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How Sports Marketing Strategies Can Grow Your Business

on May 15, 2019

All the hard work that goes into getting a business off the ground and keeping the doors open can be all for nothing without the right marketing strategy. Not just ‘a’ marketing strategy, but the ‘right’ one. What’s the difference? One makes people interested in your product, and the other doesn’t.

So, what is the right strategy? Well, it will differ from one product to the next. But if you are looking for one that can be successful across a diverse spectrum of products and services, you should look into what a sports marketing strategy can do for you.

When it comes to advertising, the idea isn’t just to inform the general public that your product/service exists. You want the people to like it; you want them to feel like they have to have it because it is the greatest thing ever.

Why is it the greatest thing ever? Because [Insert Athlete’s Name Here] said it was!

Sports marketing uses the love and adoration the general public has for a player or team as a form of leverage. By presenting a product with a popular player, the love and adoration people have for him/her will ideally transfer to the product.

But it doesn’t have to involve a player. Businesses can sponsor a team or event—like your local little league team or a bowl game.

So, if this sounds like a sound marketing strategy for your company—how do you do it? Do you start cold calling athletes and stalking the little league team with the ugliest jerseys? No! You contact someone like Agency Athlete that can help you develop a sports marketing strategy.

A sports marketing strategy is just like any other strategy; if you don’t do it right, it will not work. Whether you just need someone to consult with or more, Agency Athlete can help.

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How to Become a Soccer Agent

on May 15, 2019

As soccer becomes more popular in the United States, more players will be developed that are good enough to go pro, either as a member of an MLS team or overseas. Those players are going to need agents—or as FIFA calls them, intermediaries.

By FIFA’s definition, an intermediary is the equivalent of an agent. But the process that it takes to become an official intermediary is a lot different.

With the passage of new legislation in 2015, FIFA no longer has an official licensing system. In fact, there are no longer any formal qualifications. All a person needs to do to get started is register with their national football association (FA).

When you register, there will be a registration fee (which varies from country to country; it is $400 in the U.S.). You will also have to sign an Intermediary Declaration promising you will work within the rules of the FA. Registrations will have to be renewed every year (costing $50 in the U.S.).

You will also need to pass what FIFA calls a “Test of Good Character and Reputation for Intermediaries.” It sounds like they are referring to a background check. You will also need to prove you do not have a criminal record.

Associations are allowed to add whatever additional requirements they see fit. For example, anyone convicted of a violent crime or a financial one is ineligible to register as an intermediary in the U.S.

With soccer, there are fewer hoops to jump through, but like with the other major sports, becoming an intermediary and knowing how to do the job are two different things. But with the help of Agency Athlete’s Sports Agent Training Academy, you learn how to do the job right from industry pros.

If you are going to do it, you might as well learn how to do it right.

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How to Become an NBA Agent

on May 15, 2019

With the NBA postseason well underway, there are probably hundreds if not thousands of kids watching James Harden, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving work their magic every night. As they watch, most of them will be thinking, “That can be me someday.”

Some of them will be right. But those select few will not be able to get there on their own. They will need the help and support of friends, family, and coaches along the way. When they do make it to the NBA, they are going to need the services of a certified NBA agent as well.

It takes incredible athleticism, skill, and talent to become a player in the NBA. What does it take to become an agent for the league?

The league does not require its agents to develop a jump shot or anything like that. But the players association does want agents to be educated. They are required to have a four-year degree, but relevant negotiating experience can be substituted for education.

Potential agents will have to fill out an application (which will have to be approved) and pay a $250 application fee (non-refundable). All applicants are also required to submit to and pass a background investigation.

Along with the application fee, applicants will have to pay a pro-rated portion of $1250 in agent dues (depending on when you apply and how much of the current season remains). However, if your application is denied, it will be refunded.

Applicants will also have to take a written examination prior to the application window (July 1 through October 1). The next chance will be in January 2020.

Sound like something you can manage, but you’re not sure if you know how to be an agent once you become one? That is where Agency Athlete’s Sports Agent Training Academy can come in handy. Learn the ins and outs of the job from industry pros.

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How to Become an NFL Agent

on May 15, 2019

So, after seeing Jerry Maguire a couple of dozen times, you think you want to become an NFL agent. You want to have your own ‘show me the money’ moment and be someone’s ‘ambassador of Quan.’

Of course, the reality of that world and what they portray in movies, are two different things. Not that the real world of an NFL agent is not exciting, but if you are looking to be Jerry Maguire Jr. or the next Bob Sugar, you may want to head to Hollywood instead.

But if you are serious about becoming an NFL agent, there is a process involved—and it isn’t easy. The NFL Players Association doesn’t want just any old person representing and guiding its members. It wants intelligent, educated people with the right intentions.

To that end, to become an agent, you will need to submit to and pass a background investigation as well as pay a $2500 non-refundable application fee. They will also want you to have an undergraduate and post-grad degree (masters or law)—but that is not all.

You will also have to pass a proctored written examination and attend a two-day seminar in Washington D.C.

The exam will cover things like the CBA, the Salary Cap, NFL Player Benefits, and other things you will need to know to represent a player. The test contains 60 multiple choice questions that you will have three hours to answer—and it is open book (you can prepare notes).

But becoming certified to represent an NFL player and actually being able to do the job are two different things. With the help of the training sessions, online courses, and other things offered by Agency Athlete’s Sports Agent Training Academy, you can learn what it takes to be a successful NFL agent.

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How to Become a Sports Agent

on May 15, 2019

Being involved in professional sports is a dream that millions of kids have all the time. But only the most elite of elite athletes become pros in their chosen sport. However, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t get in the ‘game.’

