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Agent Spotlight: Master P.

Where is our friendly neighbor Mr. P?

Yesterday, I read a piece over at NFL Fanhouse that looked into whether or not Larry Johnson will hold out from being involved in any plays with the Kansas City Chiefs until his rookie contract is re-evaluated [So Will Larry Johnson Hold Out?]. He still has three years left on his rookie contract, a contract negotiated on behalf of Johnson by none other than Percy “Master P” Miller. The same Master P. of No Limit Records created a sports agency called No Limit Sports, and Larry Johnson was not the only client of the agency.

What has happened to the legend, the captain of the tank, Master P? The guy started off strong, signing Ricky Williams to a record $8.8 million signing bonus and a $68.4 million overall contract with the New Orleans Saints. Oh wait…that $68.4 million contract was almost entirely based on incentives, and Williams only satisfied one of those incentives, leaving him with a whopping $3.8 million from that original contract [Williams Quits No Limit Sports]. If only Williams had also quit his drug addiction…but I digress.

Louis XV, King of France from 1710-1774 famously said, “Après moi, le déluge” (“After me, the flood”). Ricky Williams, seemed to be a fan of Louis XV. He opened up the flood gates for many other No Limit Sports clients to follow his lead. Soon after Williams left, Ron Mercer (currently with the New Jersey Nets) and Ricky Davis announced that they would be leaving Master P.’s company and that all other clients would probably be gone in no time [Master P Loses Clients]. Maybe it was because Master P. wanted to be an athlete himself, maybe it was because he was terrible at negotiating contracts (Ricky Williams and now Larry Johnson are of note), or maybe it was because he really did not have that big of a tank. No matter which reasoning you prefer to follow, the ending is the same. Master P. lost his clients and his agency ended up having a limit.

-Darren Heitner

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.

One reply on “Agent Spotlight: Master P.”

Nice historical reference. I would argue that his clients just saw his star power and celebrity status and money and were drawn to that rather than examining whether he was qualified or able.

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