How to Become a Sports Agent – Athlete Management Online Course
The Global Leader in Sports Agent Training

If the idea of becoming a sports agent has always sounded appealing to you, but the question of “How” has slowed you down, we have your answer. Many assume law school is an essential step in the process, and this mental barrier has prevented talented people from the pursuit of their dreams.

You don’t need a law school degree to become a successful sports agent!

Led by active and former sports agents, Dr. Lynn Lashbrook (NFL), Joel Corry (NFL & NBA), Oscar Suarez (MLB), Bret Kanis (NBA), Manny Schmidt (NHL) and John Print (Soccer) our 8-week online course will teach you the skills, strategies and requirements to represent and promote professional athletes.

Unlike most online classes, we focus our program on audio chats directly with your course mentors, which allows you the opportunity to build personal relationships and rapport with these successful leaders in athlete management.

After completing our Athlete Management course, we will help you redesign your resume to highlight your new skills and include that you have been taught first-hand by these industry experts. Now that is powerful!

Our program works, and the success of our students prove it. SMWW graduates currently represent clients in every major league in the world, including the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, Rugby, Cricket, MLS and the English Premier League.

 
 

NEXT START
DATE

December
12

Weekly Live Audio Chats
with Your Mentors

Wednesdays: 6pm PST/9pm EST

 

Class size limited to 20 students

  • 8 week online course
  • Access to SMWW professional network
  • Resume Enhancement
  • Ongoing career advice
 
 
 

How to Become a Sports Agent

The Athlete Management course is a one of a kind, online interactive program designed for individuals who are passionate about developing a career as a sports agent. The course teaches all aspects of becoming an agent including recruiting, negotiating contracts, marketing, endorsements, legalities and regulations. 

The sports industry is growing, both in a global sense and a purely economic one, which means more opportunities exist for sports agents than ever before.

Now is the time for you to make your move and become a sports agent.

 
 

Athlete Management Course Topics Include:

  • The art of recruiting and signing your first client
  • Contract negotiations for draft picks, free agents and/or re-signing
  • Insider information on combines and tryouts
  • Development of trustworthy personal relationships with athletes
  • Exclusive tips for recruiting practices
  • Draft preparation including combine, tryouts and personal training
  • Legal and financial issues
  • Marketing and endorsements
  • Day-to-day operations of interacting with and servicing your clients
  • Approaching the student-athlete
  • The comprehensive skills necessary to recruit and represent athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, FIFA, Olympics, extreme sports, women's sports and international sports
  • Personal services and counseling for clients
  • Compliance with federal, state and university rules and regulations
  • Registration with Federal, state and league offices
  • Renegotiating and changing agents
  • Post-career counseling including education and job placement for clients
  • Business ethics and conflicts of interest
  • History of sports agent industry
     

The Athlete Management Course is designed with the end goal in mind; how to become a sports agent and begin representing professional athletes. It is the only sports agent course in the world, complemented by live weekly audio chats with certified agents in all the major sports.

Sports Jobs this Course Will Prepare You For

Our 8-week online course, taught by experts in the field of sports agency, will prepare you for a professional sports career as an agent in many sports:
FIFA Agent
NFL Agent
NHL Agent
MLB Agent

MLS Agent
NBA Agent
Canadian Football League Agent
Arena Football League Agent
FIBA Agent
Cricket Agent
Rugby Agent
Australian Rules Agent
Extreme Sports Agent
PGA Agent
Tennis Agent

UFC Agent


Course Mentors:

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President and Founder of SMWW, has over 40 years of combined experience as an educator, coach, athletic administrator and registered NFL agent. Dr. Lashbrook manages the SMWW agency representing over 200 Agent Advisors and athletes worldwide.

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Joel Corry

Mr. Corry was a sports agent for 16 years, representing NFL and NBA players including Ronnie Lott, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, John Randle, Keenan McCardell, Jimmy Smith and Eric Allen.

In 2013, Joel began writing for CBSSports.com utilizing his knowledge of the NFL salary cap and collective bargaining agreement to provide perspective on player salaries, and contract negotiations.

