2011 Australian Open: Where are the Americans in Tennis?

As the 2011 tennis season kicked off with the first major, Australian Open, no one can deny the lack of American players in tennis.  Over the last decade, the number of American professional tennis players (men and women) has declined. Serena and Venus Williams are ranked four and five in the world. They have dominated…

2010 WNBA Championship

The 2010 WNBA championship began this past weekend.  The Seattle Storm and the Atlanta Dream tipped off for the WNBA Finals on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 3 pm (EST). The best-of-five started in Seattle, Washington at KeyArena. Seattle won their first title in 2004. This year, Seattle defeated the Los Angeles Sparks and the…

The Evolution of Women’s Tennis

There is a debate concerning women’s professional basketball. Many believe the WNBA will not survive because the organization does not have the same sponsorship or financial backing as the NBA. Many think the women do not have the athleticism to play at the same level as male professional basketball players. Therefore, women’s professional basketball is…

Rookie Reflections

As agent advocates, we anticipate our clients making the necessary adjustments upon being drafted or securing placement with a professional organization. We expect our clients to perform based on contractual obligations and add value to the organizations as a professionals and human beings.  Athletes are consistently being evaluated by management and coaches. Evaluations are based on…

WNBA: Endorsements and Marketability

The WNBA season officially kicked off on May 15, 2010. I was very excited to see Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright play at Target Center this past Sunday. A couple of weeks ago, I attended an event the Minnesota Lynx held at the Mall of America to kick off their 2010 season with the fans….

2010 WNBA Draft Prospects: Tyra Grant and Alexis Gray-Lawson

“Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It’s dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.” — Billie Jean King, Founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation Tyra Grant is a 5”11 guard for the Penn State Lady Lions. Tyra is definitely a “lioness” on the basketball court. She is the…

2010 WNBA Draft Prospects: Jayne Appel and Monica Wright

“We’re talking about women’s professional basketball here. We’re still new at this. A lot of times people forget the NBA was once where we are now. We’ve got to go beyond the true die hard women’s professional-sports fan.” – Sheryl Swoopes Jayne Appel (pictured to the right) is another extraordinary athlete. She stands 6’4” and…

2010 WNBA Draft Prospects: Epiphanny Prince and Alysha Clark

“If you’ve given the greatest effort that you can expect of yourself, you always get what you deserve.”  – C. Vivian Stringer What a great quote from a great coach who knows all too well the impact and importance of effort and expectations. The voice of C. Vivian Stringer probably resonated in Epiphanny Prince’s head…