Sports Business

Basketball Agent Omar Wilkes Joins Fanatics

Omar Wilkes, who formerly served as a sports agent with Octagon and Klutch Sports, has been hired by Fanatics Inc. to run its athlete relations department at Fanatics Collectibles, which is focused on the trading card and collectibles business. Wilkes had represented many stars at Klutch including Trae Young and Anthony Edwards.

Fanatics Collectibles CEO Mike Mahan will serve as Wilkes’ direct supervisor and Wilkes will be tasked with using many of the connections he has built directly with athletes as well as others in the sports business community to grow Fanatics Collectibles’ roster of clients. As many in the sports business world know, Fanatics places a premium on exclusive relationships, which tend to be tougher to negotiate given how lucrative the trading card/collectible space can be for players.

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.