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The Higgins Group Is Now Part Of Excel Sports Management

The Higgins Group, formerly led by Mike Higgins and Derrick Powell has been acquired by Excel Sports Management.  Excel Sports is a strong, growing agency that represents numerous NBA, MLB and PGA standouts.  Adding Higgins and Powell to the team brings in a host of new clients and a new office in Washington D.C.

A few of Higgins’ and Powell’s bigger name clients include Ronnie Price, Nick Collison, Tony Allen, and Joel Anthony.  Those gentlemen, along with other basketball players, join an already powerful basketball division at Excel Sports.  Here is a partial list of Excel Sports basketball clients represented by the company prior to the acquisition of The Higgins Group:

  • Blake Griffin
  • Tyson Chandler
  • Kevin Love
  • Jason Kidd
  • Al Jefferson
  • Charlie Villanueva
  • Emeka Okafor
  • Kyle Korver

The list goes on and on.  Basically, a powerhouse just got a little bit more powerful.

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.