Sports Law: Sports Agents and Representation
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This Week’s Topics:
Basic Duties of Athlete Representation
Rules on agents recruiting college athletes
Agent Conflicts of Interest: Detroit Lions & Billy Sims v. Jerry Argovitz, Leigh Steinberg saga
Agent Gifts to College Athletes: Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom v. Brent
Fullwood, Reggie Bush/O.J. Mayo/USC Scandal; Johnny Manziel Autograph scandal.
Background on Earning Potential for Sports Agents & The Top Sports Agents
Morals Clauses and application to endorsement contracts for Ryan Braun (Nike), Michael Vick (Nike), Tiger Woods (Gatorade, Gillette, Tag Hauer, Accenture, AT&T), Michael Phelps (Kellogg), Brett Favre (Wrangler) and Reshard Mendenhall (Champion)
This was an interesting topic in class for two reasons. First, I learned about the criminal investigation of a UNC tutor who allegedly worked as a runner for an illegal agent. Secondly, we had an agent come to class and discuss what he does.
The whole UNC thing is a disgrace, but I’m glad there’s something finally happening. I understand at some level why the NFL has the rules it does. It’s protection from the union. If not for the antitrust exemptions that unions enjoy, this would be a clear violation. I guess under the current system it would make sense to pay the players something small. I like the idea of schools actually playing each other, like in high school, but at the Division I level of sports, at least in the major money-making sports, that’s a joke. As the NCAA likes to say on its commercials, most of the athletes are not going to end up going pro. That’s true in the money-making sports as well, but the schools make a ton of money and obviously they recruit for athletics, not for academics. There’s a lot to say about the agent law, but for now I’m just going to leave it at that. I can come back to the topic if people find it interesting.
The second thing that was interesting about the class was baseball agent Joe Rosen coming to class. Now, I don’t have a lot of interest right now in becoming an agent nor do I have much interest in professional baseball, but the talk was interesting nonetheless. He spoke a bit about players coming from overseas, which happens a lot in Major League Soccer, but he didn’t say much about players going abroad, which, of course, many young Americans do. The MLS is also only beginning to build a minor league system with it’s affiliation with USL.
It got me thinking though because I may end up interacting with agents in the future. My most likely interaction with agents in the future will be as a high school or club coach. I’ve coached club before, but it’s not likely to happen again while we are still in Baltimore. We’ll only likely be in Baltimore for a year and a half, and I won’t be looking for coaching gigs while I’m settling in at Johns Hopkins. Whether we end up in Philly or elsewhere after Baltimore, it will likely only be for a year, so I won’t probably be seriously looking for high school or club gigs. Now, if we end up back in The Triangle, maybe I’ll go back to TFC.
As always, let us know if you want to hear more about agents. I’d be particularly interested in researching Maryland or North Carolina agent law if someone wants to push me to do some research.
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