Apr
11

5 Questions With Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence

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Blake Lawrence is co-founder and CEO of opendorse, an online platform that connects companies with athletes. I had an opportunity recently to talk to him about the company, and how he got his start in the industry. How did you get into the industry? I’ve been around sports my entire life. I joined the Nebraska…
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Apr
02

Kelly Slater Leaves Quiksilver, Set To Launch His Own Brand

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Kelly Slater has announced that he will end his association with clothing brand Quiksilver. The 42 year old surfer had been with the company for over 23 years. Slater has decided that the time is right for him to set up his own brand that, in his words, “combines my love of clean living, responsibility…
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Mar
24

Why Don’t Australian Football League Teams Trade Expiring Contracts?

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The NBA, like the Australian Football League (AFL), operates on a salary cap. In both leagues, contracts are guaranteed, meaning if you sign a player for 5 years you are liable for the full compensation for that time. A lot of NBA teams use the latter end of large contracts to their advantage, whereas their…
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Jan
30

Toronto FC’s ‘Beckham Deals’ Six Months In The Making

Toronto FC new player Jermain Defoe is introduced during a press conference at Real Sports Bar and Grill. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

News broke pretty early of the impending transfer of Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC, with media outlets reporting on the move in December. However, the wheels were in motion for the major moves of Michael Bradley and Jermain much much earlier. Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), had a vision when…
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Jan
30

Australian Open Champion Li Na To Turn Real Estate Mogul

Li Na (CHN) reacts during her match against Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) on day eleven of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Nicolas Luttiau/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

Li Na’s already enormous endorsement portfolio is about to get bigger. The 31 year-old Chinese tennis star already has deals with Nike, Crown Resorts, Mercedes-Benz and Haagen-Dazs among her 10 endorsement deals. Since Na won the French Open in 2011, her agent Max Eisenbud has wrangled over $42 million worth of endorsements for her. Now…
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Jan
16

The Time For A Tennis Players’ Union Is Now

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At the time that I started writing this article, play was suspended on outside courts at the Australian Open. The temperature was over 40ºC. It reached this level over the past few days, but only now has the tournament decided to stop play. Over the first 3 days of the tournament several players experienced distress…
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Jan
15

Luke Donald Moves From IMG Worldwide To Lagardère

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Lagardère Unlimted announced on Monday that it has added three golfers to its already burgeoning roster, including former world No. 1 Luke Donald. He moves to Lagardère after his deal with IMG Worldwide expired at the end of the last year. Donald had a stellar 2011 season, where he rose to No. 1 in the…
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Dec
20

A Preview Of Athlete Representation In 2014

Robinson Cano teaming up with Jay-Z was the story of the week. Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

2013 was a massive year in athlete representation. Jay Z got his first deal done with Robinson Cano signing with the Seattle Mariners. Powerhouse agency IMG officially hit the market, with WME just days ago being announced as the winning bidder, at a price estimated to be around $2.3 billion. What will 2014 bring? Who…
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Dec
12

Roger Federer Officially Launches His Agency

Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) leaves the court after being defeated by Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) (not pictured) on day five of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Last year it was reported that Roger Federer had left IMG to setup his own representation firm, taking his agent Tony Godsick with him. ‘Team8′ has now officially launched, with the headquarters of the agency to be in Cleveland, Ohio – the same city in which IMG is based. The company has already started making…
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Nov
14

New Clients Vs. New Business

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“The day you sign a client is the day you start losing him.” – Donald Draper, Mad Men For the past 10 years I have tried to break into the athlete representation industry. I’ve had a few internships over this time, including working for IMG in their sponsorship division. I’ve also had a brief stint…
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