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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Nov
26

James Grant Group Acquired By European Investment Firm

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Earlier this week, SportsBusiness Journal announced that U.K.-based James Grant Group was acquired by Metric Capital Partners, an international investment firm.  James Grant will retain 50 percent ownership of the agency, which represents clients across sports, entertainment, music, television and literary. “I think it’s a unique opportunity for any group to break into the U.S.…
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Nov
19

Morgan Stanley Forms Global Sports & Entertainment Division

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Morgan Stanley Wealth Management has formed a Global Sports & Entertainment (GSE) division. The new division will serve the unique needs of veteran and emerging talent and their advisors in the sports and entertainment industries. GSE is led by Drew Hawkins, a Managing Director and veteran executive who served most recently as a Wealth Management…
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Nov
18

Roc Nation Sports Hires Ari Nissim And Joe Branch

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Roc Nation Sports (RNS) has added former New York Jets director of football operations, Ari Nissim and NBA agent, Joe Branch to its team. Nissim has been hired as the director of strategy and analytics. Nissim was certified by the NFL Players Association this year to represent players in contract negotiations with teams, although this…
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Nov
17

Six Questions With Dennis Blake, Founder And CEO Of Blake Sports Group

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Dennis Blake is currently the Chief Executive Officer with Blake Sports Group.  He oversees all day-to-day operations of athlete representation, corporate consulting and event management, the three divisions of Blake.  Before the development of the Blake Sports Group in 2006, Dennis was an influential leader in the public relations and marketing departments for the Callaway,…
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Nov
13

Octagon Baseball Adds Ex MLB Player Chad Tracy To Its Staff

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) high fives first baseman Chad Tracy (18) after his two-run home run in the 8th inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Former MLB player, Chad Tracy, retired this past April after stints with the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals.  Tracy finished his career with 86 HR, 358 RBI and a .274 BA over 938 games. However, the 34-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina native is still staying connected to the game he loves.…
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