Have you ever considered the people in the background? I’m referring to the people in the sports industry who never or rarely show up on TV or in public, but they are often a key factor of an athlete’s career, his public appearances, etc. Yes, I’m talking about agents/managers, who are sometimes even more important than athletes themselves. Ironic, but true!
Years, decades ago even, managers had a clear role in athletes’ careers: negotiate contracts (with the club, FA, sponsor, media or other relevant institution) and provide him with the best terms and services regarding his career (contract etc.). His main and basic role was clear: it involved serving as the link between the athlete and relevant sports institution. They were treated like gentlemen, men of honor. (more…)