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Jeff Sperbeck Of The NOVO Agency Signs LaMichael James & Nick Toon

While The NOVO Agency is a fairly new football agency, its creator, Jeff Sperbeck, is no novice when it comes to representing professional football players.  Sperbeck was Director of Octagon’s football division prior to starting his own company in 2010.  Before teaming up with Octagon, Sperbeck was partners with Mike Sullivan, who also joined Octagon and stayed at the company until recently accepting a job as director of football administration for the Denver Broncos.  Interestingly, Sperbeck may be best known for his representation of former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, but he continues to serve as an agent for big name players, including Joey Porter.  And Sperbeck is making some noise going into the 2012 NFL Draft.

Still a “boutique agency,” The NOVO Agency is not locking up commitments from a large number of NFL Draft prospects, but the two gentlemen who have signed with Sperbeck are highly coveted individuals.  Thus far, The NOVO Agency has signed LaMichael James and Nick Toon.

LaMichael James is a running back from Oregon.  While his height (5’9) may temporarily serve to be a disadvantage, he is one of the better backs in the Draft.  He redshirted in 2008, won Freshman of the Year in the Pac-10 in 2009, earned the Doak Walker Award in 2010, and is leaving Oregon after a strong 2011 (with lots of honors).

Nick Toon is a wide receiver from Wisconsin.  His father also played at Wisconsin and was a Hall of Famer.  Size (6’2 220lbs) is not a problem for this player.  Longtime agent Ralph Cindrich will assist Sperbeck with the representation of Toon, who is considered one of the ten best receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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.