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New Orleans-Based Martin Fischman Is A Young Agent Who Landed A Couple Of NFL 6th Rounders

A recent Washington Post article includes the following paragraph within:

There are about 830 agents certified by the NFL Players Association — more than one for every three players in or around the league — which makes it a brutally competitive business. Roughly 75 percent of NFL players are represented by just 17 percent of all certified agents, according to NFLPA statistics.

1 of the “other” agents who falls outside of the small fraternity who represent 75% of NFL players is New Orleans-based Martin Fischman. He is a main focus for the article writer Liz Clarke as she takes a look at how Fischman prepared his clients, none of whom were invited to the NFL Combine, for their Pro Days.

Fischman is a young man who has a passion to make it as an agent in what is a very cut-throat business. And he has an interesting story as well as motivation for making it despite what may be long odds.

“Health is a premium part of why I got into this business,” said Fischman, who suffered a stroke while playing football in high school. “I think that if you truly care about people, and you also have a passion for what they do, and you know there is an inherent risk involved, you can hopefully protect them as much as possible while also being a solid adviser and a trusted negotiator.”

Fischman is a fighter. One of many who will do whatever it takes to take even a bit of market share from some of the veterans of the business who have amassed dozens of clients. He and his partner Stanley Wiltz had a couples of clients selected in the 2018 NFL Draft — Tulane CB Parry Nickerson and LSU WR Russell Gage — each 6th rounders.

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.