The Evolution of Women’s Tennis


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


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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Agent Spotlight: Sam Duvall


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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IMG, Octagon tied to Stanford Financial scandal

losing money

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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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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Dokic strikes it rich


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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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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CAA, 19 Entertainment – Brotherly Love


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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