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On To The Next One: Randal Grichuk

Per MLB Trade Rumors, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk has joined Excel Sports Management, where he will be represented by Casey Close. He was previously represented by Priority Sports. The 24-year-old Grichuk is in his second full MLB season after being drafted by the Angels 24th overall in the 2009 draft. Superstar Angels outfielder Mike […]

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Huge Loss For IMG As Marketing Agent Alan Zucker Joins Excel Sports

After signing a multi-year extension with IMG in 2011, marketing agent Alan Zucker left the agency for Excel Sports earlier this week. Zucker now joins a few former IMG employees at Excel, including sports agents Jeff Schwartz, Casey Close, and Mark Steinberg.  He currently serves as the marketing agent for a number of athletes including […]

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Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (4/4/2014)

I am back in the town where a lot of magic went down — Gainesville, Florida.  Today marks the return of the UF Sports Law Symposium, where I will be moderating one panel and also serving as a Keynote Speaker.  It is a joy to return to the town where I spent 7 amazing years […]

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Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (3/21/2014)

I am out in Las Vegas enjoying an annual tradition: March Madness with some of my closest friends from home.  It serves as a rare true vacation and one I look forward to every single year.  It’s all orange and blue for me.  Rooting hard for my Florida Gators to win another national championship.  This […]

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Yankees Land Stud Japanese Pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka

Earlier today, the New York Yankees announced it signed Masahiro Tanaka to an unprecedented seven-year, $155 million contract. This is the fifth richest contract for a pitcher in MLB history. The deal should come as no surprise to baseball fans and MLB teams after Tanaka selected Casey Close of Excel Sports Management to represent him. […]

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Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (12/27/2013)

How about Mark Burns, Benjamin Haynes, Chris Lesley, Brandon Thorn and Sports Agent Blog’s newest contributor Josh Corriveau providing some quality articles to wrap up 2013?  Expect a lot more out of them as we get set to start 2014 off with a bang.  In a few days (December 31 to be exact), this site will […]

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Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up (11/30/2012)

I was at the American Airlines Arena last night to watch the Miami Heat take on a San Antonio Spurs team that dressed only nine players (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and others failed to even make the trip).  While it was a pretty boring game throughout, I was happy to see a Heat win.  I […]

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Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up (8/31/2012)

College football is back, and very shortly the 2012 NFL regular season will begin.  Hallelujah!  I will be in Austin, Texas next Thursday and Friday, speaking at the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law’s 4th Annual Symposium.  Come say hi if you are in town.  Anybody out there picking my Florida Gators to win […]

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On To The Next One: Jemile Weeks

Oakland Athletics second baseman Jemile Weeks has switched representation, going from Williams & Connolly (Washington D.C.-based law firm) to Casey Close of Excel Sports Management. Weeks was a Williams & Connolly client when he was selected by the A’s with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft.  He played his college ball at the University of Miami. Rickie […]

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On To The Next One [Update]: Mark Teixeira

Almost exactly a year ago, I reported that New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira fired his longtime agent Scott Boras in the middle of an 8-year, $160 million contract that Boras negotiated.  Boras will continue to be paid his commission on said contract, which has a term that spans until 2016. It’s hard to forget the things that Teixeira […]