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Octagon’s Peter Carlisle Featured As Sochi Olympics Approaches

Peter Carlisle
Peter Carlisle is the managing director of Olympics and Action Sports at Octagon.

The Maine Sunday Telegram has an in-depth article on Octagon agent Peter Carlisle with the tagline, “Some of the biggest names in Olympics sports say Peter Carlisle is ‘more than just an agent.”  It is a very nice exposé of Octagon’s managing director Olympics and Action Sports who is probably best known for his representation of U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps.

These days Phelps is not the No. 1 concern for Carlisle, because the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are approaching, and the agent has his hands full with finding opportunities for his clients who participate in those winter sports.

My favorite quote from Carlisle came on page 2 of 5 in the Maine Sunday Telegram article.

“You’re going to come up against people who are smarter than you, wealthier than you, have more resources, have some other edge,” said Carlisle, sitting on a couch in his office, dressed in jeans and an Oxford shirt. “But I’ve always had that confidence that I could outwork anybody. Part of that is outworking them, part of that is hating to lose.”

Carlisle was a lawyer before he became a sports agent.  And he started his own agency from scratch before being snatched up by Octagon.  His first client was a snowboarder — he wanted to represent athletes in non-traditional sports.  That strategy has led to quite a significant amount of success for Carlisle.

Interestingly, the article notes that Carlisle does not receive a commission from his clients.  Instead, Carlisle simply receives a base salary from Octagon (which is not disclosed).  Another item that stood out — Carlisle insisted that he remain in Maine, which originally was a deal-breaker for Octagon (among other agencies he was speaking to).  Eventually, Octagon caved in and granted Carlisle his wish.  Very smart move.

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.