My Jerry Maguire-esque Moment?
On December 31, 2007, I became formally licensed as an athlete agent (commonly referred to as “sports agent”) by my home state of Florida. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations provided me Athlete Agent License #721 in return for my payment of an initial fee in excess of $1,300. Since that point in time, I have been paying additional fees (on time) to retain my license to practice as a sports agent. I have until May 31, 2012 to send in a fee to keep my license active. I will not be submitting that fee, and have chosen to let my license expire.
The initial name of Sports Agent Blog was, “I Want to be a Sports Agent.” On December 31, 2005, when the first post on this website was published, I was a Junior at the University of Florida and was determined to some day become an agent, representing a variety of athletes. I can proudly say that I accomplished my goal and helped many athletes in the capacity of “agent” since forming my own company in 2007. Years later, I am also able to confirm to myself that being a “sports agent” is not for me.
My decision will allow me to expand my current offerings and enter into new lines of business that excite and inspire me. First of all, Sports Agent Blog will continue to exist and will be updated with the same frequency. In fact, my relinquishing of the title of “sports agent” should permit further growth of Sports Agent Blog, as many practicing sports agents who currently believe that I am conflicted by running this site in conjunction with representing athletes may put such fears aside. I look forward to contributing to this website from a completely non-biased position. In addition to Sports Agent Blog, I occasionally post legal related articles on ChangeLegal.com (mostly related to intellectual property) and very recently created Sport-in-Law, which I believe has major potential to be the go-to website for everything “Sports Law.”
I have been practicing law for roughly a year-and-a-half and have focused my efforts on intellectual property and other types of civil litigation in addition to having a nice sized practice dealing with transactional work. A majority of my files involve either entertainment, music, or sports related matters. Recently, I have been working with a handful of sports agencies as their general counsel, assisting them with contract drafting/review and litigation. With my knowledge of sports law coupled with my experiences in the world of sports agency, I believe I have a unique ability to assist agencies in the aforementioned areas in addition to salary arbitration, sport-specific grievances, and other related matters. Removing the stigma that is attached to being a sports agent while trying to grow my practice in these areas will hopefully allow my practice to reach entirely new levels.
And then there is my entrepreneurial spirit. As has been reported by SportsBusiness Journal, my colleague, Jason Belzer, and I recently started a company named Collegiate Sports Advisors. We have been fortunate to have early success in our efforts, but believe that there is still a lot of untapped potential. I want to be able to continue to think outside of the box about new and innovative opportunities, whether inside or outside of sport. I also plan to continue to teach at Indiana University Bloomington in Fall 2012, and perhaps beyond.
What about Dynasty? The company I founded in April 2007 will continue to exist, but will not be a “sports agency.” In fact, it is no longer incorporated as DYNASTY ATHLETE REPRESENTATION, LLC. I have submitted paperwork to change the entity to DYNASTY DEALINGS, LLC. The agents working for Dynasty will continue to represent their athlete clients so long as the athletes confirm their desire to have such individuals as their official representatives. For instance, Bryan Swalley will remain as the agent for many of Dynasty’s existing baseball player clients. And I will still work with many athletes and entertainers, but as an attorney and/or consultant, and not as an agent.
So what am I? I am not a sports agent. I am an attorney, consultant, professor, journalist, and entrepreneur. I am thrilled to make this announcement and I look forward to the future.