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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Praise for Illegal Procedure:

"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

Library Journal
Luchs spent years as a sports agent making illegal deals with college athletes, then abandoned the practice and moved to a new agency only to be accused of sins he says he didn't commit, leading to his suspension from the NFL. His October 2010 tell-all in Sports Illustrated launched his career as a whistle-blower. Should be in demand; let's hope Luchs is as honest here as the game itself is dirty.
Kirkus Reviews
Former sports agent Luchs uncovers the thinly veiled corruption within big-time college football, as agents do whatever it takes to get stars to the NFL. In the multibillion-dollar college-sports industry, the agent who is able to befriend the star player, become his "confidant, advisor, and shrink," will probably end up his agent when he turns pro. This is what Luchs accomplished fairly well for 18 years. Contacting a player early in his college career is illegal, as is paying him money, providing him a car or a condo, paying for vacation trips and covering up his transgressions. As a player neared the NFL draft, Luchs would cook the data on his strength and conditioning, provide him with answers to the Wonderlic IQ test and hire NFL coaches to privately train the young player. The author contends that the majority of sports agents are in on it. College coaches funnel their players to their own agents, sports gurus tout particular players for particular agents and governing agencies like the NCAA and the NFL Players Association turn a blind eye to the corruption all around them. Many of Luchs' claims will be familiar to sports aficionados, but his book is unique in two ways: He names names, and he writes (assisted by co-author Dale) with humor, honesty and, for a sports agent, a reasonable amount of humility. He changed from a young boy fascinated by sports to a hustler without rules, and in the end found it all "soul-eating"—so he eventually got out. Can big-time sports, especially football, be reformed? Luchs says it can, but not easily. Fundamental changes must occur, including sharing with the players the billions that colleges make off them. A troubling, entertaining indictment of the hypocrisy of big-time sports.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608197200
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 793,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Luchs was a sports agent from 1990 to 2008, before being suspended by the NFL Players Association. He now works in commercial real estate in Encino, California.

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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Table of Contents

Foreword George Dohrmann ix

Introduction: Why Should You Believe Me? 1

Chapter 1 Congratulations Mrs. Luchs, it's a 7-pound 9-ounce sports agent 5

Chapter 2 I'm an agent; now all I need is a client 30

Chapter 3 Paying a player is like losing your virginity. You can never get it back 39

Chapter 4 Call the Doctor: Harold "Doc" Daniels 53

Chapter 5 Sudden Death 82

Chapter 6 Post-Doc: Doing Things Less Wrong 94

Chapter 7 Going Hollywood 134

Chapter 8 Luchs v. Wichard 185

Chapter 9 Coming Clean 197

Chapter 10 Can This Sport Be Saved? 236

Postscript 263

Acknowledgments 271

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    Good book,but the author isn't a victim

    Enjoyed how candid Luchs is in the book.Seems to be telling the truth.He does however give off the "I'm a victim" vibe,and wants readers to think he's some kind of crusader.He's not,but he has good stories to tell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    It was a good book to understand what agents do to get the guys they want. The way college football is today I don't think it will never be changed. I hope this book will change how agents corrupt how they get college players today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Must read for any college sports fan

    Luchs doesnt come off as someone with sour grapes, but as somebody who thinks college sports can change for the better. He has a very entertaining story to tell and some interesting ideas to fix college football.

    Reading this book has left a sour taste in my mouth towards college sports as a whole.

    Have a read and you may be very surprised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    The anti=Jerry Maguire - This is an amazing read. The stories ar

    The anti=Jerry Maguire - This is an amazing read. The stories are wild and give you an honost view into the world of sports agants unlike anything I have ever had the opportunity to read. Luchs brings up some very important issues that are impacting college sports and offers some interesting solutions as well. I always feel like these types of books regularly fall short of expectations, but unlike most "tell all" books, this one truly delivers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    This book is very entertaining, to say the least.

    I've been a college football fan for 20 something years, I always like reading the documentaries of the business of sports.. This book tells the most honest and truthful ideal of the world that we think is so peachy - sports is a dirty business but at least Josh Luchs has no problem not sugar coating it. I've read plenty of books by former players but this seems as real as it can get.

    Thank you Josh for sharing your story, I hope you have success with your book.

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    Posted May 17, 2012

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