Sports Business

Moorad Adds More To The Resume

Jeff MooradJeff Moorad got a strong start in the business of sports.  He worked alongside Leigh Steinberg in the 1980s, representing high profile NFL and MLB athletes.  After roughly twenty years of acting as a sports agent, Moorad decided to venture to the other side of the negotiating table.  He became General Partner and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004 and led the team to a few successful years while balancing its payroll and hiring young blood to help manage the club.  Those days of roaming the desert are over for Mr. Moorad.  He has resigned as CEO of the Diamondbacks and is in negotiations to purchase a division rival of Arizona, the San Diego Padres.

This is obviously strictly a business decision by Jeff Moorad.  He wants to gain strength, moving from a General Partner and CEO to majority owner of a Major League organization.  It just so happens that the club he is looking to buy is in the same division as the team he helped grow over the past four years.  Moorad is proof that just because you are an agent, does not mean you are limited to that profession for the rest of our life.  Make enough money and you too could be a majority owner of an MLB team.

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.