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TLA reps NCAA men’s golf champ to Callaway club, cap deal

The Legacy Agency has signed former Stanford University golfer and 2014 NCAA men’s golf champion Cameron Wilson and has negotiated a deal for him to play Callaway Golf clubs and wear the company’s logo on the front of his cap.

TLA agent and partner Andrew Witlieb will represent Wilson. TLA competed with four or five agencies to sign Wilson, Witlieb said via email. 

Cameron Wilson also has deals with Izod and Lenox Advisors.
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In addition to the Callaway deal, TLA has negotiated for Wilson a multiyear apparel deal with Izod as well as a multiyear deal with financial planning company Lenox Advisors. Terms of the deals were not announced. 

Wilson played with a variety of club brands in college, Witlieb said. The Callaway deal covers hat, shoe, ball and bag. He will wear the Izod logo on his chest and back yoke; the Lenox Advisors logo will be on his left sleeve. 

> CAA SIGNS X GAMES STAR: CAA Sports has signed 14-year-old skateboarder Tom Schaar, who became the second-youngest competitor to take home a gold medal at the X Games when he won the big air skateboarding competition earlier this month.

At CAA Sports, Schaar will be represented by a team of agents led by Lowell Taub and Lis Moss. He was previously represented by Wasserman Media Group. The reason for the agency switch was not known.

Schaar became the youngest skateboarder to land a 900 (2 1/2 revolutions in the air), which he did in the fall of 2011 when he was 12. In early 2012, while still 12, he was the first skateboarder to land a 1080 (three full revolutions). His aerial feats at such a young age have spurred media comparisons to action sports superstars Shaun White and Ryan Sheckler.

Sheckler, a skateboarder and a Wasserman client, became the youngest competitor to win a gold medal at the X Games when he did so at age 13 in 2003. White, a snowboarder and skateboarder who is represented by CAA Sports, holds the record for most X Games gold medals (15) and has won two Olympic gold medals in the men’s halfpipe.  

CAA Sports has signed another action sports prodigy, as well: Chloe Kim, a 13-year-old snowboarder and X Games silver medalist. Kim is training to compete in the women’s halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. At CAA Sports, she also will be represented by Taub and Moss. She previously was without representation. 

> BDA FORMS AUSTRALIAN ALLIANCE: BDA Sports, the agency owned by prominent NBA agent Bill Duffy, has formed a joint venture with Australian sports and talent agency One Management Group and Consulting in which both companies will market athletes in the United States, Australia and globally.  

“It is something that Bill and I have been talking about for a couple of years,” said Bruce Kaider, managing director of Melbourne-based OMGC. Terms of the joint venture were not disclosed. 

In one of the first joint initiatives, OMGC will work to find marketing partnerships and promotions in Australia for BDA Sports client and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova, an Australia native, Kaider said. Similarly, BDA will help market OMGC’s clients, including WNBA Seattle Storm guard and Australia native Jenna O’Hea, in the U.S.  

Duffy said there have been a lot of good basketball players coming out of Australia in the past few years and there will be more coming.

For this year’s NBA draft, meanwhile, BDA Sports has signed a big class, including Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, who is seen as the potential No. 1 overall pick. The agency also has signed Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, UCLA guard Zach LaVine, Nevada guard Deonte Burton, Wisconsin-Green Bay forward Alec Brown, Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller, Vanderbilt forward Rod Odom, South Alabama forward Augustine Rubit, and Italian League guard/forward Alessandro Gentile, who plays for Emporio Armani Milano.

The players will be represented by Duffy and BDA agents Rade Filipovich, Kevin Bradbury, Calvin Andrews and Nima Namakian.

The draft is Thursday night.

> MVP SPORTS SIGNS TAVERAS: St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras has switched agents, again, signing with MVP Sports Group. Agency owner Danny Lozano will represent him. Taveras most recently was represented by MDR Sports Management

The reason for the change wasn’t known. Taveras has left MDR, owned by MLB player agent Melvin Roman, at least twice before, only to return.  He also previously has been represented by Rob Plummer & Associates and by TLA. 

Taveras, the Cardinals’ top prospect, was recently sent down to the club’s Class AAA affiliate after playing in the majors for several weeks. He hit a home run in his major league debut May 31.

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

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