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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608197212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608197217
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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)

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"The wildest ride in sports literature."--John Clayton, ESPN

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Cook on 1 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
was a present, so not sure about it, but the service was excellant, and arrived in plenty of time for Christmas,which was worrying me.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Shocking Sports Agent's Tell-All Is A Must-Read 27 Mar. 2012
By The Legal Blitz - Published on
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. He does so by dishing out the truth about hypocritical college coaches like Nick Saban, who grants his own agent unlimited access to the locker room while publicly referring to agents as "pimps," or devout Christian Jim Tressel, who rigged summer camp raffles to make sure his top recruits won prizes. Nobody is safe. NCAA Compliance Officers, NFLPA executives and even the hallowed lawyer are all exposed.

The best part about this book, though, is that it isn't just a tell-all. Luchs proposes a slew of well-designed proposals to fix the current, shattered state of big-time college athletics. There is a lot to learn from this book and it should be required reading for not only everyone in the sports industry, but everyone who cares about the well-being of college athletes, the game of football and the institutions that make up the NCAA.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
great, fast read 20 April 2012
By waretare - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Expose on College Sports 20 April 2012
By Schaps - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular Insight into a Crazy Industry! 23 July 2012
By Andrew S. Orcutt - Published on
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Illegal Procedure offers industry experts as well as casual fans the amazing opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the business of professional athlete representation, specifically with college and NFL football players.

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.

Thanks Josh!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Zhusain - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for any college football fan. This is the inside story of the dirty side of the game. Ever wonder how the players get hooked with agents? Josh Luchs' book will take you inside the world of a big time sports agent. The stories, like that of former superstar Maurice Clarett will absolutely blow your mind. Not to many times do we as fans get a glimpse inside the inner workings of a sports agent. Josh Luchs provides us with one of those rare opportunities...I urge everyone to take advantage.

I've had the pleasure of speaking and meeting Josh several times, and his sincerity and straight shooter attitude are reflected in this book. Everything is out on the table, big time college football players, coaches, and programs are implicated. This is the story every fan wants to hear. These are the inner workings of sports agent. It is extremely reasonably priced as well. I really encourage anyone who is a college football fan, casual, or extremist, to pick up a copy, and let Josh take you inside of his world.
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