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Sports Agents Should Go Green

The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a slow start in the 2007, but have been on a fast pace to become the most environmentally friendly professional sports team. The fact that the Eagles care about the environment may not directly translate to dollars in the bank, but the team’s owners may realize that life is not only about money. The Eagles use windpower to help fuel their stadium lights, recycle bins are scattered throughout the stadium, and tickets to the games are printed on recycled paper [NFL’s Greenest Team — and Not Just the Uniforms].

But the sports world should not just read some of these facts and say, “Wow, I am happy that a team is being environmentally conscious.” Instead, every sports entity including sports agents, should embrace the environment and do everything they can do protect Mother Nature.

Today is Blog Action Day, and I, along with 7,500+ other bloggers have signed up to post about a single important issue on everyone’s mind – the environment.

So what can we do? We can definitely follow the lead of fellow sports agent, Leigh Steinberg. This from an August 19th story in the Daily Pilot:

“We’re actually in plans to try to green sports in this country,” [Steinberg] said. “We have plans, renderings for solar panels that can power scoreboards, waterless urinals, wind turbines that can power the grid, and we’ve been out talking to owners, commissioners, and other people in the world of sports.

“When I was a child, I asked my father what he’d done in the war against a fascist dictatorship to keep the world safe. I think my kids will rightly ask me what I’ve done in the fight against global warming to keep their environment safe.” [Steinberg still big on green].

Steinberg talks to team owners about “greening up their franchises.” As sports agents, we wield a lot of power in the world of sports. Let us use some of our influence for a good project. Let’s follow Steinberg’s league and proactively lobby sports executives to go green whenever the opportunity presents itself.

-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.

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