Aug
22

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (8/22/2014)

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College football is a week away.  The NFL is not far behind.  I had my draft in one of the two fantasy leagues I participate in last night.  You can just smell and taste football at this point.  However, I must admit that this season of Hard Knocks does not have me as enthused as years’…
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Aug
21

Registration Open For Free Online Course, Representing The Professional Athlete

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Professor Peter Carfagna (see biography) will be holding a free online course starting on September 16.  The course is titled ‘Representing The Professional Athlete’.  To date, over 1,100 students from 90-plus countries have enrolled in the course, which will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers and hypothetical situations. “There are 6 modules.  Each one is…
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Aug
20

4th Annual Kelley Drye Sports Entertainment Group’s Agent/Client Retreat

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With the beginning of the NFL preseason starting just weeks ago, fans have been engaged with players’ off season preparation for this upcoming season, but not many know how players are preparing for life off the field. The Sports and Entertainment Group at Kelley Drye held their annual three day retreat in Las Vegas this…
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Aug
20

Vote For Agency/NFL Business Panel At South By Southwest Conference

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SXSW, Inc. executes a series of annual conferences, with one of those being South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.  SXSW has now been broken down into film, interactive and music conferences.  SXSW Interactive 2015, which consistently focuses on emerging technologies, is allowing the SXSW community the opportunity to select future panels. One such panel…
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Aug
19

Roc Nation Sports Expands Industry Presence With Boxing Division

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It’s not even two years old, but Roc Nation Sports has NBA, MLB and NFL clients.  It even lays claim to representing WNBA superstar and Tulsa Shock guard, Skylar Diggins.  Nine clients to be exact. Now, the division of Roc Nation is strategically aiming to enter the boxing sphere, according to President and Chief of…
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Aug
18

Interview With The Agent: Garry Rosenfield

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Garry Rosenfield is a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law (2013) and the University of Connecticut (2010).  He currently leads the Women’s Basketball Division at Coaches Inc., a sports agency and marketing firm devoted to the careers of college coaches.  Below is a Q&A with Garry where we discussed his role at Coaches…
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Aug
15

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (8/15/2014)

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I am in Detroit today to moderate a question-and-answer session with the President and Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR.  It is my first time in the city.  Back to (sometimes) sunny South Florida tomorrow.  After three fantastic years of teaching Sports Agency Management at Indiana University Bloomington (where I created the course) I am finally…
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Aug
14

George Pyne Exits WME | IMG

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The exodus from sports agency WME | IMG continues, as the President of IMG Sports and Entertainment, George Pyne, recently departed the company.  Pyne will remain a senior advisor to WME | IMG for an unknown number of future months.  However, in the mean time, Pyne is hoping to raise $500 million to acquire companies…
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Aug
13

Leigh Steinberg To Host Agent Academy In October

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In two months, veteran sports agent Leigh Steinberg will host his very own ‘Agent Academy’ in Newport Beach, California at his agency’s headquarters.  Steinberg, the model for the 1990s movie Jerry Maguire, has represented 60-plus first round selections in his career along with eight No. 1 overall picks. For an individual who has endured messy industry breakups, bouts…
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Aug
12

Wimbledon Champion Kvitova Signs With IMG

Petra Kvitova (CZE) serves to Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) on day four of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Just two weeks after inking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, IMG has announced the signing of Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to a worldwide representation agreement. She was previously solely managed by Miroslav Cernosek, who will continue to work with IMG in finding opportunities in her native Czech Republic. Kvitova will also retain Katie Spellman, who mangers her PR.…
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