Sep
16

‘I’d Like To Thank The Fans’ – Or Would I? How Sports Franchises Deal With The Modern Fan

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No country is more synonymous with hockey than Canada. However, Canada hasn’t brought home hockey’s greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup, since Montreal beat the L.A. Kings in 1993. Some have blamed an insufficient number of hockey teams in Canada and the economic structure of the NHL. Others chalk the drought up to plain bad luck.…
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Aug
27

Roc Nation Sports Ready To Drop The Mitts And Fight For Clients In The NHL

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The following is a guest contribution from Matt Tympanick, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth School of Law Class of 2015. Salve Regina University Class of 2012. According to Sports Business Journal, Roc Nation Sports, a full service Sports Management Agency founded by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is likely about dive into the final big four sport, hockey.…
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Jul
22

On To The Next One: Max Pacioretty

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) battles for the puck with Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) during the first period in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes when star athletes have breakout seasons, those individuals jump ship to bigger sports agencies that can offer a heightened level of services.  Similarly, those more well-known agencies — more times than not — have a larger footprint in their respective sport, and as a result, can leverage not only their name but also their…
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May
28

SMWW Conference Hits The City Of Brotherly Love For 2014 NHL Draft

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The Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW) NHL Draft Hockey Career Conference makes its way to the City of Brotherly Love for the 2014 NHL Draft as Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of the Philadelphia Flyers, becomes the center of the hockey universe June 26-28, 2014. The conference will take place at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown…
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Feb
05

On To The Next One: Jake Gardiner

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Devils 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, Jake Gardiner, is in the final year of his three-year entry-level deal.  It should thus come as no surprise that the former Wisconsin Badger recently swapped agents as he nears a new contract this upcoming off-season.  Whether it is the NHL, NFL, or any of the other major professional leagues, it…
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Jan
29

Op-Ed: The Economics of Professional Sports, Is Younger Really Better?

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The following guest post is by Allain Roy, CMG Sports President & CEO In today’s professional sports, a single injury can decimate a team and ruin a team’s and fan’s season. With salary caps playing a major role in sports leagues such as the NFL and the NHL and other leagues, the top players are…
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Jan
09

Six Questions With Rick Curran, NHLPA Agent At The Orr Hockey Group

Boston Bruins former player Bobby Orr before the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The following “Six Questions” short interview with Rick Curran, NHLPA Agent of The Orr Hockey Group, was conducted by Belmont University Law School student and aspiring sports/entertainment agent Mark J. Burns. 1. When did you first realize you wanted to become a sports agent?  As a follow up, how did you obtain your first client? Ironically,…
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Sep
26

Six Questions With Octagon Hockey Player Agent Allan Walsh

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The following “Six Questions” short interview with Allan Walsh, NHL Player Agent with Octagon Hockey, was conducted by Belmont University Law School student and aspiring sports/entertainment agent Mark J. Burns.  Connect with Allan on Twitter. 1. You merged your original agency with Octagon Hockey in 2004. What motivated that decision, and how has it helped your…
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Sep
19

Six Questions With NHLPA Player Agent Ian Pulver

Igor Larionov is now an agent representing professional hockey players.

The following “Six Questions” short interview with Ian Pulver, NHL Player Agent and Co-Founder of The Will Sports Group, was conducted by Belmont University Law School student and aspiring sports/entertainment agent Mark J. Burns. Connect with Ian on Twitter and Linkedin. Visit his website here. 1. When did you realize that you wanted to enter the…
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Sep
12

Hockey Agent Prefers That His Clients Choose The NHL Over The KHL

Igor Larionov is now an agent representing professional hockey players.

Last week I focused the discussion on an agent’s fiduciary duties to his/her clients in the Sport Agency Management course I teach at Indiana University.  Part of that discussion highlighted the fact that an agent must put his/her interests behind those of the clients, and sometimes, that means forfeiting potential commissions based on a client’s…
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