Sports Agent Chris Gittings Negotiates Two Of The CFL’s Biggest Deals

Chris Gittings, the Founder and President of OneWest Sports Agency, recently negotiated two of the biggest contracts in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with quarterbacks Ricky Ray (Toronto Argonauts) and Henry Burris (Ottawa RedBlacks). Prior to the start of 2013 season, the Argonauts management team approached Gittings for a possible extension for Ray.  Gittings knew…

Six Questions With Adam Bakow, CFLPA Certified Agent/Associate General Counsel Of All Pro Sports & Entertainment

Adam Bakow graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. in Communication and with a concentration in Sports and Entertainment.  He is admitted to practice law in the state of Colorado.  Currently, Adam is a CFLPA Certified Agent/Associate General Counsel with Colorado-based All Pro Sports & Entertainment.  He has extensive background in the industry, including seven-plus years…

Ontario Court Rules On Validity Of Contract Negotiated By Non-Licensed Football Agent

A month ago the Canadian Football League Players Association was up in arms.  An arbitrator had ruled that a contract made between a CFL team and a player was valid despite the player’s agent not receiving certification to act as a CFLPA agent prior to the negotiation and execution of the agreement.  The player wanted…

Canadian Football League Players Association Considering Ban On Dual Representation

On January 19, 2011, I wrote that the NFL should look into the NBA’s conflict of interest regulations, which currently prohibit agents from representing management personnel and players.  This dual representation is currently permitted by the NFLPA as long as there is full disclosure of all entities represented to each client.  As of the publishing of…

United Football League, Canadian Football League, or Arena Football League

The following is a guest contribution from Martin Fischman, Dynasty’s Football Division Director. As a football agent, you have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of your clients.  But what happens when a player is either released from an NFL team with no other teams willing to sign the player, or the…

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…

CFL Considering Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) requires that its contract advisors maintain professional liability insurance.  The NFLPA even has a preffered company to handle such matters.  The Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA) may soon be doing the same thing.  The players’ association has sent out a survey to its licensed contract advisors to…

Gill Sports Management Dominates CFL Draft…AGAIN

I am a huge fan of Darren Gill. Unless you have been reading this blog for a while now or are reading this site from your comfortable home/office in Canada, you have no clue who I am talking about. Gill doesn’t mind. I first talked to Darren when he offered to be a guest contributor…

Darren Gill Strikes Again

I am back home for the Summer (besides a vacation and business trip here and there…including going to Israel from May 13-24), and am ready to get back to keeping you up to date with the latest happenings in the Sports Agent world. There is no better way to start than to give major props…

Choosing A Different Route

Former University of Kansas record-breaker chooses the Canadian Football League over the NFL. Yesterday, I was asked an interesting question when I was interviewed by aStupidRadio. The question was something along the lines of “How could you tell a client that he should accept a smaller offer than the highest one that he is presented?”…