Sports Agents

Agent Spotlight: John Greig

Basketball agency, SportsTalent, does not have a working website and does not even have an agency profile at respected basketball website,  But a quick look at the company’s listing on Eurobasket, displays an agency rich with overseas players, a few talented NBDL players, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, and a couple of NBA assistant coaches.  The list is even more impressive when you consider that the company is made up of a counselor/talent evaluator, European liaison, and John Greig, the main agent for the firm.  That’s it.

Before becoming an agent, Greig was a professional basketball player.  He had a very short stint with the Seattle SuperSonics (remember them?), and then went on to play in Spain, France, and Switzerland.  It makes it easier to sell your services to players looking to play overseas when you have played the international game yourself.  He also know what it is like to own and operate a business.  After finishing up his professional basketball career, he went into real estate and ran a few coffee shops.

Like many other agents, Greig claims that he was never looking to become a sports agent.  Looks like he is doing just fine in this profession that he got “drug into”.

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.