The People Who Manage Professional Athletes’ Moves
“Athlete relocation” is a niche service provided for professional athletes (those beginning their careers as well as athletes who have amassed great wealth) who find themselves constantly on the move. Throughout my many years of writing about sports business (and sports agency in particular), I have found that the same names continue to come up over and over again whenever the phrase “athlete relocation” is mentioned. Those names are: Ikem Chukumerije of SportsRelocation.com, Chris Dingman of The Dingman Group, and Ed Kaminsky of SportStar Relocation.
Recently, Krisanne Alcantara of Aol took notice of these specialized individuals in a piece titled, Sports’ Unsung Hero: The Athlete Relocation Agent. As Alcantara correctly noted,
The athlete relocation agent must be a flawless coordinator and multitasker, handling such large responsibilities as selling homes; finding new ones; and locating new schools for the athletes’ children. But there are also smaller tasks to arrange, such as shipping household items; the new home’s electronics setup; and the gathering of information on local grocery stores, doctors and restaurants.
While sports agents may wish to handle such duties themselves, they typically do not have the time and/or requisite skill to perform such tasks to the level of the aforementioned athlete relocation specialists. Further, they do not have the wealth of experience that gentlemen like Chukumerije, Dingman, and Kaminsky have obtained through years of practicing their trade.