After the recruitment process is completed and an athlete is signed as a client, many people think that sports agents just sit back, relax, and get ready to collect their checks. However, this is far from reality. Once a professional client is signed as a client, the work of a sports agent is just beginning.
After receiving a commitment from an athlete, sports agents must make sure that they follow all of the established rules. For example, in certain professional leagues, such as the NBA, NFL, and more, after an athlete fires their agent, they cannot sign with a new agent until they have waited through a holding period which, depending on the league, lasts for 5-10 days. This requirement forces the athlete to look at a number of different options and prevents them from rushing to choose a new agent. Once the athlete has followed all of the rules and has made their decision about which agent to hire, many leagues require them to sign a document showing their commitment to be represented by that agent. The document then needs to be submitted to either the players union or league for approval, depending on the league.
After the representation has been certified, it is important to note that a sports agent’s job is far from over. While recruitment is stressful and time-consuming, after an athlete has signed, it is time for the sports agent to show them that they are true to their word and they are ready and able to produce everything that they promised during the recruitment. It is important for a sports agent to fulfill their promises since a failure to do so could lead to a diminished reputation. This could hurt a sport agent in the long run, as future recruitment targets will not believe the promises that the agent makes.