Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Playboy's Afro Samurai Video

This is a video that me and a couple of my buddies here made for Playboy's marketing of the new video game Afro Samurai with Samuel L. Jackson. The video game was pretty good and included some bloody, gory, scenes but most importantly the main character had SLJ. Thanks a lot to Charlie and Chris and everyone at Playboy U for the opportunity. I certainly enjoyed it!

You Shock Me Like An Electric Eel

MGMT- Electric Feel

I've Got Sunshine (Part Deux)

It's that time of the term again.....final exam's are three weeks away.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Darren Heitner Interview


SportsAgentBlog.com founder, CEO of Dynasty Athlete Representation, President of the Florida Sports and Entertainment Law Society, AccessAthletes C0-Founder, my boss and soon to be hair gel model for got2beglued, are only some of the attributes on Darren Heitner currently has on his resume.  

The young sports agent is extremely active in the industry and has been making big waves ever since he founded Dynasty while doing the Gator chomp in the swamp.  The energy and creativity that Dynasty Athlete Representation brings to the industry is a direct result of Darren's hard work and dedication. 

Darren was interviewed by Cleveland.com where he discussed how he got where he was and what his company represents.  From discussing his goals and dreams to talking  about his new diet and hair style; Heitner divulges it all in this interview.




Van Gundy Are You Kidding Me

Will Stan Van Gundy shut up already.... After pissing Shaq off, he has decided to speak up again.  This time he has decided to bash one of the greatest franchises in NBA history, The KNICKS. Just because the Knicks had a couple of rough seasons lately doesn't mean Van Gundy can call out the Knicks.  

The brilliant Stan Van Gundy believes that the Knicks did not appreciate Patrick Ewing simply because we did not hire him as a Coach after he retired and the Orlando Magic did.  I believe that there is more to it than that.  The Magic had Dwight Howard for him to coach and develop while the Knicks had Eddy Curry or Marcus Camby when he young and wouldn't listen to anybody.  

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Benefit of Being A Lawyer/ Sport's Agent

The following is an article by Darren of SAB from a while ago.  It does a great job at pointing out some of the advantages of being a sports agent that holds a JD.  It also talks a little about ethics in the industry and its regulation. 

Possible advantages for attorney Sports Agents: competence, education, accountabilitybar association-mandated and -regulated rules of ethicsExpertise in contract drafting & negotiation, familiarity with collective bargaining agreements, retention of professional malpractice insurance, and adhering to stringent ethical standards.

* What is italicized is what I feel is highly subjective. What is in bold seems to be pretty important points.

Ethical attorney agents have had a competitive disadvantage in signing clients because of their bar-mandated ethical obligations that they must adhere to (if they actually do). As I have stated in a post all the way back on February 15th, SPARTA (The Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act) has attempted to change that and treat all agents alike. SPARTA implements attorney-like regulations for all Sports Agents.

SPARTA only deals with recruiting and signing student-athletes, and says nothing about an agent’s conduct once a representation agreement is made between player and agent. In the future, this may be a good place for politicians to pick up where SPARTA left off.

SPARTA is backed by Scott Boras.

The article contends that the introduction and implementation of SPARTA will lead to the extreme rise of the attorney-agent in the world of sports representation. If you were to believe every detail in the review, it would give a clear cut answer to the most popular question in my inbox: “Should I go to law school if I want to be an agent?.” The answer would be a resounding yes, but you need to make up your own mind on whether the review has its merits.

The Model Rules, which is an ethical code produced by the American Bar Association, bind all lawyers who are acting as Sports Agents. The article believes that SPARTA is strikingly similar to many parts of the Model Rules.

