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Sports Law

Excel Sues Endeavor/WME For Poaching Baseball Agents

Massive sports agencies have been brought into battle in the State of New York. On September 14, Excel Sports Management initiated litigation against Endeavor Group Holdings (formerly known as William Morris Endeavor Entertainment — “WME”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary WME Sports, alleging tortious plans and efforts by Endeavor to form a baseball agency by unlawfully […]

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Entertainment Sports Business

Endeavor Makes Second Attempt At An IPO

Endeavor Group Holdings Inc. is taking a second crack at filing an amended prospectus with the Securities Exchange Commission. The original attempt to go public was in September 2019, but the plan was scrapped, citing hazardous market conditions. Owner of talent agency WME, Endeavor Content, and the UFC, Endeavor intends to sell 21.3 million shares […]

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Tennis

IMG Inks Rising Tennis Star Denis Shapovalov For Representation

IMG has signed 21-year old tennis player Denis Shapovalov to a worldwide marketing and management agreement. IMG Senior VP/Tennis Clients Max Eisenbud will represent him. Shapovalov is the No. 16 ranked player in the world. He turned pro in 2017 and did not previously have any representation. The Canadian won the Stockholm Open in 2019 […]

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COVID-19 Finds Endeavor Looking to Raise Capital

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Hollywood powerhouse Endeavor is one of the talent agencies struggling to financially meet is obligations to its employees, clients and investors. As recently reported by the New York Post, Endeavor is looking to raise $250 million to offset some of the financial windfall suffered from the agency’s entertainment-business properties, including the […]

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Endeavor Global Marketing Rebrands as 160over90

160over90 is now the official name of the former Endeavor Global Marketing. President Ed Horne wished to distinguish his branch from the parent company, Endeavor, to give employees a “rallying cry.” Endeavor paid about $200 million to acquire 160over90, and they are quickly getting bang for their buck. Company officials describe the rebranding process as […]

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Corporate Sponsors NFL Teams Sports Business

Endeavor Hires Todd Kline To Join Sports Talent Group

Former AEG Global Partnerships executive and former NFL executive, Todd Kline, has joined Endeavor as the Senior Vice President of Sports Talent and Property Sales. After Kline’s seven-year stint at AEG overseeing sales and client activation, he joined the Miami Dolphins. From 2015-2018, Kline was the Dolphins’ Chief Commercial Officer. He oversaw all sponsorship revenue […]

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Endorsements Headline MLB Players Sports Agents Sports Business

Alex Rodriguez Goes With Gaylord For Marketing

In 2010, Alex Rodriguez fired Scott Boras.  Boras had been Rodriguez’s MLBPA certified agent; his responsibility was to help Rodriguez choose the teams he would play for and negotiate the terms of his contracts with MLB teams.  However, Rodriguez has always had many other “agents” helping him out off of the field. In 2007, Rodriguez […]

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Lon Rosen Joins Magic Johnson Enterprises as an EVP

In June 2009, I was writing about Lon Rosen leaving William Morris Agency (WMA) to join Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST).  A long time ago, Rosen was hired by WMA to develop a sports marketing division.  One of his early clients was Magic Johnson. Before signing with WMA, Rosen was with Endeavor Agency.  When WMA […]

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State Of The Sports Agent Industry

It was not all that long ago that IMG was known for its Client Management division, which included many talented athletes not named Tiger Woods.  Jonathan Blue was focused on investing in non-sports businesses and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) was known as one of the best Entertainment agencies in the world.  Today, IMG only manages […]

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Sports Business

William Morris Endeavor To Scrap Sports Marketing Division?

Over at the brand new, EntertainmentAgentBlog.com, we have discussed the effects of the recent merger between William Morris Agency and Endeavor.  The merger is not only affecting the entertainment industry, but has been felt in many other industries, as well…including sports.  Endeavor has never put together a sports division, but William Morris had some high […]