Aug
26

Bakersfield Jam Announces Three Open Tryouts

Bakersfield Jam

While the National Basketball Association is embroiled in a lockout that may be cause to terminate the entire 2011/12 NBA season, the NBA Developmental League (D-League) is pressing on.  Yesterday, I received an email from Baskersfield Jam head coach Will Voigt announcing three upcoming open tryouts to be held in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Toronto, Canada…
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Aug
10

How Technology Is Assisting Baseball Players & Agents

MLB at Bat

There is no American sport as statistically driven as baseball.  In fact, there was a book published called Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game written by Michael Lewis (and soon to be a movie on it starring Brad Pitt), which highlights the Oakland A’s focus on new age statistics to create a strong, economical baseball…
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Jul
06

Agents Bare Burden For Offseason Training During Lockout

NFL players, and those drafted by NFL teams who have not yet signed professional contracts, have been locked out by the league since March 3, 2011.  Not only have these players not had the ability to speak to team management, they also have had absolutely no access to their teams’ facilities.  Whereas players would normally…
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Jun
15

Trainer Take: Time Off To Take Off

terrelle pryor

First, I want to apologize for the delay in blogs and topics.  We had a great NBA Pre-Draft Class here at IMG Academies.  Doubling business is good, but I guess I forgot about the double work part. The initial set of blogs brought both praise and backlash from varying fields.  “Trainer” can have so many…
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Mar
07

Trainer: Scumbag or Savior?

Nick Bollettieri

The following is a guest contribution from Dan Barto.  Barto is the lead NBA trainer at IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL.   He has worked with over 120 NBA players using his “Hybrid Training System” as well as coaching over 80 Division I basketball players.  The son of a 30 year high school coach and having…
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Feb
17

Bloomberg Helps Teams, Agents, Fantasy Players

bloomberg sports

Bloomberg L.P., the mega-financial services firm owned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, expanded its reach into the sports arena forming Bloomberg Sports a little more than a year ago.  This venture utilizes their experience in financial data to provide statistical analysis.  Bloomberg’s “Pro” level services are marketed to teams, broadcast firms, and agents…
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Feb
02

Breakdown Of The 329 Players Invited To The 2011 NFL Combine

The NFL has announced all 329 combine invites on its Combine Official Invite List.  Ignore the fact that the title of the webpage says it is the 2009 list – it is actually this year’s list of Combine invites.  The Combine will certainly be wide-receiver heavy, with a total of 46 WR of the 329…
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Jan
13

Preparing For The Wonderlic Test At The NFL Combine

combine

Yesterday, I talked to Patrick Fisher, Executive Director of SportsMeasures TestPrep.  Fisher is busy promoting his service now that the college football season is over and NFL draft-eligible players might be in the market for what he has to offer.  Our discussion was as follows. Darren Heitner: In five sentences or less, what is SportsMeasures…
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Jan
13

The NFLPA Game

NFLPA Game

Besides Pro Day and Combine Training, NFL Contract Advisors are also focusing on the college football all-star games.  They could be trying to figure out how to get their clients into one of the games and/or focusing on getting their accepted clients into the best shape possible prior to the playing of the games.  Just…
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Sep
07

Making A Case For Clint Robinson

Clint Robinson

Let me preface the following bullet points by saying that I am in no way suggesting that Clint Robinson starts next season on an MLB roster.  In all likelihood, the Kansas City Royals will be protecting Robinson on their 40-man roster by the middle of November 2010, preventing Robinson from being grabbed by another team…
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