Money is the driving force behind the sports world and now that players can make the same if not more money from sponsors than from their salaries agents are playing a larger part in the world of sports. Three of the four major US sports have suffered from players' strikes in the last 15 years. The NBA is currently renegotiating the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players and the issue of the agents has come up. David Stern has blamed the agents for the inability to make any progress. The agents represent the players and therefore have every right to be there, but if the NBA fails to get an agreement it will be another indication of the negative impact commercialization has had on sports. [continues]
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