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


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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James Grant Group Acquired By European Investment Firm

Lyle Yorks

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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Morgan Stanley Forms Global Sports & Entertainment Division


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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Roc Nation Sports Hires Ari Nissim And Joe Branch


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

Dennis Blake

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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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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Upcoming Event: 9th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium


What: 9th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium – Princeton University When: Friday, November 14, 2014 Where: Princeton Hyatt Regency, Princeton NJ Description The Ivy Sports Symposium (ISS) is an annual student-run conference considered among the global sports industry’s premier events. ISS successfully blends an intimate conference setting with dynamic speakers in order to support the cultivation…
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NBA Financial Advisor Justin Bass Joins True Capital Management


NBA Financial Advisor Justin Bass moves from SunTrust to True Capital Management. True Capital Management is a prominent wealth management firm specializing in athletes, entertainment professionals and other high net-worth individuals. Founded in 2006 under the belief that a broad based life management platform is essential to creating, managing and maintaining wealth, the firm now…
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Six Questions With Doug Eldridge, Managing Partner At DLE Agency

Doug Eldridge

Doug Eldridge is the Managing Partner of Washington, D.C.-based DLE Agency, a full-service firm that specializes in brand management, public relations, contract negotiations, marketing/sponsorship and strategic communications.  A graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, Eldridge and his firm have worked with athletes across the NFL, NBA, MMA, golf and other sports along with…
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RECAP: Sports Representation Panel At Michigan Sport Business Conference


Last Friday, the University of Michigan held the 3rd Annual Michigan Sport Business Conference, with the theme being ‘Game Changers.’  One of the breakout session panels, Sports Representation: Athletes, On-Air Talent and More, included some of the top athlete and broadcasting agents in the industry: 1) Evan Levine, Vice President of Business Development/Partnership, Roc Nation…
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