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Athletes First Leads All Agencies In Number Of Clients Selected

Neil Stratton runs an excellent web site,  Daily, Neil discusses the latest agent/player rumors in the NFL.  Also, right around NFL draft time, Neil provides solid information regarding what players are signed with which agencies.  Recently, he put together a list of agencies ranked by how many of their clients were drafted in April.  Leading the pack was Athletes First, with a total of 16 clients drafted in the 7 rounds.  Athletes First had a good spread through the rounds.

In second was Octagon, followed by Priority Sports.  Both agencies had a good spread.  After those three came CAA, who was extremely top heavy, as I have noted in prior posts.  Not a single one of CAA’s 11 clients drafted were picked later than the third round.

Neil also breaks down the agencies into 3 categories: Major, Mid-Major, and Boutique.  Goalline Sports, National Sports, and PlayersRep led the Mid-Majors with 5 clients of each agency selected.  The Boutique agency with the most success was Metro Sports, who had a 5th rounder and two 6th rounders.

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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