Quote Of The Day
“I had an athlete come up to me after NCAAs. He had already signed with Nike. He’s kind of giving me a hard time – ‘How come you didn’t recruit me?’’And I was like, ‘Man, I tried. Your agent never told us and just never approached us once.’ And he was like, ‘Really? I told him to, and he said he did and he said you guys didn’t want to make an offer.’ You just see no effort on the agent’s side to go to another team, or they’ll just push them to Bowerman or NOP. That happens almost every year.”
“Why would an agent turn down a potentially larger commission to funnel an athlete to a particular brand? Because no man is an island. Agents represent multiple clients. Nike sponsors, by far, the most athletes in the sport. Which means Nike also, indirectly, contributes the most of any brand to agents’ incomes. Though almost all agencies work with a variety of brands, maintaining a relationship with the Swoosh is crucial.”
“Not all [agents], but sometimes, if they’re not super ethical, they’ll do what Nike wants them to do just to make sure everything stays kosher. Because what if they have another athlete that they recruited that year that needs a deal?”
– Excerpt from Jonathan Gault‘s three-part series entitled, “How To Turn Pro In Track & Field.”
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