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Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (5/23/2014)

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (98) autographs a fans jersey as he walks off the field after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Jacksonville 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis’ agent is very upset with his client’s 4 game suspension. Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It is great to be back in sunny South Florida and away from the blistering cold of Chicago.  Last week’s Sports Lawyers Association conference was a blast outside of the harsh weather, though.  It is also great to be in South Florida as the Miami Heat continue to assert their dominance over the NBA.  Definitely looking forward to attending Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday evening.  This week on FORBES: (1) Is It Time For California To Move Forward With Regulated Online Poker?; (2) NFL May Have Suffered Major Setback As Concussion Lawsuit Settlement Lingers; (3) The Inevitable Death Of NBA’s One-And-Done Rule; (4) Jadeveon Clowney Becomes Face Of Wilson Football With Multi-Year Endorsement Deal; (5) The Whistle’s YouTube Sports Empire Expands With Harlem Globetrotters Partnership; (6) Donald Sterling Receives Termination Charge From NBA; (7) Can California Chrome Strike Gold?; (8) The Hurdles Former NFL Players Face In Their Painkiller Suit; (9) Sports Social Network For Smack Talk Raises $500,000 Ahead Of Series A; and (10) Miami Beckham United Reveals Plan And Support For Downtown Soccer Stadium.  And as always, the weekly wrap-up:



  • “Arn Tellem, who was a lawyer for the Clippers before becoming a top sports agent, has said one of Sterling’s strong suits in litigation was figuring out what his opponents wanted — and what they feared” [Sterlings turn to lawsuits in cases great and small].

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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.