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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Feb
11

One “Ace” of an Agent

James Blake

I recently had the opportunity to throw a few questions at American tennis superstar James Blake.  Fortunately for me, and all of you, I received some genuine responses from the 11th ranked player in the world. A lot of people, including myself, are intrigued by the agent’s role in dealing with professional athletes.  However, most…
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Feb
02

Dokic strikes it rich

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In my previous post, I pointed out that a great showing at a tennis Grand Slam can set you up for the rest of the year. In Jelena Dokic‘s case, her Quarter Final showing at the Australian Open may well lead to her an assortment of riches. In 2002, Jelena was at the top of…
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Jan
12

Anyone for tennis? Representing clients and a 2009 Preview

One of the best things about summer in Australia is that it is saturated with world class tennis. Not only are we lucky enough to enjoy beautiful beaches and weather but we get to see all the action culminating in the Australian Open. Tennis, in regards to sports business, does not receive much coverage yet…
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Jan
05

CAA, 19 Entertainment – Brotherly Love

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Simon Fuller is mostly known for being the man behind the most successful show in the United States, American Idol.  His company, 19 Entertainment, expanded from being mostly an Entertainment based company, with several media properties and representing various acting talents, to the sports spectrum once it teamed up with CAA in representing David Beckham. …
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Dec
10

Rogers Wants $50k In Commissions

Graf Agassi

Perry Rogers of Alliance Sports Management Co. represented Andre Agassi during his years of greatness and claims to have concurrently represented his wife, Steffi Graf.  Rogers says that he is owed more than $50k in commissions from Graf.  The interesting point is that with endorsement deals, agents are notoriously paid directly from the marketers, take…
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Sep
03

Beijing Affect

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One of the many concerns for athletes and others around the world prior to the Olympic Games was the health standards and pollution in China. Athletes expressed their desire to move the games and some even went so far as to not compete in the Olympics because of China’s poor health standards and pollution record. …
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Jan
18

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up

I am almost recovered from Las Vegas. I know that what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there, but I do not like to live by the rules. If we are Facebook friends, make sure to check out some of the pictures. A couple of bachelor parties and business deals later, I am now…
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Jan
02

Sponsorship – A Necessary Evil?

The purpose of this article is to identify some of the positives and negatives that can arise from sponsorship in sport, and invite your own views of this sometimes contentious topic. Sponsors purchase the right to align their product(s) with sport through a variety of mediums such as events, venues, teams and individual sportsmen and…
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