An Intern(al) Look At Becoming A Sports Agent

This week has been particularly busy. In addition to my work with Dynasty, I was preparing vigorously for a mock trial I had last night. Widener University School of Law began their Hugh Pearce Trial competition this week and last night was my turn. Along with my partner, I had to defend a drug dealer. It’s a great experience for me as I graduate from law school in May and try to see what is my next step. Mock trial experience is a great tool for any aspiring attorney. I will find out tomorrow if I’ve moved to the next round.

Besides the competition, I also worked on numerous tasks for Dynasty this week. Darren has been putting in work to sign a top NFL prospect for marketing purposes. Along with the other interns, our task was to design a marketing plan in order to show the prospect exactly what Dynasty had to offer him in terms of marketing. My part involved a lot of research relating to competition and why, despite competition, Dynasty was the best option for the player.

In addition to the marketing plan, I contacted several companies regarding sponsorships for our clients. I also contacted other companies specifically to work out endorsement deals for three of our bigger baseball clients. I received responses back from a few of these companies. The response I received was quite normal, the standard “we’ll take a look at what you have given us, make a decision and get back to you as soon as we can.” Other companies have not responded yet. For some of these companies, they had no contact information for individuals that would be helpful to me, so I had to send emails to their generic email accounts. For those that don’t respond to me, my next step is to call the phone number listed and ask for someone in the marketing department.

The best advice I can give on this matter is to keep pressing to find the correct contact person and then just made an honest proposal. The worst they can do is say “no.” The best is that you get a great deal for your client. At the very least, maybe you make a contact that you can use in the future. With the economy still recovering from recession, it won’t be easy to find sponsorship deals for clients. However, if you at least make contact, when the time is right for the company to start spending money on sponsorships again, you might be at the top of their list.

In addition to these tasks, I did my regular tracking of college baseball players. There are a few guys on the list having stellar seasons and hopefully they make the right decision to go with Dynasty. One note on this assignment, I have one or two high school players to track as well as college players and I find it is incredibly hard sometimes to find stats for these kids. This week I did manage to contact one of the player’s coaches. He was very receptive and quick to respond with stats. He had no problem with me contacting him weekly to get stats on the player. If all coaches were this receptive to agent interns, it would be great.

I am ending this week working on two other side projects. I am researching a few prospects that were passed along to Darren as referrals to see if any have draft potential. I am also putting together a compilation of stats, highlights and a biography for one of our players to be sent to someone with ties to Japan. Hopefully it works out and our player can start a new chapter to his career.

So until next week, Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.

2 replies on “An Intern(al) Look At Becoming A Sports Agent”

Great post, Ryan. I enjoy reading about the duties and tasks associated with being an intern with Dynasty, especially as I embark on becoming a player agent myself. I know being an avid reader that these posts have helped prepare me for what I should expect in the future. I recently started blogging my experiences, both from marketing at the collegiate and professional level, in hopes of providing some guidance similar to what I have received from all of you. Thanks again and keep it up.

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