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Agent Spotlight: Mark Stevens

Free him from the Pacers or free him from himself?
I wish this blog existed in the height of the T.O. fiesta (I figure fiesta could fit the description), although that issue is not overwith anyway.

The big talk as of late, though, has turned to Ron Artest and his demand to be traded out of Indiana. Artest’s agent, Mark Stevens has received some press since Artest’s initial demand, and many people have been bashing Stevens for the job he has done so far.

Let’s examine why people think Mr. Stevens has done a poor job and if he deserves that type of criticism.

Gregg M. Schmidt at Field Level says:

Ron Artest needs an agent or friend or somebody to help him know what to say, when to say it and how to act. Mark Stevens didn’t do a good job at that. Where was Stevens when Artest made his desire to be traded so open?

But is that an agent’s job? Are we in the position to tell our clients what to say, how to say it, and how to feel emotionally? Or instead, are we supposed to always be behind our clients in every decision that they make and put all of our power behind each and every decision to make sure that our clients have the best opportunity to be happy? To answer Mr. Schmidt’s question, I would imagine that Mark Stevens was on the phone or with Ron Artest when he made his desire to be traded public. I believe that any good Agent would be a part of that decision.

Schmidt closes his article with:

Artest is a wild-child – but it all goes back to who keeps him in line. Mark Stevens should be replaced because he didn’t…maybe by somebody with a straight jacket and a muzzle? Artest needs to take responsibilty of his own actions, but when you’re not all there – the people around you must keep you in line (or try).

I disagree. Clients pay their agents money to guide them to make smart decisions, but also to back them up 100% if they feel otherwise. I am sure that Ron Artest felt very strongly about being traded out of Indiana, and I respect Mark Stevens for defending his client this entire time. As an agent, you must be your client’s guide, best friend, and biggest follower. By sticking by Artest, Mark Stevens has shown a sense of character to maybe forfeit his own image in the spotlight so that his client will have some protection.

[tags]Ron Artest, Mark Stevens, Pacers, Sports Agent, trade, NBA[/tags]

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.

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[…] A quick look at our recent hits chart shows a heavy increase in the daily exposure of this site. A lot of the new traffic is coming from referrals on search engines to the search query of “Mark Stevens.” Back on January 3rd, I decided to take a look at Basketball Agent Mark Stevens and left it up for discussion on whether he was handling the Ron Artest situation correctly or not. […]

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