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Desean Jackson Signs With Joel Segal, Not Jay Z

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Desean Jackson signing paperwork with football agent Joel Segal to make the business relationship official. Photo courtesy of @DeniseWhite_EAG.

After weeks of speculation and many writing in Jay Z and Roc Nation Sports as his next agent, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Desean Jackson decided to go in a different direction.  On Friday, Jackson’s public relations manager, Denise White, broke the news via Twitter that Jackson signed with football agent Joel Segal of Lagardère Unlimited.

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In early June, White said that Jackson was not entertaining any new agencies or agents at the time and specifically indicated that her statement included Jay Z’s new Roc Nation Sports agency.  Yet other reporters, including Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY Sports, commented that Jackson told his teammates that he was interested in signing with Roc Nation Sports.

While Segal is undoubtedly a qualified and prominent football agent, one must wonder if there were other factors that persuaded Jackson to stay away from signing with Jay Z’s new sports agency.  The NFLPA recently conducted an investigation concerning Roc Nation Sports’ role in the recruitment of New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who switched from Select Sports Group to Kim Miale of Roc Nation after the 2013 NFL Draft.  No punishment has been levied to date, but players may start to become concerned about potential negative ramifications stemming from the investigation.  That said, Jackson will likely be performing on the 5-year, $47 million contract he signed on March 14, 2012, so having a certified agent on his side is not necessarily the most important thing for the time being.  But he now has one and his name is Joel Segal.

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.