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ARPA Group On LinkedIn

ARPAOn October 9, I suggested that we bring back ARPA, an organization that once served some worthy purposes in strengthening the sports agent profession.  ARPA stands for Association of Representatives of Professional Athletes, and was created in 1978 as a vehicle to introduce self-regulation into the profession.  After publishing the post, I received tons of emails from agents across the world, lending a hand in helping re-organize ARPA into a club that may strengthen the image of sports agents, in general.  I believe that before we create a yearly meeting, it is important that we establish a strong framework.

Last week, I created an ARPA group on LinkedIn.  If you are currently an agent representing clients in any professional sport throughout the world, I implore that you join the group.  You may request to join by clicking here.  Let’s all make one of our New Year’s Resolutions to not only find individual success, but bring prosperity to our profession as a whole.

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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