Behind the success and wealth of every athlete is a sports manager. While athletes are making money from their impressive performance on the ground, sports managers are the one negotiating their contracts with other teams in the league. More often than not, sports managers have in-depth background in performing the sports since they were professional players themselves. The work of a sports manager starts during the college years of the athlete. They collaborate with a recruiting team which reaches out to various schools in the hope of onboarding the institution’s best sports players. Their main task is to manage the careers of their clients. They take care of the business side of every transaction to ensure that the athletes are focused on improving their skills, keeping their physical body at the optimum condition, and continuously learning new strategies to succeed on the ground. They always make sure that clients are healthy physically and mentally by hiring competent trainers. Also, they serve as the athletes spokespersons especially during contract negotiation. They ensure that the needs and interests of the clients are met at most times. In some cases, some managers may need to take care of the entire team’s needs instead of one athlete only. Part of their tasks is to make sure that any internal conflicts are avoided or settled within the team. Most importantly, they need to see to it that the team maintains a good image at all times. Sports managers are not just in-demand in the professional leagues. They may also work for amateur leagues, sporting goods companies, sports marketing firms, and academic institutions. You’d probably be surprised to know that not all successful managers have sports degrees. Some of them are actually lawyers, entrepreneurs, and businessmen. Wondering who successfully made it to our list of the richest managers today? Read on!