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Business of Sports Agents

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ISBN-10: 0812240847

ISBN-13: 9780812240849

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Kenneth L. Shropshire, Timothy Davis

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The legendary Charles C. "Cash and Carry" Pyle, considered by most to be the first sports agent, negotiated a $3,000-per-game contract for Red Grange to play professional football for the Chicago Bears in 1933. Today, salaries in the tens of millions of dollars are commonplace, and instead of theatrical promoters and impresarios, professionally trained businessmen and lawyers dominate the business. But whereas rules and penalties govern the playing field, there are far fewer restrictions on agents. Incidents of agents' manipulating athletes, ranging from investment scams to outright theft of a player's money, are far too frequent, and there is growing consensus for reform In The Business of Sports Agents, Kenneth L. Shropshire and Timothy Davis, experts in the fields of sports business and law, examine the history of the sports agent business and the rules and laws developed to regulate the profession. They also consider recommendations for reform, including uniform laws that would apply to all agents, redefining amateurism in college sports, and stiffening requirements for licensing agents. This revised and expanded second edition brings the volume up-to-date on recent changes in the industry, including: - the closing of one of the largest agencies - high-profile personnel moves - passage of the federal Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act - the National Football League's aggressive and high-profile efforts to regulate agents
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 5/28/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Kenneth L. Shropshire, the author of several books, is Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has written forUSA Today,The Los Angeles Times,The New York Daily News,Emerge Magazine, andThe Philadelphia Inquirer.

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Background
Historical and Legal Foundations
The Business
Consolidation: An Evolving Industry
Problems
The Basics: Competition for Clients
Unscrupulous and Criminal: The Problem Agents
Conflicts of Interest
Ethics: Attorney Versus Nonattorney Agents
Agent Wars
The Last Amateurs on Earth: Amateurism and Opportunity
Solutions
Knights of Columbus Rules? Private Sports Agent Regulations
The Laws
A Uniform Approach: The Uniform Athlete Agents Act
Conclusion: The Absence of a Panacea
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments