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Rooting Out Some Conflict Of Interest In The NBA

Take a quick look at recent interviews conducted with some of the most prominent members in the sports agent industry. Leigh Steinberg and David Falk have shown deep concern with the direction that our profession is going. In an effort to turn around some of the reverse evolution that Falk speaks of, the NBAPA proclaimed that it will finally start enforcing its regulations. Implementing regulations and actually enforcing them? Novel idea!

According to an inflexible memo sent out by Billy Hunter, the Player’ Association plans to crack down on agents (like [Keith] Glass) who represent players and coaches; the union forbids doing both, but has overlooked the conflict of interest for 20 years or more. Those days are over, warned Hunter.

This is all very promising; however, I will believe it when I see it. Kudos to Hunter if he follows through with the inflexible memo.

Hat tip to Joshua Golka at Athlete Agent/Sports Agent Regulation for the link to the NY Post report.

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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