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CFL Agent Mark Maren Arrested Based On Scheme To Defraud

Mark Maren is the owner of Toronto, Ontario based M Sports Management, a sports agency specializing in negotiating contracts for its players in the Canadian Football League (CFL).  On his company’s Facebook page, Maren lists his current active CFL client list, which includes over 40 players, along with some Arena Football clientele.  Maren makes multiple statements on the Facebook page that would lead a casual observer to believe he is currently an NFLPA certified Contract Advisor; however, I cannot find any proof of him being registered with the NFLPA.

Anyway, Maren was arrested last week and placed in jail upon trying to enter the United States.  An outstanding warrant in Florida had charged Maren with “scheme to defraud.”  What will his 40+ clients do now that Maren, who has an extensive criminal record in Canada, is in jail in New York?  And how were so many football players not concerned with Maren’s background prior to him being booked in jail?

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.