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Melchionni Joins WMG

When Lee Melchionni was not busy getting some man love from former teammate, Sheldon Williams, Melchionni played the power forward position for the Duke Blue Devils. Then came the day that he was not looking forward to: graduation. After leaving Duke, Melchionni was left with the option of playing for Cimberio Novara in the Italian league while many of his Blue Devil buddies were on their way to the NBA.

Things may be turning around for Mr. Melchionni. He is going to be a sports agent at Wasserman Media Group (WMG) under Arn Tellem.

Melchionni has been recently quoted saying,

“It’s a pretty impressive client list,” Melchionni said recently. “[Tellem] is almost the Godfather of sports agents. He’s someone you look at to see how it’s done. His clients are like an extension of his family.” [Starting a career].

I do not really expect Melchionni to say anything less of his future employer,

especially while he is currently living in Tellem’s house. I guess that Italian league salary just did not cut it. Hopefully Melchi can handle 7 hours a day at the WMG office,

followed by night classes at Loyala Marymount Law School, and ending with some nice dinner discussions at the Tellem family table.

-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.

2 replies on “Melchionni Joins WMG”

Being a former D1 ball player with a family history within basketball is going to give him a leg up on many. Having the backing of Tellem and WMG won’t hurt either. It’s cool that they have that 7 hours plus school agreement. Before I chose UCLA for law school, I considered Loyola’s evening program, because it has a strong reputation and is ideal for someone that wants to work or intern during the day. I believe Tellem’s current number two, Bob Myers, completed the same program while working for Tellem.

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