Coming to you live from New York today, where I am speaking on a fantasy sports panel at Cozen O’Connor’s Sports Law event, which features fantastic panelists throughout. We are quickly coming up to the 2016 NFL Draft and just learned about a blockbuster trade between the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams, swapping the former’s No. 1 overall pick to the latter team. We should be unveiling our annual list of players/agents in the near future. Also, expect more college basketball player signings as many go from testing the waters to firmly committed to remaining in the NBA Draft.
This week on Forbes: (1) What’s The Big Deal With A Pro Sports Team In Las Vegas?; (2) Playing Ball In The Multi-Billion Dollar Sports Collectible Market; (3) Olympic Top Partner Gillette Reveals Rio Advertising Campaign; and (4) Kobe Bryant Vs Derek Jeter: The Retirement-Related Numbers.
As always, the weekly wrap-up:
- Drew takes issue with the release of completely confidential information [Drew Rosenhaus upset with NFL over leak, hopeful Josh Gordon will play in 2016].
- Drew also upset with new client Johnny Football and prays that he seeks help [Johnny Manziel’s new agent gives him an ultimatum: get help or I quit].
- It was about, ‘If I can’t be great, I don’t want to do this’ [D’Brickashaw Ferguson: What happened?].
- Deyonta hired an agent and won’t be returning to school [Michigan State freshman Deyonta Davis to declare for NBA draft].
- But Diamond Stone is going with hiring a representative [Maryland’s Diamond Stone, Melo Trimble will declare for NBA draft; Trimble won’t hire agent].
- Distanced himself by using the ‘That’s my agent’s comments’ line [Focused Pablo Sandoval downplays agent’s ‘Ferrari in garage’ quote].
- The possibility of having a client play in Russia is a nice piece of leverage for NHL agents [KHOKHLACHEV’S AGENT BLAMES JULIEN FOR BLOCKING HIS CLIENT’S PATH WITH BRUINS].