Sports Agents

Name That “Agent”

A few people recently tipped me to a certain sports agent’s LinkedIN profile.  Apparently, this agent has been calling and emailing established professionals in this industry and giving them a good laugh.  I have no intention of ruining anybody’s career or making a fool out of anyone, but this is something I could not ignore.  I took a screenshot of the agent’s profile (below), and took the time to blot out any reference to his name or his company’s name.  Can you take a guess at who is behind the profile?


As far as I know, the real “Jerry Maguire” is Leigh Steinberg.  But this all gets worse.  This agent recently contacted another agent in the industry, and when his offer was rejected, he sent this message:

Since you weren’t interested in merging with (agency name deleted) we have decided to merge with either Lagardere, KB Sports, Octagon, Or a few other choices we have to pick from.

This type of name dropping cannot be taken well by the agencies listed in the quote.  As a disclaimer, I have absolutely nothing against the agent making these comments on his LinkedIN page and through email.  In fact, I think the guy is a genuinely nice person.  But that said, this kind of conduct is unacceptable.

Now I realize that there may be a chance, however slight, that this agent was really offered to merge with these companies.  However, the fact that he sent the same message out to half a dozen agents and is advertising it on his LinkedIN makes me think otherwise.

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.