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We can always find creative ways to do things.
– Leigh Steinberg
I’d like to add that negotiating is not something to be avoided or feared – it’s an everyday part of life.
I have to say that it was a very strange experience when, later in life, I represented Byron Scott and was negotiating with West – whose picture I used to have over my bed! That took some getting used to.
Very narrow areas of expertise can be very productive. Develop your own profile. Develop your own niche.
When it came to football there was a certain age where I realized that my future in football was being a grease spot on the side of some bigger player.
Well, when you’ve had Tom Cruise play you, anything else is a comedown.
The whole concept of negotiating is intimidating to many people.
Then the Angels came in 1961, and I fell in love with them.
Work needs to be a reflection of your social values. You are how you work!
My grandfather was running Hillcrest Country Club, and that’s where a whole group of Hollywood comedians hung out.
Challenge yourself, its fine not to be a totally finished person.
Never underestimate the capacity of another human being to have exactly the same shortcomings you have.
You know, we don’t look much alike, but Denzel Washington would make a great sports agent.
The Super Bowl is like a movie, and the quarterback is the leading man.
I try to live in the moment, every moment.
I ran track, and basically played every sport.
Well, my favorite sport as a kid was clearly baseball.
Now some alien force seems to have come and captured the Dodgers. I don’t know what happened to my Dodgers.
It’s learning how to negotiate to keep both sides happy – whether it’s for a multi-million dollar contract or just which show to watch on TV, that determines the quality and enjoyment of our lives.
Then I went to UCLA – so of course I became a huge Bruin basketball fan… and later came to football.
Hey, our Founding Fathers wore long hair and powdered wigs – I don’t see anybody trying to look like them today, either… But we do look to them as role models.
Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring in the field that interest you.
As for football in L.A., it’s going to take a loooong time before another team comes here.
In reality, we can prove that the incidents of drug, alcohol abuse and violence have dropped dramatically among professional athletes – but the problem is it would be impossible to convince than fans, because of what they read on the AP wire.
But the equipment to protect the players hasn’t developed along with that, so now you have more players out with worse injuries, for longer periods of time.
It is soooooo necessary to get the basic skills, because by the time you graduate, undergraduate or graduate, that field would have totally changed from your first day of school.