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Looking Back To Josh Luchs’ NFLPA Discipline

Two weeks ago, when I had first heard that Gary Wichard hired Howard Silber as his attorney, a friend of mine suggested I talk to Josh Luchs.  My inquiry at the time was regarding Silber’s representation of Wichard and Kentwan Balmer, who is a Wichard football client.

I never reached out to Luchs.  But, after reading George Dohrmann’s piece that was published yesterday, I did find an article from August 2007, which discussed Luchs’ NFLPA mandated arbitration battle against Wichard and his attorney, Silber.  Prominent sports attorney, David Cornwell, was counsel for Luchs.

Luchs was protesting his 1 year NFLPA certification suspension in addition to a fine he was told to pay.  As you may know from the Dohrmann article, the NFLPA denied the appeal of Luchs’ suspension.  Luchs states,

I should have been suspended 100 times for all the players I paid, but not for what they did suspend me for.

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.