Episode 6 of The Agent is tonight at 10E/9C on the Esquire Network, and features the four agents as they work with their clients at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last February. Here are a few things to watch for:
- I think there’s a perception that agents have all these connections, that all doors are open when you’re ‘in the game.’ That’s true to some degree, but then again, agents will always be agents. That means some people will try to keep them at arm’s length, no matter how established they are. Tonight, you get a good illustration of that in Indianapolis when all four agents profiled watch their clients run the 40 from a screen in a hotel room or hospitality suite. Agents don’t get to go into Lucas Oil Stadium. Not yet at least.
- It’s hard to walk the line between seeing a client as a friend/business partner and as an investment. We see this when Sunny Shah of Paramount Sports has to ‘encourage’ his client to train for his pro day like never before after he’s tested poorly in the 40. You can tell that Sunny is trying to control his frustrations, and wants to really let his client have it, but he can’t. If he does, the player may unconsciously give less than his best effort or even fire him. And poof! There would go any hope of recouping his $15,000 investment.
- If you’ve got a player projected in the first 2-3 rounds, you can get plenty of attention from NFL teams. If not, that access may be limited. In tonight’s episode, we see a long conversation between Peter Schaffer of Authentic Athletix and several members of the front office of the Cowboys, including Executive Vice President Stephen Jones. That’s the only interaction between teams and agents that we see, but most likely not the only contact the show’s producers sought out.
Tonight’s episode gives viewers an inside look at one of the most intriguing parts of the football business. Now, with Hard Knocks over, make sure to check it out. And make sure to tag along with us during our live tweet. See you tonight!