July 14, 2016 |
When Cole Missimo didn't make the MLS combine, his future seemed uncertain. The communications and sociology major, who only logged one goal and two assists in his senior season at Northwestern University, considered pursuing a career as a sports agent or joining his uncle in the restaurant business. But then the Union drafted the midfielder in the fourth round of January's MLS SuperDraft. "They gave me a chance," Missimo said. "That was all I needed. " The 23-year-old Dallas native, who has practiced all season with the Union and played 12 games with the minor-league affiliate Bethlehem Steel, is now preparing for his first minutes of MLS playing time.
August 10, 2015 |
PHILLY-BASED NFL agent Ed Wasielewski, who heads what he acknowledges is a "boutique" agency, EMG Sports, gains a higher national profile starting Tuesday with the debut of "The Agent," an Esquire Network series that focuses on four people plying their trade in the sport that obsesses much of America. Wasielewski and New York-based producer Amani Martin came up with the concept, Wasielewski said. As part of their pitch, they used a Daily News story written three years ago, in which Zach Berman, now with the Inquirer, shadowed Wasielewski during the 2012 NFL draft.
August 5, 2015 |
LEIGH STEINBERG told a story of how when he was just starting out as a sports agent he called to tell his father that he had successfully negotiated a multimillion dollar contract for a client. His dad congratulated him for his hard work but that was about the extent of things. Another time, Steinberg told him that one of his clients - Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon - had sent 300 kids to college through his "Crescent Moon Foundation. " "Then my dad was totally proud of me," said Steinberg, who many refer to as the inspiration for the hit movie "Jerry Maguire.
June 12, 2013 |
SPORTS AGENTS should be afraid, very afraid. If reports are true and NBA superstar Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is about to the sign with Roc Nation Sports, a new playa has entered the field of sports representation, and he might be the best hustler of them all. Agent Rob Pelinka, of Landmark Sports, confirmed in a statement last week that Durant, the 24-year-old four-time All-Star, four-time first-team All-NBA and three-time scoring...
March 12, 2013 |
INVESTIGATORS IN North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports-agent laws by sending cash payments to former Tar Heels football players. In search warrants unsealed Monday, investigators with the Secretary of State's office say Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency sent $2,000 cash in 2010 to Marvin Austin, who was dismissed from the team that year for receiving improper benefits. They also say Watson had contact with players before registering with the state.
January 25, 2012 |
THE FIRST thing Khayri King wanted to do was tell the truth. "It definitely was boring," he said, laughing. "Nobody was really hitting shots. But I guess good defense had something to do with that, too. " King, a 6-3, 180-pound senior, is a swingman for Delaware Valley Charter's basketball team. And yesterday, at East Germantown's Lonnie Young Rec Center, he contributed seven points, nine rebounds and excellent fourth-quarter defense to a 39-35 Public B win over visiting Abraham Lincoln.
December 28, 2011 |
Two West Coast sports executives are suing Comcast-Spectacor L.P. to collect a $2 million finder's fee that they contend is owed them for helping with the sale of the win-challenged and financially ailing 76ers. Robert Whitsitt, the former president of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Thomas Shine filed the federal breach-of-contract lawsuit in Philadelphia on Tuesday claiming they introduced Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider and general counsel Philip Weinberg to sports agent Jason Levien, who became part of the group that eventually purchased the Sixers.
May 28, 2009 |
Lawyer Troy Archie spent the fall defending one of his highest-profile clients, Eljvir Duka, against federal charges that he was a terrorist bent on attacking Fort Dix. A few months later, Archie guided another notable client, Rashad Baker, through far different proceedings - negotiations leading to a contract with the Eagles. For five years, Archie, one of the better-known criminal defense attorneys in South Jersey, has quietly built a sports agency out of his Camden office.
December 20, 2006 |
When Michael B. Siegel was a kid, his favorite player was Charles Barkley of the 76ers, and he practiced Barkleyesque moves on the playgrounds and school gyms in suburban Philadelphia. "I thought I would play pro, I guess, but then I had about five injuries and knew I would never get there," Siegel said. So he pursued his NBA dream in a different way, being a sports agent. He went to law school at Villanova, interned with agents and, after graduation, got a job with the IMG Group, the firm started by Mark McCormack, who came to prominence making Arnold Palmer a star far beyond golf.