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Jack Bechta Hates Fax Machines

bechtaJack Bechta is the head honcho at JB Sports (Jack Bechta and Associates).  Jack has been negotiating deals for professional football players since the early 1990s, and still boasts a respectable client roster to this day.  In his time as an NFLPA Certified Advisor, Jack has negotiated over 200 contracts for his players.  The man has seen a lot in his time, and has decided to give some of his knowledge away with his column at The National Football Post.  His most recent article will make many peoples’ jaws drop, but it is an excellent foray into the world of sports agency, directly from someone who has been in the business of representing athlete for a very long time.

His latest piece is titled, You’re Fired.  It seems that Bechta got inspiration for writing the post from the recent break-up of Boldin and Rosenhaus, which has been discussed a few times already on this blog.  The article includes quite a bit of Leigh Steinberg bashing, but the main point that Bechta is trying to get across to the reader is that every agent lives in fear of getting fired.  The fax machine is not an agent’s friend.  Certified checks in envelopes are what we prefer.  Bechta does a lot of self-promoting in the piece, but overall, I thought it had some good insight into our profession (or atleast those who want to be football agents).  Competition is brutal.  You must always be on top of your game.  Never underestimate what others are doing while you sleep.

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.