Monday, July 27, 2009

How Agents Now Run the Show In Sports

'Many in the Lakers' organization believe that Odom (the player) wants to accept (Lakers' owner) Buss' offer -- and so do those close to Odom -- but he has failed to convince his agent.'
--from a recent article in the L.A. Times about a salary negotiation for a leading NBA free agent, Lamar Odom. As I read it, I thought "oh, I get it, the player works for the agent, not the other way around." It also made me recall this particularly illuminating New Yorker profile of super agent Scott Boras. Read it and weep for your favorite professional sport.


At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Mike Q said...

And to think it all started right here in Cleveland -- with Mark McCormack and his IMG organization ... Heck, I could have had a big book contract, but my agent held out for too much.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Ah, yes, the famous "golden handshake." See the link below to learn more about that incredible story. How right you are, Mike. And how wonderful to have such knowledgeable readers with great memories.


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