Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport
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Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport

Edited by Michael Barry, James Skinner and Terry Engelberg

Employment relations, much discussed in other industries, has often been neglected in professional sports despite its unique characteristics. The book aims to explore in detail the unique nature of the employment relationship in professional sports and the sport industry.
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Chapter 5: Regulating player agents

Lisa Pike Masteralexis


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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