By Robert H. Ruxin
Offers athletes, coaches, households and their advisors with clever, sensible suggestion on choosing an agent.
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Incentive or performance bonuses are also an integral part of an athlete's playing contract. Dave Winfield's ten-year contract with the New York Yankees included $25,000 bonuses each year he plays 130 games or wins a Gold Glove and annual payments by the team ($300,000) and Winfield ($100,000) to the David M. Winfield Foundation, a charitable organization created by Winfield and the subject of several lawsuits between Winfield and the Yankees. Roster bonuses for making the opening game roster and honor clauses for making all-pro or all-rookie teams are almost standard in football.
The term agent is rarely used to refer to these people unless they also negotiate the athlete's playing contract. ) Although some sports lawyers object to being described as agents, the term sports agent commonly refers to anyone who negotiates playing contracts. Parts IV of this book focus on these individuals. Page 3 Chapter 2 The Proliferation of Agents: Stoking the Salary Fire Before negotiating his 1967 contract, Detroit Tigers pitcher Earl Wilson did something unusual: he mapped out his goals and strategy with an attorney.
The NCAA Pro Sports Liaison Committee, staffed by Tom Hansen and Steve Morgan, working closely with the CCA, determined that the most effective way to reach college athletes would be a two-pronged approachthrough wide distribution of a free CCA pamphlet sensitizing student-athletes to the need to prepare themselves for the business aspects of becoming professional athletes and through endorsement of this book, An Athlete's Guide to Agents, which should be in every sports library. An Athlete's Guide to Agents expands and elaborates upon the issues and warnings raised in the CCA pamphlet and contains specific, detailed, sound, and practical advice for both the student-athlete and the professional sports participant.
An athlete's guide to agents by Robert H. Ruxin