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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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
08

Sports Agents Voice Displeasure With NBA Players ‘Taking Less’ Money

Contributor Evan Zepfel makes his argument as to why the Clippers would benefit from an Initial Public Offering.

When an NBA player is urged to take less than money, that naturally means his agent’s commission is less. Such has been the latest pattern emerging from social media, fan bases and with owners across the league. And with the newly-agreed upon Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) from 2011 in place — which left players with…
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Jun
27

2014 NBA Draft Selections And Analysis (Player/Agent)

Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) is interviewed after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Prior coverage of NBA Draft (agent/player) relationships: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 Keep up with Sports Agent Blog on Twitter | Facebook | RSS Highlights Creative Artists Agency led the way with 6 clients taken in the first round of the NBA Draft. Wasserman Media Group had 2 of the first 3 players drafted along with 3 of the first 6 taken off…
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Jun
23

BDA Sports Forms Partnership With Australian Agency

Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) reacts against the Florida Gators during the second half at Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Florida Gators defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 67-61. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA sports agent, Bill Duffy, is expected to have a good size 2014 NBA Draft Class.  Currently, Duffy is also focusing his efforts on the international scope with his agency BDA Sports. The latter comes on the heels of a joint venture alliance with Australian sports and talent agency One Management Group and Consulting, according…
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Jun
17

Report: Impact Sports Basketball Suffers Setback

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According to DrafExpress.com, Impact Sports Basketball — a division of Impact Sports — represents fewer than 15 current NBA players. And yet, for the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft, the agency’s draft class is less than stellar. That may be in part because Impact recently lost one of its top recruiters in Carlos Dew, according to…
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Jun
16

Octagon Basketball Grows Presence In Europe

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Global sports and entertainment agency, Octagon, recently announced its expansion in Europe with its Basketball Division. Octagon Basketball’s European headquarters will be based in Athens, Greece. Giorgos Dimitropoulos has been named Senior Director of Octagon Basketball Europe and will be managing player representation across the continent. Before joining Octagon Basketball, Dimitropoulos co-founded FCM Basketball “It…
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Jun
10

On To The Next One: Rodney Stuckey

Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons beat the Celtics 115-111. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey recently changed his representation, switching from Creative Artists Agency Sports and veteran sports agent Leon Rose to newly-minted NBPA Player Agent, Paolo Zamorano. On the one hand, Rose represents a number of All Stars including Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony, to name a few.  Conversely, Stuckey is…
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Apr
24

2013-14 NBA Regular Season Awards Recognizes 2 BDA Sports Management Clients

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has left agent Donald Dell and signed with BDA Sports. Photo Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Most analysis surrounding sports agents revolve around an agent’s initial signing of an athlete or an athlete firing an agent or an agent negotiating an athlete’s contract. However, less emphasis is placed on the accolades agents’ clients receive during their playing careers. Below highlights the players and coach that won (or will likely win) 2013-2014…
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Mar
04

Russell Westbrook Named Brand Ambassador For Zenith Watches

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures to the fans in a break in action against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Zenith Watches has named Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, Russell Westbrook, its new brand ambassador. Westbrook already endorses Kings & Jaxs, Nike’s Jordan Brand, Six Star Pro Nutrition, BancFirst and Ozarka Water. Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group represents Westbrook. According to Globe Newswire, “Zenith chose Westbrook for his commitment to excellence, skilled technique and…
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