Too many headaches to overcome
Former agent Len Elmore discusses why he got into the business and why he left it.
My getting out of the business is a long story, but simple. Competition became more intense and started to engage in things I didn't feel were ethical. I wasn't going to stoop to conquer, so I left the business. But let's start at the beginning.
I was drawn into the business for two main reasons. One, I'd heard a lot of horror stories about players who had been defrauded out of their money. In those stories, I never heard of a player's representative intervening and stopping him from being taken advantage of or accepting responsibility for hooking him up with the guilty financial advisor.
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Monday: Starting out
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