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Thanksgiving is all about three things: turkey, family, and football.  All three are very important to the standard American household.  Turkey is quite tasty and happens to be extremely healthy (depending on the way you prepare it).  Your family is composed of the only people you know will care for you at all times and be for you whenever you need them.  Last, football has become a year-round sport, taking up a large portion of all of our lives, whether it be watching the games on Sunday, Monday, and sometimes Thursdays, checking our fantasy stats, following the transactions in the off season, etc.

It seems as though the NFL’s business model is multiple times stronger than the other American professional leagues.  In a short amount of time, the sport has eclipsed all others, which obviously may have been affected by ESPN’s extensive coverage of it throughout the year.  Whatever the case may be, American football has captured our attention from the college bowl game season, to the pre-draft workouts, the combine, the draft, and beyond.  One area that seems to be generating more buzz as of late is the NFL combine.  The Scouting Combine occurs once a year (in February) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  It is a privilege for a player to be invited to test his 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical leap, and fill out the Wonderlic Test.  If you are an NFLPA certified agent you are there.  And now, anyone can watch the events as they unfold on NFL Network.  The combine has gained a larger following each and every year.  Apparently the NBA has been paying attention as well.

A memorandum was recently sent out from NBA Exec to all GMs to announce the abolishment of the Pre-Draft Camp and institution of a new NBA Draft Combine.  Agents, book your flights now.  It will be from May 27-May 31 in Chicago, Illinois.  Team workouts will begin on April 7.  It will be interesting to see what kind of success this new development may have on the NBA draft process and if it will spark any new interest among general fans of the game.

More information: NBA Again Tinkering With the Pre-Draft Process

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.