Super Agent: The One Book the NFL and NCAA Don't Want You to Read

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Super Agent. Maverick. Reformer. Iconoclast. Dealmaker. Dentist? Jerry Argovitz has worn many hats in his remarkable life, both inside and outside of the world of sports. As a player agent representing and advising some of the biggest names in the game, Argovitz challenged the NFL both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, earning a reputation as one of the most powerful men in professional sports. He successfully negotiated the first milliondollar guaranteed contract in NFL history, wrote the language ...

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Overview

Super Agent. Maverick. Reformer. Iconoclast. Dealmaker. Dentist? Jerry Argovitz has worn many hats in his remarkable life, both inside and outside of the world of sports. As a player agent representing and advising some of the biggest names in the game, Argovitz challenged the NFL both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, earning a reputation as one of the most powerful men in professional sports. He successfully negotiated the first milliondollar guaranteed contract in NFL history, wrote the language for career-ending insurance policy underwriting for Lloyds of London, and brokered the deal that brought Heisman Trophy–winner Herschel Walker to the upstart USFL as a junior, which opened the floodgates for all underclassmen to follow. 

As the owner of the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, Argovitz helped to implement several rules which were subsequently adopted by the NFL, and served as a principal figure in a lawsuit against the NFL that proved the league was guilty of Sherman Antitrust violations. Now, Argovitz has a plan to reform the corrupt world of college sports, a plan he will share in this eye-opening book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613210680
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 1/2/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,035,511
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jerry Argovitz was a professional football revolutionary whose bitter contract wars with the NFL led to the current system of free agency. As a player agent, he negotiated the first million-dollar deal in NFL history (for Heisman Trophy–winner Billy Sims) and as the co-owner of the USFL’s Houston Gamblers he implemented the concept of instant replay, the coach’s challenge, the two-point conversion, and wide-open passing rules, all of which were subsequently adopted by the NFL. He lives in Houston, Texas.

J. David Miller, a former editor at SPORT magazine, is the author or co-author of ten books and thousands of articles. A recipient of the coveted “Page One” award from the New York Newspaper Guild for his outstanding investigative journalism.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword Jim McMahon ix

Introduction-Time for a Change 1

Act 1

1 Treason for Diamonds 25

2 Advocate for the Underdog 29

3 The Folly of Fools 32

4 Trial by Fire 36

5 Thrown to the Lions 39

6 "These Boots Were Made for Walkin" 46

7 "I Think We Got This" 50

8 Brands Don't Come Out in the Wash 54

Act 2

9 "I Will Wait for You" 60

10 If You Don't Believe in Yourself, the Vote's Unanimous 64

11 Jew Bastard 67

12 Low Blows 71

13 The Wizardry of Dentistry 75

14 All that Glitters Isn't Gold 82

15 Eddie Lee Ivery and the Frozen Tundra 86

16 Fear of the Unknown 90

Act 3

17 Collision Course with the NFL 94

18 Run, Billy, Run 97

19 Pride of the Lions 105

20 An NFL Handshake Is a Professional Hand Job 109

21 A Fool Even a Mother Couldn't Love 117

22 I'm Not Dear Abby 122

23 If You Can't Beat 'Em, Bribe 'Em 126

24 "Does Anybody in This League Tell the Truth?" 132

25 Open Wounds 136

Act 4

26 Declaring War on the NFL Cartel 140

27 A Contrast in Hughs 147

28 Discovering My "Ollie Brown" 157

29 Penguins and Midgets 162

30 This Bud's for You 169

31 Don't Squat with Your Spurs On 174

32 Socialism, Communism, and the United States Football League 179

33 Da Bears 183

34 Oh You, Herschel Walker 196

Act 5

35 Never Ask a Barber If You Need a Haircut 206

36 The Curious Case of Gary Wayne Anderson 217

37 Buffalo Stew 231

38 Start Spreadin' the News 240

39 Bullfrogs with Wings Don't Bump Their Own Asses 247

40 A Better Mousetrap 254

41 Donald "Trumph" 263

42 I'd Rather Have a Skunk Inside My Tent Pissing Out, Than a Skunk Outside Pissing In 265

43 Hidden Agendas 267

44 Donald, You're Fired 273

45 Custer's Last Stand 275

Act 6

46 If You Shoot Straight, You Only Need One Stone 280

47 Turn Out the Lights...The Party's Over 286

48 Forty-Eight Hours 291

49 Starting Over 294

50 The Donald, Marla, and Me 298

51 Small Potatoes, My Ass 302

52 The Prodigal Son Returns: Vindication 305

53 Reflections of My Life 309

Epilogue 313

Appendix 316

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    When you see football players getting multi-million dollar deals

    When you see football players getting multi-million dollar deals, they have one man to thank, Jerry Argovitz. Even if you are not a football fan, this is a great read. Argovitz takes us from his home town of Borger, Texas to the streets of New York in his brazen attacks on the NFL and NCAA. Rich in his own right when he started representing players, he came up with concepts never heard of and became hated by the team owners and coaches. Read the book for a helluva ride....

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    The book is great. Thanks for opening my eyes, thanks for allowi

    The book is great. Thanks for opening my eyes, thanks for allowing me to share the thrill of your ride, and thanks for all the sensitivities your life clearly reflects. Your family is blessing for all those willing to live the American Dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Super Agent is one of the most entertaining, enjoyable, informat

    Super Agent is one of the most entertaining, enjoyable, informative books I have read. Once you start reading about Jerry Argovitz's experiences, what he has accomplished and what still lies ahead, you can't put it down. Jerry has dealt, successfully, with some of the most powerful people in sports. Super Agent tells of his experiences in representing the very best athletes against the very best in the "business"' of football. It provides tremendous insight into what goes on off the field, behind the scenes. Yet it does it in a fast paced, entertaining, page turning way. This is a book to read and a book to give to anyone who is even mildly interested in the past, present and future of sports, in business, in entertainment, in high visibility personalities, and in feel good endings.

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