Jan
22

WME-IMG Acquires Global eSports Management

Global eSports Management was recently purchased by WME-IMG. Photo via shoryuken.com.

With the increasing popularity of the eSports thanks to the likes of Red Bull, and the platform Twitch (recently purchased by Amazon), WME-IMG has acquired Global eSports Management, according to Sports Business Daily’s Michael Smith. Global eSports Management is an international full-service eSports talent agency that manages clients across the pro gaming industry. WME-IMG will…
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Jan
19

Tom Brady: Many Contracts, One Team?

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) greets quarterback Tom Brady (12) after the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a guest contribution from Benjamin Steinberg, an attorney practicing in the state of New York. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the NYU School of Law, where he was the Student Bar Association Social Chair and a member of both the Journal…
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Jan
10

rEvolution Acquires Act(s) Marketing, Becomes AOR For Continental Tire

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The Chicago-based integrated sports marketing and media services agency, rEvolution, has acquired Indianapolis-based Act(s) Marketing, according to a press release from the company. According to the website, rEvolution is an independent, fully-integrated sports and lifestyle marketing agency, which creates memorable, brand-building marketing programs within the sports and lifestyle space. Headquartered in Chicago, rEvolution provides clients…
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Jan
10

Aykan Azar And Matthieu Fenaert Named Co-Managing Directors of Octagon Brazil

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Octagon Worldwide* has announced the promotion of Aykan Azar and Matthieu Fenaert to Co-Managing Directors of Octagon Brazil as the company prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics in host city Rio De Janeiro. In 2014, Azar and Fenaert helped Octagon market its most successful FIFA World Cup to date by signing a record breaking six official sponsors. President of Octagon Americas,…
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Jan
06

WPP Backs George Pyne’s Launch Of Bruin Sports Capital

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In August of 2014, then President of IMG’s global Sports and Entertainment business, George Pyne announced that he would be leaving the company in order to pursue a “new venture“. Pyne began his new year with the official announcement of that venture and its effects are sure to change the sports business landscape in 2015 and beyond.…
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Dec
17

Talking About Sports Biz And Sports Law On Above The Law

Being a sports lawyer and a sports agent is not one in the same.

Head over to our friends at Above the Law for an ongoing conversation between Zach Abramowitz and me using Abramowitz’s innovative ReplyAll platform.  Abramowitz is asking me questions about how Sports Agent Blog got started, why I chose a path that led me to becoming a lawyer with a focus on Sports Law and tips for those who…
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Dec
17

On To The Next One: Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain celebrates winning the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

William Morris Endeavor (WME) landed a massive coup this week with the signing of Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton. He was previously managed by Simon Fuller at XIX Management. Lewis’ contract with XIX ended last month and he decided not to renew. Hamilton has one year remaining on his 3 year, £51 million contract with…
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Dec
10

For Genie Bouchard, IMG Is The Most Fashionable Fit

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Early Wednesday morning the worst kept secret in tennis representation was confirmed: Genie Bouchard had signed with WME/IMG. The newly formed conglomerate will market and manage her globally. This was a position previously held by Lagardere, who she was with until her contract expired in October. Genie had been managed by the French company since…
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Dec
08

Lagardère Unlimited Announces Plans For Monthly Sports Business Show

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Lagardère Unlimited and Universal Sports Network, a multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming, recently partnered to create the new TV series, Beyond the Medals – The Business of Sport. The 18-episode series will be hosted by Rick Horrow, Chairman of Horrow Sports Ventures.  It will debut on Wed., Jan. 21 at 7:30pm EST and…
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Dec
03

Following Acquisition By William Morris, IMG Cutting 3% Of Its Worldwide Staff

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Six months after the global conglomerate, IMG, was acquired by William Morris Endeavor, it’s now planning to cut 100 employees from its staff across the globe.  WME staff won’t be affected while the layoffs to IMG will span all of its divisions. According to Variety, “Those in business, administrative and financial jobs that are redundant…
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