As his client list grew, so did Professional Sports Management. Besides relocating in Manhattan Beach recently, the company also has an office in Tokyo. Meersand is not a lawyer, but he has a staff of attorneys internationally. He says it is his goal to offer "a full-service agency" to his clients. The corporation offers tax planning, accounting, investment planning and endorsement services for each player. After the Mets won the World Series in 1986, for example, Meersand secured more than $400,000 in product endorsements for Dykstra.
"The best thing I can say about Alan is that he busts his rear end for his players," Dykstra said. "Anytime I need him, he is always there. He cares for you more than what happens on the field. He cares for his players as more than just a person, and that's why I'll never leave him."
Success means Meersand no longer solicits players' business. They come looking for him. He has turned down Japanese players looking to sign in the major leagues here.
He also insists that American players "give something back" to fans in this country. That is one way most players can prolong their careers in the U.S. majors, Meersand said, because they will be perceived as good guys in the press and with baseball executives.