Golf Sports Law

A Rocky Situation For Anthony Kim

Anthony KimRocky Hambric of Hambric Sports Management (whose site is currently under construction) believes that there may have been some foul play surrounding the departure of PGA Tour client Anthony Kim from Hambric Sports to IMG.  The change of representation occurred in May 2008, seven months before Kim’s contract with Hambric Sports was set to expire.  Hambric Sports filed a suit against Kim for breach of contract last year.  Now, Rocky Hambric and his legal team are in the process of attempting to secure access to IMG and Gaylord Sports documents from the time period surrounding the change with the hope that viewing said documents will shed light into whether the companies were actively attempting to pry away their signed client.  Don’t expect comments from any of the parties being subpoenaed.

From my understanding, IMG signed Kim quickly after he dropped Hambric Sports.  Gaylord Sports was also interested in acquiring Kim as a client.  The main question is whether both IMG and Gaylord Sports approached Kim prior to the golfer terminating his agreement with Hambric.  Also subpoenaed is Kim’s advisor, Sterling Ball.

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.