Dynasty Athlete Representation

Dynasty Notes – Part 4

Dynasty Notes will take you through the days when Darren and I (Matthew Vuckovich) did not even know each other, to Dynasty becoming an LLC, to signing our first client, and beyond. If you have not yet read Dynasty Notes – Part 3, go ahead and read it. Enjoy Dynasty Notes – Part 4.

As our senior year of college came to an end, both Darren and I begin to think about the future for not only the blog, but also for our careers. My best friend who plays in the NHL was in the last year of his contract. I talked to him almost everyday (and still do) and one day I brought up the idea of Darren and I representing him. He gave us the go ahead and that’s when Dynasty Athlete Representation began to form. After my phone call with my friend, I immediately called Darren and told him the news. I explained to Darren that my friend would give us 2 months to read the NHL CBA and if we felt comfortable with the language that we would then proceed with the process of representation. This was like a dream come true for the both of us and we hit the ground running. We both sent in our letters to the NHLPA requesting the forms for documentation to be registered as an NHL Certified Player Agent. Darren had the luxury of reading the CBA by the pool at the University of Florida while I was contained to reading the CBA in my room as it snowed outside on the University of Illinois campus. I can still remember our conversations as Darren was outside getting a tan and bragging about it while I was in my room trying to keep warm. Day in and day out the both of us would gather stats and any other kind of data so that we could compare my friend to the rest of the players in his position.

The month of April had come. It would be the most important month of our lives. Darren and I decided that the best way to incorporate Dynasty Athlete Representation was through filing to become a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Darren handled the registration documents, and Dynasty was an official entity in the state of Florida as of April 3, 2007. With the paperwork completed, we were ready to tackle the NHL CBA. As time went on, the conversation between Darren and I consisted of new ideas that would set us aside from the rest of the pack. However, the conversations with my friend who played in the NHL were not looking so good. In the long run, we did not land my friend (due to circumstances that were out of our control), but we did learn something special about the two of us. We learned that even though we did not succeed in landing my friend as a client, we knew that we were ready for what this industry had in store for us. We did everything that we possibly could do in order to be prepared to represent my friend, yet we still did not obtain our end goal. What did/does it mean? This industry is not for everyone, bottom line. You need to be able to deal with rejection and failure, but it is the persistence, motivation and determination that will allow you to succeed; that’s what Dynasty will always stand for. Other athletes would soon recognize this fact.

-Matthew Vuckovich

Thank you for reading this edition of Dynasty Notes. Make sure to be on the lookout for Dynasty Notes – Part 5.

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.

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