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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608197204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608197200
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Since reading Jim Bouton's, Ball Four there have not been many sports "tell-alls" that have excited me. Most of these books feel like a last-ditch attempt to scream, "Look at me!" to jump back into the spotlight for another five minutes. Most books in this so-called genre are told with ulterior motives and most lack any sort of story-telling flow or valuable revelations. So I was at first skeptical of Josh Luchs' new book, Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean On The Dirty Business of College Football, which hit bookshelves today. But ever since the earth-shaking Sports Illustrated cover story in which Luchs first revealed just how extensively NCAA rules are flaunted in college football, Luchs has been nothing but consistent in his message, and steadfast in his desire to shine a spotlight on all of the gritty underpinnings of the sports agent industry.

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.
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The perfect beach book. Fast, engrossing plot.

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.
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This was an inside look at the levels of corruption that go on inside college football programs and how the NCAA turns a blind eye to the vast majority of it. This book has helped contribute to the debate going on about if college athletes should be paid or not. Luchs gives an interesting inside look at it all being a former sports agent who has changed his ways to expose the system, including many stories and tidbits I didn't know anything about when it comes to agents and student-athletes. But I couldn't help at times thinking was he really a changed man or trying to make a buck being sensational.
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This book is EXCEPTIONAL and should be required reading by all college football fans. It pulls back the cover on all of the secrets of the dirty side of college football showing the numerous payments and double crosses mainly by the players.

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.
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As a casual sports fan, at best, I was thoroughly entertained by and engaged in Illegal Procedure. Former sports agent Josh Luchs is a compelling character. On the surface, Luchs seems like someone you would hate, but through the book's easy style and tone, I was drawn into the stories of his life and found myself rooting for him to make the deal and land the "ungettable" players. I didn't realize there was such a dark side to college sports and before reading this I had no idea the machinations that go on behind the scenes to get players cars, funnel money to their families, or how coaches are involved in getting players to their favorite agents and what they expect in return. The amazing thing to me was that everyone in college sports is involved - from the high school coaches to the families to the university athletic departments to the agents. Luchs is just the first to come clean. But this isn't simply a story about what's wrong with college sports. James Dale and Luchs put forward suggestions on how to fix the system. For non-sports fans and rabid fans alike, Illegal Procedures is a great read.
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