“Show me the money!” may be the most famous movie line about sports agents. Agents have been glamorized by movies such as Jerry Maguire. These agents are high rollers and are paid a whole lot of money. Some of this may be true, but an agent also does a good amount of work — both in actually becoming an agent and in representing their clients.
Agents need to be motivated, educated and of course, well connected in order to be successful. Here are a few tips to get you started on a career as a sports agent:
• Find and complete a degree in sports management. This college programs will give you the background and preparation to become an agent. Most pro teams looking for agents will require at least a four-year degree. Your course work should include classes in business management, sports law and entertainment.
• Decide which sport you want to represent. Check with the organization you want to work for to find out what their specific requirements are. For example, the NFL requires not only a four-year degree, but a post-graduate one as well.
• Research what the different requirements are for sports agents in various fields. You’ll need to understand requirements for education, league rules, certification and membership costs.
• Make sure you include any additional certifications or membership requirements during your preparation to becoming an agent. Most sports leagues do have certification requirements. You can find out how to apply for and prepare for any examinations that these certifications may require.
• Make sure you get liability insurance. This is an extremely important part of your goal and having it will not only enhance your ability to gain clients, but will ensure your own security legally.
• Start looking for entry-level positions and start making contacts as soon as you can.