Sports Agent Competency

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An Agent of Competency
As children, many young boys and girls watch sports on television with the hopes of one day being the one who is scoring the game winning touchdown, or shooting the game winning shot at the buzzer, or landing the perfect 10 to bring home the gold. Upon growing up, many of these same children realize only a select few will achieve that goal and must look for other ways to earn a living. One career path that can be taken that allows one to be part of the sport they love is that of a professional sports agent.
Professional sports agents are the individuals who represent the interests of the players they represent in all business related activity, such as contract negotiations, personal appearances, legal issues, and
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As stated in the introduction, many people who become sports agents are those who dreamed of being an athlete, but realized they lacked the talent to have the dream come true. Irigoin, Whitacre, Faulkner, and Coe (2002) stated while knowledge is a key component of a core competency, until knowledge is put into action it is simply static information. The professional sports agent must be able to demonstrate to his/her client, or potential client, the knowledge he/she possesses will be utilized or put into action to negotiate equitable business deals which will benefit the athlete in short-term and long-term …show more content…
Radenhausen (2015) listed several skills that should be developed into a science if a potential candidate is looking for a career as a professional sports agent: Analytical and problem solving skills, Communication Skills, People Skills, and Multi-tasking skills. Each of these skills will be briefly explored.
Analytical Skills. These are the skills required of a professional sports agent that will assist in determining the talent level of potential clients. It will be utilized in activities such as attending a high school football game to scout the talent of a player who people are saying is the next great up and coming Quarterback in Football, or hot shot 7 foot forward in Basketball. Radenhausen (2015) also stated analytical skills enable the agent to quickly and decisively analyze the pros and cons of business transactions to ensure outcomes are beneficial for his/her

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