Futbol Americana

An article on seeks to prove why the future should be bright for the MLS [Signing Beckham – Just One Of Many Significant Developments]. To sum it up briefly, the belief is based on an expansion of teams, an increase in franchise buyouts, large television deals, big-time sponsors, European involvement, Mexican interest, American players going overseas for top dollars (not quite sure how that helps the MLS), and required youth development programs.

Before the signing of Beckham by the LA Galaxy, many people did not even realize that a Major League for Soccer existed in the United States. I think that above all else, Beckham’s signing should contribute to an expansion of interest in the MLS.

Now may be the time for agents to look at the league and see if there are opportunities to represent a future star in the MLS. If the league grows, as the article suggests, there may be a lot of money being thrown around.

Even if the MLS ends up failing, we can still use the players’ jerseys to wipe off our Pepsi cans.. [YouTube – Beckham].

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.