Are unethical agents really without their arsenal of cash inducements, fancy cars, etc. now that SPARTA has been passed? Has the threat of prosecution changed these unethical practices? My personal opinion is that SPARTA looks great on paper, but that without proper enforcement, non-attorney agents will continue to have an upper-hand on attorney agents. Since SPARTA’s enactment, no state or educational institution has commenced litigation against an agent under the right of action conferred by SPARTA, and the FTC has not used SPARTA in any one case. SPARTA does not include a private right of action for the student athlete. This may be why there has not been much litigation. These facts will not deter me from obtaining my law degree, however. Hopefully it will inspire us future/current attorney-agents to continue the battle against certain unethical agents, and spur a change in the enforcement of penalties against those who wish to corrupt our business.

VT College Times Interviews Batman

Interview with Batman producer by the Virginia Tech newspaper, Collegiate Times. My sister Samantha, a Senior at VaTech, found this article earlier today.  The rest of the article can be found at the link following this interview.  Mr. Uslan says some inspiring things......

Michael Uslan, a producer who's worked on every Batman film from "The Dark Knight" to the first 1989 movie, is coming to Virginia Tech on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. The talk, titled "Pow! Zap! Oy! How Jewish Immigrants Created Super-Heroes," is sponsored by VTU and Hillel and will be given in Squires' Colonial Hall at no charge.

Collegiate Times: I understand you've worked on every single Batman film from Tim Burton's 1989 film to 2008's "Dark Knight" by Christopher Nolan. Which film has been your favorite to watch again after working on it?

Michael Uslan: In terms of going back and looking at them, Tim Burton decided to create his own universe in the world of Gotham City. If you go back and look at that film, you'll see technology and cars that look like the past, future and present, all mish-mashed together. The great thing about today is that you don't look at it today and say "that's a 1980s film" because he took a timeless approach, and that allows that picture to stand out. In terms of Nolan's more recent film, I could sit and watch both over and over again. What's been particularly spectacular is that people have had the opportunity to see the "Dark Knight" not only on DVD, but on IMAX. Not only is it larger experience, it's also a more interactive experience.

CT: Which of the six Batman films took the most work and production time?

MU: The first Batman movie took 10 years from the time Ben and I acquired the rights from DC Comics to when the movie came out in theaters. That was virtually a human endurance contest; it tests your mettle as a person when you're so convinced and you believe in your work, but everyone's telling you it's crazy and it's awful. It really tests what you're made of and how strong your commitment is to your work.

CT: I understand you originally wanted the series to be darker and more serious. Do you think that with the "Dark Knight" you've arrived at your goal?

MU: Everything that I've hoped to with a Batman franchise - with the bookends being Batman in 1989 and now "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" - I think you have to take them together, with "Batman Begins" being the payoff with "The Dark Knight," with genius due to Christopher Nolan. I wanted to eradicate from the vocabulary the words "pow," "zap" and "wam." In the afterglow of the "Dark Knight," we've almost succeeded. We've gotten way further than we did at the beginning.

CT: Why did you choose to take on the first project, and what keeps you coming back for more?

MU: It goes back to when I was in seventh grade, and the Batman television show debuted. I was simultaneously thrilled and horrified by what I was seeing. At that point in time, except for the "Adventures of Superman," you didn't see comic books and super heroes on TV. I felt like somebody was spending a lot of money because the cars were super cool, and the sets were extravagant, and that was exciting. However, I realized people all over the world were laughing at Batman. Now, I have a collection of 60,000 books dating back to 1936, and I was at the first comic book convention ever held - in New York in 1964. I had a passion and love for comics since I was little. And as a true-blue comic fan, I decided to take what I loved in life and turn it into my work, because I wanted to restore the integrity of Batman and bring him to the world the way he was brought in 1939. I thought it was a noble mission, and it was that passion that helped me endure the 10 years of being rejected by every single studio in Hollywood. They told me it was crazy; it was the worst idea they've ever heard. Now, looking back, all I can say is it was worth it.

CT: Not including any actor who has played Bruce Wayne already, who would you say would make the best Batman in a hypothetical 2010 film?


http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/13352

Thursday, March 26, 2009

SLA Conference In Chicago


The 35th Annual (SLA) Sports Lawyers Association Conference will be held this May 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois.  Registration is open and the conference agenda is finally up.  The event starts on Thursday night May 14, and goes pretty much all day on Friday, and ends on Saturday morning.  The event has some amazing speakers and covers very interesting topics.  The new NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, the individual who took the late Gene Upshaw's position.  

