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The following lists the agents and their agencies/firms who are repping the NFL’s first-round draft picks. Some players are listed with multiple representatives, as client responsibilities may fall to multiple agents.NO.TEAMPLAYERAGENT1)LionsMatthew Stafford/QB/GeorgiaTom Condon, Ben Dogra/CAA2)RamsJason Smith/OT/BaylorBen Dogra, Michael Lartigue/CAA3)ChiefsTyson Jackson/DE/LSUEugene Parker/Maximum Sports Management4)SeahawksAaron Curry/LB/Wake ForestAndy Ross, Michael Sullivan/Octagon5)
Jets Mark Sanchez/QB/USC David Dunn, Nick Sanchez, Andrew Kessler/Athletes First; Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman6) Bengals Andre Smith/OT/Alabama Rick Smith/Priority Sports & Entertainment7) Raiders Darrius Heyward-Bey/WR/Maryland Ben Dogra, Tom Condon/CAA8) Jaguars Eugene Monroe/OT/Virginia Sanat Shah/320 Sports9) Packers B.J. Raji/DT/Boston College David Dunn, Mark Humenik, Jody Branion, Justin Schulman/Athletes First10) 49ers Michael Crabtree/WR/Texas Tech Eugene Parker/Maximum Sports Management11) Bills Aaron Maybin/DE/Penn State Chafie Fields, Joel Segal/BEST12) Broncos Knowshon Moreno/RB/Georgia Tom Condon, Ben Dogra/CAA13) Redskins Brian Orakpo/DE/Texas Ben Dogra, Michael Lartigue/CAA14) Saints Malcolm Jenkins/CB/Ohio State Ben Dogra, Tom Condon/CAA15) Texans Brian Cushing/LB/USC Tom Condon, Ben Dogra/CAA16) Chargers Larry English/DE/Northern Illinois Todd France/France AllPro Athlete Management17) Buccaneers Josh Freeman/QB/Kansas State Ken Kremer, Ron Freeman/CAA18) Broncos Robert Ayers/DE/Tennessee Anthony Agnone, Edward Johnson, Richard Rosa, Noel Lamontagne/Eastern Athletic Services19) Eagles Jeremy Maclin/WR/Missouri Ben Dogra, Jim Steiner/CAA20) Lions Brandon Pettigrew/TE/Oklahoma State Sean Howard/Octagon21) Browns Alex Mack/C/California Marvin Demoff/Morris Yorn Barnes Levine22) Vikings Percy Harvin/WR/Florida Joel Segal/BEST23) Ravens Michael Oher/OT/Ole Miss James Sexton/Athletic Resource Management24) Falcons Peria Jerry/DT/Ole Miss James "Bus" Cook/BC Sports25) Dolphins Vontae Davis/CB/Illinois Todd France/France AllPro Athlete Management26) Packers Clay Matthews/LB/USC David Dunn, Mark Humenik, Jody Branion, Justin Schulman/Athletes First27) Colts Donald Brown/RB/Connecticut Mark Humenik, Justin Schulman, David Dunn, Joby Branion/Athletes First28) Bills Eric Wood/C/Louisville David Dunn, Mark Humenik, Jody Branion, Justin Schulman/Athletes First29) Giants Hakeem Nicks/WR/North Carolina Peter Schaffer/All Pro Sports & Entertainment30) Titans Kenny Britt/WR/Rutgers Todd France/France AllPro Athlete Management31) Cardinals Chris Wells/RB/Ohio State Adam Heller, Brian Kopp/DeBartolo Sports & Entertainment32) Steelers Evander Hood/DT/Missouri Andy Ross, Michael Sullivan/Octagon
NOTES: CAA leads the way with nine first-round selections. CAA's BEN DOGRA is involved in the representation of eight first-round picks, marking the sixth-straight draft that Dogra has at least tied for the most first-round picks (THE DAILY). SPORTS AGENT BLOG's Darren Heitner wrote, "Most impressive about the nine CAA draft picks this year is that they were all taken between picks 1-19. Talk about some big commissions!" Heitner: "It must have been interesting to be a member of the CAA crew when it had four of its clients picked in a row" from 12-15 (SPORTSAGENTBLOG.com, 4/26).
