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NFL Sports Agent Speaks to Law Students

On October 13, 2008, the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society at Regent University welcomed Mr. Tony Agnone to speak to students about his career in the sports industry as an attorney and NFL agent. Mr. Agnone’s firm, Eastern Athletic Services (EAS), represents over 30 NFL players on over 20 different NFL teams. Mr. Agnone spoke with students about the history of player representation by agents in the NFL, as well as ethical questions relating to representation of clients that arise.

In addition to sharing his experiences as an NFL agent for over thirty years, Mr. Agnone answered various questions regarding the intersection of law and the sports industry. Contract considerations involving “moral clauses”, signing bonuses, and free agency were explained. Mr. Agnone also explained important services he provides for his clients such as creating opportunities for future employment during the off-season as well as their career after football.

Mr. Agnone has served as a law professor and as Assistant to the Dean at University of Baltimore School of Law. He has represented professional football players since 1978, from first round draft choices to free agents. Through EAS, his representation has included Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants, Ladell Betts of the Washington Redskins, and Jason Babin of the Seattle Seahawks.

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