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A Career as a Sports Agent

What is a sports agent?

So you want to be a sports agent (also called Athlete Representation)? A sports agent acts as a professional athlete’s representative in negotiating contracts, salaries, endorsements, and other business arrangements. You will have to market an athlete or products that are related to that athlete, and to promote the athlete's career within his or her given sport. It can be extremely lucrative for those who establish a solid client list.


The education required to become a sports agent includes a four-year college degree in business or a related major. The future sports agent may then also follow that with a law degree. The sills that are required for a successful sports agent is excellent negotiating skills, sales ability, and ability to work under pressure.


In the table below is some good evidence that if you can get into this very competitive market, you can do very well for yourself. This table shows the minimum and maximum salaries for athletes in a range of sports, and an estimated commission that a sports agent may receive. This data is from around 2010, and would be expected to increase each year.

Sport Min. Salary Max. Salary Agent Commission
National Football League (NFL) $225,000 $20,000,000 $6,750 - $600,000
Arena Football League (AFL) $28,000 $240,000 $840 - $9,600
Canadian Football League (CFL) $75,000 $275,000 $3,000 - $11,000
National Basketball Assoc. (NBA) $385,000 $28,000,000 $15,400 - $1,120,000
European Basketball $6,000 $1,000,000 $240 - $40,000
Major League Baseball (MLB) $300,000 $22,000,000 $12,000 - $880,000
National Hockey League (NHL) $350,000 $10,000,000 $14,000 - $400,000
Minor League Hockey $10,000 $200,000 $400 - $20,000
Major League Soccer (MLS) $15,000 $500,000 $600 - $20,000
European Soccer $45,000 $7,800,000 $1,800 - $312,000

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