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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.
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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.
In his book, Josh dives straight into the business with such incredible detail and specificity that is unparalleled and unprecedented by any other Sports Agent book. It's refreshing to hear the story of someone who has been there and actually done the things that we as sports fans hear so much about but are never quite sure how or why they happen. Josh's passion for sports and his drive for success are truly highlighted in this book that describes the ups and downs of an NFL Sports Agent, and the actions required by agents to recruit, protect, entertain, and help their clients in any way possible.
In addition to Josh telling his story, he also explains why the NCAA's system for agent regulation is not working and he offers his solutions to fix the clearly-broken model. His ideas are unique but he backs them up with extreme detail and reasoning that make perfect sense and would actually work if implemented.
Overall I thought it was one of the most fascinating books I've read, I absolutely could not put it down. I would recommend this to any sports fan and believe it's a must-read for any aspiring Sports Agent.