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Movement: Drew Gooden And Richard Jefferson

Already one great decision and one that leaves me scratching my head.

Sure, I have become a big fan of Dan Fegan of Legardere Unlimited as of late, but he deserves my acclaim, especially when he gets his clients deals that look like straight-up steals.  I didn’t even discuss Drew Gooden in my post that was published earlier today.  Instead, when I brought up Fegan, I talked about Al Harrington.  I have faith that Fegan will score Harrington a solid deal after he got Gooden a 5-year, $32 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.  When you play for 8 teams in 8 seasons and get a 5-year deal for that much money, your agent is doing something right.

And then I shake my head when I hear that Richard Jefferson opted out of the final year of his contract, which would have entitled him to $15 million.  Sure, Jefferson will probably get a deal that lasts longer than 1 year, but if he rebounds from his lackluster previous season, he might be cutting himself short.  However, perhaps he and his agent, Todd Eley of Stratosphere Sports, knows something the rest of us don’t know.  Maybe Jefferson’s days as a star are over.  I did not know much about Todd Eley or his company, Stratosphere Sports.  After a quick search, I was unable to find a company website (it seems to be “Under Construction”), but I did find an uploaded presentation on Stratosphere.

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.