SBJ/November 4 - 10, 2002/Opinion

Opinion cartoon was an insult to honorable agents, players

It was, I'm quite certain, offensive to most agents to view your cartoon on the Opinion page of your Oct. 7-13 issue depicting a training manual for sports agents as being akin to a toilet bowl.

As in many professions, there are a few bad practitioners and uninformed consumers, but the vast majority of the agents and representatives we have encountered over the past two-plus decades have been well-trained, dedicated, professional men and women who care about the well-being of their clients. And today's athletes are well aware of the high quality of representation that is available to them if they wish.

Painting all agents with a denigrating broad brush is not only inaccurate and insulting to those honorable people in the business, but it also implies that our clients are too ignorant to make informed and intelligent decisions about their representation.

The cheap shot is often the easy one. The cartoon was one that should have been avoided.

Stephen P. Freyer
Peabody, Mass.

Stephen P. Freyer is president of Freyer Management Associates.

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