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December 29, 2004 | By Toni Callas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ronald Hopson, 63, of Voorhees, a longtime South Jersey educator who also was a sports agent, died last Wednesday of colon cancer. In a four-decade career, Mr. Hopson, a North Philadelphia native, taught at Edgewood Junior-Senior High School in Winslow and was a vice principal there and at Overbrook Regional High School in Pine Hill. For about four years, he also worked as a sports agent, trying to help young athletes. His clients included Ron Dayne, a New York Giants running back from Berlin, Camden County.
SPORTS
August 24, 1987 | By Angelo Cataldi and Glen Macnow, Inquirer Staff Writers
Art Wilkinson of Philadelphia has walked the sidelines at 11 University of Nebraska football games over the last two seasons, mixing business with one of life's greatest pleasures, his beloved Cornhuskers. "I am the East Coast's biggest Nebraska fan," Wilkinson said during a recent interview. And with good reason. Wilkinson also is a sports agent. Largely because of his unusual association with the Nebraska football program, Wilkinson has built his business into one of the busiest in the country, and also one of the most controversial.
SPORTS
June 12, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
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...
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December 28, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
March 12, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
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.
SPORTS
November 16, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Manute Bol has already proved he can take on William "Refrigerator" Perry. This weekend, he's taking his chances on the ice. The 7-7 former NBA player from Sudan, who spent parts of four seasins with the Sixers, is expected to make his first appearance with the Indianapolis Ice tonight against the Amarillo Gorillas. Bol agreed to contract terms with the Central Hockey League team earlier this week. A large jersey emblazoned with "Bol" and the number "7'7" hangs inside the Ice locker room, along with a pair of size 16 1/2 skates.
NEWS
January 24, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
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 Tuesday, 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.
SPORTS
August 29, 1992 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Sports agent Lloyd Bloom, saying he was "stupid and wrong," pleaded guilty yesterday to secretly signing college football players to professional contracts. The plea was conditional, however, and could be withdrawn, pending appeals court action on a related case. The New York-based sports agent wept as he entered the plea to reduced charges and was ordered to serve 500 hours of community service. He also was told to pay up to $4,300 to Purdue University and to finish paying former Temple University star Paul Palmer $145,000.
SPORTS
March 1, 1988 | The Inquirer Staff
An Atlanta sportswriter, who broke the story of former sports agent Jim Abernethy's payments to an Auburn football star, must testify in Abernethy's misdemeanor bribery and tampering trial in Opelika, Ala., a judge ruled yesterday. Chris Mortensen, a sports reporter for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, fought a subpoena to testify in the trial, which began yesterday. But Lee County Circuit Judge Robert M. Harper ruled that the reporter would have to testify about portions of his interview with Abernethy that he used in the newspaper.
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SPORTS
June 12, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
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...
SPORTS
March 12, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
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.
SPORTS
January 25, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
December 28, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 28, 2009 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2006 | By Robert Strauss FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
January 31, 2005 | By Murray Dubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If life was a competitive event, sports would beat race. And winning in sports - such as the Philadelphia Eagles and their NFC championship victory - shuts race out completely. "There are very few areas of our society where we transcend race. One of them is the world of sports, when we win," said Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The region's embrace of the Eagles, the green jerseys worn from Whitpain to Washington townships, has been extraordinary this year.
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December 29, 2004 | By Toni Callas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ronald Hopson, 63, of Voorhees, a longtime South Jersey educator who also was a sports agent, died last Wednesday of colon cancer. In a four-decade career, Mr. Hopson, a North Philadelphia native, taught at Edgewood Junior-Senior High School in Winslow and was a vice principal there and at Overbrook Regional High School in Pine Hill. For about four years, he also worked as a sports agent, trying to help young athletes. His clients included Ron Dayne, a New York Giants running back from Berlin, Camden County.
SPORTS
December 26, 2003 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During baseball's recent winter meetings in New Orleans, agent Jeff Borris recalled a scene from The Babe Ruth Story, the 1948 movie that starred William Bendix as the Bambino. In the scene, Ruth settled a $20,000 contract with Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the New York Yankees owner, by saying, "Throw in a cold beer and you've got yourself a deal. " All these years later, Borris shakes his head at Ruth's negotiating style. "If the Babe had had an agent, he would have gotten more money, had plenty to cover his agent's fee, and still have had a lot left over," Borris said, laughing.
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