|NBA Lawyers Offer Courtside Look At League’s Legal Issues
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IF YOU THINK today’s NBA athletes play rough, you should meet their agents. The often-corrupt world of sports representation was one subject of an NBA Courtside Panel
organized by the Penn Sports and Entertainment Law Society last November.
“There are a lot of people in this business who bend the rules to get ahead,” said Michael Siegel, an NBA sports agent for Elfus & Siegel Management. “They get themselves in
trouble, and they get their players in trouble.”
Siegel blames a system that allows agents to practice with virtually no credentials. “All you have to do is fill out an application and send in a check,” Siegel said. “As long as
the application doesn’t have an X in the ‘yes’ column under ‘convicted felon’, you’re an agent.”