Feb
23

IMG, Octagon tied to Stanford Financial scandal

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Did IMG and Octagon have a quid pro quo relationship with Stanford Financial Group, the latest house of financiers-cum-crooks (sadly, the line has become a bit blurred of late) that is under investigation by the FBI and that was charged this week by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with an alleged $8bn…
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Jan
06

It’s Kind Of Hard Out Here (For A Pro Golfer)

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The 2009 PGA Tour season kicks off this week with the annual Mercedes-Benz Championship at Kapalua. But with it comes a new era in pro golf. No, it has nothing to do with Tiger Woods, who will likely be rehabbing his knee until April (Augusta) but will still be the favorite to win the season…
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Dec
08

Score One For The Little Guy

The NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires after the 2010 season, and among other points up for debate–including revenue sharing and a rookie pay scale–the NFLPA may want to push for a new anti-doping policy whose disciplinary measures don’t effectively make League Commissioner Roger Goodell judge, jury and executioner all at once. U.S. District Judge…
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Nov
03

Agent Spotlight: Ron Salcer

Ron Salcer

“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do,” John Wayne’s character mused in the 1939 film, “Stagecoach”. In Ron Salcer’s case, that means taking on zealous fans, the local media, even crooked executives, all in order to defend his principles. Salcer, who runs Icy Luck, Inc. out of Manhattan Beach, CA, represents…
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Oct
07

“Golf’s credit crunch” causing agents to lose cash, sleep

Rapidly vanishing lines of credit are not only taking their toll on inflated asset prices and the global financial markets in general, but also in the willingness of companies to not only underwrite sporting events, but also to market their brands through athletes. During financial stress, marketing budgets are historically one of the first to…
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Sep
04

Agent Spotlight: Ben Dogra

While a law student in 1993 at St. Louis University, Ben Dogra, now 43, interned for free with Jim Steiner of SFX Football (then SMG). Dogra would later call Steiner his mentor, but in time, some began to wonder who was teaching what to whom. By 2006, Dogra and Steiner sold SFX Football (which was…
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Aug
28

Agent Spotlight: Carlos Fleming

A former top-ranked college player in the early 90s for the University of Kansas, Carlos Fleming hung up his racket after a short-lived professional career, and wondered, what now? Returning to his hometown in Cleveland, Fleming enrolled in a JD/MBA program at Case Western, and also sought any opportunity he could to meet people associated…
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Aug
07

Agent Spotlight: Albert Thomas

Minister and prison guard by day, Albert Thomas, 48 years old, is a sports agent by night. Oh, and he’s a full-time father of five, and husband to boot. Comic book hero? Nope. Just one man who didn’t like what he saw was happening, and decided to take action. While watching his cousin’s grandson, Kwynn…
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Jul
21

Agent Spotlight: Hugh Dodson

The landscape of sports and entertainment management can change quickly, but it’s precisely this fluidity and competitive environment of consolidation and adventure that ensures its longevity, while also identifying the leaders and visionaries of tomorrow. Take Hugh Dodson, for instance. Dodson had been chief operating officer and chief financial officer of The Gersh Agency in…
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Jul
17

The Primary Cut – British Open Style

While Augusta is my favorite major to watch, and while I consider the U.S. Open to be the toughest major to actually win, there is something about The British Open that makes it the most special of the four. Maybe it’s because it is golf’s oldest championship. Maybe it’s because it’s fun to wake up…
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