Sep
19

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (9/19/2014)

Floyd Mayweather may be making some changes with his team of execs.

Ever remember a crazier week for the NFL?  People are calling for Roger Goodell’s head, players are getting held out of games and practice but still earning paychecks and every day it seems like there’s a new domestic violence announcement.  After a terrible Thursday night game, can’t wait for Sunday to roll along.  And there’s…
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Sep
12

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (9/12/2014)

New York Giants outside linebacker Jon Beason (52) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Giants 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Rice.  What a mess all around.  But football goes on, and thank G-d for that.  Won both of my Week 1 match-ups in fantasy.  Hoping for similar results in Week 2.  I also would not mind a similar performance out of my Miami Dolphins and new running back Knowshon Moreno.  This week on FORBES:…
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Sep
09

Ray Rice And All Other NFL Players Gave Up Their Due Process Rights

Ray Rice. Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports.

By Charles Bennett, J.D. Ray Rice is not guaranteed Due Process of law with respect to the termination of his NFL contract. Earlier this week the Baltimore Ravens terminated Ray Rice’s contract after a video surfaced apparently showing him hitting his then-fiancée. The NFL quickly responded by indefinitely suspending Rice. All of this came shortly…
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Sep
05

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (9/5/2014)

Golden State Warriors general manager (and former agent) Bob Myers is earning his praise in his fairly new role.

Happy NFL regular season.  Fantasy football is in full swing, and with my father texting me to ask whether it is safe for him to deposit money into DraftKings, I am now positive that daily fantasy sports is here to stay.  I will be in attendance at the Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots game…
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Sep
04

Interview With The Agent: Micky Lawler

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The following article is a guest contribution from Natalie Mikolich.  Natalie is the Founder of NPM | PR, where she focuses as a sports publicist. As one of the first female agents breaking ground in athlete representation over 27-years-ago, Micky Lawler has served as the head of Octagon’s worldwide Tennis Division since 1988. Now the…
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Sep
04

The Unappealable BAT Arbitration Award And Its Effectiveness Under FIBA

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The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (“BAT”) awards are essentially unappealable. That, along with the Arbitrator’s ex aequo et bono power, which is already a very subjective standard based on the Arbitrator’s determination of fairness for the parties, has created an almost uninhibited decisional power for the arbitrator.…
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Sep
02

Interview With The Agent: Michael Jennings

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Michael Jennings is currently the President of Football at Spire Sports Group, LLC (Spiresportsgroup.com), a metro-Detroit headquartered firm that handles CFL playing contracts as well as marketing initiatives for NFL clients. Jennings is a CFLPA Certified Advisor with over 15 years of experience in management and negotiation and he is a University of Michigan class…
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Aug
29

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (8/29/2014)

Roger Federer. Photo Credit: Susan Mulane-US PRESSWIRE

Shabbat Shalom! and happy long Labor Day weekend to you and yours.  I am off to Dallas tomorrow to celebrate the wedding of one of my fraternity brothers (Go Gators!).  College football is here and the NFL regular season is right around the corner.  This may be the most magical time of the year.  This…
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Aug
28

Regulation Of Sports Agents In Europe May Be Causing More Problems Than It Solves

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The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. A recent trend in European Union (“EU”) countries is for individual leagues to enact sports agent regulations. The regulations have caused confusion amongst agents as to their scope and applicability, and have done little to alleviate the issues they were meant to resolve. For example,…
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Aug
27

Alvarez Finally Gets His UFC Wish

Eddie Alvarez (red gloves ) and Michael Chandler (blue gloves) during their Bellator Lightweight World Championship fight at the Long Beach Arena. Alvarez won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Eddie Alvarez has finally had his wish granted by making it into the UFC after he was released from Bellator in order to enter free agency. The lightweight had been attempting to secure a move to the UFC for years, but a series of contract disputes with former Bellator president Bjorn Rebney stopped Alvarez from…
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