Athletes Intern Too

With the average NFL career lasting about three and a half years, players have to worry about their post-playing careers.  Athletes often seek employment in the sports industry, because most of the time it’s all they’ve ever known.  Many agents make a long-term commitment to their clients by continuing to

Problems in Memphis

NCAA allegations of major violations by the men's basketball program at Memphis during former coach John Calipari's tenure surfaced last Wednesday.  The charges against the Memphis Tigers include "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on SAT exam by a player.  The NCAA's letter to the school, which was sent on January 16,

Strahan Forming New Career on Small-Screen

Former New York Giants superstar, Michael Strahan, is set to co-star alongside Darryl Mitchell in the new comedy series, "Brothers", which will debut as part of Fox's new fall lineup.  Strahan will pretty much be playing himself...a former NFL player.  His character will be moving back into his mother's home

Who’s Paying the Tab?

Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal announced that they would expand their sports section from its once-a-week appearance to an everyday section, and I've been following the online version since.  Last week I came across a very interesting article by Allen Barra, and I wanted to explore the possibilities

“This is the Business We Chose”

If you're not a Godfather fan like myself, you may not have caught the Hyman Roth quote, but these words are easily applicable to the sports industry.  Whether you like it or not - and if you're an avid reader of this site I'm guessing you like it - the

Interview with Ben Freidson, Manager of Sports Marketing at Volkswagen

Ben Freidson is the Manager of Sports Marketing at Volkswagen of America Inc.  Recently, Volkswagen announced a multi-year partnership renewal with Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing, MLS's marketing arm, to remain MLS's Official Automotive partner. Michael Goldman: Can you briefly discuss your role as Manager of Sports Marketing and

Ryan Braun is Flying High

Milwaukee Brewer's outfielder Ryan Braun recently signed an endorsement deal with AirTran Airways to be become the airline's Milwaukee area spokesman.  The deal includes Braun appearing in AirTran advertisements and on billboards in the Milwaukee area, as well as making personal appearances for the airline. Braun is quickly becoming a star

Andrew Moss, Criminal Minded

Sports agent Andrew Moss, CEO of the Hawaii based Onyx Sports Group Inc., pleaded guilty on Wednesday after being charged with defrauding a sponsor for $61,000 in June 2008.  The criminal act stems from a deal he had made for his golf client Scott Yancy III.  Yancy had a moment

Not a game…we’re talking about Twitter

"We're talking about Twitter here." That was Charlie Villanueva's comment regarding Bucks coach Scott Skiles' decision to ban the use of Twitter during games, after Villanueva's half-time "tweet" during Sunday's victory over the Boston Celtics.  Villanueva's response sounds comically similar to Allen Iverson's "practice" rant, and although the Milwaukee forward