Last week was Dale Earnhardt, Jr. week. The press ate him up when he decided to leave DEI. Then everyone was wondering who Jr. would sign with. Would he keep the #3 car? Would he keep Budweiser as a sponsor? A press conference date and time is established…he is joining Hendrick Motorsports!
The dust has settled now, and we are back to talking about the only sport that the media discusses year-round, football. But there is still an interesting story to be told in the world of motor sports. Before Earnhardt, Jr. signed with Hendrick, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said that 4 drivers was all that the team wanted [Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announcement Scheduled For Wednesday Morning]. That meant that someone was on his way out. It ended up being Kyle Busch, a 22-year-old kid with quite a lot of talent.
Busch will be fine as he searches for a new team to join, but he still decided to fire his agent. His former agent, Alan Miller (a former runningback for the Oakland Raiders and general counsel for the NFL Players Association), did not keep an open line of communication with Busch in the past regarding contract talks, which is a big no-no [Agent kept Kyle Busch in dark during contract extension talks]. A sports agent has a fiduciary duty to his/her clients, which should include informing them about their financial situation at all times. That includes any and all progress in contractual negotiations with motor sport teams.
Kyle Busch had no idea that other teams were interested in acquiring his racing skills, which ticked off Hendrick. He has signed a new agent, Bruce Kempton, who has “heard from just about every organization in the Nextel Cup garage” about having interest in signing Busch [Robert Yates Racing ‘interested’ in signing Kyle, Kurt Busch]. It just goes to show you how important it is to keep your clients happy at all times. One of the worst things to do is to keep your client in the dark about his own life. It looks like Miller just lost himself NASCAR’s most sought-after free agent.