Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Michael Barry, James Skinner and Terry Engelberg
Chapter 5: Regulating player agents
This chapter discusses the regulatory framework of sports agents in the modern sports industry. The history plus factors that led to the emergence and rapid growth of the sports agent industry are reviewed to better understand challenges that regulators face in the current competitive industry landscape. The sport industry has grown exponentially, and since the 1970s, so too has the sports agent business. Despite the emergence of a complex and multi-tiered regulatory system, both public and private, agent misbehavior and the subordination of the best interests of the athlete have become widespread. In response to the current regulatory framework and the ethical and legal violations of sports agents that persist, this chapter concludes with recommendations for future research to improve the effectiveness of the current regulatory framework.
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