Sports Agents

Excited About The New ABA Expansion Teams?

The Arena Football League canceled its 2009 season.  NFL Europe was scrapped a few years ago.  The Continental Basketball Association wrapped up its season well before it was supposed to.  The UNGL never got off the ground.  The AAFL did not have enough funding to have its inaugural season.  There are many other examples of leagues folding before our eyes.  One that has managed to survive, though, is the American Basketball Association (ABA).  In fact, the ABA is constantly growing, with expansion teams lined up for 2009 and 2010.

One of the teams getting ready to field a squad in December 2009 is the Savannah Prowl (is that a lion’s roar or a loud belch?).  As an expansion team, they are looking to fill every position, and will be having a tryout on June 27-28.  More information can be found here.

savannah prowl

I just find it a little odd that the team is promoting the presence of a licensed sports agent on-site to evaluate players and potentially sign players to represent them. First of all, what constitutes a licensed agent?  Is he/she licensed in the state of Georgia?  NBPA licensed?  Licensed to kill?  Also, why would a team be promoting an agent?  That should raise some eyebrows.  Will this agent be working for the team or for the players?  There is definitely a potential conflict of interest if the team is promoting a specific sports agent’s presence.  And who is this sports agent who has been given this honor?

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.