SBJ/March 17-23, 2014/Labor and Agents

Relativity Sports adds NBA agent Bauman as basketball SVP

Liz Mullen
Relativity Sports has hired veteran NBA player agent David Bauman to help expand its sports platform.

Bauman has been hired as senior vice president, Relativity Basketball, and will report to Dan Fegan, president of the division. In addition to Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NBA draft, Bauman represents Charlotte Bobcats guard Gary Neal and several pro basketball players in Europe.
 
But Fegan sees Bauman playing a role beyond just basketball.

“I view him as a strategic hire,” Fegan said of Bauman. “His focus is going to be on the overall development of the sports platform.”
 
Bauman has a long history in the sports business, starting his career at David Falk’s FAME in 1992, and working at the former SFX Sports as general counsel. Fegan and Bauman worked together at Lagardère Unlimited for a year before Fegan left that agency.
 
Bauman said he is excited about the opportunities at Relativity Sports, which was launched in 2012 by television and film studio Relativity Media. In addition to the NBA practice, which is one of the largest in sports with more than 50 players, it has large MLB and NFL player representation practices.
 
Bauman, who is certified by the National Basketball Players Association, said he will continue to recruit and represent basketball players while working on opportunities to expand the sports group.
 
“Relativity Sports is a really dynamic company right now,” Bauman said. “Obviously I am an NBPA-certified agent and I have a handful of NBA guys, but the beauty for me is I will be able to work across all divisions in the company, all team sports, and really have an evolving role and really help them grow the platform. I had experience doing that at SFX, and for me, that is a real challenge.”

 
Bryant, Patton, Wilder and Freeman (clockwise from top) have all switched agents in recent weeks with the NFL draft approaching.
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NFL PROSPECT AGENT SWITCHES:
There have been several agent switches by NFL draft prospects in recent weeks, although the reasons for the moves were unclear.

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant has signed with NFL agent Tom Santanello of Elevate Football. He was formerly represented by BTI Sports Advisors. Meanwhile, Florida wide receiver Solomon Patton left Elevate Football and signed with Hadley Engelhard of EnterSports Management.
 
Additionally, two Florida State running backs, James Wilder and Devonta Freeman, both left the agencies that originally signed them. Wilder was formerly represented by Atlas Strategies, while Freeman was originally represented by Sportstars. Freeman has signed with Impact Sports agents Tony Fleming, Mitch Frankel and Sean Kiernan. Wilder had not officially signed with a new agent as of last week.
 
NFL draft prospects must wait 30 days after signing with an original agent before signing with a new agent, under NFL Players Association rules. Veteran players must wait five days before signing with a new agent.

> NFL PLAYER AGENT SWITCHES: There also have been a number of veteran NFL players who have switched agents recently.

CAA SportsJimmy Sexton signed Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry. Curry was formerly represented by Universal Sports & Entertainment Management.

Authentic Athletix NFL player agent Peter Schaffer signed three veteran players who were free agents last week: offensive lineman Kevin Boothe, wide receiver Courtney Roby and defensive tackle Terrence Cody. Schaffer also represents linebacker/defensive end Dekoda Watson, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday. Boothe was formerly represented by Lagardère Unlimited; Roby was with Summit Sports Management; Watson was with Universal Sports & Entertainment Management; and Cody was with Athletes First.

Kolber
SportsWest Football agent Angelo Wright signed free agent defensive tackle Colin Cole and free agent defensive end Jarius Wynn. Wynn was formerly represented by Goal Line Football; Cole previously represented himself.

> CAA SIGNS KOLBER: Creative Artists Agency has signed longtime ESPN broadcaster Suzy Kolber for representation in all areas. Kolber, who has been with ESPN since 1999 and is the host of ESPN’s “NFL Insiders,” will be represented by a team of agents led by Andy Elkin. Kolber was previously unrepresented.

Brunell
> IF SIGNS BRUNELL: IF Management, the New York agency specializing in representing broadcasters, has signed former NFL quarterback and current ESPN studio analyst Mark Brunell.

Additionally, IF has signed former NBA and Stanford point guard Casey Jacobsen, who is now playing for the Brose Baskets of the German League.

IF will represent both for broadcasting and other media opportunities.

Brunell will be represented by IF Vice President Gideon Cohen. Jacobsen will be represented by Josh Santry, IF senior director of broadcasting.

Both Brunell and Jacobsen were previously without broadcasting representation.

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

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