Sports Business

MLB P.R. Executive Julio Sarmiento To Speak At University of Florida

Who: MLB P.R. Executive Julio Sarmiento. Mr. Sarmiento is a former Los Angeles Dodgers Public Relations Director and current Gainesville, Florida resident. He served as the head P..R. contact in the nation’s second largest media market, dealing with some of the most high-profile baseball players in the Major Leagues. Prior to his time in L.A., Mr. Sarmiento won a World Series ring as an assistant P.R.. director for the Florida Marlins and also served as director of community relations for the San Antonio Missions.

What: Mr. Sarmiento will be discussing careers in baseball, his rise to the top of the MLB and his advice on how all UF students can break into the world of professional baseball.

When: Monday, February 16, 2009, 4 p.m.

Where: Florida Gym Room 210 (just East of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium)

Cost: Free

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.