Family Advisor (What Is The Right Path For My Son)

Young hockey players today are having to make important life changing decisions at a very young age. What organization should my son play for? Is my son ready to make the transition to Junior hockey? What is the best route for my son’s development? Can my son still be eligible for NCAA hockey if he plays for a CHL Major Junior team? As a Family Advisor, Sports Professional Management has properly and effectively provided advice and direction to families who are looking for assistance with their son’s Midget, Junior, College, and Pro careers. Through significant experience and developed relationships, we will provide insight and help make these crucial decisions for your son as he prepares for different stages of his hockey career and life. Any involvement or association with our clients is completely within the NCAA rules and regulations.
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Contract Negotiation

At Sports Professional Management, we work with each player individually during the negotiating process to structure a contract that is specific to his needs.  At Sports Professional Management, we use all of our resources to enhance a contract’s value and provide our players with the best opportunity to be successful.

We have had significant experience and success in negotiating contracts for players at every stage of their careers.  We held the record for the largest contract awarded in salary arbitration for over 10 years.  We recently negotiated the largest contract awarded to a player coming out of the entry level system without any free-agency or arbitration rights.  No matter what contractual situation a player is in, Sports Professional Management has been there before, and our clients can rely upon our experience to negotiate a successful result.

Investments & Insurance

Sports Professional Management offers its players access to a full range of investment and insurance professionals. Sports Professional Management has established relationships with top investment firms, insurance companies and banks in the United States and Canada to assist its players with investment decisions and planning. We specialize in conservative investment strategies that enable our players to maintain their high standards of living even after their playing careers are over.

Taxes & Estate Planning

Sports Professional Management supplies its clients with a complete range of tax preparation and planning. Lewis Gross personally oversees every client’s tax preparation and works with each player to institute a proper financial plan. Lewis Gross has had extensive experience in handling athletes and has spoken at many conferences on athletes and taxation. The taxation of professional athletes has dramatically changed over the years. Currently, most of the U.S. states require an athlete to file an income tax return in that state, if the athlete plays a game there.

Sports Professional Management realizes that in today’s environment, it is crucial to provide our players with the best tax service possible.

Marketing & Endorsements

Sports Professional Management is fully equipped to provide its players with a variety of marketing and endorsement opportunities. We have been successful in negotiating some of the largest equipment and trading card contracts for our clients. Furthermore, we are constantly searching for opportunities for our athletes on both a regional and national level.

Our athletes have been seen in television, radio and print advertisements, as well as in numerous personal appearances throughout North America. 

It is our goal to provide our athletes with a constant flow of marketing revenue, while introducing them to business contacts that provide our players with excellent opportunities after retirement. The following is a partial list of corporations that we have negotiated endorsement deals with: Sony, BMW, Burger King, Warner Brothers, as well as virtually every hockey equipment manufacturer and trading card company.

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Post Career

Sports Professional Management continues to service its clients even after they retire from playing.

Everything that we do for our players during their careers; contract negotiation, tax planning, investment strategies, marketing and business opportunities etc., are geared towards creating a successful retirement for them.

We are always exploring post career opportunities for our players such as the ownership of minor league teams, franchising of sporting goods stores, coaching opportunities and media positions, as well as non-sports related ventures.

When you choose Sports Professional Management to represent you, you are choosing a firm that will work hard for you in every aspect of your career and your life.