Soccer Sports Agents

Nice Bungs

This week, the Sports Economist reported that the BBC has film of Sports Agents who represent players in English soccer saying that they have paid certain managers in the past to have teams hire their clients [Bungs, Taps, and sporting crime].  Apparently there is a term for the payment that the manager receives from an agent: a bung.  It is kind of sad that the offering money to managers in exchange for the signing of agents’ clients has its own term in any sport.  This is something you should be prepared for if you have any interest in representing soccer players in the U.S. or abroad.  If you represent a soccer player in the MLS and he becomes good enough to play in the FA, he may make his way over to England.

There may be attempts in the near future to get rid of bungs, but as for now, agents and managers mostly get away with the payments unscathed.

For more about the BBC story: [England – Allardyce vows to fight TV bungs claims].

[tags]bungs, soccer, england, sports agents, sports agent, bbc[/tags]

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.