Contributor Paul Schackman predicted it. On August 1st, he wrote that Andruw Jones would have the door closed on him this off season after the Braves acquired Mark Teixeira [Thumbs up or down for Boras ?]. Jones made $13.5 million this past year, and the Braves were just not interested in Boras’ demand for approximately $140 million over 7 years [Who Gets Andruw Jones?].
Jones will find a job somewhere, but that is not really the issue. It goes back to Paul’s original post. Boras represents Teixeira and Jones. The fact that Teixeira was shipped to Atlanta may have filled up any space that the Braves had allotted for potentially re-signing Jones. Is there a conflict of interest here?
A lot of people still have confidence in Boras to pull through and get Jones more money per year than his last contract. After batting .222 this past year, that is a daunting task, but some believe that the man who is famous for A-Rod’s $252 million contract can get it done [Atlanta Fans: Waive goodbye to Andruw Jones!]. This is all well and good, but what if Andruw would rather earn slightly less and play for Atlanta? What if that was a possibility until Boras negotiated a trade for Teixeira? An AP writer claims, ” Jones would have preferred to stay with the Braves, but the team had no serious talks with his agent, Scott Boras.” [Braves prepare to move on without Andruw Jones].
When you have such a large client list within a particular sport, do conflicts of interest exist. If so, do you have a right to do everything in your power to avoid them? As a lawyer, you definitely do. As an agent, you do as well. Did Boras do everything in his power to make both Teixeira and Jones happy?
Sports Law Blog also has two interesting “conflict of interest” type posts. One concerns the representation of players and ownership. The other looks at representing players and coaches. Both have some great analysis. What are your thoughts on the possible issue of conflict of interest in the scenario of this post and the 2 presented by Sports Law Blog?