SBJ/August 27-September 2, 2012/Labor and Agents

CAA takes on a boarder, signs X Games champion Huston

Liz Mullen
Creative Artists Agency has signed 17-year-old X Games gold-medal-winning street skateboarder Nyjah Huston for representation in all areas.

CAA will work to create opportunities for Huston in the areas of television, film, licensing and endorsements. A team of representatives led by entertainment talent agent Nick Styne, CAA Sports endorsements head Lowell Taub and sports agent Jack Tiernan will represent him.

Nyjah Huston has been without representation since the end of 2011. He was with Wasserman Media Group.
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Huston, who became the youngest X Games competitor when he competed at age 11, has been without representation since the end of 2011. He was most recently represented by Wasserman Media Group.

Huston’s current sponsors include Element Skateboards, DC Shoes and Silver Trucks. He has been featured in the Element-sponsored video “Rise & Shine” and in the “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” video game series.

SCHARF JOINS WILLIS & WOY: NFL player agent Jack Scharf has joined NFL player representation firm Willis & Woy Sports Group as vice president of football operations and partner, according to agency partner Jordan Woy.

It is not clear how many clients Scharf might be bringing with him to the firm.

Scharf was an independent contractor for Lock, Metz & Malinovic but is being sued by LMM for breach of contract, among other things. The lawsuit — which was filed in Maricopa County, Ariz., in May and was posted earlier this month on NFL industry website Inside The League — alleges that Scharf breached a contract with LMM and owes the firm $392,492.48 for fees and expenses related to players he recruited for LMM. The players are not named, but the lawsuit contains an allegation that “Scharf, contrary to his earlier promise to the company, stated that not only had he paid players in the past, but that, he had never signed a player who he had not paid.”

No details were given about these alleged payments. LMM principal and NFL player agent Eric Metz would not comment when asked about the matter last week.

John Henderson, Scharf’s attorney, said the allegations contained in the lawsuit, including the allegation that Scharf paid players, “are absolutely false and the statements were made solely in an attempt to disparage Jack’s name in an attempt to destroy his career.”

Henderson said there was no written agreement between Scharf and LMM under which he is alleged to owe LMM the fees. “It is our contention that the lawsuit was filed in retaliation for Jack Scharf’s failing to give up his interest in a specific player,” he said. Henderson would not name that player.

Scharf’s name was listed earlier this year with other agents from LMM as representatives for linebacker Nick Perry, who was selected by Green Bay in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

EXCEL SIGNS FOWLER: Excel Sports Management partner and MLB player agent Casey Close has signed Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler, sources said. Fowler previously was represented by Scott Boras. Excel and Scott Boras Corp. officials did not respond to requests for comment.

WME SIGNS STAN VAN GUNDY: Hollywood talent firm WME has signed former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy for broadcast work. A team of agents led by Jim Ornstein will represent him.

RELATIVITY SPORTS SIGNS WELLS, BRYANT: Relativity Sports football head and NFL player agent Eugene Parker has signed Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Wells was formerly represented by Octagon; Bryant was formerly represented by Rosenhaus Sports.

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

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