Aug
08

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

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

Quick trip to Los Angeles, but I’m back in Miami for the rest of the week.  August 9 is my half-birthday.  People celebrate that, right?  At the end of next week I will be traveling to Detroit to moderate a NASCAR panel.  I’ve never been to Detroit, so I’m looking forward to the trip.  This…
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Aug
07

On To The Next One: J.C. Copeland

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Caleb Hanie (7) hands off to fullback J.C. Copeland (48) during training camp at the River Ridge Playing Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Current fullback for the Dallas Cowboys, J.C. Copeland, recently left his former agency, JL Sports, to sign with Prestige Sports International.  The former LSU Tiger will be represented by NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor, Byron Cuthbert. Copeland is Cuthbert’s first SEC client. Following passage of the NFLPA certification exam last year, Cuthbert signed a few players from smaller…
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Aug
06

First Woman NBPA Executive Director Discusses New Role

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After 18 months without an Executive Director, the NBPA recently hired Michele Roberts to lead the union.  A University of California (Berkeley) law graduate, Roberts now becomes the first woman to lead a major U.S. sports union.  The Bronx, New York native chatted with SportsBusiness Journal’s labor and agent reporter, Liz Mullen, about her new…
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Aug
05

Tyrann Mathieu Signs With CAA

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Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has signed with Creative Artist Agency’s football division.  Mathieu played his college ball at LSU prior to being a third round pick (No. 69 overall) by the Cardinals.  He has rebounded well from a scrutinized college career that included Mathieu being kicked off the LSU team for violating team…
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Aug
04

Sports Agency Lagardère Unlimited Adds To Consulting Division

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One of the leading global sports agencies is beefing up its consulting division with the recent addition of four industry executives.  Lagardère Unlimited just added Todd Franks, Brendan Moynihan, Greg Coleman and Ryan Peck, all of whom were previously with Genesco Sports Enterprises. “We are excited that Todd, Brendan, Greg and Ryan have joined our team,”…
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Aug
01

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (8/1/2014)

Recording artist Lil Wayne is supposedly getting into sports representation. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Happy start to the month of August.  You can almost taste football, which is right around the corner.  Fantasy football preparations are in effect and Marshawn Lynch ended his hold out.  All seems right with the world.  That said, there are issues much larger than sports and I wish that one day there will be…
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Jul
31

On To The Next One: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) in action during his match against Sam Querrey (USA) on day three of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has switched agencies and signed a representation agreement with IMG Worldwide. He was previously managed by L&S Management. The 28 year-old rose to fame in 2008, where he defeated four seeded players to advance to the final of the Australian Open. He lost to Novak Djokovic. Since then, he has…
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Jul
30

ESPN Analyst Mark Jackson Signs With LeBron James’ Agent

Mark Jackson reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rich Paul — the sports agent for NBA superstar LeBron James — is branching out into the broadcasting side of the business.  According to TNT’s David Aldridge, Paul has signed ESPN analyst, Mark Jackson. Jackson was formerly represented by Wasserman Media Group Vice Chairman and NBPA Player Agent, Arn Tellem.  Prior to that, Steve Kauffman (owner of…
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Jul
29

Atlanta-Based SportsTrust Advisors Loses Two NFL Sports Agents

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Yesterday, Atlanta-based sports agency SportsTrust Advisors, which is one of the world’s top-10 most valuable football agencies, lost two of its NFLPA Certified Contract Advisors: Michael Perrett and Kevin McGuire. The two sports agents shared roughly 20 years of experience working together at SportsTrust.  The duo is pursuing the formation of their own company, Element Sports…
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Jul
28

On To The Next One: Salvador Perez

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) hits a home run against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

According to CBS Sports’ MLB Insider, Jon Heyman, Kansas City Royals catcher, Salvador Perez, has changed representation — again. The Valencia, Venezuela native is now represented by Beverly Hills Sports Council and agent Rick Thurman. His former agency was SPS Sports Group.  Prior to SPS, he had been under management with the Morgan Advisory Group.…
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