Who Is Jerry Maguire?

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Have you ever seen the movie, “Jerry Maguire”? It is a movie about the experiences of a sports agent and the adventure he goes through after losing all of his clients. After watching this movie, I was convinced that this was the career path for me. In choosing any career, one must ask the question, “Is the effort that you are putting into your goals going to pay off the way you want it to in the long run?” For example, when considering being a sports agent, success depends on taking initiative to do more than the minimum. For instance, you can go to law school and specialize in sports law, making you more knowledgeable, potentially more desirable and earn a higher salary, or you could skip law school and still become an agent yet not be certain …show more content…
The first agencies can be traced back to a single athlete, Harold “Red” Grange, and a single agent, Charles “C.C” Pyle. According to US Legal, sports agencies started in 1925 after Red Grange hired an agent to negotiate to contract between him and the football team trying to sign him . Red Grange was the first athlete to have a person representing him. After this, in the 1960s, Mark McCormack became the representative for Arnold Palmer. McCormack changed the way that deals were made between the players and their sponsors. From that point on, the amount of player-representative relationships grew dramatically (US Law). As for the big agents, a couple big time agents are current Lakers GM and former super agent, Rob Pelinka, as well as former super agent and MLB team owner, Jeff Moorad. Both these men did a lot for the profession although Jeff Moorad did something special. Jeff Moorad revolutionized the sports agent business by creating a more personal relationship between player and agent. This was a gateway for how the relationships between players and agent is today. It was no longer the boring employee and employer relationship. The relationship he created between the agents and the players became a lot more personal where the agent would be the player’s guy for anything he needed. The movie, Jerry Maguire, is based on the true story of Jeff Moorad and his partner Leigh Steinberg and these changes that they pioneered. The story of these two men's successes were not only told in this movie but also was the story line for an Academy Award winning movie. Overall, aside from the huge change brought forth by Moorad and Steinberg, the business has not changed much over that last couple

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