PRO LEVEL SPORTS FOOTBALL COMBINE & SHOWCASE PART ONE

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SPORTS AGENT vs AGENT ADVISOR; WHAT’S IN A NAME?

BY

HOPE LOUISE WRIGHT

As many of you know, Iโ€™m a Senior Vice President of Business Operations with Pro Level Sports Agency located in York, PA. PLSA (Pro Level Sports Agency); which was founded by Buddy Walters, who is the nephew of NFL Legend Defensive Coordinator Buddy Ryan responsible for creating the 46 Defensive; and is the first cousin of NFL Coaches Rex and Rob Ryan. Buddy Walters hired me back in October of 2021, as an Agent Advisorโ€ฆWait a minute? An Agent Advisor or Sports Agent, what is exactly is the difference? Let me explain in deep detail the difference between the two; and what criteria must be met in order to be a Certified Sports Agent.

So, in the beginning of getting into the world of Sports, I often wondered what exactly an Agent Advisor is and what it isnโ€™t? Do they have a rightful  place in Sports Management? Can they recruit and represent players in the NFL or CFL, USFL, XFL and Arena Football? What about other professional sports? To answer those questions, I went directly to the source themselves; and received some interesting facts about the difference between Agent Advisor and Sports Agent titles. So, essentially Agent Advisors are Sports  Agents in training working with a Sports Management Agency; who can recruit, advise and mentor athletes on their career path, legalities and the intricacies of a potential contracts  the athlete may sign. Agent Advisor, also share equally in any commission fees paid to the company by clients successfully recruited by the Agent Advisor.

When it comes time for the Professional Athlete to sign with an NFL, CFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, FIFA, WNBA and any other Professional Organization of that magnitude the Agent must be a Certified Player Association Representative. In other words, you apply, pay the fee and pass usually an open book exam to represent players on that skill level; at that time, you are officially a Certified Sports Agent. Agent Advisor can not negotiate contracts of the Big Leagues, unless certified. However, there is an exception to this rule, Agent Advisor can represent players going into a minor league, semiprofessional setup like Arena Football, XFL or USFL without certification.

Now with Sports Agents, itโ€™s another story and higher accountability and responsibility are at stake, so enter with caution. Sports Agent are legal representatives of Professional Athletes and Coaches who are certified though the Player association and are even certified with the NCAA, but thatโ€™s usually for collegiate basketball players looking for representation entering the NBA draft. Certified Sports Agent can procure and negotiate employment and endorsement contracts for the athlete or coach whom they represent. Because of the unique characteristics of the sports industry, sports agents are responsible for communications with team owners, managers, and other individuals. Also, they are responsible for making recommendations. In addition to finding income sources, agents often handle public relations matters for their clients. In some large sports agencies, such as IMG, Creative Artists Agency, Roc Nation Sports and Octagon, agents deal with all aspects of a client’s finances, from investment to filing taxes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_agent)

Becoming an Agent Advisor can be a wonderful spring board into a fulfilling and lucrative career as a Sports Agent. Getting experience and training to stand out as a Sports Agent will start when you get the much-needed education to be successfully and satisfied with your career path. Your undergraduate studies should include Communications, Sports Management, Business Management, Finance, Accounting, and Marketing. However, having a Master degree in fields like Law, Sports Management, Business and Finance will make you more desirable in the end. If youโ€™re wondering what kind of salary can I make being a Sports Agent? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that the median salary of a sports agent (and other business managers of artists, performers, and athletes) was $73,740 in May of 2019. Agents predominantly work in New York, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas, although any area with a large number of universities with athletics programs is likely to have sports agents working there in some capacity. Between 2019-2029, the BLS projects a 12% increase in sports agent jobs, which is much faster growth than average. In other words, your salary could range between $73,740.00 to over $1,000,000.00. (https://bestaccreditedcolleges.org/articles/become-a-sports-agent.html)

Did you know that Sports Agents can generally receive between 4 and 10% of the athlete’s playing contract, and 10 to 20% of the athlete’s endorsement contract; although these figures can vary significantly. NFL agents are not permitted to receive more than 3%, and NBA agents not more than 4%, of their client’s playing contracts. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_agent)

Watch “A DSM Media Exclusive | Pro Level Sports Agency n G2 Sports Management about toย  #DoSomethingMajor” on YouTube

I actually loved being on the show with my Boss, CEO and Founder Buddy Walters of Pro Level Sports Agency and CEO/Founder Sam Gordon of G2 Sports Management who’s partnered with Pro Level Sports Agency. I strongly believe we were all nervously excited and it probably shows, but we held our own pretty good. And I look forward to more live interviews here soon and moving forward.

-Hope Louise Wright

If you are looking representation, please fill out an application at http://www.prolevelagents.com

My Journey into the World of Sports

By

Hope Louise Wright

I remember going to the Omaha Royals game back in the late 1970โ€™s to watch the ballgame with my late Grandpa and enjoyed the excitement of the game. Whether, it was the cheering crowd, the crack of the bat, home run celebration from the team, the popcorn and crackerjacks, there was something innocent, patriotic and sense of community back in those days. And I loved it, never wanting to leave the stadium. My late mom being a Journalist and Photographer added to the beauty of the nostalgic moments, that meant so much to me. Fast forwarding to the present day, I still have that same energy and love for the world of sports, in particular, college and professional football.

