Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football

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Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football

Format:  Hardcover,

272 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Mar 2012

ISBN-13: 9781608197200

ISBN-10: 1608197204

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For fifteen years, sports agent Josh Luchs made illegal deals with numerous college athletes, from top-tier, nationally recognized phenoms to late-round draft picks. Flagrantly flaunting NCAA and NFL Players Association rules, he made no-interest loans to players in exchange for the promise of representation on their lucrative pro contracts. After cleaning up his act in 2003, he moved to a new agency, only to be targeted and pushed out of the business for a new violation-one he arguably did not commit. Then, in October 2010, Luchs wrote a confessional article in "Sports Illustrated," telling the truth about what he did and didn't do.

Since then he has taken on a new role: whistle-blowing, truth-telling reformer. And in telling his own story, Luchs pulls back the curtain on the real economy of college football: how agents win players legally and otherwise, the staggering sums colleges make from an unpaid workforce, the shortfalls of supposed full-ride scholarships, and the myth of a college education given to scholarship jocks. Including new information about major players and scandalized programs such as USC, Auburn, and Ohio State, this book pulls no punches. It's a stunning and necessary read for anyone who loves the game, and the first step toward fixing a broken system.

Praise for Josh Luchs' "Sports Illustrated" story:

"There are no innocents in all this-including Luchs. The difference now is Luchs isn't claiming to be innocent." -John Feinstein, "Washington Post"

" Luchs pulls] the inner workings of an oily business out of the shadows."-Pat Forde, ESPN

"A must-read."-"New York Times"

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Mar 2012
ISBN-13: 9781608197200
ISBN-10: 1608197204
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781608197200

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Introduction: Why Should You Believe Me?p. 1
Congratulations Mrs. Luchs, it's a 7-pound 9-ounce sports agentp. 5
I'm an agent; now all I need is a clientp. 30
Paying a player is like losing your virginity. You can never get it backp. 39
Call the Doctor: Harold "Doc" Danielsp. 53
Sudden Deathp. 82
Post-Doc: Doing Things Less Wrongp. 94
Going Hollywoodp. 134
Luchs v. Wichardp. 185
Coming Cleanp. 197
Can This Sport Be Saved?p. 236
Postscriptp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 271

Book description

For fifteen years, sports agent Josh Luchs made illegal deals with numerous college athletes, from top-tier, nationally recognized phenoms to late-round draft picks. Flagrantly flaunting NCAA and NFL Players Association rules, he made no-interest loans to players in exchange for the promise of representation on their lucrative pro contracts. After cleaning up his act in 2003, he moved to a new agency, only to be targeted and pushed out of the business for a new violation-one he arguably did not commit. Then, in October 2010, Luchs wrote a confessional article in Sports Illustrated, telling the truth about what he did and didn't do.

Since then he has taken on a new role: whistle-blowing, truth-telling reformer. And in telling his own story, Luchs pulls back the curtain on the real economy of college football: how agents win players legally and otherwise, the staggering sums colleges make from an unpaid workforce, the shortfalls of supposed full-ride scholarships, and the myth of a college education given to scholarship jocks. Including new information about major players and scandalized programs such as USC, Auburn, and Ohio State, this book pulls no punches. It's a stunning and necessary read for anyone who loves the game, and the first step toward fixing a broken system.

Praise for Josh Luchs' Sports Illustrated story:

"There are no innocents in all this-including Luchs. The difference now is Luchs isn't claiming to be innocent." -John Feinstein, Washington Post

"[Luchs pulls] the inner workings of an oily business out of the shadows."-Pat Forde, ESPN

"A must-read."- New York Times

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