Jun
18

Jimmy Graham’s Twitter Bio Is Irrelevant

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The following guest contribution was written by Jonathan Gordon, a senior at the University of Notre Dame with plans of attending law school. The founder of Sports Analytics Blog, Jonathan invites you to connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Earlier this year, the New Orleans Saints placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Jimmy Graham. The Saints believe Graham should be compensated as…
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Jun
12

Contracts In The MMA World

UFC fighter Randy Couture (left) demonstrates a choke hold on Oakland Athletics first baseman Daric Barton (right) before the game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Contracts are involved in almost every business. Whether it is employment contracts, independent contractor contracts, promotional contracts, the list goes on and on. However, contracts in the MMA world can be very “shady”, “sticky”, “fake”, and down right “criminal”. In 2007, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture was involved in a very public contract dispute with…
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May
22

Sports Agent Chris Gittings Negotiates Two Of The CFL’s Biggest Deals

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Chris Gittings, the Founder and President of OneWest Sports Agency, recently negotiated two of the biggest contracts in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with quarterbacks Ricky Ray (Toronto Argonauts) and Henry Burris (Ottawa RedBlacks). Prior to the start of 2013 season, the Argonauts management team approached Gittings for a possible extension for Ray.  Gittings knew…
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May
08

Drafting The Right NFL Contract: The Role Of A Sports Agent

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The following is a guest contribution from Joanna Hensley, a teaching graduate assistant in the Tarleton State University Kinesiology Program. She is currently a contributing author for TSU’s Kinesiology and Sport Review. She will graduate in August with a master’s of education and pursue a law degree with plans for a career in football administration. It is no…
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Mar
09

Ndamukong Suh Hires Jimmy Sexton As Agent

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sits on the bench before the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Giants beat the Lions 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

In a career that has been highly controversial Ndamukong Suh has finally made a sound decision, hiring veteran Creative Artists Agency (CAA) NFL agent Jimmy Sexton. Suh has the potential to be one of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL and with Sexton at the negotiating table that is more likely to be…
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Feb
03

‘Why Not Us’ Mentality Helps Seattle Seahawks Produce First Super Bowl Championship

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The Super Bowl was full of memorable moments and New York/New Jersey provided a great platform for the Seattle Seahawks to showcase its talents. The Seahawks once again demonstrated that a superior defense does win championships. However, the Seahawks’ playoff success runs much deeper than its flashy neon-uniforms, outspoken leaders, and 12th man. Most noteworthy…
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Jan
30

Toronto FC’s ‘Beckham Deals’ Six Months In The Making

Toronto FC new player Jermain Defoe is introduced during a press conference at Real Sports Bar and Grill. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

News broke pretty early of the impending transfer of Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC, with media outlets reporting on the move in December. However, the wheels were in motion for the major moves of Michael Bradley and Jermain much much earlier. Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), had a vision when…
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Jan
29

Op-Ed: The Economics of Professional Sports, Is Younger Really Better?

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The following guest post is by Allain Roy, CMG Sports President & CEO In today’s professional sports, a single injury can decimate a team and ruin a team’s and fan’s season. With salary caps playing a major role in sports leagues such as the NFL and the NHL and other leagues, the top players are…
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Jan
22

Yankees Land Stud Japanese Pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka

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Earlier today, the New York Yankees announced it signed Masahiro Tanaka to an unprecedented seven-year, $155 million contract. This is the fifth richest contract for a pitcher in MLB history. The deal should come as no surprise to baseball fans and MLB teams after Tanaka selected Casey Close of Excel Sports Management to represent him.…
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Nov
25

New Yankees Catcher Brian McCann Set For Life With The Help Of Agent B.B. Abbott

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The New York Yankees desperately needed a catcher, so the club went out and got one in the early stages of free agency.  And the team paid a pretty penny for him.  Multiple reports have highlighted the Yankees’ signing of former Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann to a 5-year, $85 million contract that contains a…
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