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Paying Tribute To Scott Boras As He Pisses Off GMs

Scott BorasLove or hate the guy, how can you not respect Scott Boras for what he has done for his clients and for all other baseball agents’ clientele?  All of us should really be paying for a portion of the numerous dollars spent on Boras Corp’s server system that churns out data comparisons so that Mr. Boras never enters a negotiation unprepared to defend what at first seems like a ridiculous offer.  Those deals that Boras clients end up signing raise the bar for all other players that some of us might be representing.  So thanks, Mr. Boras.

Want to realize his true power?  At last week’s Winter Meetings (yes, they seem to be quite the topic of conversation around these parts this week), Boras was able to piss off San Francisco Giants GM, Brian Sabean, when Boras said that Sabean’s club needs hitting help.  Many agents would be extremely cautious about rupturing their ties with their limited connections in the business of baseball.  Not Mr. Boras.  He takes the heat for many of us, and his clients often benefit from it (as do ours).

This is what Sabean said in response to Boras’ comment,

“Well, you know, I never knew that we needed any more offense. I’m shocked to hear I’m the last to know. Scott’s a very smart man. He’s got enough money to buy a club. Maybe that’s the route he should go.”

And I thought that I was the king of sarcasm.

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.