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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 25 / 14

FIFA today said that it "remains committed" to holding the '18 World Cup in Russia and that a "boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region" ( REUTERS, 7/25 ). The MLBPA "filed a grievance" against the Astros this week, contending the club tried to "manipulate the si...

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Behind Steinberg's Departure From IMG

The decline in Tiger Woods' endorsement income and a "general decline in golf profits" at IMG made Mark Steinberg " too expensive to keep ," according to sources cited by Michael Smith of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The sources said that in '07, well before reports of Woods' extramarital affai ...

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05/26/11
Forstmann Discusses His Plans For IMG

IMG Chair & CEO Ted Forstmann "wants to complete one last corporate turnaround as the grand finale of his storied career," and he is "focused on the transformation" of IMG, according to Andrew Ross Sorkin of the N.Y. TIMES. Forstmann, now 71 and battling brain cancer, bought IMG in '04 for ...

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05/26/11
Steinberg Leaving IMG Leaves Questions

Mark Steinberg had been responsible for all of IMG's golf business, but he recently "had become too 'Tiger-centric,' his responsibilities toward the former No. 1-ranked player surpassing his role as head of the division," according to sources cited by Jason Sobel of THEGOLFCHANNEL.com. Steinber ...

Tags: Labor and Agents, IMG

05/25/11
Mark Steinberg Leaves IMG

Mark Steinberg, the longtime agent of Tiger Woods, has left IMG, where he headed the golf division, and Woods is expected to leave with him. "Mark Steinberg is no longer employed by IMG," IMG Senior VP/Corporate Communications Jim Gallagher said in a brief interview last night. He declined furt ...

Tags: IMG, Labor and Agents, Golf

05/23/11
Former Yankees Chair Eyes SFX Baseball

Former Yankees Chair Steve Swindal is "working on a plan to buy MLB player representation firm SFX Baseball for $40 million and merge it with his youth baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, creating a new venture that, according to the company’s pitch to investors, would have an edge in ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

04/29/11
CAA Has Five Players Taken In First Round Of Draft

The following lists the agents and their agencies/firms who are repping the NFL’s first-round draft picks, as noted by published reports. Some players are listed with multiple representatives, as client responsibilities may fall to multiple agents. PICK TEAM PLAYER/S ...

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04/11/11
Casey Close Joins Excel Sports Management

MLB player agent Casey Close "has joined the practice of NBA agent Jeff Schwartz as a partner in a deal that will make the firm Schwartz founded, Excel Sports Management, a player across two major sports," according to Liz Mullen of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Close, who recently left CAA Sports, is "ex ...

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04/01/11
Motorsports Execs Team Up To Form Agency

Veteran motorsports executives Chris Biby, Matt Crews and Jay Schulthess on Friday announced the formation of FullCircle Ventures, a sports management and marketing firm focused on representation of athletes, entertainers and properties in motorsports. Motorsports Management Int’l MI Founder Ca ...

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03/15/11
Lewis Hamilton Signs With XIX Entertainment

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has "signed up with Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment management agency," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. Fuller was behind the Spice Girls before turning Galaxy MF David Beckham "into a global figure and attempting to transform" tennis player Andy Murray "from ...

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03/03/11
Teixeira Splits From Scott Boras

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira yesterday announced he has "severed ties with longtime agent Scott Boras," according to Peter Botte of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Teixeira, who is entering the third year of an eight-year, $180M deal signed in December '08, said Boras "obviously has done a lot for my career ... bu ...

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