Headline Sports Agents Sports Law

Gaylord Sports Loses An Agent To A Law Firm

When I talk to attorneys who are not involved in the business of sports, I oftentimes hear them tell me that they would do anything to quit their jobs and become sports agents.  Whether it be that they hate their day jobs or they see the agent business as being something fun and exciting, there is something that pushes many attorneys to pay state athlete agent fees and players association fees.  One thing you rarely hear about is an agent quitting his job to work at Big Law.  Gregg Clifton is a rebel.

Clifton was a baseball agent with Gaylord Sports Management (sorry, but I am not feeling the intro music), the company that recently grabbed Dan Uggla from Beverly Hills Sports Council.  Prior to joining Gaylord, Clifton served as a legal intern for the general counsel of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and was also once CEO of Bob Woolf Associates.  While at Gaylord, Clifton carried the title of Vice President, Baseball Division, along with Terry Bross, who will likely lead Gaylord’s baseball division in the future.

The law firm that has gained Clifton is Jackson Lewis LLP, which specializes in workplace law.  The firm’s slogan is, “All we do is work.”  How often do you think associates crack jokes about that one?  The word is that Clifton will remain in the world of sports, being a major part of the firm’s Sports Industry Practice Group.  I cannot find any information about this group from the Jackson Lewis LLP website.

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.

2 replies on “Gaylord Sports Loses An Agent To A Law Firm”

Comments are closed.