Contracts In The MMA World

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Ndamukong Suh Hires Jimmy Sexton As Agent

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Yankees Land Stud Japanese Pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka

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….

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

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…

Robinson Cano Hopes CAA Sports Can Help Him Get $300 Million+

Several months ago, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano reportedly asked for a contract paying him a total of $300 million over the term of the deal.  And then ESPN’s Buster Olney said that Cano is still looking for $300 million (plus another $5 million) over the course of a 10-year contract.  The Yankees and Cano’s…