Apr
03

Six Questions With Lyle Yorks, Group Director/FIFA Sports Agent At James Grant Sports

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The following “Six Questions” short interview is with Lyle Yorks, Group Director/FIFA sports agent, with James Grant Sports. Connect with Lyle on Twitter. 1) When did you realize you wanted to work in sports, and more specifically, in the sports agency industry? Everything in my life led up to what I do now for a…
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Jan
30

Toronto FC’s ‘Beckham Deals’ Six Months In The Making

Toronto FC new player Jermain Defoe is introduced during a press conference at Real Sports Bar and Grill. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

News broke pretty early of the impending transfer of Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC, with media outlets reporting on the move in December. However, the wheels were in motion for the major moves of Michael Bradley and Jermain much much earlier. Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), had a vision when…
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Jan
23

2014 MLS Draft Round 1 Picks (Player/Agent)

Andre Blake (Connecticut) poses for a photo after being selected as the number one overall pick in the first round to the Philadelphia Union in the 2014 MLS Superdraft at Philadelphia Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephanie Greene-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to reader Franco for the info found below. 1. Philadelphia Union, Andre Blake (GK), University of Connecticut – Agent: Wasserman Media Group 2. DC United, Steve Birnbaum (DF), California – Agent: Unknown 3. Vancouver Whitecaps, Christian Dean (DF), California – Agent: James Grant Sports 4. New England Revolution, Steve Neumann (FW), Georgetown – Agent: Wasserman Media Group…
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Jun
11

Neymar’s Transfer Highlights Cloudy World Of Third Party Ownership

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Neymar of Brazil on the ball during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Neymar

Soccer star Neymar, the most marketable athlete in the world, has just transferred to European powerhouse Barcelona. The 21 year-old has left Brazilian based club Santos in a reported €57m deal. Though the move is not so clear cut. A common practice for soccer players in Brazil is the selling of their economic rights. This…
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Nov
22

David Beckham’s Next Move Will Not Be Motivated By The Bottom Line

November 07, 2012; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) reacts after the tackle against the San Jose Earthquakes. Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

The news this week of David Beckham leaving the LA Galaxy put clubs around the world on alert. The English midfielder is seeking a new challenge, having achieved everything he wanted in his six year stint in the MLS. After signing a 5 year deal when he moved from Spanish giant Real Madrid, Beckham decided…
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Jul
10

Former Basketball Agent Jason Levien To Buy A Piece Of MLS D.C. United

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It seems as though former basketball agent Jason Levien has already lived a full life.  In 2008, Jason Levien, owner of a company named Levien Sports Representation, left his basketball agency behind to become General Counsel/Assistant General Manager of the Sacramento Kings and was later promoted to Senior Vice President prior to resigning in 2010.  Then, Levien became part owner…
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Jun
19

An Interview With FIFA Agent Ken Joseph

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Have you ever wanted to know what it is like being a FIFA agent, placing soccer players all over Europe?  Soccer is not a subject that is covered all that much on Sports Agent Blog.  Fortunately, I have found an interview on a third party site (SuperSport.com) that takes a peek at the life of…
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Aug
30

Breaking Down The Harry Kewell Deal

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After what seemed an eternity, Australian’s superstar Harry Kewell has finally signed for Melbourne Victory. In what is a massive coup for the A-League, the Socceroo has decided, at 32, that the time is right to come back to his home. But his deal is a lot more complicated than your standard contract, and sets…
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Feb
25

Is This Mr. Jack Warner’s Last Stand?

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Recent developments surrounding the tendering process for the FIFA World Cups of 2018 and 2022 have left many wondering whether FIFA is in touch with the sports industry. The tendering process and awarding of the 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar respectively led a former president of Germany’s Federal Court of Justice to resign…
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Jan
06

Looks Like A Quiet Transfer Window…

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The European mid-season transfer window has kicked off with its usual array of outlandish rumors of superstars transferring from club to club. In reality however, this window will consist of deals mainly involving fringe players or players going on loan. Flashback a year ago and you will see this is now becoming a trend. The…
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