Click for more on Joel Corry

 
 

Sport Specific SMWW Mentors:

Baseball Agent: Oscar Suarez

SMWW Director of Baseball is currently an active MLB Certified SMWW Director of Baseball. Oscar Suarez, is an active MLB certified agent with over 30 clients.

Suarez has a Masters in Accounting from the University of Denver and has managed the sports agency Suarez and Associates for over 26 years.

The native of Havana, Cuba will mentor those students interested in representing professional baseball players.

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Hockey Agent: Manny Schmidt

SMWW Director of Hockey, and NHL Certified Agent SMWW Director of Hockey Manny Schmidt is an NHL certified agent and President of Link Management International Sports Agency.

Schmidt has successfully negotiated multi-million dollar transactions and professional contracts, has led the design and implementation of numerous specialized brand positioning and marketing campaigns and has facilitated the partnerships of various personal endorsement deals. 

Schmidt, an Edmonton, Alberta native, will mentor those students interested in representing professional hockey players.

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Basketball Agent: Bret Kanis

SMWW Director of Basketball Bret Kanis is an NBA certified agent and an active agent attorney with Hightower Law Firm in Pensacola, Florida.

Throughout his career Kanis has worked with high round draft picks, Hall of Fame athletes and Olympic Gold medalists.

Kanis will mentor those students interested in representing professional basketball players.

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Soccer Agent: John Print

SMWW Director of Soccer John Print is a certified FIFA agent representing Sports International Management, a sports agency based in London, England.

Print has been a licensed players' agent with the English FA for over five years, representing players at all levels across Europe and North America. Print will mentor those students interested in representing professional soccer players.

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SMWW Alum Featured in Sports Documentary, Late Rounders

Greg Linton graduated from the Athlete Management Course and then went on to become an NFLPA certified agent. Now, Linton is featured in the documentary Late Rounders chronicling the representation of late round NFL draft picks and priority free agents.

 

If you are interested in becoming an agent, I would advise you to take the SMWW Athlete Management course. The thing with this business is that it is always changing. There are many ways to become successful as an agent, and the more you know, the more effective you will be. Dr. Lashbrook is always available to give sports agent advice and just chat. And even though we are now rivals per se, I still consider DR. Lashbrook a mentor and friend. 

What Happens After You Graduate?

In addition to being a provider of sports management education, Sports Management Worldwide offers an international full-service sports agency with an extensive network of Agent Advisors serving athletes throughout the world.

After successful completion of the Athlete Management course, graduates are encouraged to seek Agent Advisor status with the SMWW agency.

Agent Advisors are agents-in-training who co-represent all SMWW Agency athletes. For a small yearly fee, an Agent Advisor can recruit and represent athletes on behalf of Sports Management Worldwide and share in any commission fee paid to the company by clients successfully recruited by the Agent Advisor.

The Benefits of Becoming an Agent Advisor are Vast

If you want to become a successful sports agent, the knowledge you gain in the Athlete Management course is the foundation we build upon as you graduate and become an SMWW Agent Advisor.

As an Agent Advisor you will:

  • Recruit and represent professional athletes in any sport
  • Share in referrals from athletes looking for agency representation
  • Gain access to scouting reports
  • Highlight your picture and professional bio on SMWWAgency.com
  • Be able to order agency marketing materials to recruit athletes, including recruiting packets and business cards
  • Receive one-on-one assistance to recruit your first athlete
  • Have mentors from certified agents in the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA and FIFA to help grow your clientele
  • Associate with respected SMWW faculty and staff, both in the US and UK
  • Leverage the established relationships with teams, clubs and sponsors
  • Receive discounts of all SMWW Sports Career Conferences that put you in the heart of the action at the NFL Combine, NHL Draft, MLS Draft, MLB Winter Meetings, NBA Summer League Games and international conferences
     

As an SMWW Agent Advisor you will be registered to recruit and represent professional athletes in all sports. We encourage you to keep your current career while you build your clientele.

