May
25

Leverage Agency Signs Triple Crown Contender American Pharoah

Leverage Agency has signed American Pharaoh  (Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

On Saturday, American Pharoah will attempt a feat not accomplished since 1978: The Triple Crown. Having easily disposed of his rivals in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the 3 year-old is the talk of not only racing folk, but the general public. With the horse at the height of his popularity, American…
Read More

May
12

Agentless Lewis Hamilton’s Contract Talks Stall With Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are stuck in a negotiation battle (Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

In November last year, F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton split with his agent Simon Fuller. At the time he was coy about what he was going to do next, only saying that it will be something “different”. Time was on his side, with his contract at Mercedes running until the end of 2015. In the end,…
Read More

Feb
19

WME/IMG Buys Golf Representation Firm Icon Sports

Via IMG Golf Facebook Page

It was announced today at WME/IMG has purchased golf representation firm Icon Sports. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The company will be folded into IMG Golf’s existing operations, with Icon Sports’ personnel given new roles in the company. R.J. Nemer, the founder and president of Icon, will become the head of IMG…
Read More

Feb
11

Caroline Wozniacki Signs Endorsement Deal With Chocolatier Godiva

Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September of last year, Caroline Wozniacki stated she’d love to sign an endorsement deal for chocolate. This week, that became a reality. Wozniacki has signed an endorsement deal with Belgian Chocolatier Godiva. Financial terms were not disclosed, however it is likely that this is one of…
Read More

Feb
05

Rory McIlroy Settles With Horizon To The Tune Of $25 Million

Sep 6, 2014; Cherry Hills Village, CO, USA; Rory McIlroy reacts after his chip shot from out of bounds back to the 2nd green during the third round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy spent a total of 42 seconds in court on Tuesday. This was to inform the judge that Horizon and himself were “narrowing the issues” surrounding their case over unpaid commissions. The court was adjourned. On Wednesday, the counsel for McIlroy informed the court that both sides had reached an agreement. A case that…
Read More

Feb
01

Rory McIlroy’s Case Against Former Agency Set For Court

Sep 27, 2014; Perthshire, Perthshire, SCT; European golfer Rory McIlroy on the back nine of his second match of the day on day two of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Resort - PGA Centenary Course. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Sports Agent Blog first reported on Rory McIlroy’s lawsuit against his former management company Horizon in October 2013. Since then, the case has largely played out in public, with McIlroy stating a need to take time off from the course to focus on mounting his case. Finally, a court date of February 10th has been…
Read More

Jan
23

Golfer Jordan Spieth Signs 10 Year Extension With Under Armour

Sep 25, 2014; Auchterarder, Perthshire, SCT; USA player Jordan Spieth warms up on the driving range during practice for the 2014 Ryder Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel-PGA Centenary Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Spieth, one of the hottest properties in golf, has signed a 10 year extension deal with Under Armour. The company signed him in January 2013, shortly after he turned pro. That contract was for 4 years, but it is understood the new 10 year will take effect now, negating the final 2 years of…
Read More

Dec
17

On To The Next One: Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain celebrates winning the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

William Morris Endeavor (WME) landed a massive coup this week with the signing of Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton. He was previously managed by Simon Fuller at XIX Management. Lewis’ contract with XIX ended last month and he decided not to renew. Hamilton has one year remaining on his 3 year, £51 million contract with…
Read More

Dec
10

For Genie Bouchard, IMG Is The Most Fashionable Fit

sdg

Early Wednesday morning the worst kept secret in tennis representation was confirmed: Genie Bouchard had signed with WME/IMG. The newly formed conglomerate will market and manage her globally. This was a position previously held by Lagardere, who she was with until her contract expired in October. Genie had been managed by the French company since…
Read More

Sep
24

Global Tennis Connections: The New Force In Tennis Representation

USATSI_8062041_155451184_lowres

For years, the representation of tennis players has been dominated by the big firms. IMG Tennis, with a list including Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, represents over 140 tennis clients. French company Lagardere’s long list includes Caroline Wozniacki and John Isner, while Octagon represents Martina Hingis and Dominika Cibulkova. Enter Global Tennis Connections (GTC). Founded…
Read More