Friday Wrap-Up

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (4/6/2018)

I suppose the big story of the week was NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito firing his agency, Athletes First, via Twitter. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the first time he took to Twitter to terminate his relationship with the sports agency (soon thereafter rethinking that decision). Otherwise, the large sports agent-related story is the fact that former Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is choosing to enter the 2018 NFL Draft without one by his side. Some NFL players such as Richard Sherman applaud his decision; many in the biz think he’s doing the wrong thing by trying to save some money on agent fees.

This week on Forbes:
(1) Report: DraftKings Is Aggressively Shopping For Sports Betting Partnerships In New Jersey;
(2) Wasserman Hires Veteran NFL Agents Doug Hendrickson And CJ LaBoy;
(3) Leading Sports Data Company Defends MLB And NBA ‘Integrity Fee’ Demand;
(4) Pelicans Forward Anthony Davis Adds ExxonMobil Partnership;
(5) Why Lamar Jackson Should Reconsider Not Hiring An Agent

This week on Inc.:
(1) Watching Video Games Is Now Bigger Than Traditional Spectator Sporting Events;
(2) Skillz Mobile Esports Platform Sets New Run Rate of $200 Million;
(3) How the Chicago Bulls Are Making Digital Strategy a Priority for Growth;
(4) Sports Bet Discovery Startup Raises $3 Million Led by Early FanDuel Investor;
(5) Jay Glazer’s Key to Branching out Is Making Sure Each Avenue Builds the Others

And as always, the weekly wrap-up:



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.