Aug
11

Mike Tannenbaum Remains An Agent Even With New Consulting Role

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Former New York Jets General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum, joined sports agency Priority Sports as the head of its Coaches, Front Office and Broadcasters Division last summer.  In that role, he recently negotiated Steve Kerr’s new salary with the Golden State Warriors. As of last Friday, Tannenbaum will now try to balance two competing responsibilities, with some arguing…
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Aug
07

On To The Next One: J.C. Copeland

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Caleb Hanie (7) hands off to fullback J.C. Copeland (48) during training camp at the River Ridge Playing Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Current fullback for the Dallas Cowboys, J.C. Copeland, recently left his former agency, JL Sports, to sign with Prestige Sports International.  The former LSU Tiger will be represented by NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor, Byron Cuthbert. Copeland is Cuthbert’s first SEC client. Following passage of the NFLPA certification exam last year, Cuthbert signed a few players from smaller…
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Aug
06

First Woman NBPA Executive Director Discusses New Role

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After 18 months without an Executive Director, the NBPA recently hired Michele Roberts to lead the union.  A University of California (Berkeley) law graduate, Roberts now becomes the first woman to lead a major U.S. sports union.  The Bronx, New York native chatted with SportsBusiness Journal’s labor and agent reporter, Liz Mullen, about her new…
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Aug
04

Sports Agency Lagardère Unlimited Adds To Consulting Division

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One of the leading global sports agencies is beefing up its consulting division with the recent addition of four industry executives.  Lagardère Unlimited just added Todd Franks, Brendan Moynihan, Greg Coleman and Ryan Peck, all of whom were previously with Genesco Sports Enterprises. “We are excited that Todd, Brendan, Greg and Ryan have joined our team,”…
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Jul
30

ESPN Analyst Mark Jackson Signs With LeBron James’ Agent

Mark Jackson reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rich Paul — the sports agent for NBA superstar LeBron James — is branching out into the broadcasting side of the business.  According to TNT’s David Aldridge, Paul has signed ESPN analyst, Mark Jackson. Jackson was formerly represented by Wasserman Media Group Vice Chairman and NBPA Player Agent, Arn Tellem.  Prior to that, Steve Kauffman (owner of…
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Jul
29

Atlanta-Based SportsTrust Advisors Loses Two NFL Sports Agents

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Yesterday, Atlanta-based sports agency SportsTrust Advisors, which is one of the world’s top-10 most valuable football agencies, lost two of its NFLPA Certified Contract Advisors: Michael Perrett and Kevin McGuire. The two sports agents shared roughly 20 years of experience working together at SportsTrust.  The duo is pursuing the formation of their own company, Element Sports…
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Jul
28

On To The Next One: Salvador Perez

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) hits a home run against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

According to CBS Sports’ MLB Insider, Jon Heyman, Kansas City Royals catcher, Salvador Perez, has changed representation — again. The Valencia, Venezuela native is now represented by Beverly Hills Sports Council and agent Rick Thurman. His former agency was SPS Sports Group.  Prior to SPS, he had been under management with the Morgan Advisory Group.…
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Jul
23

Interview With The Agent: Brian Stanchak

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Brian Stanchak is the President of BDS Search, a basketball coach management agency.  The firm focuses exclusively on providing career guidance, marketing and representation to all of its clients as it assists them in reaching their professional and financial goals. With 15-plus years of experience within the intercollegiate athletic administration and basketball coaching industries, Brian…
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Jul
22

On To The Next One: Max Pacioretty

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) battles for the puck with Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) during the first period in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes when star athletes have breakout seasons, those individuals jump ship to bigger sports agencies that can offer a heightened level of services.  Similarly, those more well-known agencies — more times than not — have a larger footprint in their respective sport, and as a result, can leverage not only their name but also their…
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Jul
22

Marketing Agent Maverick Carter Discusses Decision 2.0 With ESPN

LeBron James and Johnny Manziel share the same marketing agent, Maverick Carter.
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ESPN reporter Jason Whitlock recently had the well-known sports marketer, Maverick Carter, on his podcast ‘Real Talk’. Carter — who is the Founder of LRMR Management — is the marketing agent for both LeBron James and Johnny Manziel.  With James’ recent move back home to Cleveland, Carter instantly has become one of the most powerful…
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