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THE "CONTROVERSIAL" CANSECO AGENCY TO OPEN IN MIAMI
Published February 23, 1995
The Red Sox's JOSE CANSECO opens his "controversial" new sports management business, "40-40 Sports Council" next week in Miami. Canseco is "very excited about his new business and already is recruiting younger players" while buying office space in Miami -- all without knowing whether the MLBPA or MLB will approve the venture. Nick Cafardo writes that Canseco's move is "unprecedented in sports history -- an active player owning a firm that represents athletes." But there are questions of potential conflict, for example, "what if one of Canseco's clients is pitching to him?" MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza said an active player cannot negotiate a contract for another player. While Canseco is studying the legal issues, he says the office will be run by associate Bo McKinnis, with him acting as president and founder. One agent: "I don't know how they can pull it off. ... I'd be shocked if the [MLBPA] recognized them as a certified firm" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/22).