Who is there to help advance my career?
Key Learnings
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Take the decision to work with an agent very seriously because you are deciding to let someone act on your behalf.
Ensure your agent has (a) certification from FIBA to work within International Basketball as an agent; (b) a solid understanding of Basketball and the professional market; and (c) a reputation for honesty, reliability and professionalism.
Consider using different representatives (agent, financial advisor, and lawyer) for different parts of your personal and professional affairs.
Don’t sign any documents that you have not read or do not understand.
Remember that the reputation you build at the early stages of your career will impact how marketable you are when you are playing at higher levels.
Build good relationships with your sponsors to increase the chances of renewing your contract.
Educate yourself on basic technical financial language so you can adequately evaluate your options when meeting with potential advisors.

Do I need an agent?

If your career is not at a level where sponsorship deals and complex contract negotiations are interfering with your performance, then you may not want to make the financial investment of an agent’s services.

To help identify your needs, ask yourself the following questions – if you answer yes to all or most of them, then working with an agent may be a good choice:

  • Could I use help negotiating my contract/salary with my current team (or am I looking for a new team)?
  • Do off-court commitments (e.g. public appearances, travel, etc.) put demands on my time for training, practice, and developing my on-court performance?
  • Do I have (or am I looking to gain) sponsorship agreements?
  • Do I have an interest in additional sources of income related to my career (e.g. endorsements, speaking tours, etc.)?

Is my career at a level where I need help managing all the details that come with making more money, having more opportunities, and being contacted for various off-court engagements?