Mr. Smith is only one of the many amazing names that will be attending the conference.  Some of the topics include IP issues for players names and statistics in fantasy sports, NFLPA certified agent sessions, executive directors and general counsel's forum's, and of course a panel on breaking into the sports industry for young lawyers and law students.  The conference has two break out sessions where registrants can choose between a list of 5 or so hot topics in the sports law area.  The Conference looks like an amazing opportunity to learn from and meet some of the best names in the industry.  I will be attending for sure.  Let me know if you are attending, maybe we can meet up.  You can check out the conference information here or at the site below.

TREC, Perfecting E-Discovery

Apparently, the way most lawyers search for information (using key word searches) isn't the most efficient way to search.  For the past couple of years the TREC Legal Team has been working on finding a solution to this problem.  This article gives you an insight into what the researchers found when analyzing lawyers current methods of e-discovery and how ineffective they really are, compared to other methods they could and should be using.  Although the current method has been working and does yield results, the article claims that other methods yield results with more relevant information.  

The full article is rather long, but lays out the entire history of the TREC research team and Mr. Barron's extensive experience with large e-discovery cases and archive experience.  Before deciding to take on the challenge that TREC will demolish, Barron worked finding discovery documents on the government's Phillip Morris case, and with the Iran-Contra scandal.  The opinion for the latter case was over 1600 pages long and had a 30 page table of contents.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Athletes Going Broke

Here are some stats from SAB and an SI article about athletes and their finances, AFTER they are finished playing their respective professional sport.
  • By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.
  • Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60% of former NBA players are broke.


Read the long and very informative SI piece: How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke

If the stats above don't make your jaw drop, read the rest of the story from SI.  






Friday, March 20, 2009

MMA Making Its Way to Michigan

Check out my article on SportsAgentBlog.com about Michigan passing two bills to amend the Uniform Combat Act and allow MMA events to take part in the state.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

No More Agents???

With the fading economy we have also seen the slow decay of middlemen or agents in many different areas.  Consumers have less money are are not as willing to invest into middlemen who take small percentages, they now see that 3-5% as a tax that they desperately need.  Travel agents, real estate agents, stock brokers, are seeing a big hit; will this spread to the sports agencies?  Here is a great article on this exact topic.  Thanks to Darren for tweeting about this insightful article and bringing it to my attention.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NEW Look for SportsAgentBlog.com and LFLS

Check out the new look and feel to SportsAgentBlog.com.  Darren updated it last week making it is a lot easier to access all of the useful information.  It has a new color, and look to it and looks great.  Check it out.  I should have a new post up on SAB shortly.

As you may have also noticed, I am trying out some new custom themes for LiveFromLawSchool.  Let me know if you like the new look and set up. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bracketology 101

Some Bracketology info from CBS Sports website;

First, keep in mind that when we say we are making it easy, we're speaking relatively. There is no exact science to filling out a bracket. So much ends up being a result of gut feeling, intuition (male or female) and good, old fashioned luck. So what we have here are tips to the novice bracket filler-outter.

1. No No. 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1, so just forget about those games altogether and advance the No. 1s on to the second round.

2. Don't go putting all your No. 1 seeds in the Final Four. They might be the best teams on paper, but since 1979, it's only happened once -- last season. At least one No. 2 seed has reached the Final Four in six of the last eight seasons.

3. Pick your upsets carefully. It's inevitable that a No. 12, 13 or 14 seed will win in the first two days, but trying to pick which one is almost impossible. Look for a team that has a veteran starting five. A No. 12 seed with four seniors and one junior will be more likely to reach the Sweet 16 than one that has a bunch of sophomores starting.

4. There is no such thing as "Team X is due." Just because Xavier or Gonzaga have never won the NCAA Tournament, it doesn't mean they are going to run through the bracket and win it all.

