The world of female sports agents, while small, has notable names you may not have been privy to as of yet. There has been a lot of publicity surrounding female agents in big agencies, but Sam Tiger is dominating in the game of boutique firms. Certified with the NFLPA, Sam is helping to shatter the glass ceiling for women in sports. She is personable without being arrogant, and helpful without expecting a quid pro quo. Not only does she run a successful agency, Sam Tiger Management, but she has translated her knowledge of the business into a podcast called “Beyond the Negotiation,” where she and guests discuss what it is actually like to be an agent.
Sam has a passion for her clients, and for helping the next round of up-and-coming females break through the barriers they have faced on their path to working in a male dominated arena. Sports Agent Blog sat down with Sam Tiger to get more information on forging her own unique path, and the reality of being a fierce female in football.
SAB: Tell me about your path to working in sports? You are not an attorney, and I find there is still this idea that all agents are attorneys.
ST: Yes, that is correct. My path in the sports world started back after I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Sports Management. I took a position in college football working in team operations with the Orange Bowl. That position really allowed me to experience so many areas of the sports industry and how each department collaborates to create an elite experience for the teams playing in the game, as well as the fans. During my time with the Capital One Orange Bowl, I learned the foundation of football operations, marketing, media relations, community relations, events, finance, and sponsorship. I took a similar position with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta and continued to develop and build my skillset.
Although I enjoyed my time working in college football, I really knew I wanted to work towards a career in the NFL….