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Albert Pujols Agent Leaves Beverly Hills Sports Council

After Ryan Howard signed a 5-year, $125 million extension, many people in the industry started saying that Albert Pujols next contract will be worth $30 million per year…maybe even more.  How much will the St. Louis Cardinals, or another MLB team, pay the best player in baseball?

Pujols agent, Dan Lozano, probably dreams about it every night.  Jeff Borris and others at Beverly Hills Sports Council were probably also counting down the days until it came time for Pujols to sign a new contract.  But Lozano found the exit door, and left the rest of BHSC behind.

Last night, Jerry Crasnick reported that Dan Lozano left BHSC and will likely take his other high profile clients like Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young with him.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to look at Lozano’s employment contract with BHSC?  I wonder what kind of noncompete clause was written into the agreement.  Will BHSC just let Lozano leave and join another agency or set up shop on his own without any kind of fight?  If there is a noncompete, does it even matter?  California rarely enforces such clauses as the state is very anti restraining employment.

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.

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