Endorsements MMA Sports Business


You should have seen this one coming for a while.  Late 2007, CAA began representing MMA apparel brand, TapouT, which sponsors over one-hundred MMA fighters.  CAA’s main tasks have been to look for licensing opportunities for TapouT in categories ranging from DVDs to truck mud flaps and everything between.  Now CAA is going back to […]

Sports Business

BusinessWeek’s 2008 Power 100

Around this time last year when BusinessWeek released its Power 100, documenting the 100 most influential people in the business of sports, I was interested to see various sports agent related names pop up on the list.  Tiger Woods once again tops the overall list, but how did our guys who were mentioned last year […]

Agent Spotlights

Agent Spotlight: Ben Dogra

While a law student in 1993 at St. Louis University, Ben Dogra, now 43, interned for free with Jim Steiner of SFX Football (then SMG). Dogra would later call Steiner his mentor, but in time, some began to wonder who was teaching what to whom. By 2006, Dogra and Steiner sold SFX Football (which was […]

Sports Business

CAA Is Dominant

Earlier this week, Liz Mullen and David Broughton wrote in Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal the following statement: CAA Sports, in two short years of existence, has become the dominant sports agency in the United States.  Earlier this month, Jason Belzer positioned CAA as the second strongest American agency behind Wasserman Media Group (WMG).  The […]

Endorsements Entertainment Sports Agents

Remember Entourage?

Remember Entourage? You know, that small time show on HBO that comes back this September after a long (and I mean long) hiatus? Really though, Entourage gives a look into one of the subjects of this sports agent world, the real life Ari Gold. Ari Emanuel founded Endeavor in 1995 after he left acclaimed agency, […]


Sport Agency Power Rankings

Now that the drafts for the major professional sports leagues have passed, and we continue our mid-summer grind toward the start of the NFL, NBA, and NCAA seasons, I felt it was a good time to release the first edition of the Sports Agency Power Rankings. As more and more agencies merge into larger conglomerates […]

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More Holdout Discussion

Following up on the excellent post made by Vinson Vadakara…if his pay scale were in place, the Jacksonville Jaguars would be a happier organization.  Former University of Florida sack machine, Derrick Harvey, continues his holdout because he apparently is not being offered the market value at his slot.  A slotting pay scale system would obviously […]

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CAA Gets Kickin In Soccer

In last week’s Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up on, Darren found an article that described the emergence of American soccer. The article talked how Los Angeles based Sports and Entertainment agency, CAA, recently announced a global partnership with Portuguese based agency, International Soccer Agency Gestifute.  CAA and Gestifute will combine to form a global community […]

MLB Players

Okay We Realize His Agent Is Pitching To Him

If Chris Berman made one more comment about Ryan Braun’s agent pitching to him in the First Round of the Home Run Derby, I might have injected myself with severe painkillers.  If you read, you already knew going into this derby of home runs that Braun’s agent, Nez Balelo of CAA, would be tossing […]

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ActLetes – Professional Athletes, Endorsements, and the Entertainment Industry

Braylon Edwards (pictured left) is one of the most promising young receivers in the game of football. Leading his team to a 10-6 record, one win short of making the playoffs, he helped revive a dismal Cleveland Browns offense with 80 catches, 1,289 receiving yards (Single Season Franchise Record), and 16 touchdowns (Single Season Franchise […]