Dynasty Athlete Representation

Dynasty Notes – Part 1

First off, Darren and I would like to thank everyone that has and will be supporting us as we try to take Dynasty Athlete Representation to the top. It has been a very exciting journey and the best part about it all is that it really has not even started yet. With recent request from our viewers, we have decided to start a new section on the blog. This new section will take you through the days when Darren and I did not even know each other, to Dynasty becoming an LLC, to signing our first client, and beyond. I really hope that everyone likes this new section, as it will express how hard work, preparation, and good timing can change your future in the blink of an eye. In this first section, I will cover how the blog was formed and the type of things that Darren and I did to prepare ourselves to be sports agents before we even knew that each other existed.

I will have to talk about my partner in crime before I can get into my own story. Darren created this blog (I Want To Be A Sport Agent) on December 31st, 2005 with a vision in mind. He not only thought about what would be the best way to get his name out there, in this extremely hard industry, but he was also truly interested in learning the inner workings of the entire business. I must say that this was one of the best decisions that Darren has made (although there may be more, I wouldn’t put money on it). Editors note: watch your back Vuckovich! With Darren’s vision in mind, he started and took on a contributor by the name of Nicholas Shwayri (he is a great, knowledgeable guy, and the only reason he left the blog was to concentrate on his first year in law school). Nicholas and Darren worked day and night to get the blog updated with recent news in the athlete representation industry. Believe it or not, the blog has not always looked the way it does. When the blog was first formed, before I came on board, it was small, not very aesthetically pleasing, and had few features. It was basic, but still acted as a good learning tool for starters (the idea has not changed even though it has grown so much) which caught my eye. Before Darren even had the vision to create a sports agent blog, he had the opportunity to work as in intern. He spent the summer between his Freshman and Sophomore year in Atlanta, GA interning for Career Sports & Entertainment. To this day, he always expresses how thankful he is for the experience he had with CSE, and how it helped him to get an inside look at the sports agent world. With a summer internship under his belt, Darren could give more insights on the blog than a normal student looking to become a sports agent. Day after day, the blog was starting to form into the DYNASTY.

Finally, I can start talking about myself (Editors Note: Which is all Matt really likes to do anyway). Since my early years, I have always wanted to be a sports agent. In 2002, right after my high school graduation, I was able to attend the NHL draft in Nashville, TN. Not only did I attend as a spectator, but I was also able to experience it first hand with my best friend, Danny Richmond. Danny was projected to go in the first round, but fell short and was drafted as the 1st pick in the 2nd round. The first-hand experience that I was able to take from the draft was priceless. I was able to see how the draft works, how athletes deal with the pressure, talk to GM’s and scouts, and talk with many agents that allowed me to pick their brains. I was also able to meet hockey’s greats and have dinner with Bobby Orr and his agency staff. The entire experience really gave me a great insight on how the agent world works. If I was not already hooked by then, the draft topped it. Although I have never had a “real” internship with a sports agent, I have had the opportunity to be around a professional athlete and his agent for many years. I would ask questions and try to soak up as much information as I possibly could. Senior year of college came around and I realized my true calling. I began to read and do as much research as I could to learn the business. One day in October 2006, I came across a website called “I Want To Be A Sport Agent”, and this is where my relationship with Darren started.

-Matthew Vuckovich

Thank you for reading this edition of Dynasty Notes. Make sure to be on the lookout for Dynasty Notes – Part 2.

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.

7 replies on “Dynasty Notes – Part 1”

I hope everyone enjoys the new section. Please leave any comments,suggestions, or questions.

My only comment is that I can’t wait for the second part. I’m finishing up my MBA and will be going to law school in the fall of 2008 so I’m at the point where I’m trying to learn as much as I can. I was lucky enough to intern with an agent last summer but still have a ton to learn. This blog has helped me learn about some of the intracacies involved in representing athletes and I can’t wait to read about how you two formed your company, signed your first client, etc. Keep it up.

Darren and Matthew:

Good luck with the new sports agency and the continuation of the blog. When you are famous I will be laughing about leaving. Truth be said, my internship at Octagon confirmed my desire to work in sports, just not in the agent capacity. When I am a GM I’ll cut you guys some slack.

I’m glad I finished my first year of law school. Don’t get too stressed out like most 1Ls do. I’ll show Darren the ropes at UF Law. We should become active in the Entertainment & Sports Law Society and Entertainment Law Review.


btw, someone needs to remind me how to log on to contribute an article every once in a while.

I’m glad you guys started this section up so soon. The continuing first-hand experience of the two of you should be invaluable for our readers. The most important part: it will show our readers that IT CAN BE DONE.

I’m MBAing at North Central Colllege in Illinois. It’s a small school where my mom works so it’s free and they let me get it done in a year. It worked out pretty well because they let me start in January this year when I graduated a semester early from my undergrad at St. Johns University in Minnesota.

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