Re: Michael Holley offers insight/details into Welker situation
posted at 3/22/2013 2:42 PM EDT
42&46 - Football, and sports in general would make a ton of money without agents. I never specifically said it...but I was talking sports agents. Sports agents don't help grow the game in the least, they just try to get as much of what someone else built up as they can. Leeches. Literally.
-Do agents encourage fans to buy sports, watch games, and buy NFL-branded stuff?
-Do the NFL and Networks use agents to negotiate the BILLION dollar deals? NO! Negotiators? Sure. But here's the difference...negotiators are usually:
a) paid employees of the entity, or,
b) on retainer by the entity.
They do NOT get a percentage based on what the deal ends up being. Maybe the salesman over at the network gets a percentage, but not like an agent. They get paid year round for there work, which sometimes involves negotiating these big deals. But, again, I could work for the NFL and negotiate those:
"CBS? Want the games for 10 billion? No? NBC? No? ESPN? No. Ok, how about 9? NBC, you're in? Awesome."
I Went to school for criminal justice, I would take great oleasure in watching on prof/lawyer do court room role play, and break down poeple on the stand, and get them to agree and admit to ABSURD things. I watched one girl get so rattled, she said: "yes, it snowed yesterday"...In September. I don't let people fast-talk me and confuse me. Nobody can FORCE an answer, if you need to take 10 seconds to slow someone down and THINK...then you do that. Or you're a fool. I also am quick with words, and am usually the biggest wise a s s in the room...I think they go hand in hand to be honest. My mind just works that way. Many people are not like that, and I could see them struggling to negotiate.
I recently went to look at a 1985 Nissan 300zx. 93k original miles. Mint, and I mean MINT red exterior. They were asking 3500, a very fair price. I offered 3000. She took 3100, and admitted after all was said and done, she never intended to go below 3200...but she did. And all I did was ask. I didn't even point out flaws (of which there were few) or reasons why. I just said "Would you take 3000?" I would have happily paid 3500, but I was happier to use the 400 to get it registered.