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NIL Representation with Darren Heitner, Sports and Entertainment Attorney

In this conversation, Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark interview Darren Heitner, a sports and entertainment attorney, about the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in college athletics with a focus on NIL representation.

They discuss the current state of NIL, the challenges and opportunities for athletes, brands, and parents, and potential future developments in the space. Heitner emphasizes the importance of proper representation and contract negotiation for athletes and the need for brands to ensure a good fit with the athlete and consider non-monetary benefits. The conversation highlights the real-world education and entrepreneurial opportunities that NIL presents for athletes.

“NIL Representation with Darren Heitner, Sports and Entertainment Attorney” Highlights

  • NIL provides real-world education and entrepreneurial opportunities for athletes.
  • Proper NIL representation and contract negotiation are crucial for athletes in the NIL space.
  • Brands should ensure a good fit with the athlete and consider non-monetary benefits.
  • Parents should know the legal considerations and seek professional advice for their athlete.
  • The future of NIL is uncertain, with potential changes in NCAA regulations and ongoing legal cases.
  • “This is 400-level business.”
  • “It’s not only an amazing opportunity to exploit your value commercially. It’s a unique opportunity to grow for the real world.”
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About Darren Heitner:
Darren is the Founder of Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., an adjunct professor of Sports Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, an adjunct professor of NIL at the University of Miami School of Law, a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and author of many books published by the American Bar Association (How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know) as well as numerous articles in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and Above the Law. Heitner has been referred to as one of the foremost experts on name, image, and likeness (NIL) by The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, and On3, a power player in NIL deals by Action Network, and a top sports trademark attorney by Sportico.