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On To The Next One: Tony Romo

Earlier this week, Calvin Watkins of reported that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has changed agents.  Watkins wrote that Romo was formerly represented by Ken Kremer (although he misspelled Kremer’s name) and will henceforth be under contract with R.J. Gonser.

While Romo’s change will be reflected on his Standard Representation Agreement, it may not be all that big of a deal.  Kremer has represented Romo for many years.  In 2008, when Romo was dating Jessica Simpson, her father even put forth an effort to have the quarterback fire Kremer and hire him to negotiate his deals.  That was surely a futile effort.  At the time, Kremer was a part of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the same agency that the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) lists Kremer with today. It is also the same agency where Gonser is employed.

So what exactly is going on here?  Is Kremer still under contract with CAA?  It appears rather odd that a player would switch from one agent to another within the same company.  Is it that Kremer is phasing out his practice?  These are questions that I have asked CAA, but have not yet received a response.

Update (10:28 a.m. EST) – An NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor who is not affiliated with CAA has informed Sports Agent Blog that Kremer recently left CAA and is going to be selling disability insurance.  Still no response from CAA.

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.

One reply on “On To The Next One: Tony Romo”

This isn’t a big deal. Players switch agents within the same firm all the time. Fuzzy has been on the perimeter at CAA for ages. Gonser is primarily a marketing agent, which is all Romo needs right now given that he’s not near a contract year.

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