Jun
16

Octagon Basketball Grows Presence In Europe

Peter Carlisle

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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Feb
11

Wasserman Media Group Signs Ex-Bulls Star Scottie Pippen

Chicago Bulls former player Scottie Pippen looks on as Tiger Woods (not pictured) tees off on the 10th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

One of the mega sports and entertainment agencies recently landed one of the more recognizable basketball names of the 1990s in former Chicago Bulls star, Scottie Pippen.  Pippen has signed with Wasserman Media Group and its Vice President of Broadcasting, Debbie Spander. “Most in the sports business community recognize Wasserman for representing over 1,200 athletes worldwide,…
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Jan
28

Six Questions With Kenge Stevenson Of 329 Services

Kenge Stevenson

Kenge Stevenson is a former Missouri basketball player that owns his own sports agency. His agency is 329 Services and he has represented some big name NBA players in his past, including Keyon Dooling. While being certified with the NBPA, Kenge is also certified with FIBA. Mr. Stevenson represents several basketball players overseas. Sports Agent…
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Dec
18

On To The Next One: Shaun Livingston

Brooklyn Nets point guard Shaun Livingston (14) tries to dribble around Detroit Pistons shooting guard Rodney Stuckey (3) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Excel Sports Management just lost a client in Houston Astros OF, L.J. Hoes.  However, the New York-based agency just made up for it — albeit in a different sport — with the signing of Brooklyn Nets guard, Shaun Livingston. Excel President and Agent, Jeff Schwartz, and Agent Sean Kennedy will represent the Peoria, Ill. native,…
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Nov
18

What Do The Stats Guys Do Beyond Compensation Analysis?

New Orleans Pelicans small forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0) dunks against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a guest contribution from Marc Rubin of RayRubin Sports Analysts. Much of my work involves database analyses to ascertain “fair market values” for players my client agents represent, particularly in arbitration matters. I remain grateful to Drew Rosenhaus who taught me that FA is more of an “auction” situation and so here I…
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Oct
16

2013/14 Miami Heat Preview – Three-peat?

Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley (8) during media day at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a guest contribution from University of Miami law school student Bryan Saul who is also one of the biggest Miami Heat fans I know.  Follow him on Twitter: @SaulitosWay. Team Name: Miami Heat Last Year’s Record: 66-16 Key Losses: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard Key Additions: Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Roger Mason Jr.…
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Sep
10

On To The Next One: Patrick Patterson

Patrick Patterson

Roughly a week ago, I was told by an inside source (and Tweeted) that Sacramento Kings forward Patrick Patterson was leaving his agent to hire Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports Management.  I contacted Patterson’s agent Odell McCants of Capitol Sports Management LLC to confirm, but received no response.  However, it is now official that Patterson…
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