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-- -- tonight personifies.
Power and money.
Scott -- one of the richest agents all of sports she represents some of baseball's.
Most well known and wealthiest players I spoke with a just a short time ago and like a lot of good agents.
He's taking the temperature of the economy right now.
There seems to be a dichotomy between many entertainment areas and and the economy in general.
I get the feeling in certainly from traveling around it.
That our metrics.
Are really about restaurants and hotels.
And there was a period in the you know eight -- nine years where those restaurants and hotels were -- year in and -- -- appears as though and eleven things have gotten better so in certainly in baseball we've been fortunate that our industry has been recession proof in.
And we've had record revenues every year -- -- Why do you think that is why is it that that people seem to always have money for baseball even as a ticket prices keep going up.
I think by -- buy and that you can go to baseball game four.
Often less than it costs for you to go to a movie it's still a live entertainment it's drama it's mystery it's.
You know the world's greatest baseball players and you can see them live.
Near your home and do it at a cost that is less than -- a lot of other entertainment options.
Now if he you're you're doing as -- your your represented people or make a lot of money right now.
You hear all this talk in the nation about this divide between the haves and have nots does that boil down.
Into the folks you represent are you yourself a concern about that.
You know I think that in.
These people are stars they perform very unique services.
Much like an artist -- singer and actor.
Ball player is -- you're one of really.
800 people out of 6000000007.
Million in the world that can play in the Major League level so it's.
It's a very very unique.
Position to hold.
Being a -- -- players highly competitive.
The risk factors.
Well even for those who were.
One of the few that could become a professional baseball player the chances -- you in any -- getting over a six year career well less than 1%.
Well I'm you know frankly I think you should make as much money as possible that's what -- economies all about that's what the American dream is all about but you do have people.
Having this is tried him to create this divide this sort of class divide in America.
Suggesting the people who make the amount of money that your clients make it make the amount of money that you make.
That there's something wrong with that somehow I I -- I assume you take issue -- that.
I think that anyone who is the best at what they do.
It is normally going to be at the top tier of whatever that marketplace would allow for their particular service.
And you know when you do when you talk to fans you talk to a lot of people.
That are are struggling in an economy.
And they're having difficulty I don't think that they resent that I think that they want their teams to have.
The best players of course and I think they want -- -- they want their teams to be the best because that brings the enjoyment about watching quality play.
And watching your team win.
By the way and we started talking about the economy are your clients.
Concerned about the same thing that the folks inside the beltway concern about that is taxes and regulations -- stuff.
Or they just to focus on baseball.
I think players look at this thing you know a lot of our clients -- in foreign countries -- -- young.
And you you you playing in in a lot of Latin American countries -- don't have the infrastructure we have here in the United States we don't have a lot of the the you know the fire the police protection a lot of the do hospitals and and schools and things that we provide and so when you come back from that and you come here.
I think is baseball players you do you feel very blessed to be.
You know an American citizen.
And I think that.
The blessing being a stature Major League player in the rewards from it.
Certainly years it's my job certainly do advise them of every increment of consequences in their contracts where they live -- state local federal taxes but in the end I think what players are most concerned about is is winning.
Where they play what's best for their families and who -- teammates are but you as -- -- I mean if you do a lot of these kids are are are pretty new in terms of being millionaires being rich people and and I guess they do borrow from your wisdom about things like tax policy right.
-- certainly in any you know our job is to make sure they make a very informed decision maritime's that players have.
You know certainly.
Put themselves in a position to.
Takes a larger tax hit because they're more concerned about going your particular team were sitting here -- And of course in the negotiation we hear talking about the merits of that as we discuss.
The compensation the player will receive.
So there are there many avenues that are.
All the avenues and discuss what the athlete and -- there's many ways through the negotiation to dresses and there's also advice and council that can be given the athlete about where his.
Where he chooses you reside.
Wendy's when he stopped playing -- cake right right an average assuming no tax state would be the place to -- I gotta ask -- such a great negotiator.
You think you could get those guys inside about way to negotiate better than they have been.
Well I I think the the goal of of negotiating in my mind is first listening.
And the second goal is to take.
The substance of what you've listened.
And incorporated into your ideas.
-- you can incorporate there most relevant thoughts.
Into your ideas I think you have a platform that allows you to.
Reach a resolution.
More than likely be accepted because in effect.
The basis for it.
Was their idea what about the economy in general are you optimistic you said is you've travel around the United States that things seem to be getting better.
Are you optimistic that we're gonna pull out and finally get the unemployment rate down getting people back to work.
I think in time I I think the what I see is it's an incremental.
It's an incremental issue we have to absorb a lot of real estate we have to answer a lot of of falsely process sized vehicles.
That allowed us to.
Achieves something that was falsely achieved in particularly in home ownership.
I I think when you talked to many of the business people there enthusiastic.
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