5. Watch out for injuries. If a team's star has a serious injury, it would be wise to keep that team out of the Final Four. In 2000, Cincinnati didn't have Kenyon Martin but was still awarded a No. 2 seed. The result? The Bearcats lost to Tulsa in the second round. Marquette is a perfect example of that this season. Dominic James is hurt and will almost definitely hurt Marquette's chances of running deep into the tournament.

6. OK, we know you are a big Cleveland State fan. You love your Vikings and are excited they are in the NCAA Tournament. That's great. Now, don't be a homer and have them facing North Carolina in the final. Be objective.

7. Don't underestimate the familiarity factor. If two teams already played this year, take a look at what happened between those two teams in the regular season and whether or not they faced off in their conference tournament. It's rare that a team can beat another three times in the same season.

8. Have fun. This is the NCAA Tournament! The greatest sporting event in the history of sports!

And if all that fails, close your eyes and pick a team -- you never know, you might end up with the two that end up squaring off the championship game.

Doug Delves Deep Into the Sports Business


Former Sacramento Kings Star and NBA veteran Doug Christie recently decided to jump into the business of sports management with the initiation of Christie Sports Management/ Athletic Training Firm.  The fourteen year NBA veteran is starting out big with a firm headquarters based in Seattle Washington and offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento California.

The main focus of the firm will be "player development and mentoring." Christies's firm will be dedicated to helping low income athletes and kids by offering free scholarships to athletes and inner city kids wanting to learn how to play basketball. After his NBA career Christie is dedicated to giving back.

Christie states"I built my company on the need to give back, and to share the knowledge and experience I have with all of the athletes enrolled in my firm."  The firm will help mentor low income kids and will provide a great service to the community, however Christie says that  it will also concentrate on signing and mentoring promising athletes and helping them enter the NBA.

Some Quick Average NFL Statistics

The average NFL career lasts about 3.5 seasons.  The average NFL salary in 2008 was $1.1 million.  You do the math.  It’s extremely important for players to be thinking about life-after-football.  This is a program that all NFL agents should push their clients to attend.

WOW

Saturday, March 14, 2009

JJ Still Atop the ACC

With UNC losing today to FSU in the Semifinals today, and Tyler Hansborough only scoring 22 pts, JJ Redick still remains the ACC's all time leading scorer.  Redick is ahead of Tyler by only 2 pts total.  Another example of how Duke is better than UNC, hahah.  I wouldn't mind attending law school or college at UNC but in basketball the Devils dominate!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

MARCH MADNESS


The Madness has begun.  I not only love March because it is my Birthday month, but for many other reasons.  It is the start of spring and good weather, Purim, college spring break, and most importantly the NCAA men's basketball tournament.  As of now the field of 65 teams has not been announced but many teams have already received their invitation to the big dance.  Many at large teams like Duke,
UNC, Memphis, Pitt, UCONN, all know they are in the tournament.  Teams like FSU, VaTech, Creighton, California, Notre Dame and other are all on the bubble and will need help. The entire season comes down to this month and the conference tournament.  Teams can make it or break it in the month of March alone, and that is why March is so exciting and my favorite time of the year.

Right now Cornell has won the ivy league and is officially in the tournament.  So has East Tennessee State, Morehead St, and Radford University.  The MVC Conference tournament finals is on right now between Northern Iowa and Illinois St.  The Redbirds of N. Illinois are looking good as I a watch and just took the lead with 7 left in the 2nd half.  Other conference tournament's start this week and the will end next Saturday with Selection Sunday only a week away.  

Duke plays UNC in about 30 minutes and I can't wait.  I hope the Devils can get revenge for their loss at Cameron earlier this year, but Duke has struggled against teams with size this year and psycho T always scares me in big games.  I can certainly see him breaking JJ's ACC scoring record  if he didn't last game and going off on Duke today, but I doubt Coach K will let this game get out of control.  

