The Dentist Who Drilled the NFL: How I Took on the NFL and Won, and My Plan to Reform the NCAA

The Dentist Who Drilled the NFL: How I Took on the NFL and Won, and My Plan to Reform the NCAA

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By (author) Jerry Argovitz

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  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 231mm x 38mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 161321068X
  • ISBN 13: 9781613210680
  • Sales rank: 1,831,251

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Super Agent. Maverick. Reformer. Iconoclast. Dealmaker. Dentist. Jerry Argovitz has worn many hats in his remarkable life, both inside and outside of the world of sports. It's been thirty years since sportscaster Brent Musburger referred to Argovitz as "the most powerful man in football," thirty years since Argovitz-as a super agent representing and advising some of the biggest names in the game-negotiated the first million-dollar guaranteed contract in NFL history. Thirty years since he wrote the language for career-ending insurance policy underwriting by Lloyds of London. Thirty years since he changed the business of pro football forever. When the NFL refused to budge from its system of 'slotting' players in the draft, Argovitz withheld his clients' services, and in one case, he took two first-rounds picks to Canada. When the NFL wouldn't sign underclassmen, he negotiated and brokered the deal that brought Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker to the upstart USFL as a junior, which opened the floodgates for all juniors to soon follow. Argovitz's attacks on the NFL's system of free agency created a groundswell that would eventually dismantle the league's old system that prevented players from changing teams. He also became the first agent to own a professional football team when he became owner of the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, where as a member of that league's competition committee he implemented several rules which were subsequently adopted by the NFL. He was also a key principal in a lawsuit against the NFL that proved the league was guilty of Sherman Antitrust violations, a verdict that lives on today as the foundation of the current 2011 NFL players strike. Thirty years later, Jerry Argovitz is still fighting. But this time, it's the NCAA he's taking on. Fed up with the hypocrisy of the multi-billion dollar sanctioning body of collegiate sports, Argovitz proposes widespread, sweeping changes. In "The Dentist Who Drilled the NFL", he not only tells his colorful story but also reveals his plan for the reform of college athletics, reform he believes has been coming for at least thirty years.

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Dr. Jerry Argovitz was a professional football revolutionary whose bitter contract wars with the NFL led to the current system of free agency. As a player agent, he negotiated the first million-dollar deal in NFL history (for Heisman Trophy-winner Billy Sims) and as the co-owner of the USFL's Houston Gamblers he (as a member of the league's competition committee) implemented the concept of instant replay, the coach's challenge, the two-point conversion and wide-open passing rules, all of which were subsequently adopted by the NFL. J. David Miller, a former editor at SPORT magazine, is the author or co-author of ten books who has also written more than a thousand articles for both national and international periodicals. A recipient of the coveted "Page One" award from the New York Newspaper Guild for his outstanding investigative journalism, he lives with his family in St. Petersburg, Florida.