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On To The Next One: Chris Lofton

Sometimes it just feels more comfortable to sign with an agent who your friends are with, especially if your friends are happy with his services.  It also never hurts when the agent is not far away.  This way you can bug him in person instead of solely over the phone.  Chris Lofton probably had both ideas in mind when he recently dropped his former agent, Eric Fleisher for Jared Karnes of Allegiant Athletic Agency (a3).

Fleisher had represented the former University of Tennessee standout since he left the college ranks to play professionally overseas.  He placed Lofton in Turkey back in 2008.  Lofton went on to play in Spain’s top division.  Fleisher represents quite a few other players overseas and only a couple of players domestically.

Now that Lofton moves to Karnes and a3, he joins former teammates Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism as a3 clients.  Both of them will be playing in Turkey this year.  It is not yet known where Lofton will be for the 2010 season.

a3 is known more for its football clientèle, which includes Eric Berry, Albert Haynesworth, Kelley Washington, and more.  Their basketball division is quickly growing under Karnes, with a focus on the state of Tennessee.

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.