Arbitration Sports Law

Fake Arbitration Hearings And The Real Ones That Loom

Remember my post about the National Baseball Arbitration Competition hosted by Tulane Law School?  Well it has come and gone.  It took place from January 22-24 and congratulations are officially in order for the following schools who were well represented by their students.

1st place – Denver Law School

2nd place – Notre Dame Law School

Semi-Finalists – Suffolk Law School and Ave Maria Law School

Now I get to host a brilliant mind from Tulane Law School on my home soil at the University of Florida.  Professor Gabe Feldman, Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, will be a part of this Friday’s 2010 UF Sports Law Symposium, serving on the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement panel.  Can’t make it to Gainesville?  Watch the event live!

And while the National Baseball Arbitration Competition is over, we are right in the heart of the real-life MLB arbitration period.  Team and player arbitration figures have been exchanged and many groups have settled.  The actual hearings period is between February 1-21.  You better believe that many agents and attorneys are hard at work preparing their cases just in case.  Roughly half of the 44 players who filed for arbitration have yet to settle.

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.