Contract Negotiation NFL Teams Sports Agents

Will The Colts/Chargers Success Hurt Agents?

Last week I wrote a post titled, Will The Yankees Success Hurt Agents?. The post received a lot of hits and I received a lot of personal e-mails to further discuss the matter. Within the article, I mentioned SBR’s note on how the Yankees’ team may be the worst Return on Investment in the history […]

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Will The Yankees Success Hurt Agents?

Since the beginning of the Steinbrenner era, the Yankees have been notorious for purchasing high-priced and sometimes overvalued free-agents.  George Steinbrenner’s willingness to spend an exorbitant amount of money on his team has made Sports Agents eager to have their clients signed by the New York Yankees (for recent story, see: Johnny Damon). But when […]

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Upshaw: New Recruiting Rules?

Gene Upshaw, exec. director of the NFLPA, has recently stated his desire to change the rules on agents recruiting of college football players. Currently, agents are not able to sign a player or give a player anything of monetary value without that player losing his/her NCAA eligibility, but there are no rules against an agent […]

Contract Negotiation Hockey

On Their Own Island?

On September 13th, 2006, first reported that the New York Islanders locked up goaltender Rick Dipietro to a 15-year, $67.5 million deal [DiPietro’s record 15-year deal will pay him $67.5M]. The contract will allow the Islanders to keep DiPietro until just before he reaches 40 years old. A lot of media outlets have run […]

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The Importance of Escalators

Not only are they a lot more fun than elevators, but making sure that you earn your client fair escalators in an NFL contract may make a difference in whether he gets paid any given year. With the high incidence of injury in professional football and no such thing as a guaranteed contract, agents have […]

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Analysis of “Maybe Jerry Maguire Should Have Stuck With Law School: How The Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act Implements Lawyer-Like Rules For Sports Agents”

This post is officially crowned as having the longest title ever! Anyway, once again, hat tip to Sports Law Blog for contributing its Sports Law Scholarship program and finding a gem for this blog to post some analysis on. The Law Review article under discussion is called: Maybe Jerry Maguire Should Have Stuck With Law […]

Contract Negotiation

Explanation of the Larry Bird Exception

This is one of the interesting parts of the NBA’s salary cap that I discussed before. In brief, the exception allows a team to go above and beyond the salary cap in order a re-sign a free agent. The amount of the contract cannot exceed the maximum salary. The contract signed cannot be for more […]

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Hochevar Signs Major League Contract

As was reported last week by, Luke Hochevar (1st overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft) has been signed by the Kansas City Royals and now has a 4 year Major League contract [Royals agree with top pick Hochevar]. Why is it particularly important that Scott Boras got his client a Major League contract? […]

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Agent or Advisor?

The Sports Law Blog made a post on July 24th highlighting Phil Kessel’s (hockey player at University of Minnesota) contract negotiations with the Boston Bruins. An agent by the name of Wade Arnott is serving as an advisor instead of as an agent. He is not receiving any money for his services as an advisor, […]

Contract Negotiation Endorsements

The Fotunate 50 of 2006

Every year for the past 3 years, Sports Illustrated has published a list of the top 50 athletes when it comes to raking in salary, bonus, winnings, appearance, and endorsement money. It is interesting to see the type of endorsement money some of these athletes are making.  Agents typically take a larger chunk of endorsement […]