SBD/December 4, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Late MLBPA Exec Dir Miller Paved Path For Contemporary "Super Agent" Boras
Published December 4, 2012
COOPERSTOWN BOUND? In N.Y., Benjamin Hoffman wrote in consideration for Cooperstown along with Miller, "another name also comes to mind: Scott Boras." In a way you can not "discuss Miller, who was largely responsible for the remarkable growth in player salaries, without also addressing Boras, who, as the sport's long-established super agent, has become the person most emphatically following through on Miller's masterly efforts." Why not an "eventual spot in Cooperstown, if he is indeed the best at his craft and has had a real effect on the game that has clearly benefited those who play it?" The first "obstacle for Boras on the path to Cooperstown is that under current guidelines, he is simply not eligible." Currently, the HOF is "open to only managers, players and league executives, which Miller was considered to be in his role as a union leader." One of the "biggest arguments in favor of Miller's induction is that one cannot tell the story of baseball's last 50 years without him" and the "same is true for Boras over the last 30" (N.Y. TIMES.com, 12/2).
LOOKING BACK: In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, NHLPA Exec Dir and former MLBPA Exec Dir DONALD FEHR's summary of Miller's "importance to sports business when he accepted the Champions of Sports Business honor on Miller's behalf at a March 2011 ceremony" is featured. Fehr that day said, "The central point of the entire enterprise was to make sure that players understood -- athletes much younger than he was, negotiating against individuals most often much older, more experienced and much more well-educated in the traditional sense than they were -- that the players could influence their own circumstances, they could have a large degree of control of their own future and that they could have confidence that they could accomplish that if they went about it in the right way." He added, "You have to be in constant communication with your membership. Obviously you always tell them the truth, but you tell it to them bluntly. And that's something that a lot of athletes and a lot of celebrities are not used to hearing. Second thing is you educate them." Fehr: "You have to make sure that the players are involved and that they participate in the activities of the organization. And most often that means being present and participating during negotiations" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 12/3 issue).