Athletes from all over the world apply for representation via our website, as an SMWW Agent Advisor you'll be first in line to make them your client.

With the guidance of the SMWW team, you are set up for success!

Resume Redesign Service

Acquiring the skills necessary for your dream sports career is only part of the employment story. Even with the required skill set you still have to market yourself properly in order to attract the attention of sports industry employers. 

At SMWW, we’ll teach you the skills you need to thrive AND help you redesign your resume for optimal impact in the sports industry. We’ll help you craft a resume to include your new skills, credentials and references and optimize it to reach hiring managers searching online. 

We want you to be the next SMWW success story and we go to great lengths to help you get there!

Meet Athlete Management Graduate Steve Banks

Would you consider landing an NBA 1st round draft pick as a client a success story? For Athlete Management graduate Steve Banks, that was just the beginning.

After completing his Athlete Management coursework, Banks spent a few years as an SMWW Agent Advisor, learning under Dr. Lashbrook and eventually taking his skills to Goodwin Sports Management in Seattle, Washington. That is where Banks landed Rodney Stuckey, the 15th overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft, as a client.

 

I have been very fortunate. I got my start with SMWW and worked closely with Dr. Lashbrook for a couple of years. I just stuck with it, and believed that I could make it as an agent. It always takes a bit longer than you want it to, but as long as you try to do things the right way and continue to meet people and learn the business it really can happen.  

Banks now runs his own successful NBA agency, Banks Sports Ventures, and is well respected in the business. 

How Much Do Sports Agents Make?

At this point, you are probably wondering how much does this cost and how much can I expect to make, which are really good questions.

The cost of learning how to become a sports agent in our 8 week Athlete Management course is $1,450 and includes:

  • All textbooks and course materials
  • Headset
  • Microphone
  • Access to web-based classroom
  • Ongoing career advice and mentoring from industry professionals
  • Career networking
  • Discounts to career conferences
     

As for the return on your investment, we believe with some hard work and networking everyone who takes our course has the opportunity to be successful. If you are looking for hard numbers, we've compiled the data to show you the high and low salary expectations from agents in various professional leagues.

 
 

Meet Athlete Management Graduate Denny Jones

Imagine this for a moment – you're a college student who decides to supplement your education (and get college credits) by taking our Athlete Management course. And then, while still at school, you begin representing a bona fide NFL athlete. This isn't some crazy dream scenario, this is the real life story of SMWW alum Denny Jones.

While still in school, Jones began representing Nevada Offensive Tackle Jose Acuna, who later signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Working with the various NFL coaches, experiencing the combine, the pro days and the draft was entertaining and exciting," recalls Jones. "Being an agent is a fun and exciting career and the athlete management course was the best start to my career that I could have imagined. It was my favorite college course!   

Course Details

Weekly Audio Chats: A unique aspect of each 8-week course is the opportunity for students to participate weekly in interactive audio chats with fellow students, Dr. Lashbrook, Joel Corry, SMWW mentors, SMWW agents, certified agents in all sports, professional athletes, and renowned guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within the professional and collegiate sports industry and get to know your instructors and fellow students personally via the Internet. This allows ample opportunity to network, ask questions, and discuss aspects of the course openly with instructors and fellow classmates. The audio chats are available via any online computer with a microphone. If you are unable to attend the chats, they are archived and you can listen at a more convenient time. These chats are so popular that graduates continue to come back and participate to enhance their opportunities. Sport specific chats are offered on an ongoing basis.

Online Education: This innovative academic course is facilitated through a Web-based educational delivery system. You will enjoy the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course projects, and interaction amongst fellow sports business-minded students and faculty. The course content is the foundation to a successful career as a sports agent.

Global Participation: SMWW students participate from over 140 countries. Courses have an international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic discounts.

Earn College Credit: Most participants are not college students. Most participants are working full time in a variety of careers including many in sports from all over the world. (Many wish they had taken this course in college!) For those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, 2-3 hours of college credit is available and may meet your university internship requirements. Click here for more information.

