Social Networking Sports Business

A New Social Networking Site Backed By Athletes

A couple of days ago, a new website called MakeItPro launched.  The site is backed by Steve Nash, Gretchen Bleiler, Hasheem Thabeet, Bernard Berrian, Bill Duffy, and others.  That’s right, the head of BDA Sports is a backer, and co-founder, of this new all-sport social network and sports resource that intends to unite the world’s top professional athletes and sports enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels with experts, coaches, parents, teams and fans from all over the world – helping them to socialize, participate, learn and excel in over 150 different sports.

The site boasts the ability for all to interact easily with professional athletes.  But is that really a possibility, or are they advertising something that cannot really be fulfilled?  This sentence was a part of the press release:

MakeItPro is the ultimate sports showcase where anyone can connect with athletes of all levels, fans, coaches and parents around the world in a safe, educational and social community.

Is Steve Nash really going to be sitting at his computer all day answering questions from Tommy and Bobby?  I like the charity aspect of the site, which Duffy comments on in the release:

The MakeItPro Fund, MakeItPro’s charitable initiative, is an integral part of the company’s business plan. As part of this effort, MakeItPro will give money annually to a variety of charities known to help children and sports fans alike and the amount of the contribution will grow as the company does.

“MakeItPro has committed to raising millions of dollars for a variety of causes to help those in need around the world,” said Bill Duffy, professional sports agent. “The MakeItPro Fund means that everyone involved in sports in any capacity now has a worldwide platform to do well by doing good.”

The site is located at  There seems to be a lot of content to sort through already.  If you sign up, let me know what you think.

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.