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.
January 31, 2005 |
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.
December 29, 2004 |
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.
December 26, 2003 |
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.