MLB Players Recruiting

Going Abroad

Sports Agents and the MLB are on the rise in the Far East, which makes a perfect situation for an aspiring baseball agent who wants to specialize in Asia.

There are already many Asian baseball players in the MLB, and according to ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, the flow of players from the Far East to America is going to continue to grow [Kurkjian: Asian wave will only get bigger]. We’re talking about Japan (mostly), Korea, and Taiwan.

And if you land a big time player from overseas, you may be able to capitalize on a greater ability to market your client…not only in America, but in his home country as well. Players from overseas will continue to come to America until baseball in Asia becomes as organized as the MLB. In fact, the wave of players may continue to increase until the MLB decides to go global and create an Asian Division.

What does this mean for interested agents? There may be a lot of opportunity to recruit clients in the Far East in the same way that many agents have looked to places like the Dominican Republic in the recent past.

-Darren Heitner

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.