Recruiting Sports Agents

Newly Discovered Docs Detail How A California AAU Program Tried To Sign An Exclusive With A Sports Agency

In the beginning of March, it was revealed that former sports agency runner Christian Dawkins was slapped with a six month prison sentence after it was determined that he recruited basketball players, providing money as inducements, to sign with an NBA agent. In reply to a tweet that I published concerning the above, NFL agent Eric Metz wrote, “Not enough room in prisons for all of the agents paying players before they get to leagues.”

Newly discovered documents provided to Sports Agent Blog seem to assist in demonstrating just how pervasive contemplated payment schemes have been. These documents concern an AAU program that has worked with players such as Kevin Love and other top athletes. In fact, it is the same AAU program that was paid $250,000 by Jay Williams’ former sports agency.

Sports Agent Blog is in possession of a “Broker Agreement” dated January 28, 2014 that was intended to be between a former sports agency Top-Tier Sports Management Inc. and AAU coach Pat Barrett, with the latter individual labeled the “Broker.” The first WHEREAS clause of the document succinctly wraps up the relationship. It states:

“WHEREAS TTSM [Top-Tier Sports Management Inc.] anticipates that it will become the exclusive agent of record for all and any players who play(ed) under the Broker’s AAU program, who is owner of South California All Stars (the “Players”).”

Pat Barrett Broker Agreement - Page 1

The text following that sole WHEREAS clause goes on to lay out the compensation that TTSM will provide to Barrett in exchange for becoming the “exclusive agent of record.”

TTSM was to pay Barrett $7,000 as a donation to Barrett’s AAU program prior to execution of the agreement. Thereafter, TTSM would pay another $15,000 donation to the AAU program. Another $28,000 was to be paid by June 18, 2014, after Broker “showcased agreement progress.”

Barrett’s compensation continued. He would receive 2% of the fees TTSM received based on player endorsement contracts after TTSM acquired at least six professional athlete clients. He was also to be entitled to 5% of the fees TTSM earned from those endorsement contracts once TTSM had at least nine clients.

Pat Barrett Broker Agreement - Page 2

If TTSM was happy with Barrett’s services, then it would have been required to increase its annual contribution to the AAU program by $10,000 per year.

All of the aforesaid compensation provided by TTSM to Barrett was in exchange for Barrett providing “sit-downs/meetings with immediately family members of the Players that Broker has access to prior to the end of the 2014 AAU program season.” The document included a list of mandatory sit-downs with: Stanley Johnson, Marcus Lovett Jr., Vance Jackson, Tyler Dorsey, Kelly Oubre, Cliff Alexander and Spencer Dinwiddie.

“Agency requires at least 3 Players to represent in the 2015 NBA Draft,” states the document.

Pat Barrett Broker Agreement - Page 3

The Broker Agreement in Sports Agent Blog‘s possession was only executed by Barrett, with his signature placed next to an indicated date of January 29, 2014 and the signature of a witness in close proximity therewith. There are no signatures placed on behalf of Top-Tier Sports Management, Inc.

Sports Agent Blog has attempted to make contact with those named on the document, but has not received a reply to date.

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.