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Steve Kerr Gains Golden State Warriors Job With Help Of Mike Tannenbaum

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TV announcers Steve Kerr (left) and Marv Albert (right) announce before the semifinals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Baylor Bears at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
TV announcers Steve Kerr (left) and Marv Albert (right) announce before the semifinals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament. Photo Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Former New York Jets General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum, now head of Priority Sports & Entertainment Coaches, Front Office & Broadcasters Division has landed client Steve Kerr the new head coaching job with the Golden State Warriors. Kerr is accepting a reported 5 year, $25M offer from the Warriors.

Kerr played in the NBA from 1988-2003 where he won a total of 5 NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. After Kerr’s 15 year stint in the league he became a broadcast analyst for TNT and then joined the Phoenix Suns front office as President and General Manager.

Questions regarding the legality of Tannenbaum’s representation of Kerr have surfaced due to Priority Sports & Entertainment representation of NBA players. According to the NBPA Regulations and Governing Player Agents, “To further effectuate the objectives of these Regulations players agents are prohibited from: Representing the General Manager or coach of any NBA team (or any other management  representative who participates in the team’s deliberations or decision concerning what compensation is to be offered individual players) in matters pertaining to his employment or any other matters in which he has any financial stake by or association with any NBA team.”  Tannenbaum has not violated any of the rules set forth by the NBPA, because while the agency he works for does also represent NBA players, he only provides services to coaches, front office personal, and broadcasters.

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.