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Jim Steiner Retires After 35 Years As A Sports Agent

Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that longtime football agent Jim Steiner retired from being a sports agent.  Steiner had amassed a total of thirty-five years representing mostly football players, but also dabbled in the representation of baseball and basketball players early in his career.  He had somewhere between 300 and 500 clients throughout his career (I guess you stop counting once you hit the 200 mark), and worked for a total of four companies (Bry & Associates, Sports Management Group, SFX, and most recently Creative Artists Agency) prior to retiring from the business.

Steiner, a St. Louis, Missouri resident had been working at CAA alongside Tom Condon and Ben Dogra.  Recently, Memphis, Tennessee-based Jimmy Sexton joined the CAA team.  The industry today is much more crowded than it was when Steiner first began representing professional athletes.  Everything from recruiting to compensation of the athletes has changed, and likely made it less exciting for the veteran agent.

Steiner plans to remain in St. Louis and hopes to find something new and exciting to get involved in.  Throughout his career, Steiner represented some of the best in football, including Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, William “Refrigerator” Perry, and Randall Cunningham.

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.