Oct
20

RIP Ken Meyerson, President of Lagardère Unlimited Tennis

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The entire sports agent and sports business community mourns the death of a respected individual who was at the top of Lagardère Unlimited’s tennis division at the time of his passing.  Ken Meyerson, best known for his representation of tennis stars including Andy Roddick, Justine Henin, Fernando Gonzalez, Mardy Fish, and many others, passed away late…
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Jan
23

2011 Australian Open: Where are the Americans in Tennis?

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As the 2011 tennis season kicked off with the first major, Australian Open, no one can deny the lack of American players in tennis.  Over the last decade, the number of American professional tennis players (men and women) has declined. Serena and Venus Williams are ranked four and five in the world. They have dominated…
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Jan
21

Sponsored Post: How to Choose Tennis Racquets for Beginner Players

Sponsored Post Shopping for a tennis racquet can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re a beginner.  Tennis racquets may all look the same but every little thing makes them unique and completely different. Start with length—when it comes to adult racquets there aren’t too many lengths to choose from, however even one or two…
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Oct
21

Ted Forstmann Of IMG Accused Of Making Wagers On Tennis Matches

Would there be any problem if I placed a bet on the outcome of tonight’s Phillies vs. Giants game?  What if I had placed a bet on one of Clint Robinson’s (a client of mine) games this past regular season?  Is there a difference between the two? Yesterday, I read a report that Ted Forstmann,…
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Jul
07

The Evolution of Women’s Tennis

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There is a debate concerning women’s professional basketball. Many believe the WNBA will not survive because the organization does not have the same sponsorship or financial backing as the NBA. Many think the women do not have the athleticism to play at the same level as male professional basketball players. Therefore, women’s professional basketball is…
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Jun
23

Rookie Reflections

As agent advocates, we anticipate our clients making the necessary adjustments upon being drafted or securing placement with a professional organization. We expect our clients to perform based on contractual obligations and add value to the organizations as a professionals and human beings.  Athletes are consistently being evaluated by management and coaches. Evaluations are based on…
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May
19

WNBA: Endorsements and Marketability

The WNBA season officially kicked off on May 15, 2010. I was very excited to see Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright play at Target Center this past Sunday. A couple of weeks ago, I attended an event the Minnesota Lynx held at the Mall of America to kick off their 2010 season with the fans.…
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Mar
22

Twitter Isn’t A Fad, But What Exactly Is It?

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Can Twitter officially be considered a game changer?  Some of my clients refuse to join the service.  After hearing their reasoning, I personally don’t blame them.  I am not ready to call the social network a game changer just yet.  Until I see it bring a substantial benefit to a professional athlete, I’ll call it…
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Sep
09

Agent Spotlight: Sam Duvall

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When I come across a young man making big moves in this industry that has very high barriers to entry, I have to give him props.  Yesterday, Darren Rovell tweeted, Sam Duvall, a 26-year old agent who has never felt so many vibrations from his Blackberry in his life, is the Vice President of Tennis…
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Feb
23

IMG, Octagon tied to Stanford Financial scandal

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Did IMG and Octagon have a quid pro quo relationship with Stanford Financial Group, the latest house of financiers-cum-crooks (sadly, the line has become a bit blurred of late) that is under investigation by the FBI and that was charged this week by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with an alleged $8bn…
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