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Matt Kemp May Have 160 Million Reasons To Care About The Town Of L.A.

With speculation circling that Matt Kemp will sign a 8-year $160 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and an ESPN report stating that the Dodgers and Kemp’s agent are “moving in a positive direction and that he is optimistic an agreement will be reached,” I started thinking about some comments that Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, made to the media in the past.  Whereas this week, Stewart is talking about positive and productive discussions with the Dodgers, little over a year ago, Stewart’s tone was quite the opposite.

On August 21, 2010, T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article titled, “Matt Kemp’s agent is an albatross around his neck.”  The title is mild compared to the first sentence of the piece, which reads, “Matt Kemp has a problem, one as big as his own half-hearted play at times and inability to hit an outside pitch — his agent Dave Stewart.”  Simers alleged that Stewart wrote the following to the LA Times: “Do you think for one moment I care about the town of L.A. or the fans there?”

I have a feeling that Stewart’s attitude has changed, with the Dodgers contemplating giving Kemp a hefty contract offer.

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.