Aug
    12

    Wimbledon Champion Kvitova Signs With IMG

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    Just two weeks after inking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, IMG has announced the signing of Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to a worldwide representation agreement. She was previously solely managed by Miroslav Cernosek, who will continue to work with IMG in finding opportunities in her native Czech Republic. Kvitova will also retain Katie Spellman, who mangers her PR.…
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    Aug
    11

    Mike Tannenbaum Remains An Agent Even With New Consulting Role

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    Former New York Jets General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum, joined sports agency Priority Sports as the head of its Coaches, Front Office and Broadcasters Division last summer.  In that role, he recently negotiated Steve Kerr’s new salary with the Golden State Warriors. As of last Friday, Tannenbaum will now try to balance two competing responsibilities, with some arguing…
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    Aug
    08

    Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (8/8/2014)

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    Quick trip to Los Angeles, but I’m back in Miami for the rest of the week.  August 9 is my half-birthday.  People celebrate that, right?  At the end of next week I will be traveling to Detroit to moderate a NASCAR panel.  I’ve never been to Detroit, so I’m looking forward to the trip.  This…
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    Aug
    07

    On To The Next One: J.C. Copeland

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    Current fullback for the Dallas Cowboys, J.C. Copeland, recently left his former agency, JL Sports, to sign with Prestige Sports International.  The former LSU Tiger will be represented by NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor, Byron Cuthbert. Copeland is Cuthbert’s first SEC client. Following passage of the NFLPA certification exam last year, Cuthbert signed a few players from smaller…
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    Aug
    06

    First Woman NBPA Executive Director Discusses New Role

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    After 18 months without an Executive Director, the NBPA recently hired Michele Roberts to lead the union.  A University of California (Berkeley) law graduate, Roberts now becomes the first woman to lead a major U.S. sports union.  The Bronx, New York native chatted with SportsBusiness Journal’s labor and agent reporter, Liz Mullen, about her new…
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    Aug
    05

    Tyrann Mathieu Signs With CAA

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    Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has signed with Creative Artist Agency’s football division.  Mathieu played his college ball at LSU prior to being a third round pick (No. 69 overall) by the Cardinals.  He has rebounded well from a scrutinized college career that included Mathieu being kicked off the LSU team for violating team…
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    Aug
    04

    Sports Agency Lagardère Unlimited Adds To Consulting Division

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    One of the leading global sports agencies is beefing up its consulting division with the recent addition of four industry executives.  Lagardère Unlimited just added Todd Franks, Brendan Moynihan, Greg Coleman and Ryan Peck, all of whom were previously with Genesco Sports Enterprises. “We are excited that Todd, Brendan, Greg and Ryan have joined our team,”…
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    Aug
    01

    Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (8/1/2014)

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    Happy start to the month of August.  You can almost taste football, which is right around the corner.  Fantasy football preparations are in effect and Marshawn Lynch ended his hold out.  All seems right with the world.  That said, there are issues much larger than sports and I wish that one day there will be…
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    Jul
    31

    On To The Next One: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) in action during his match against Sam Querrey (USA) on day three of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

    French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has switched agencies and signed a representation agreement with IMG Worldwide. He was previously managed by L&S Management. The 28 year-old rose to fame in 2008, where he defeated four seeded players to advance to the final of the Australian Open. He lost to Novak Djokovic. Since then, he has…
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    Jul
    30

    ESPN Analyst Mark Jackson Signs With LeBron James’ Agent

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    Rich Paul — the sports agent for NBA superstar LeBron James — is branching out into the broadcasting side of the business.  According to TNT’s David Aldridge, Paul has signed ESPN analyst, Mark Jackson. Jackson was formerly represented by Wasserman Media Group Vice Chairman and NBPA Player Agent, Arn Tellem.  Prior to that, Steve Kauffman (owner of…
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