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Baseball Agent Josh Yates Leaves SFX; Brings Clients With Him To ACES

It happens all the time. An agent goes from one company to another and brings his clients with him. In the case of baseball agent Josh Yates, he is on to his third company in the span of roughly five years.

Yates began his career as a baseball agent with the company CSMG, which had its baseball division along with its coaches, broadcast, legends and marketing divisions acquired by Octagon in 2008. Yates had left CSMG prior to much of the company being eaten up by Octagon. He had left the company to join the strong baseball division at SFX.

Fast forward a few years and Yates is on the move again. According to an SFX spokesperson, Yates left SFX on January 3, 2012 to join ACES, which is owned by Sam and Seth Levinson. Yates has taken Jon Lester, Mike Adams, and Felix Pie with him in addition to some Minor League players.

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.