I was born, raised and still reside in Omaha, Nebraska. Although, currently I travel back and forth from Nebraska to California, when it comes to college football, itโ€™s all about the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Yes, I know that thereโ€™s a lot of issues right now in terms of winning, but Iโ€™m talking about the Cornhuskers of the 80โ€™s and 90โ€™s, when Coach Tom Osborne was legend and so were the players. All the players were gifted and phenomenal in their own way, but for me it will always be number 18 Brooke Berringer. Berringer was from Goodland, Kansas and came to the Nebraska Cornhuskers as a backup QB for Palmetto, Florida born and raised Tommy Frazier who was the starting QB. Itโ€™s no secret for two consecutive years 1992 and 1993, Berringer played the backup QB during his freshmen and sophomore year, at the University Nebraska in Lincoln. However, during the year of 1994 Berringer was given opportunity as a starting QB, when Frazier was sideline with blood clots in his leg.

In his junior year, Berringer started seven games because starter Tommie Frazier had a bloods clot in his leg. Berringer completed 94 of 151 passes (62%) for 1,295 yards, 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.[1] Prior to this year, Berringer had completed only 17 passes. The team made it to the Orange Bowl, and Frazier recovered in time to start for it. In the game’s first quarter, Frazier threw an interception on Nebraska’s second series. Berringer took over, and threw a 19-yard TD pass to Mark Gilman that drew the Huskers within 3 points. Nebraska eventually won the game 24-17 with Berringer playing through the middle quarters before coach Tom Osborne re-inserted Frazier in the fourth quarter. As a senior, Berringer again was a backup. He played sparingly, completing 26 of 51 passes for 252 yards in 9 games played. For the third consecutive year, the Nebraska Cornhuskers played in the national championship game. Berringer played mop-up duty and at the end of the game, the Fiesta Bowl, scored a 1-yard TD for his team’s final points. They won a 62-24 victory over Florida. (www.wikipedia.org)

In my humble opinion, I personally believe that Berringer should have been starting QB his junior and senior years; considering, as I also believe he single handedly took the Cornhusker to the National Championship two years in a role. His performance was expected to get him mid round pick in the NFL Draft of 1996, however that would never happen. Brook Berringer passed away tragically at the age of 22 shy of 23, just 2 days before the draft. His untimely passing signified the danger that lurked ahead for the Cornhuskers and many more tragedies to follow. But thatโ€™s for another day and topic.

Meanwhile, my journey to Sports Agency or deciding this would be my career path was further decided after watching the HBO originally Arli$$, The Super Sports Agent. I love the aspect of defending, protecting and shielding athletes from any and all harm. However, my concern with the show is it detailed a darker side of being a Sports Agent; where some lean in the direction of greed, doubled standards and intensive exaggerated publicity or promotion. Being a Sports Agent encompasses extensive knowledge of sports, and everything to do with reviewing game footage of the player, assessing skill level of the player, assuring they are ready for the big leagues, or placed them development and training to assist the player in furthering their professional career. This is where itโ€™s important to coach the athlete on the best alternatives such as, attending sports camps and national combines to get them on the NFL or CFL radar; with the strongly possibility of being considered for team placement.

After researching and speaking to countless individuals associated with the sports industry; from Sports Journalist, Athletic Directors, Athletes, Coaches,  Sport Agents, Front Office Personnel to Team managers, it became apparent college education was necessary to obtaining knowledge and experience in the profession. I was informed that to be a highly effective agent these primary majors are excellent choices: Law, Business, Sports management and Finance; also having a masterโ€™s degree is highly encouraged. So, I attended the College of Saint Mary to obtain my Bachelor Degree in English with a minor in Humanities and Post Baccalaureate in Paralegal Studies. From Sports Management Worldwide Sports Business Training, I received my Athlete Management Certification and Athlete Marketing and Branding certification. I also noticed that Sports Agents are deeply involved in contract negotiations, so effective communication is a must with a strong ability to persuade and argue effectively is the reason Iโ€™m a full-time student at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law; completing my Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I also understand thereโ€™s lots of traveling involved to visit colleges, universities, to discover and find new talent, visiting with professional teams, coaches and managers, National Combines, promote and market athletes. And to give myself more credence as a Sports Agent, Iโ€™ve also applied and paid the fee for my NFLPA Certification.

Currently, I work for Pro Level Sports Agency based out of York, PA, as a Senior Vice President of Business Operations. I was originally hired in October of 2021, as an Agent Advisor, which is completely different than a Sports Agent. As an Agent Advisor, I actually coach the athlete on the intricacies and legalities of the contract. I donโ€™t work directly with the Team who holds the players rights; thatโ€™s the responsibility of the Certified Sports Agent. However, the agency has in house Sports Agents who can handle the big-league contracts, such as, the CFL and NFL. I simply focus on the business & legal end of operations for Pro Level Sports Agency, as well as continuing to represent my already existing 16 clients.  Iโ€™m eligible to take the NFLPA Agent exam in 2022.

If you are an athlete looking for representation, information or want to fill out the application contact me at hopelouise@prolevelagents.com or visit www.prolevelagents.com to browse through information on the Pro Level Sports Team, Partnerships, current clients, National Combines, sponsorships and more.  

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Hope Louise a Senior Vice President of Business Operations with Pro Level Sports Agency discusses her journey; as a new Agent Advisor in the Sports industry; and how athletes who were passed over previously can still achieve there dreams, including attending the National Scout Combine, where NFL scouts are invited to attend and check potential for recruitment purposes.

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