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On To The Next One: Sione Pouha

It’s an agent’s dream.  Let another agent do all the babysitting and then sign a player right before he becomes a free agent and signs a new contract.  Agents don’t get paid for babysitting; they get paid for being the agent of record when their clients sign new deals.  Therefore, dream come true for Brian Mackler and James Ivler of Sportstars.

The gentlemen at Sportstars recently signed New York Jets nose tackle Sione Pouha.  While Pouha and the Jets did not make the playoffs (thanks in part to my Miami Dolphins), Pouha can expect a nice pay raise going into next season.  He was drafted by the Jets in 2005 and signed a three year extension in 2008.  Therefore, he will be a free agent in March 2012.  Whether he re-signs with the Jets remains to be seen.  He had over 50 tackles, a forced fumble, and a safety in 2011.

Pouha was formerly represented by Kenneth F. Vierra Jr., a partner at law firm Lynch, Gilardi & Grummer, which is based in San Francisco, California.

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.