Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Yes, the post title is the name of a great song and a great book about a husband-wife baseball agent duo, but it also describes my professional journey very accurately. My idea of a living Heaven is having a career as a sports agent and in order to put myself in a better position to do so, I have to relentlessly knock on the doors of agents and other professionals in order to expand my network and pursue work experience.
My name is Marc Miller and I am a junior at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I have been an avid reader of the Sports Agent Blog since I was a senior at North Salem (NY) High School and am very excited and grateful for the opportunity Darren has provided me to contribute to the blog from the perspective of an intern.
I have wanted to be a sports agent for a few years now after realizing the main reason why I enjoyed playing high school and college basketball. I was closely-connected with gentlemen who possess qualities that I appreciate and respect and that inspire me to do my best work. After realizing that being connected with hard-working, dedicated athletes drove me towards my best work, I knew the career I would pursue has to involve a close relationship with athletes; sports agent is that career.
At 18-years-old, I knew the business I was interested in was a competitive one in which networking, then experience, is most important. I took advantage of my high school’s senior internship program and got my start with Bill Neff of Saga Sports in Chappaqua, NY. Bill gave me the opportunity to get my feet wet and get enough of a taste to make an educated decision as to whether or not I would continue to pursue being a sports agent. As part of Bill’s pre-draft preparation, I researched statistics to build Mike Taylor’s (Iowa State, Idaho Stampede) draft stock. I got to see my work pay off when Adam Silver announced Taylor’s name as the 55th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, making him the first player in NBA history to be drafted straight out of the D-League.
I am currently interning with Octagon’s football division in Atlanta under C.J. Laboy. C.J. has given me several significant projects that have covered different aspects of the business. I started out by compiling contact databases for recruiting and got to understand the NCAA and UAAA protocols that must be followed when recruiting a college player. I also worked on preparing materials for the Draft and for free agency that depicted the market for certain positions.
I have been working in client marketing for the past two weeks, which I have enjoyed the most because the opportunities are endless. There is a lot of value to be created and I have found that when I make a call, I don’t know what I am selling until I learn about the company’s marketing mix and cross-reference that with the client’s schedule and personality strengths. I am engaging in some great conversations with companies and I hope to have some good news to report next week when these deals get finalized.