We just have to find a different avenue—like becoming a sports agent.

The job isn’t as glamorous or dramatic as Jerry Maguire made it appear to be. But it can be exciting, fast-paced, and incredibly short on dull moments. Like most jobs, if you are good at it, you can make a pretty good living in the process.

So—how do you become a sports agent?

For one, it does take a little money. Each sport’s players association will require you to pay an application fee—and they are not cheap. But they don’t want just anyone trying to become an agent. They want people that are serious about the job; being willing to pay $2500 for an application fee is one way to show you are indeed serious.

Every sport will also want you to pass a background check. None of the various player associations lists what could disqualify you as a potential agent. So, you may want to contact someone at the players association you are applying to if you need further clarification.

To make sure you have the mental aptitude necessary to look after the best interest of the players, every sport will require you to take a written exam geared towards proving your ability to perform the duties of an agent.

Some sports do require a college degree and even a post-grad degree.

Of course, applying to become an agent and actually knowing what to do once you are one are two different things. But there are services out there like Agency Athlete’s Sports Agent Training Academy, that will teach you how to be a sports agent.

Becoming one is the easy part. But doing the job and being one—that is something else altogether.

 

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Learn the Sports Agent Business

on April 16, 2019

Welcome to our Sports Agent Training Academy where we help aspiring sports agents reach the next level.

Our training program provides the opportunity to learn the business, evaluate talent, work with athletes, pursue marketing deals and much more.

We provide a wide range of educational resources including videos, online courses and personal mentorship programs to help further your career. Plus, we’re here to help you with recruiting, marketing and building your own book of clients… all under our Agency Athlete brand.

Our team includes veteran industry professionals that offer real-life lessons with proven strategies that help lead you to sustained success.

So, if you’re looking to become a sports agent or improve your skills then look no further than right here for all your sports business educational needs. We look forward to working with you.

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Professional Opportunities Are About Promotion as Much As Playing For Small School Football Players

on April 12, 2019

Athletes from major FBS programs are going to be the ones that professional sports teams look at first when it comes to the draft and free agency. It isn’t necessarily because they are the only guys worth giving a shot.

In some cases, it will be only because teams know of one player more than another because he played for a more high-profile school. He received the exposure needed to get a shot at the next level because of who he played for—not how well he played.

For talented players that did not have the good fortune of attending a major university, this is a frustrating reality. But it is a reality that can be overcome with one thing—the right promotion.

That is not to say that small school players should volunteer to take the rookie minimum just to get a shot. No, since pro teams are not aware of who they are, they need to educate those teams. The need to create a bio that can be sent to every scout they can find contact info for.

They need an online presence, but not one that shows off the awesome tan they got on Spring Break. It needs to focus on who they are as an athlete and a player. It needs to tell teams why the need to give a player they have never heard of a shot.

Sound like a daunting task? Well—it is, but if you have an agency that can do it all for you, then you can focus on the game while someone else helps find you a tryout.

Once you get that tryout, it is no longer about where you played or how much you were on television. It is about you and your ability to play.

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How to Get Motorsport Sponsorships

on April 11, 2019

Getting into racing is a lot like every other professional sport in that it requires more than just talent. If your name does not happen to be Earnhardt or that of another famous racing family, it also requires a healthy amount of promotion. But unlike every other sport, opportunities in racing hinge on one thing.

Money.

You can be the best driver that has ever sat behind the wheel of a car. But if you don’t have the money to pay for a car, car parts, fuel, a crew, and transportation to and from races all over the country, you are not going to be driving anywhere other than the freeway.

Luckily, there are a lot of businesses that are open to the idea of sponsoring race car drivers if that driver can do something for them (i.e., sticker on their car, patch on their suit, etc.). Promote them, and they are open to sponsoring you.

Okay—but how do you find these guys? How do you know who to talk to or what to say?

Well, first, you have to develop a sponsorship deck, a proposal that sells companies on the exposure they will get by sponsoring you. Then, through research, you identify some local and national brands that you want to target and find the right contact information (easier said than done).

Then you start contacting them.

It can be a long, painstaking process filled with more downs than ups and isn’t guaranteed to work. But if you have the right agency behind you, they can find the motorsports sponsorship opportunities you need.

You can focus on doing what you do best—drive.

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New Football Leagues Provide More Opportunities for Small School Players

on April 2, 2019

Every year there are a small handful of players from small schools that are fortunate enough to get a chance to play professionally. Those guys aren’t the only ones with the talent, skill and athleticism necessary to play at the next level.

They are the select few that will at least get an opportunity to make an NFL or CFL roster. It isn’t necessarily because teams do not want to give them shot. But there are only so many guys that can be invited to training camp and even fewer that can be signed.

Historically, there just haven’t been enough opportunities. However, with the advent of new leagues like the XFL next year, that is starting to change.

The XFL has been getting a lot of attention in the media, but in reality, there are several professional minor leagues in existence that are dying to give underappreciated, talented players a shot.

The MFL, or Minor Football League, has been around since 1993. The Gridiron Developmental League started up in 2010 and the Rivals Professional Football League has been in business since 2012. There are also a handful of indoor/arena leagues (i.e., the Arena Football League and Indoor Football League).

Let’s not forget The Spring League.

Opportunities are out there. But just like NFL scouts and coaches don’t hear about small school guys, those same small school guys don’t hear about the litany of options that are available to those who really want to keep playing beyond college.

That can be where it helps to have someone in your corner; a player marketing service that keeps you informed about these other leagues and makes sure those leagues know about you.

Going somewhere other than a major FBS program shouldn’t exclude you from getting a shot at playing at the next level. But you (or the right service) may have to do a little extra work to get there.

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