CHAPTER 3

The Peculiar Regulation of the Football Agents in the USA

Historical Notes on the Birth of the Figure in the United States and its Legal Framework

The North American sources of sports law are generally in agreement in attributing, as already mentioned in the previous chapters, to Charles Pyle the title of first sports attorney in the history of the sport. In 1926, in fact, Pyle negotiated a contract worth a hundred thousand dollars for Harold Grange, a football player at the University of Illinois.

However, until the first half of the seventies, a certain hostility toward this figure can be recorded on the part of the interlocutors’ par excellence of the agents, the sports directors, who almost refused to give the dignity of professionals ...

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