MORE TO COME: For the listing of agents repping second-round picks, please see tomorrow’s issue of THE DAILY.
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Arizona business exec Phillip Kenner, an “unlicensed financial adviser who bills himself as a ‘lifestyle coach,’ scammed several NHL players out of millions of dollars,” according to sources and a lawsuit filed by former NHLer Joe Juneau cited by Thompson & O’Keeffe of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Juneau has accused Kenner of “failing to provide even basic accounting information regarding the handling” of his finances. A source said that Kenner and his associates “may have defrauded Juneau and other players out of as much as $20[M]” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/26).
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Tim Wharnsby reported a “32-month dispute” between Islanders G Rick DiPietro and his former agent, Bobby Orr, “has been resolved.” DiPietro “will fork over $300,000 to the Orr Hockey Group as the result of a settlement between the two sides over a quarrel stemming from” the 15-year, $67.5M contract DiPietro signed in September ’06. DiPietro “had refused to pay the agent’s fee on the grounds he had not signed a standard player agent contract (SPAC) with Paul Krepelka, who works for Orr’s agency.” Krepelka “never disputed that a SPAC was not signed, but felt DiPietro still owed the Orr Hockey Group because he negotiated the contract” (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/25).
Former Octagon Dir of Strategic Communications KATHY CONNORS has launched KMC Consulting, LLC, which specializes in strategic PR, communications solutions and media management in sports and entertainment (THE DAILY)....Kayak.com named IMG Worldwide CMO ROBERT BIRGE to the same position. Birge will report to Kayak.com co-Founder & CEO STEVE HAFNER and will be based at the company’s HQs in Norwalk, Connecticut (Kayak).....NESN named Weather Channel VP & Creative Dir RICK BOOTH Dir of Creative Services. Booth will be responsible for the on-air broadcast design and visual identity of the RSN (NESN)....The Mark Andrew Group has hired D'RAE WARD to assist in areas of player development, as well as contribute as a graphic designer and Web developer (Mark Andrew Group).
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SPIKE LEE's documentary "Kobe: Doin' Work" screened Saturday night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, but the N.Y. POST's Page Six cites sources as saying that Lakers G KOBE BRYANT demanded "creative control" over the project prior to the filming. Lee had "worked for months to get permission from Bryant, the Lakers team, coach PHIL JACKSON, the NBA and ESPN," and he already had flown to L.A. and 30 cameras were in place for the April 13, 2008, Spurs-Lakers game. A Lee spokesperson said that he "retained creative control and called the story of the dispute 'completely baseless'" (N.Y. POST, 4/27).
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CHARITY STRIPE: U.S. Olympic skier and former NFLer JEREMY BLOOM's Wish of a Lifetime foundation, erected last October to "enrich the lives of low-income seniors by fulfilling their heart's desires," thus far has "granted six wishes." Bloom's foundation, which "operates with no office space and has only one paid employee," Thursday night will grant 10 more wishes at a fundraising dinner in Denver. The foundation hopes to raise $200,000-300,000, and Bloom donated the first $25,000 to start the foundation (N.Y. TIMES, 4/26)....Hockey HOFer ROD GILBERT and former NHLer ADAM GRAVES are growing NHL playoff beards to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation (N.Y. POST, 4/26).
FASHION SHOW: The N.Y. TIMES' Alex Williams follows tennis player SERENA WILLIAMS as part of the paper's "A Day Out With" feature. Williams took time to "indulge in a shopping jaunt" in N.Y., accompanied by her personal assistant. Williams was looking for jeans, and "also for inspiration for her new fashion line, Serena Williams Signature Statement." Williams' jewelry and handbags, all priced under $100, will be introduced this month on Home Shopping Network (N.Y. TIMES, 4/26).
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BEST WISHES: Charlotte Observer sports columnist TOM SORENSEN yesterday wrote, “I have squamous cell carcinoma. Last week, doctors removed two cancerous lymph nodes, one cancerous tonsil and a mass of cancer along the base of my skull. (A third cancerous lymph node had been removed during a biopsy).” Sorensen had not written a column since The Masters (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/26).