Ethical and Practical Implications and differences between Sports Agents and Attorneys
By Jeremy M. Evans
Jeremy M. Evans is the Managing Attorney at California Sports Lawyer, representing sports and entertainment professionals and businesses in contract drafting, negotiations, licensing, and career growth. He is the Director of the Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Evans is an award-winning attorney and community leader. He can be reached at Jeremy@CSLlegal.com or via his website: www.CSLlegal.com.
A high profile athlete may be represented by a variety of professionals, including attorneys and agents. The educational requirements, licensing requirements, and the permitted tasks for each type of professional ? specifically, an attorney versus an agent or an advisor ? are very different. If you are reading this Article, you already know what it takes to become to an attorney ? the years of schooling, having moral character, taking (and passing) the bar exam, and meeting MCLE requirements ? and you know the strict rules of professional conduct by which an attorney must abide. The purpose of this Article is twofold: (1) to show the difference between attorneys and sports agents; and (2) to explore the ethical implications of being an attorney versus being a sports agent.
WHAT IS AN AGENT OR ADVISOR, AND HOW DO YOU BECOME ONE?