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NFLPA looking at CAA Sports/Roc Nation relationship

The NFLPA has asked CAA Sports about its relationship with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports and how it relates to the representation of NFL players, said George Atallah, NFLPA assistant executive director for external affairs.

The NFLPA has already completed an inquiry into what role, if any, Jay-Z played in restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz firing his previous agent and hiring CAA Sports. “Our investigation into CAA Sports’ representation of Victor Cruz concluded that Jay-Z had no role in the selection of a CAA Sports agent to be his contract adviser,” Atallah said. Cruz is represented by CAA Sports NFL player agent Tom Condon for playing contract work.

Atallah, in a telephone interview today, addressed recent speculation surrounding Roc Nation Sports, including its hiring of an NFLPA-certified agent and its signing of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, as well as other issues that have been raised in the media.
“Of course we are aware of the new relationship between Roc Nation and CAA,” Atallah said. The NFLPA is also aware, he said, of Roc Nation Sports hiring Kim Miale, an NFLPA-certified agent who will be representing Smith in contract talks.

“We will be reaching out to all of the parties involved to get a better understanding of the nature of those relationships,” Atallah said.

Atallah also disclosed today that CAA Sports informed the NFLPA that it was forming a relationship with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports prior to the public announcement of that relationship in April.

The NFLPA recently informed agents that it had passed new regulations, including one that requires player agents to have degrees from accredited universities. There has been speculation and reports that this regulation was passed to prevent Jay-Z from becoming an NFLPA-certified agent. However, NFLPA player reps passed those regulations before it was known that Jay-Z was entering the business of representing NFL players.

Asked about the regulations, Atallah said, “The board of player reps passed a new set of agent regulations and there are no exceptions for individuals or entities following those regulations.”
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