There is a lot of money and power in the business of athlete management.
Sports agents cover a range of relationships and agreements for sports stars and represent and promote an athlete to prospective employers and advertisers.
Retired Irish footballer Ryan Hartslief is now the managing director at Big Times Sports, an agency with an international footprint.
A sports person must hire someone who they trust to assist them to make wise decisions in relation to commercial agreements and earnings.— Ryan Hartslief, managing director at Big Times Sports
He says sports agents are vital role-players in determining an athlete's quality of life after retirement.
Hartslief shares behind-the-scenes insights into the world of sports agents and what it takes to be a right-hand-man.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How to become a hotshot sports agent