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Agent Spotlight: David Dunn

Smiling...but not for long
So the Sports Law Blog that I am fond of, is finally taking some notice to the Sports Agent business.

This post by the Sports Law site, references a Sports Business Journal article (I do not have access to it…anybody want to buy me a subscription?…please…), which speaks about David Dunn’s past, present, and possible future.

In 2003, Sports Agent David Dunn was suspended by the NFLPA for two years for trying to steal clients from his former partner, Leigh Steinberg. The NFLPA’s power did not seem very strong in this case (which runs contrary to my comment in this post about the power of player unions). By filing for personal chapter 11 bankruptcy, the 2 year suspension had no effect at the time. It seems that this claim will not last for long, though.

Basically, do not try to steal away a player from another Agent/Agency. It is a violation of NFLPA rules. Many have accused Drew Rosenhaus of stealing clients, but no players have actually told the NFLPA that the claims are true. David Dunn has been called out by players, and therefore, is at risk of losing his ability to represent players.

The main issue that I have is that I cannot understand why an athlete would want someone like David Dunn to represent him/her. With such a large pool of qualified Sports Agents out there (including tons of registered Agents without a single client that would do anything possible to gain one), why would players like Reggie Bush and Matt Lienart even consider representation from David Dunn? With 50 players currently represented and another 8 players in this upcoming draft, David Dunn seems to be in control even though that control may be forcefully taken away from him by the NFLPA (which I still believe to have the strongest hand concerning Sports Agent issues in football).

How is it possible that people would want a cheater, rule-breaker, and unloyal person as their agent?

[tags]david dunn, sports, law, agent, drew rosenhaus, nfl, nflpa[/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.

6 replies on “Agent Spotlight: David Dunn”

David Dunn in the Agent Spotlight???  You cant be THAT hard-up for quality stories.
This one you can sum up quite easily…..”Lying, Thief.” 

David, Last Febuary I sent the Packers  two footballs to sign by Aaron Rogers.. I got them back today unsigned. I was very disappointed.  I dion’t know if you are Aaroin’s agent, but can uou tell me how I can get them signed.  One is for me an one is for a guy with lots of health problems.  I would  really appreciater any help or advise you cann give me.
                                                           Thank You BJ

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