Military Discount: For those individuals who represent their country in military service, we do offer a discount. Please contact liz@smww.com if you are an active, reserve, or a retired member of your country's military system. Thank you for serving your country! (Please include what country and specific part of the military.) 

For more information on the Military Discount please Click Here

Tax Write Off - (For USA Citizens): SMWW course tuition, books and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.

Sports Career Conferences: Throughout the year, Sports Management Worldwide hosts Sports Career Conferences at a variety of sporting events. These are fabulous networking events that put SMWW Alumni in the heart of the action. Opportunities to meet Head Coaches, GM's, Player Personnel, Scouts, and fellow sports agents are facilitated. Visit SMWW Sports Career Conferences to learn more. SMWW Alumni receive discounts.

Course Certificate & Resume Reference:

Successful graduates of the Sports Management Worldwide courses will be sent a SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and ability to "self train" yourself for higher positions within the sports business industry.

In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW. This approval includes a personal reference you may add to your resume with contact information for Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and a reference to the mentors of this course.

Meet Athlete Management Graduate Al Thomas

Akeem JordanAlbert Thomas found inspiration for his second career as a sports agent in a very logical manner, a family member in need. The 48-year old minister and prison guard felt frustrated by the traditional scouting process as his cousin's grandson, Kwynn Walton, was overlooked despite being a third team All-American at James Madison.

 

The school didn't even have a pro-day," Thomas complained, "and his agent did nothing. I got into athlete management for Kwynn because no one else wanted to take up for him. 

Thomas decided to take our Athlete Management course, and while Walton didn't make it to the NFL, he was able to sign fellow James Madison graduate and Philadelphia Eagles starting linebacker Akeem Jordan.

Meet Athlete Management Graduate Joe Aloisi

Matt Moore"I can't explain how much fun I am having!"

How many people say that about their job?

While the common person slugs their way to work, lamenting their Monday commute, Athlete Management course graduate Joe Aloisi can't contain his excitement for what he does.
As an Athlete Advisor with SMWW, Aloisi co-represents Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore with Dr. Lashbrook, which means amongst other things, he has helped negotiate Moore's contracts with the Miami Dolphins, travelled to London to see Moore play the Jets at Wembley Stadium and worked on a deal with Nike.

I have learned so much since completing the course. From being with Matt during the draft, to negotiating a contract with Nike, to being there as Matt changed teams, had his first NFL start and victory…this has all been a dream come true.

Other Successful Athlete Management Graduates:

  • Joe Aloisi - Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
  • Joe Tyler - Will Johnson, Pittsburg Steelers
  • Al Thomas - Akeem Jordan, Philidelphia Eagles
  • Eric Chatmon - Phillipkeith Manley, Atlanta Falcons
  • John Oluyole - Ross Weaver, Detroit Lions
  • Andy Tuitele - Justin Taplin-Ross, Dallas Cowboys
  • Dan Machado - Chavis Williams, Baltimore Ravens
  • Denny Jones - Jose Acuna, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Bryan Cimicata - Nate Chandler, Carolina Panthers
  • Dan Machado - AJ Love, Minnesota Vikings
  • Bill Smith - Nate Menkin, Houston Texans
  • Billy Crawford - George Bias, Tennessee Titans
  • and many more!
     

Become a Sports Agents Today!

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Cost: $1,450 
(includes all course textbooks, headset, microphone and access to web based classroom. Shipping additional.)
Payment plans available (as little as $495  a month).
See if you are eligible for an economic discount based on your country of residence.
Length: 8 Weeks; "Live" audio online chats weekly with renowned instructors!
Prerequisites: Must be 18 or older to participate and have a passion for sports
Payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Enroute, JCB, Diner's Club
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Academic Credit - Undergraduate

Warner Pacific College, (WP), is a liberal arts college located in Portland, Oregon, USA and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WP offers a separate Credit Overlay Program for Sports Management Worldwide's courses. Students interested in obtaining college credit for Sports Management Worldwide courses may do so after completion of each course.