Sports Law

Darren A. Heitner, Esq. wrote the book on Sports Law titled, How To Play The Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs To Know and then completed a Second Edition of the popular book in February 2018. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, where he is called upon to cover Sports Law matters. Further, he created Sports Agent Blog in 2005, formed his own sports agency in 2007 (which he voluntarily dissolved in 2011), consults for university athletic departments, taught Sport Agency Management at Indiana University Bloomington for three years and taught at the University of Florida and University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Darren does a tremendous job. Darren is an outstanding lawyer, has helped a lot of our clients, is an asset to the industry, and I respect and appreciate him. – Drew Rosenhaus, Rosenhaus Sports Representation

In 2019, Heitner was asked to help draft and support legislation in the State of Florida to allow, for the first time, college athletes to earn money from their names, images and likenesses. In early 2020, the legislation passed both the Florida House and Senate on its way to becoming law.

Clients represented in this area include sports agents, professional football players, professional hockey players, professional basketball players, professional hockey players, professional boxers, BMX athletes, Supercross athletes, a college football player against the NCAA, managers, businesses, publicists, a former NBA referee, and a popular magazine.

Those clients include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Aaron Turner
  • Alex Avila
  • Alex Katz
  • Alexa Noel
  • Andrei Kirilenko
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Anna Kournikova
  • Anthony Davis (NFL)
  • Antonio Brown
  • Antonio Hamilton
  • Antrel Rolle
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Atari Bigby
  • Athlete Originals
  • BEGREAT Sports
  • Big Health
  • Bill Raftery
  • Bismack Biyombo
  • Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST)
  • Bobby McCain
  • Bouna Ndiaye
  • Brandon Marshall
  • Braxton Miller
  • Brian Elfus
  • Brian Poole
  • Brice Butler
  • Byron Maxwell
  • Chris Pronger
  • Cleodis Floyd
  • Cole Seely
  • Darius Garland
  • Darius Leonard
  • Davon Godchaux
  • D.J. Moore
  • D.J. Reed
  • Dan Fegan
  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Des Linden
  • Devin Funchess
  • Dominique Easley
  • Draymond Green
  • Duke Johnson
  • Dyron Dye
  • Ed Barham
  • Eddy Pineiro
  • Erik Swoope
  • Ervin Santana
  • Euro Motorsport
  • Evlution Nutrition
  • FanHold
  • FanJam
  • FanMouth
  • First Round Management
  • Fourth Quarter Sports Group
  • Frank Gore
  • Fred Taylor
  • Fred VanVleet
  • Gary Player Group
  • Goal Line Football
  • Greg Hardy
  • Haanif Cheatham
  • Happy Walters
  • Hot Shot Sports Management
  • Iman Shumpert
  • Isaiah Pead
  • Jamil Wilson
  • J.J. Hickson
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jack Scharf
  • Jason Belmonte
  • Jason Demers
  • Jason Mercier
  • Jerami Grant
  • Jim Tomsula
  • Johnathan Cyprien
  • Johnny Manziel
  • Jon “Bones” Jones
  • Jordan Phillips
  • Jordan Reed
  • Jose Bautista
  • Josh Hader
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Jumaine Jones
  • Kayvon Webster
  • Keith Smith
  • Kenny Omega
  • Kevin Samples
  • Kwon Alexander
  • LaDarius Gunter
  • Landry Shamet
  • Lawrence Timmons
  • LeGarrette Blount
  • Luis Castillo
  • Luther Davis
  • Marc Lillibridge
  • Marcus Robertson
  • Mark Recchi
  • Martavis Bryant
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Marlin Chinn
  • Mario Manningham
  • Matt Ramker
  • MGT Capital Investments
  • Miami Sports Consulting
  • Michael Badgley
  • Mike Daniels
  • Mike Silverman
  • Mike Spinner
  • Mike Williams
  • Montrezl Harrell
  • Morgan Advisory Group
  • Moves Media
  • NCLUSIVE Inc.
  • Nevin Lawson
  • Nigel Hayes
  • Official Brands
  • Pablo Sandoval
  • Paige VanZant
  • Panda eSports
  • PJ Hairston
  • ProSource Sports Management
  • Quincy Acy
  • Rafael Furcal
  • Rashad Butler
  • Richard Goodman
  • Ricardo Louis
  • Rick Pitino
  • Robenson Therezie
  • Robert Turbin
  • Rosenhaus Sports Representation
  • Russian Basketball Federation
  • Sean Davis
  • Sergei Bobrovsky
  • Shane McElrath
  • Shaun Bradley
  • SportsCastr
  • Sportsmanias
  • STARS Sports Training
  • Sure Sports Lending
  • Terrance West
  • Terrell Owens
  • Tim Donaghy
  • Top Dawg Entertainment
  • Trai Turner
  • Tyler Faoro
  • Tyreek Hill
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Vinny Milano (“Bald Vinny”)
  • Wilin Rosario
  • Xavien Howard
  • Yuandale Evans