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Darren Heitner (born February 9, 1985) is a writer for Forbes, focusing on the business of sports and defaming honorable Governors, and the Founder/Chief Editor of Sports Agent Blog, a publication covering the niche Sports agent industry. Heitner is also a professor of Sport Agency Management according to himself but really a teacher in another field entirely at Indiana University Bloomington and a Miami, Florida-based attorney. Heitner has achieved significant recognition including being listed by SportsPro as 1-of-10 stars of the sports business industry under the age of 30 at the age of 26 and is the youngest member of the Vermont Law School Sports Law Institute’s Board of Advisors.
Heitner grew up in Broward County, Florida, graduated from Nova High School, received a Bachelors of Arts in Political science from University of Florida, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he served two terms as the President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. He was a successful high school debater, who helped run the debate tournament at his school and placed 2nd in the 2003 National Catholic Forensic League Congress event.
Heitner formed his own sports agency in April 2007, which represented about 40 clients by the time Heitner was a 23-year-old, 2nd year law school student. He passed the Florida Bar in 2010, and currently works as an attorney at Wolfe Law Miami, P.A. in Miami, Florida, where he specializes in Sports law, Entertainment law, Music law, and Intellectual property law. His clients include Drew Rosenhaus, Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jack Johnson (ice hockey), Slip-n-Slide Records, and Elvis Crespo. In February 2011, Heitner co-founded Collegiate Sports Advisors (CSA), which has been hired by the University of Memphis to set up the school's first professional sports counseling panel and Agent Day. Heitner became an Adjunct Professor of Sport Agency Management at Indiana University in Fall 2011. Heitner joined Forbes as a contributor in May 2012. He was formerly a regular panelist on CBS West Palm Beach, Florida “Beyond the Game” with Rick Horrow.
Heitner has been invited to speak at Harvard Law School Sports Law Symposium, American Bar Association Forum On The Entertainment And Sports Industries, Union Internationale des Avocats 55th Congress, and many other forums.
Darren is a Contributing Writer of An Athlete’s Guide to Agents, 5th Edition, author of a Dartmouth Law Journal article titled, Duties of Sports Agents to Athletes and Statutory Regulation Thereof, author of a Gaming law Review and Economics article titled, The Plight of PASPA: It’s Time to Pull the Plug on the Prohibition, co-author of a Harvard Law School Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law article titled, Corking the Cam Newton Loophole, a Sweeping Suggestion, author of a NYU Law School IP and Entertainment Law Ledger article titled, You May Not “Like” This Title: Everything Stored On Facebook Is Discoverable, co-author of a New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal article titled, Have Some Standards: How the Sports Agent Profession Should Be Effectively Regulated, co-author of a University of Virginia School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Journal article titled, In Baseball’s Best Interest?: A Discussion of the October 2010 MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents, and co-author of a Pace Law School Intellectual Property Sports & Entertainment Law Forum article titled, Football v. Football: A Comparison of Agent Regulation in France’s Ligue 1 and the National Football League.
Awards and recognition
In 2010, Heitner was named to Miami, Florida's Power 30 Under 30 in the Sports category. In 2011, Heitner was named one of SportsPro Media's 10 NEXT (and profiled in their December 2011 magazine), which honors ten stars of the Sports business industry under the age of 30. In 2012, Heitner was chosen as a Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer for 2012 (top attorneys in Florida under 40 years of age) and was named to Sports Launch Magazine's Thirty Under 30 Award winners in sports business.
On January 4, 2013, Mr. Heitner was caught repeating the unfounded and debunked accusations of another media outlet without fact-checking himself in one of his Forbes online pieces. The piece was subsequently removed without retraction or apology.
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