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Jeff Fannell Goes 1-1 In 2012 Baseball Salary Arbitration Hearings

Jeff Fannell of Jeff Fannell & Associates, LLC used to be an Assistant General Counsel with the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Fannell worked with Robert Guerra, Bob Lenaghan, Matt Nussbaum, and Doyle Pryor as Assistant GCs at the MLBPA.  He established his own consulting firm located in Bordentown, New Jersey in November 2010.  Fannell currently advises baseball players and their agents in contract negotiations and has become well regarded for his experience in salary arbitration.

This year alone, Fannell had two baseball salary arbitration cases that he prepared and argued at hearing.  He went 1-1.  His win was in representing Anibal Sanchez, who defeated the Miami Marlins ($6.9 million/$8 million split).  Fannell helped Sanchez get the largest arbitration hearing award ever for a starting pitcher.  Fannell’s loss was with Jose Veras, whose arbitration figure of $2.375 million was rejected in favor of the Milwaukee Brewers’ offer of $2 million.  Veras’ agent is Bryce Dixon, who formerly worked for Beverly Hills Sports Council and Praver Shapiro Sports Management before starting his own practice.

Fannell and Jay Reisinger are two individuals who have created a nice niche for themselves with regards to the representation of baseball players in the preparation leading up to, and at, salary arbitration hearings.  It is a fascinating practice that other lawyers may seek to enter.  I know that it is certainly a type of “Sports Law” that interests me.

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.