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Pat Dye Jr.’s First Day Of 2011 Free Agency Duties

On Tuesday, July 27, 2011, Pat Dye Jr. welcomed Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange into his SportsTrust Advisors office to observe what was expected to be a day of madness – the first day teams could contact veteran free agents and rookies since the start of the NFL lockout.  Pasquarelli’s subsequent write-up describes what sounds to be a busy day at Dye Jr.’s office, but not a day that was absolute madness.  Here is a section of the article, which actually discusses a negotiation between the Oakland Raiders and my college friend Jarvis Moss, along with the different tasks Dye Jr. tackled in a short span of time:

In the opening two hours of the signing period on Tuesday, Dye negotiated a one-year, $1.25 million deal to send unrestricted defensive end Jarvis Moss back to the Oakland Raiders. He phoned Moss to apprise him of the contract, to counsel him on the logistics of what lie ahead, to remind Moss that the contract can’t be officially signed until Friday evening, and to offer the services of his office in arranging travel for his four-year veteran client.

Over the next several hours, Dye found time to chat by phone with client DeMarcus Ware, who wanted to be updated on the moves made by the Dallas Cowboys; to conduct an interview with a local sports-talk radio station; to wolf down a chicken salad from a restaurant a couple blocks away; to field a call from a team about one of the firm’s first-round selections; to update Sexton on communications with clubs, including a tip his partner had on a client in whom a team had broached interest; and to answer the several questions of an interloper columnist.

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.