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Roc Nation execs seek details on NBPA certification

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Individuals from Roc Nation Sports have inquired about the procedure to become certified to represent NBA players in contract talks, although they have not formally applied for certification, according to Robert Gadson, director of security and agent administration for the National Basketball Players Association.

Gadson declined to name the individuals from the company who inquired.

Meanwhile, the MLB Players Association, which has been reviewing the agent applications of Jay-Z, Roc Nation President Juan Perez and Vice President Rich Kleiman since April, was close to making a decision on whether to certify them.

“Our process is very near completion,” said Rick Shapiro, MLBPA senior executive, who oversees agent administration.

Individuals must be certified by a sports’ union to represent players in contract talks with clubs, but anyone can sign a player for marketing representation, which Roc Nation did in April by signing New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano as a client.

So far, the only certified playing contract agent known to be employed by Roc Nation Sports is NFLPA-certified agent Kim Miale. But the agency has made it known that it would like to have certified agents across multiple sports, as their efforts with the NBPA and MLBPA seem to indicate.

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