Friday Wrap-Up

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (4/1/2016)

Unfortunately, the following is no April Fool’s joke. The agent community has lost a very valuable member in the passing of NFLPA certified Contract Advisor Eugene Parker. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Parker lost his battle with kidney cancer. He leaves behind many family members, friends and clients whom adored him, including Jairus Byrd, who Tweeted that he lost the greatest agent ever, a father figure and friend. May Eugene rest in peace. For all of us that have crossed paths with him, we always admired his skill and grace. Any dislike merely came from jealousy of his success as an athlete representative.

I am traveling to Houston today to partake in some Final Four activities and then off to Gainesville for the annual University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium. Hopefully you can attend if you are in town. I love returning to my alma mater!

This week on Forbes: (1) Risk No Longer Worth Reward For Many NFL Players; (2) Could Virtual Currency-Based Daily Fantasy Sports Strike Gold?; and (3) Why NFL Should Back Off New York Times Defamation Threat.

This week on Inc.: (1) Legalized MMA in New York Is Monumental for the Sport; (2) How the Cloud Can Help You Cut Calories More Efficiently; (3) 6 Reasons Why Wearables Are The Future Of Fitness; and (4) Greg Norman’s 7 Approaches To Keeping Employees Happy.

And as always, the weekly wrap-up:




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.