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October 24, 2007

I’ve moved!

Filed under: Uncategorized — emmettjones @ 8:43 pm

I’m still in the process of setting everything up, which is why i haven’t posted recently, but I’ve moved the site.

the new home is Sports Business Digest  come on over and change your bookmarks accordingly

October 8, 2007

Defining this sports age in one word…Cheaters.

This post has moved to my new site.

Sports Business Digest

September 28, 2007

Spygate…honestly, its a little out of hand.

Thought you were done with spygate, didn’t you? thought you’d never see this great picture again?

taken from footballforum.com yeah…you’d be wrong. Its really out of hand now though. Why? because a Jets fan, attorney Carl Mayer of Princetown Township, N.J. has filed a class action lawsuit against Bill Belichick and the Patriots for “deceiving customers”. Mayer’s lawyer in the matter, Bruce Afran, was quoted as saying,

“They violated the integrity of the game…This is a way of punishing Belichick and the Patriots.”

Mayer’s lawsuit maintains that because teams other than the Jets have found or believed that the Patriots have illegally taped NFL games, that Jets ticket holders should be compensated for any game played between the Jets and Patriots since Belichick became the Patriots coach in 2000. I know, i know, some of you might be doubting the merit of this lawsuit. Rest easy though…once you hear about how much money they’re suing for, your fears will be assuaged.

“The two calculated that because customers paid $61.6 million to watch eight “fraudulent” games, they’re entitled to triple that amount — or $184.8 million — in compensation under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.”

$184.8 million. I just love that. Especially when they have absolutely no proof, save for the one game. Because nothing says unnecessary lawsuit like rumor and hearsay. They do attempt to act like they have the fans best interests at heart though…

“How many times have the Patriots done this? We find it hard to believe they did it just once,” Mayer said. “We just want to get to the truth of the matter of what the Patriots did to the Jets. I think the ticket holders are genuinely concerned about it. This is a type of misrepresentation.”

Good to see they’re only worried about the integrity of the game of football.

Now, i haven’t read all of RICO or the deceptive business practices act, but it really seems like this lawsuit is giving us lawyers a bad name. Shouldn’t they be following this lawsuit up with lawsuits against anyone who watches video tape before next weeks game? Aren’t they giving themselves an unfair advantage then too? Don’t get me wrong, I completely disagree with the Patriots actions, as I’ve discussed previously, but a $180 million dollar lawsuit? That’s laughable.

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Yahoo! Sports: Jets ticket holder sues Patriots and coach Belichick, seeks damages of more than $184 million

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Hope Solo…the aftermath.

Wow. So the U.S. really got it handed to them yesterday, with a 4-0 loss to Brazil in the Semi-finals (for those of you that care, the U.S. will play in the 3rd place game against Norway on Saturday). So what of the young goalie, Hope Solo, who was pulled before the Brazil game in favor of U.S. goalie legend Brianna Scurry? Well, she’s pretty pissed.

“It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that…There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. … You have to live in the present. And you can’t live by big names. You can’t live in the past.” (NOTE: you can find the video here)

Let me be the first to say, that that was unexpected. I mean, I’m sure there are plenty of athletes that feel the way Solo does/did, but how many of them actually literally say what they’re thinking? Not very many.

Did Solo make the right decision with her comments? That all depends on how her teammates and coach take the comments. Solo did what she needed to do, by letting her coach know she was upset with the decision (although a closed door discussion would have accomplished the same thing), but she also, maybe inadvertently came off as very egotistical. Her comments make it sound like if she was playing team USA wins, but without her, its a team full of scrubs…this on top of the obviously negative light it shines on Scurry.

What happens now? Coach Greg Ryan has some healing to do. He replaced a hot goalie, Solo hadn’t given up a goal in the last 3 games, with a legendary goalie…who hadn’t played in the last 3 months. More importantly, he almost shunned Solo before the Brazil game,

Ryan was asked if benching Solo, who has played 52 times internationally for the United States, would hurt her long-term confidence. “That’s not our concern,” Ryan said. “We came here trying to win a world championship; put the players on the field that we thought could win each game.”

Are you kidding me? maybe you internally feel that way, but you don’t say it like that…Especially when you already know Solo is pissed and she’s the goalie of the future (and the present). If there was ever a time to use some tact…well, you just waved “bye-bye” to that moment as it went past. The other problem with the benching? A lack of team cohesiveness. Soccer especially from a goalie standpoint, is all about communication; the goalie telling defenders where to go, or when to get out of the way, etc. By practicing with each other and playing with each other, a goalie and her teammates effectively reach a point where they know how to play off of each other, and what the other person is going to do (is this not how it is in every sport?). When you bring in somebody fresh that cohesiveness no longer exists. Don’t believe me? look at the first goal scored by Brazil in the game (the own goal). There were no Brazilians in the picture! That goal was a result of a breakdown in communication. Scurry could have just as easily told the defenders to move out of the way, and she could have caught that ball herself without being in any danger…that obviously, did not happen. And just on a side note, when did soccer become like baseball? In baseball, a manager might bring in a left-hander to face a right hander because the left hander is a specialist; right handers don’t hit him well. Soccer doesn’t work like that. As Solo alluded to in her comments, this was 2007, not 1998. The fact that Scurry, over her career has played well against Brazil is completely irrelevant, especially in soccer where players usually only play 6 or 8 years.

