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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Jul
31

On To The Next One: Roberto Luongo

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Veteran NHL goalie Roberto Luongo is on to the next one.  He recently terminated his agency contract with Gilles Lupien and signed with J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson of CAA Hockey. The timing of the switch of agents (and the fact that Luongo changed agents at all prior to eventual retirement — he is 34-years-old) has…
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Jul
18

Op-Ed: Cross-Checking Self-Entitlement In The Face

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The following guest post is by Allain Roy, CMG Sports President & CEO Any experienced coach will tell you that the most difficult area to navigate in coaching youth sports is the parents. Having been a part of the hockey world for almost 39 of my 43 years, I can attest to that quote.  Most…
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Jun
29

2013 NHL Entry Draft Overview And Picks

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The following is a guest contribution from Niko de Jonge. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is taking place this coming Sunday at the Devils home rink in Newark, New Jersey.  The NHL draft usually is split up between two days, with the first round taking place on prime time television on day 1, while the…
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Jul
05

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur Switched Agents, But Not Teams

NHL: Stanley Cup Finals-Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils

No goalie, in the history of the NHL, has won as many hockey games as goalie Martin Brodeur.  The 40-year-old goalie has played in the NHL for half of his life (a total of 20 years) and recently signed a deal that will allow him to play at least 2 more seasons in the league…
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