(CBS Local Sports) – The world of athlete representation has long been dominated by men, but Nicole Lynn is starting to change that. Lynn is president of football operations for Klutch Sports, the agency founded by LeBron James’ agent and friend Rich Paul, and she represents great NFL players such as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, a formerly the New York Jets’ top five defensive lineman pick. Quinnen Williams and Atlanta Falcons safety Erik Harris.
DJ Sixsmith of CBS Local recently sat down with Lynn to discuss her new book “Agent You”, how she made her way as an agent and the TV show created out of her life as executive producer Curtis ” 50 Cent “Jackson. .
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“It’s funny because I started writing the book before I even got a contract. I was just taking notes while I was doing something and it all slowly fell into place, ”Lynn said. “I will say that writing a book is very difficult. My goal has always been to guide and not hide the ball. This book is a model on how to be your own inner agent, how to defend yourself, and how to get your seat at the table. I’m giving the raw truth and that’s all you need to define success on your own terms.
“When I was 18 and went to college, I learned pretty quickly that I wanted to work with athletes,” Lynn said. “I wanted to support the athletes and a lot of them had a similar education to what I had. I saw that there was a problem in the sport and wanted to be the change. I didn’t grow up to be a huge sports fanatic. It wasn’t me trying to be close to the game, it was me trying to make a change.
While there were many eye-opening moments during Lynn’s time as a sports agent, she says the biggest lesson she’s learned is that you can’t protect every player from bankruptcy. Lynn has learned that there is not much she can do for her clients at the end of the day.
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“Fortunately, I haven’t been in this exact situation, but I can see how it can happen,” Lynn said. “It was more of a wake-up call that there isn’t a lot of savings you can make. It’s about relationships and spending time. Our only real job as an agent is to negotiate the contract. Typically, a contract is around four years. I negotiate and then it’s four years later until the next agreement. That’s really all my job description says and I try to go above and beyond and create that personal day-to-day relationship that I’m called one and the glue for my guys.
Lynn helps her clients with everything from their community efforts to planning a baby shower. That sort of thing is taken to the next level when Lynn represents top athletes like Hurts and Williams. She thinks the two guys have a very bright future ahead of them.
“Quinnen Williams was my first pick in the first round draft that I represented,” said Lynn. “He gave me a shot and interviewed agents who made up 50-100 first rounds. He believed in me and really gave me my shot and my first choice in the top draft and I’m so grateful today that he feels so comfortable with someone who doesn’t have the same level of experience. He’s such a smart young man and he’s done his research on agents. In the field, he is a hard worker and no one can really tell. He gives 150% every day and he’s such a dominant player.
“Jalen Hurts is also a very hard worker, similar to Quinnen, but they couldn’t be more different,” Lynn said. “Jalen is so locked in a quarterback. He is focused on the goal. He doesn’t let any outside thing bother him. He’s been through so many trials and tribulations and he doesn’t care about it all. He always has his eye on the prize and I like it about him. His level of focus is honestly on a different level. He’s not a guy who wants to take all the interviews and be on the red carpet. He knows his job and shows up every day to do it. He’s so calm. He’s got a booty for him and he’s so cool.
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Lynn’s book is available now wherever the books are sold.