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Former CAA Baseball Agent Casey Close Joins Excel Sports Management

Casey Close represents Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, and Derek Lee (amongst other baseball players).  He is a former Michigan baseball player who won Baseball America’s National Player of the Year award in 1986.  Close is a member of the fairly new MLBPA Player Agent Advisory Committee.  He is nothing less than one of baseball’s major power brokers.  And now he is a part of Excel Sports Management.

In March 2010, a reader asked if I had heard anything about Casey Close leaving Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to start up a new company with long time basketball agent David Falk.  Perhaps at one point in time, Close had contemplated teaming up with Falk.  In the end, he ended up choosing former IMG co-employee, Jeff Schwartz (pictured right), the current President of Excel Sports Management.

Up to Close’s departure from CAA and inclusion in Excel, Schwartz’s company has strictly represented basketball players in the USA and abroad, including familiar names like Jason Kidd, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Paul Pierce, and many other superstars.  With Close in the fold, Excel will also represent some of the best players in baseball.

This move increases Excel’s caché and puts the company in a new class of sports agencies.  With some of the best in baseball and basketball under one roof, Excel is certainly a firm that becomes tougher to compete against.

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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