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SBD/May 29, 2013/Labor and Agents
NFLPA Looking Into Whether Roc Nation Sports Committed Violations Of Agent Regulations
Published May 29, 2013
CAA ASKED ABOUT RELATIONSHIP: NFLPA Assistant Exec Dir of External Affairs George Atallah last week said that the union has asked CAA Sports about its relationship with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports and how it relates to the representation of NFL players. The NFLPA already has completed an inquiry into what role, if any, Jay-Z played in Giants WR Victor Cruz firing his previous agent and hiring CAA Sports. Atallah said, "We are aware of the new relationship between Roc Nation and CAA.” He added that the NFLPA also is aware of Roc Nation Sports hiring Miale. Atallah: "We will be reaching out to all of the parties involved to get a better understanding of the nature of those relationships" (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer).
AGENT COMMUNITY UPSET: In Boston, Ben Volin noted Jay-Z's involvement in the NFL has "many in the agent community up in arms." Jay-Z "hasn't been certified as an agent" by the NFLPA and "probably won't be any time soon -- certification requires studying the minutiae of the league's collective bargaining agreement and passing a two-day test." However, Miale is a certified NFLPA agent -- "just not one who has much experience." Before signing on with Roc Nation Sports, her "only two clients never played an NFL snap or even signed a contract." The idea that Miale is "doing the recruiting and not Jay-Z is a bit hard to believe." Many agents are "wondering if Jay-Z and Roc Nation are getting preferential treatment from the NFLPA" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/26).