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College basketball star embroiled in legal battle with agency

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2019 | Contract Disputes

For many people in Florida, college sports offer a high level of excitement and entertainment, especially when it comes to football and basketball. For many college student athletes, their performance in the NCAA can be an essential stepping stone to playing their sport at the professional level. With the 2019 National Basketball Association draft just around the corner, many people are excited to see which college stars will end up being selected to play in the NBA. 

One of those stars played his freshman year at Duke in North Carolina last year. Early on, he was heralded to be one of the best players around. In the middle of April, after the NCAA tournament had completed, the player announced he had signed a deal with a sports marketing agency based in Florida. The agency was to represent the player for a term of five years. However, less than six weeks later, it was announced that he had signed with another sports marketing agency.

As explained by 247sports.com, it was discovered that the first agency to enter into a contract with the college superstar was allegedly not legally allowed to do so. The company was apparently not certified by the National Basketball Players Association and not identified as a registered athlete agent in North Carolina or in Florida.

After receiving threats from the first agency of potential legal action, the player initiated his own lawsuit to attempt to force the company to agree to cancel their contract. The two parties are at odds now, with the agency alleging breach of contract on the part of the player.