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Gaylord Sports Architect Resigns From Lagardère Unlimited Golf

Lagardere Unlimited’s senior vice president has resigned from his position with the agency’s golf division.

In January 2012, Lagardère Unlimited acquired Scottsdale, Arizona-based Gaylord Sports Management Group.  Gaylord Sports was well known for its expansive golf division, which included 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Phil Mickelson and 2011 PGA Championship winner and 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley.  The company’s senior vice president, David Yates, stayed on board with Lagardère Unlimited.  Over the weekend, Lagardère Unlimited announced that David Yates has resigned from that position.

“David has been a valuable asset to us and will always be a good friend,” said Steve Loy, Lagardère Unlimited Golf President.  “We’ve been through so much together in coaching, in growing Gaylord Sports from five clients into a premier agency and becoming a part of Lagardère Unlimited.  We wish David and his family the very best.”

Lagardère Unlimited Golf has undergone a lot of changes since Lagardère Unlimited’s purchase of Gaylord Sports.  In July of last year, golf agent Brian Newton resigned from the agency.  He also became a part of Lagardère Unlimited due to its acquisition of Gaylord Sports.  Since Newton’s departure, Lagardère Unlimited has picked up two new golf player managers.  One of them is former United States Golf Association (USGA) Girls Junior champion and 11-year LPGA Tour golfer Emilee Klein.  The other is former Titleist Wedge Development Director Rick Nelson.

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.