As I said earlier, Greg Ryan has some healing to do. He’s had his hot, goalie of the future, speak openly against his decision, that coupled with the fact that they lost, has the potential to fracture the whole team USA dynamic. In Greg Ryan’s hindsight, maybe he thinks he made the wrong decision? The bigger problem though, is that no one else needed hindsight.

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ESPN Soccernet: U.S. calls on veteran Scurry to play goalie against Brazil

ESPN Soccernet: Ryan looking to reconcile with outspoken Solo

Related: I wish I was your agent: Hope Solo edition

UPDATE: Former U.S. soccer greats Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain’s comments on Hope Solo and why Greg Ryan will lose his job (courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)

UPDATE: Hope Solo apologizes

UPDATE:  Chicago Tribune:  Apparently the distraction was too much for the team, as they’ve now banished Hope Solo from the team…Coach Greg Ryan will be gone very, very soon. 

September 26, 2007

Mike Vick…well, at least he’s fast, right?

Filed under: drugs, Michael Vick, Sports — Tags: , , — emmettjones @ 9:15 pm

This picture is awesome, and is from Kissing Suzy KolberYou have seriously got to be kidding me. No, seriously. A day after ESPN decided to hold their Michael Vick town meeting (honestly ESPN…this was the worst idea ever…you did nothing but continue to strengthen the racial divide between whites and blacks in Atlanta. Besides that…this was a little late, yes? He pleaded guilty almost a month ago…you are ESPN for goodness sakes; you couldn’t get the panel together any faster?), and there was a large outpour of support for Vick, we have some not so positive Michael Vick news…he’s tested positive for marijuana usage. The result? U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ordered Vick confined to his home between 10pm and 6am with electronic monitoring and he has to submit to random drug testing.

Honestly, what more could Michael Vick do wrong? The only way he could make this situation worse is if he hi-jacked a plane or something. If you are already in trouble for arguably the biggest sports story in the last 10 years, and then you get a small reprieve with Bill Belichick and the Patriots spygate incident, and then what do you do? bring yourself right back into the spotlight with your failed urine test.

What’s the old adage? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. The bad part for Michael Vick? I think Judge Hudson knows the adage as well.

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ESPN: Vick supporters turn out for town meeting

Yahoo! Sports: Falcons QB Michael Vick tests positive for marijuana

NOTE: the picture is from Kissing Suzy Kolber.  It is a hilarious sports site, the particular post about Mike Vick can be found here 

There is a glitch in the Matrix

Filed under: Agencies, Phoenix Suns, Shawn Marion, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , , , — emmettjones @ 8:03 pm

Shawn Marion wants out of Phoenix. How do I know? He said so himself,

“I’m tired of hearing my name in trades,” Marion said by phone from his Chicago home Tuesday night. “I love my fans in Phoenix but I think it’s time for me to move on.”

I was going to write a post on this, but the post over at True Hoop is excellent, and I suggest you go read that instead.

If Marion does leave, it will be interesting to see what kind of money he gets. Apparently his biggest suitors are the Jazz (trade for Kirilenko maybe in the works?), the Lakers (trade for Odom?), or possibly the Heat (they will definitely be contenders with Wade and Shaq, if this happens). Marion has always been a player that, when you see him, you recognize that he’s good, but his name never comes up if you’re just naming superstar players off the top of your head.  I honestly believe that he feels under appreciated in Phoenix…but, is going to the Lakers going to any of the above mentioned teams going to help?  I don’t think he’d truly feel good about everything until he went to a horrible team where he was the only superstar (or at least the man superstar).

Marion is represented by Dan Fegan of Fegan & Associates. His contact information can be found here.

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ESPN: Cooked by the Sun: Meet Shawn Marion

Never doubt Milton Bradley again!

After what was clearly one of the strangest incidents in the history of baseball, on Sunday, Milton Bradley, who has had a few…how shall we say…”incidents” in the past, was not only ejected by 1st base umpire Mike Winters, but he also inadvertently had his ACL torn by his manager, Bud Black, when Black tried to restrain Bradley (Bradley will now miss the rest of the season). Afterwards, Bradley had this to say about the incident,

“…[It was]the most unprofessional and most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen…It’s terrible. And now, because of him, my knee’s hurt…If this costs me my season because of that, he needs to be reprimanded. I’m taking some action. I’m not going to stand pat and accept this because I didn’t do nothing wrong.”

As most of you probably already know, the whole incident started after a Bradley strike out in the 5th inning, of a game between the Padres and Rockies, when Winters thought Bradley tossed his bat at home plate umpire Brian Runge. After Bradley singled in the 7th inning, he got to first base and asked Winters if he told Runge that he (Bradley) threw his bat at Runge. Winters said he did say that, and all hell broke loose. Padres first base coach Bobby Meacham tried to restrain Bradley, and when he was unable to do so, Black grabbed a hold of Bradley as well, taking him to the ground, when Bradley subsequently injured his knee.

