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Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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“Get ready for the wildest ride in sports literature. Josh Luchs takes you through two decades of what goes on behind the scenes in sports: where the money comes from, how it's handed out, where it goes, and what it means. Not only does Luchs name names, but he tells detailed stories and anecdotes. Just as the Valachi Papers helped to weaken the mob, this story may help clean up some of the shady dealings in college football. It's a must read.” ―John Clayton, ESPN
“With unflinching honesty and no holds barred, Illegal Procedure would be an entertaining and enlightening read at any time. Considering the NCAA scandals of the last couple years, it's now an important one also. This is the reality college sports, not the charade presented on TV.” ―Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports
“Josh Luchs dared to go where few had gone before and in the process exposed some very ugly truths about the sports agent business.” ―Morgan Spurlock, award-winning director of Super Size Me and The Dotted Line
“Josh Luchs' invaluable work has opened up new vistas for us as policy makers, politicians, and education and sports administrators. As we strive to protect student-athletes from exploitation, I'd like to thank Josh for doing all that he has to break this abusive cycle and to inject more integrity and honor into big-time collegiate sports.” ―U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush
“In my informed opinion, as someone who has experienced up-close and personal the backroom deals that occasionally pervade big-time college football, Josh's pronouncements are incontrovertible and provide an entertaining inspection of the world of the ‘student athlete.'” ―Brian Jones, former NFL linebacker and college football analyst, CBS Sports
“Nobody knows better than Luchs just how crooked college football is….this should be in demand.” ―Library Journal
“[Luchs] writes (assisted by co-author Dale) with humor [and] honesty…A troubling, entertaining indictment of the hypocrisy of big-time sports.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
JOSH LUCHS was a sports agent from 1990-2008, before being suspended by the NFL Players' Association. He now works as in commercial real estate in Encino, CA.
JAMES DALE has collaborated on books with Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim Palmer and renowned sports agent Ron Shapiro. His book with Johns Hopkins cardiologist Dan Munoz is forthcoming this year. He is also the author of The Obvious: Everything You Need to Know About Business. Period.
Top Customer Reviews
Like bed bugs on a thousand-dollar mattress, Luchs exposes the skin-crawling truth under the glamorous surface of being a sports agent in a straight forward, yet entertaining manner in Illegal Procedure.
At times it is hard to believe that this naïve Jewish kid growing up in Beverly Hills, a real schmegegge at times, could do things like give an NFL star clean urine for a drug test or tap into his Bar Mitzvah money to bribe a college athlete. Yet while you want to hate the messenger, a man who admittedly flaunted almost every rule in the book, Luchs' honest and self-deprecating narration makes the reader empathize with an agent just trying to succeed in a broken system. Luchs masterfully weaves his personal life into this nonstop shocker of admissions and revelations about just how crooked the business of college football really is.Read more ›
Unfortunatly never gets too technical, and it should have described the details of the back and forth negotiations.
Overall, the book lives ups to its promise. If you ever considered becoming a sports agent, or if you want to see the underside of college sports - this is the book for you.
Josh tells his starting history and chronologically details his partners, the first of whom taught him how to buy players. From there moving up to a partnership with Gary Wichard (actually not a partnership) you learn about selling your client and the inside game of agents. Mel Kiper's reputation takes a severe hit here and is an exceptional story. There is one final partnership and then a sad legal ending to his career.
Possibly the most fascinating parts are the stories of actual players. For example, he was involved in possibly representing Matt Leinart when he was the top draw: heady stuff except the runner part. The most comical and interesting is his representation of Maurice Clarett who was living in Marina del Rey with a purported Jewish mafia member doing everything possible to ruin any chance of a pro career. This is sad, comical and FASCINATING! I will admit the last chapters detailing current laws/rules and how to fix the problems were not quite as interesting. But overall, I found this book to be believable and fascinating. Required reading for any football fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
illegal Procedure is a candid look through the eyes of an NFL SPORTS AGENT! Like him or hate him this author names names and gives a full frontal assault on this industry!Published 15 months ago by LARRY ELKAN
Well said, Josh! You shed light on a societal issue that has been only slightly known, and naively at that! Read morePublished 18 months ago by mitchell p. kanefsky
Good read. A true, unvarnished account of the life of a sports agent. Read it and decry the greed of the NCAA.Published on March 20, 2014 by Sports Junkie 2.0
Reform in college sports is long overdue. This book is testament to that. Good read that is worth the timePublished on February 1, 2014 by Jacob Serafini
Eye opening book about the money side of football. We always want the game to be played on the up and up with our idealistic lenses on. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by R. Kumpula
I think Josh did a nice job here.
I really enjoyed the book because I really love sports and I also like to hear behind the scenes accounts of how these athletes act. Read more