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Former Basketball Agent Jason Levien To Buy A Piece Of MLS D.C. United

It seems as though former basketball agent Jason Levien has already lived a full life.  In 2008, Jason Levien, owner of a company named Levien Sports Representation, left his basketball agency behind to become General Counsel/Assistant General Manager of the Sacramento Kings and was later promoted to Senior Vice President prior to resigning in 2010.  Then, Levien became part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers.  And just recently it was reported that Levien will become a part owner of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United franchise.  Yet, Levien is a young man who still has a lot of years of making big moves in sports business ahead of him.

Levien graduated from Pomona College in 1993 and later received his Juris Doctorate from Michigan, where he served as editor of the law review.  Prior to starting his own basketball agency, he worked at the well known law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he had the blessing to begin a basketball player representation practice.  In his days as an agent, Levien represented Udonis Haslem, Kevin Martin, Luol Deng, Omri Casspi, and Courtney Lee.  Now he is responsible for paying comparable players.

I have always been a big fan of Levien.  Without a doubt, I will instantly become a D.C. United fan.  However, I can’t say the same about the 76ers.  My allegiance is pledged to my hometown Miami Heat.

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.