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Jay-Z, Roc Nation Sports Execs Met With MLBPA In April, Applied For Certification
Published June 5, 2013
JACKSON UNSURE ABOUT FUTURE: Eagles WR DeSean Jackson yesterday confirmed that Drew Rosenhaus “is no longer his agent.” Jackson said that he “hasn’t decided on new representation, despite reports he’s leaning toward” Roc Nation Sports. Jackson cited “personal issues” for the move. Meanwhile, Yahoo Sports is reporting Rosenhaus has “filed a grievance with the NFLPA, alleging that Jackson owes him $400,000 in unpaid loans” (USATODAY.com, 6/5). The Tribune Co. conducted a panel and asked writers if they would "rather be represented by Jay-Z or a more established sports agent." The L.A. Times' Sam Farmer: "I want an established football agent representing me, not an entertainment icon. If I hire Jay-Z, I’m sending the message that I’m not fully committed to football and plan to have one foot in the world of entertainment." The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson: "For my money, give me a veteran of the boardrooms every day of the week. Owners live for the art of negotiation. Why not hire somebody who does the same? ... Jay-Z may eventually be successful. But when it comes to getting guaranteed money, athletes need to go with a guarantee" (LATIMES.com, 6/4).