SBJ/August 13-19, 2012/Labor and Agents

CSI expands beyond football, signs former MLBer Justice

Liz Mullen
Creative Sports International, a sports marketing firm that works primarily with NFL players for off-the-field deals, has signed former MLB slugger David Justice for marketing, speaking and broadcasting work.

Fadde Mikhail, president and founder of Los Angeles-based CSI, said he is in talks about public appearances and broadcasting deals for Justice, who retired after the 2002 MLB season. Justice has worked in the past as a game analyst for both ESPN and the New York Yankees’ YES Network. Mikhail said Justice took time off from broadcasting in the last few years to be with his family, in the San Diego area.

David Justice, who has worked for ESPN and YES, is getting back into broadcasting.
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Mikhail said the talks about broadcasting deals for Justice are for the Southern California area and nationally, but he declined to be more specific.

Mikhail opened CSI in 2008 after working for two years for The Sports Link, the agency owned by sports marketing agent Mike Ornstein.

CSI’s other clients include New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and Cincinnati Bengals safety Taylor Mays.

ROSENHAUS EMPLOYEE ASKS FOR AN INVESTIGATION: An attorney for an employee of Rosenhaus Sports Representation has sent a letter to the NFL Players Association asking that the union investigate agents and brothers Drew and Jason Rosenhaus for alleged violations of NFLPA agent regulations.

The allegations, first reported by Yahoo Sports, include breach of contract and false accusations against Danny Martoe, who is not an NFLPA-certified agent but has worked as a recruiter and client service manager for the Miami-based NFL player representation firm since 2005.

Rosenhaus said the allegations were untrue and were manufactured by people with motives to harm his agency. “Ultimately their efforts will not work,” Rosenhaus said. He declined to comment further.

David Cornwell, attorney for Martoe, declined to comment. It was unclear whether Martoe was still an employee of Rosenhaus Sports, but he was still listed as a staff member on the agency’s website last week. The NFLPA would not comment, but the union investigates allegations made against certified agents regarding possible agent-rule violations as a matter of course.

MCAFEE LEAVES NFLPA: Longtime NFLPA staff counsel Arthur McAfee has left the union after 17 years to pursue other opportunities.

McAfee, who joined the NFLPA in August 1995, advised agents regarding contracts, players grievances, injuries, personal conduct, disciplinary matters and collective bargaining. Before coming to the NFLPA, he worked for IMG Football and for the NCAA, in their enforcement department.

McAfee said he does not know what he is going to do next. “We accomplished a lot,” he said of his time at the NFLPA. “I was involved in four CBA extensions.”

OCTAGON SIGNS PACKERS COACH: Octagon has signed Green Bay Packers assistant head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss for representation. A team of agents led by Phil de Picciotto, Octagon Inc. president, and NFL agent Doug Hendrickson will represent him.

VISION SPORTS SIGNS TWO: Vision Sports Group, a New York-based agency that specializes in representing sports broadcasters, has signed New Orleans Hornets play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers and former NFL defensive lineman Trevor Pryce for broadcasting work.

Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @SBJLizMullen.

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