AGENTS OF CHANGE: DAVID FALK AND BOBBY ORR PROFILED
Published March 23, 1998
FAME'S DAVID FALK is interviewed in the WASHINGTON POST and discusses a number of subjects, saying that in the last four months MICHAEL JORDAN has turned down $300M worth of new deals. Falk: "Basketball -- and a little bit because of Michael's influence -- has become like a hybrid sport. It's really not a team sport anymore. ... [I]t's become a scenario where the star player or two on a team have transcended the boundaries of what it used to be." Falk also talks of his relationship with Wizards Owner ABE POLLIN: "I would like to represent the whole team because it's where I live. And amazingly, he doesn't either agree or visualize that we should be partners in bringing great basketball to Washington. ... (The relationship) is really very, very frustrating" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/23). READY ORR NOT? A CANADIAN PRESS report states that the signing of hockey adolescents, the "latest trend in the world of recruiting has sparked a fierce debate in the hockey world. The question is: when does a player need representation? How young is too young?" The report profiles agent BOBBY ORR whose Woolf Associates "is one of the most aggressive" in signing teen talent." Maple Leafs President KEN DRYDEN: "I don't think it is any good for the kids because I think what happens is you start to imagine you are farther ahead than you are" (CP/EDM. JOURNAL, 3/23).