The Hokies are a bubble team and are currently losing to FSU by 9 with 10 left in the game.  They need one more quality win but I do not see that happening today or in the tournament, as the top  ACC teams (UNC, Duke, Wake..) are all too strong and should easily make the ACC Semi's.  BUT, as we all know anything is possible in the month of March and that is why I love it so much...

The only negative about March is that the clocks spring forward an hour and give me less sleep on one day, and that day happens to be today.  

Friday, March 6, 2009

Need Extra Ca$h For Spring Break....?


Playboy is proud to announce its first ever online WET T-SHIRT Video Contest.  The prize is $1000 to the best video.  So start filming....


http://www.playboyu.com/contest

Create Your Own Dynasty


Dailymotion: (http://www.dailymotion.com/vidmeter/video/14089634)

·         Google Video: (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3187912519534061934)

·         YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWW1pQEaIXE)

·         MySpace (http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=52409396)

·         Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=877590289881&oid=2314761670&ref=nf)

·         SAB (http://www.sportsagentblog.com/2009/02/16/dynasty-goes-viral/)

·         Viddler (http://www.viddler.com/explore/heitner/videos/2/)

·         Revver (http://revver.com/video/1494475/create-your-own-dynasty/)

·         LiveVideo (http://www.livevideo.com/video/86A73220B5F940FBAA7185F5F3A910EE/create-your-own-dynasty.aspx)

·         Yardbarker (http://www.yardbarker.com/backyard/articles/Create_Your_Own_Dynasty/511728)

Nike Foamposite Lite Krypto-Nate


The shirts and other accessories might be copyrighted but I guess the shoes are not.


Krypto-Nate, But Not In Stores


He may be called Krypto-Nate by everyone who heard of or watched the 2009 NBA Slam Dunk contest, but Nate Robinson can not be Krypto-Nate on any apparel (jerseys or t-shirts).  DC Comics the inventors of the Superman series which included Kyrptonite as Superman's weakness, has the copyright to the title and asked/told Nike they would ask for a percentage of the sales if Nike manufactured and sold the green "Krypto-Nate" shirts.

Boo.....I want one of those shirts.  I saw the authentic Green jersey Nate wore in the dunk competition (supposedly) on eBay going for $3000.  I also read an article several weeks ago that someone spent over $22,000 on a pair of Authentic Dunk competition worn Krypto-Nate shoes that turned out to be fake (Nate showed the buyer a picture of the real shoes in his hands).

9 Days Until Selection Sunday......


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Israeli Intership

Aaron Zelinski a 2L at Yale Law School had a wonderful opportunity last summer.  I hope I am fortunate enough to study law in Isael someday.  After going on Taglit-Birthright last year I would love to go back....just maybe not right now.  Although my sister and mother just came back from Birthright and had no problems, I am still a chicken with everything going on.  BUT, if I was presented with the opportunity, I can not say I would pass it up.  I have never been one to turn down a great opportunity, no matter how spontaneous or crazy it may be.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is What Happens In Berkeley

Happy 27th Birthday Jessica Biel!!!


Need I say more....

$8.7 Trillion Dollars


This was the United States federal debt as of sometime in February of 2008.  I can only guess that it went way up since then while Bush was closing out his term in office.  Now here is the little bit of history that I remember from Roanoke College about the national debt and its impact during wars.

Clinton did trim the debt a little however, war has consistantly proven to drive up the national debt.  From the Civil Wra to WWI the debt began to grow with Americans quickly acting to pay it back and get back to zero.  WWII saw the introduction of savings bonds to help the war time debt however for the first time the national debt was not quickly paid off.  Since then and during the Reagan Era and the 80's the national debt began to grow and grow...and thus we have 8.7.

8.7 TRILLION!!! I did not know it was that high.


New York vs Michigan

New York versus Michigan in ESPN's RISE HS basketball tribute to the best HS bball players.  It is now the semi-finals and MI has made its way via upsets as teh #5 seed to face #2 NY.  Check out the list of impressive players from both states and get your vote in before Wednesday.