Happy New Year…now it’s time to get busy

Happy New Year and may 2006 be full of fun and good health for all.

Yes, I lied. A terrible hangover cannot prevent me from starting the New Year off with another post to this blog.

So today’s subject is: You are already late.

This mainly applies to future Sports Agents, but is actually relevant for anyone who has not yet gained a stable job in a profession (what is a stable job anyway?).

So why are you already late? Because if you have not applied for a Summer Internship yet, you are behind. Many will say that it is too early to start applying, but I say ACT NOW. The Sports Agent business landscape as it is right now is brutally tough to break into. If you truly want to become a Sports Agent in the future, make it your New Years resolution to gain an amazing internship this Summer and work on obtaining that internship from this day on…until it is awarded to you!

A major in Sports Management, a 4.0 GPA, a 180 on your LSAT, a bunch of leadership experience in college, and a great background knowledge on sports…are not the tools needed to become a Sports Agent.

Internships, building relations with those already in the Sports business, becoming close with as many athletes as possible, and never giving up while always innovating…are the tools necessary for getting a foot into the door of the industry.

So what should you start doing? RESEARCH. Find out what company or Agent has the same ideologies as you, has a client list that interests you, and provides an internship that throws you into the deep end. There are many Agencies out there with tons of applicants. You can decide that you want to intern at a large firm such as IMG or Octagon, or decide that you want to pick a small Agency where you might get noticed more, have more responsibilities, but not work with the same type of client list. I suggest that you don’t settle for just making coffee and getting lunch for the Agents. Stop worrying about which major teach you about the business, because it does not exist. The absolute best way to learn about how to become a Sports Agent is to gain an internship and build from there.

As a closing note, I must give a plug to Career Sports & Entertainment and all of the amazing people that I was able to intern for this past summer. Intern with a fine company such as CS&E, and you will gain more knowledge about the Sports Business than any College course will teach you.

I plan on discussing various Agencies and Sports Agents in the future to bring more visibility to the current business landscape, which may provide more insight on which Agent/Agency fits your preferences best.

Now stop reading this, fix up your resume, and start applying!

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

2 replies on “Happy New Year…now it’s time to get busy”

I have added and will continue to add links to Sports Agencies on the left side of this page. It will be the only comprehensive, free listing of such agencies available to the public. Research the sites to see if any interest you.

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