So, who was in the wrong in this crazy situation? Mike Winters. Major League Baseball has suspended Mike Winters for the rest of the season. The reason given? For using profanity aimed at Bradley. All I can say is, never doubt Milton Bradley again. It’s kind of funny how people build up a reputation, and they are just automatically blamed (or praised depending on the situation) just based off of their past experiences.

The craziest part about this whole situation? Mike Winters could have just cost the Padres a chance at the playoffs (especially with Mike Cameron getting hurt earlier in the game).  Even worse for Bradley?  This will certainly impact his free agency status (he will be a free agent at the end of the year.  Bradley is represented by Seth Levinson of ACES (athletes careers enhanced and secured, INC.)  you can find contact information for ACES here (the listing is for his brother Sam Levinson)

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ESPN: Rockies vs. Padres recap

ESPN: Bradley done, Cameron limited with torn ligament

ESPN: Umpire in Bradley blowup suspended

Ronaldinho to Chelsea!!! Well, not anytime soon.

Filed under: Agencies, Ronaldinho, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , , , , , — emmettjones @ 7:35 am

On Tuesday, the Sun Online, the epitome of fact checking and accurate reporting, reported that world renowned soccer star Ronaldinho accepted a 5 year deal to leave his present team, Barcelona, and sign a 5 year deal worth £58 million (about 117 million U.S. dollars) with Chelsea.

It is important to note that no other source has confirmed or denied Ronaldinho’s signing in writing (i.e. soccernet, goal.com, etc.) although it was shown on ESPN’s ticker, and discussed on Pardon the Interruption, and Fox Soccer Report. Any written references to this situation have only been piggybacks on the Sun’s article, and even the Sun article said that Ronaldinho still had the option to turn down the deal (I assume there is some provision in his contract that allows him to do this? It seems odd to be able to accept a deal, then revoke your acceptance for apparently no good reason – ed.note).

So, why is Ronaldinho not on his way to Chelsea right now (assuming this deal is real)? Well, for one, for those of you not studying your FIFA rulebook, the next transfer window isn’t until December 31st 2007, with the last window ending on August 31st (A transfer window is analogous to the trading period and trade deadline in the NFL. You can read more about transfer windows here) meaning that even if this deal were to happen, it seems as if Ronaldinho would not play any games for Chelsea till January 2008, at the earliest.

Furthermore, Chelsea would have to pay a transfer fee to Barcelona for Ronaldinho’s services (he still has 3 years remaining on his current contract); a fee which the Sun is reporting will reach upwards of £70M.

So, while Ronaldinho may be on his way to Chelsea, its definitely not happening anytime soon, and there are certainly a lot of details that need to be worked out before it happens. If it does happen though, his salary (almost $25 million a year for 5 years) would be truly incredible. It could definitely be an Alex Rodriguez/Scott Boras starting point. Ronaldinho is represented by his brother, Roberto de Assis. Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure how to contact him.

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The Sun Online: Rom hands Ron £58m contract

Sports Agent News: Alex Rodriguez. Future owner of the Cubs

September 25, 2007

I wish I was your agent: Chad Johnson edition.

When you think of players to watch in the NFL, at some point early on in your thinking, you have to think of Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Chad Johnson, a.k.a. ocho cinco. First off, who even takes the time to turn their number into Spanish (albeit not quite correctly) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month?

And lets not forget the hilarious touch down celebrations. (Ed Note: If you think the NFL needs to get rid of the TD celebrations, you are part of what is wrong with the NFL! The job of the football player is to entertain the fan, and you can hardly say that the TD celebrations were not entertaining. Fine them if they take too long, give them a delay of game penalty or something, but stop taking them away!). From proposing to a cheerleader, to river dancing, to claiming he belongs in the hall of fame, if nothing else, you have to love Chad because he entertains in ways that a vast majority of the NFL either can’t or refuses to do.

…Oh, and did I mention he can play football as well?

Chad Johnson as…Ocho Cinco.

Chad Johnson’s TD celebration against the Ravens this season


You also might be able to find him in a video game or two

Wikipedia:  Chad Johnson’s Wikipedia page

Myspace:  Chad Johnson’s Myspace page

Chad Johnson is represented by the Shark, Drew Rosenhaus. His site can be found here.

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September 24, 2007

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement: Week 5

Filed under: NFL CBA, NFL Rules/Regulations, Sports — emmettjones @ 10:53 pm

Alright, we’re in the middle of a busy sports week, it seems, so there isn’t a whole lot of time for me to fit the CBA stuff in, but fortunately, there is a very short, albeit important section. Article LIX of the NFL’s CBA is entitled Governing Law, and as the title implies it deals with the laws that govern any situation that arises under the CBA. The section is listed below,

To the extent that federal law does not govern the implementation of this Agreement, this Agreement shall be construed and interpreted under, and shall be governed by, the laws applicable to contracts made and performed in the State of New York.

So, this is pretty self explanatory, but its just a little note to you future sports agents out there…know your federal law, and you might want to look into New York law as well…you never know when it might come in handy.

The rest of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement can be found here.

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