Friday Wrap-Up

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up (1/1/2010)

This is the first Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up of the new year.  The column is one of the favorites for readers and there is no threat of it leaving.  However, I was close to scrapping it for this week.  I had collected a great number of interesting stories, only to have my browser crash yesterday.  I have been able to find most of the links, and added in some new ones that are of particular interest.  Thus, the streak of posting this column every week continues.  I had a fantastic week scouting and talking to young baseball players and their families at the PerfectGame National Underclass Showcase – Main Event.  Three days full of pure baseball was draining, but enjoyable.  On one day I had Frank Zaino (Director of Baseball Operations at Dynasty) and Justin Herzig (HR Director) with me and on another I was only accompanied by Frank.  A lot of relationships were formed and I look forward to following up with many of the families we were able to meet.  In a very competitive industry, it is extremely important to get your name out to these families very early.  I believe that there is also a lot for them to gain by learning about a company early on so that a certain amount of trust may be developed.  Anyway, here are some stories I missed over the past week:



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.