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New deal for HBO OTT service will mean growth for MLBAM

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 15 / 14

MLB Advanced Media began 2014 with major video streaming deals with Sony and World Wrestling Entertainment, representing huge boosts to its non-baseball business. Its new pact with HBO to power the cable network’s forthcoming over-the-top streaming service ends the year in much the same fashio...

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Union wants WNBA books audited

T he Women's National Basketball Players Association would like the right to audit the WNBA's books, as the union is preparing for preliminary talks on a new collective-bargaining agreement, said Pamela Wheeler , director of operations for the WNBPA. "The league did provide us ...

Tags: Basketball, Labor and Agents, Los Angeles Sparks, NBA, NFL, NHL, Paragon Construction International, WNBA

IMG will rep pop music group

Sports agency IMG has expanded its entertainment practice by signing its first rock/pop music client, the Irish four-piece band The Corrs, for endorsement, sponsorship and music licensing work. The group, sisters Andrea, Caroline and Sharon and their brother, Jim Corr, has ...

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Svoboda turns agent

P etr Svoboda , who recently retired from the NHL after 18 years, has become an agent, going into business with veteran football agent Ron Del Duca , part of a continuing trend of former athletes going into the agent business. Svoboda and Del Duca formed a ...

Tags: Hockey, Labor and Agents, NBA, NFL, NHL

Duffy going Hollywood?

Hollywood management and production company Brillstein-Grey is in talks with rising star basketball agent Bill Duffy about a strategic alliance. "This will involve international television programming and event creation and create a synergy with our athletes and their entertainment clients," ...

Tags: Basketball, Labor and Agents, NBA, SFX

Agent Duffy talking to Hollywood

R ed-hot basketball agent Bill Duffy , who represents five players taken in the first round of last month's NBA draft, is in talks with a Hollywood management company about forming a strategic alliance with his BDA Sports Management . Duffy wouldn't name the company but ...

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Fox, Labor and Agents, MLB, NBA, New York Giants, NFL, SFX, Sports Illustrated, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, YES Network

NBA union files grievance

The National Basketball Players Association has filed a grievance against the NBA over what union chief Billy Hunter says is a plan by the league to "double tax" free-spending teams in violation of the collective-bargaining agreement. "It kills the free-agent market," Hunter said. "There is ...

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Players look for leverage

Sentiment is growing among agents and labor lawyers that baseball players will set a strike date, possibly as early as today, when player representatives meet in Chicago. Agents and labor lawyers say that setting a strike date is the players' only opportunity to gain leverage before the ...

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MLB pulls contract demand

Major League Baseball officials last week withdrew a demand that contract offers for players be placed in a information bank accessible to all teams, said Rob Manfred, MLB's chief labor executive. MLB Players Association associate general counsel Gene Orza said, "Yes, the clubs withdrew ...

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2002 NBA draft by agency

Editor's note : This story is revised from the print edition T he 2002 NBA draft was the first among the last three drafts in which an independent agent was able to challenge SFX Basketball in representing first-round picks. Bill Duffy, owner of Walnut Creek, Calif.-based BDA Sp ...

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Another top pick for KSR Sports

T o represent the No. 1 pick in any of the four major team sports is the dream of many agents. Gordon Kirke , agent for left wing Rick Nash , who was selected No. 1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets in last month's NHL draft, has done it twice. Kirke, a Toronto-based lawyer an ...

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