sports agent capacity for their family members. Which leads me to this story..
Mark Sanchez, former QB for USC, is being represented by his older brother Nick Sanchez, a business litigator with Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman in Costa Mesa. Not only is Nick a family member, but he has no experience in representing professional athletes in contractual negotiations. Do you really want to jump into that role with a family member who some believe could be the #1 overall pick before you have any experience in the industry? To Nick’s credit, he does have a ton of work under his belt in a variety of other legal practice areas and seems to have a strong educational background. I still seem to have an issue with a sports agent being a family member.