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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 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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September 5, 2007

The Jets are interested in Reche Caldwell…for football?

Filed under: Agencies, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , — emmettjones @ 3:44 pm

ESPN, the Boston Globe, and NFL league sources are reporting that the New York Jets visited with former Patriots WR Reche Caldwell on Tuesday. Yes, that Reche Caldwell…the one who played for the Jets biggest rivals in the AFC East. Maybe the Jets are just interested in obtaining another receiver? Caldwell did lead the Patriots last year in receptions (61) and yards (760) and key drops in the AFC championship game (2). But the Jets already have six (6) wide receivers, and adding Caldwell would seemingly give them unnecessary depth at the position. But why, oh why would the Jets want to talk to Caldwell if they don’t plan on offering him a contract? Maybe a look at the Jets schedule is the answer

Reche Caldwell is represented by Tony Fleming of Impact Sports Management (NOTE: his partner, Mitchell Frankel is referenced here, so search for his name on the page in order to find information for Impact Sports Management)

ESPN: Jets chat with Caldwell

New York Jets: Official Website

August 31, 2007

Monthly Recap

-Michael Strahan decides to return to the Giants.

-JaMarcus Russell…the hold-out champion of the world.

Everyone Loves Slingo!

-Helio Castroneves. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Dancing With the Stars will never be the same.

-Larry Johnson is back with the Chiefs…and he’s rich.

-Asante Samuel is back as well…and he’s rich, just not as rich as he wanted to be.

-Jack Del Rio decides that David Garrard has better “handing-off” skills than Byron Leftwich.

Thanks to everyone who has read this blog. Its been a good first month.

August 27, 2007

Asante Samuel will be intercepting passes during the regular season.

Filed under: Agencies, New England Patriots, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: — emmettjones @ 4:22 pm

Patriots holdout cornerback, Asante Samuel, ended his holdout and is expected to sign a 1 year deal, which would pay him $7.79 million. Samuel had been holding out for an extension instead of the one year franchise offer that he will now be signing instead. The potentially bigger problem? Samuel may be in the same situation next year. ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli reports

It is not certain what Samuel accomplished with his absence from camp. Unless the Pats agreed to stipulate that they will not use the franchise marker on him again next spring, as the Chicago Bears did with franchise linebacker Lance Briggs, the cornerback will not have made a significant statement by staying away.

New England, it is believed, is opposed to forfeiting its right to use the franchise tag on Samuel again in 2008. Toby and Samuel’s agent, Alonzo Shavers, declined to say whether the Patriots had gotten Samuel to report by promising they would not apply the franchise tag to him again next year, according to the AP.

Samuel is only 26, so he does still have time to get that long term deal while at his maximum value, but if, he does not have a clause stating that the Patriots cannot re-franchise him next year…well, I don’t see what will stop him from holding out next year. On the other hand, the news media weren’t privy to the details of the contract. Samuel may easily accept being franchised this year and next depending on the incentives or terms given to him by the Patriots. As usual, it is the job of the armchair quarterback to second guess the deal.

Need a reminder on the definition of the franchise player? You can find it here.

Asante Samuel is represented by Alonzo Shavers of Infinite Sports Concepts which is a subsidiary company of Glenn Toby Enterprises.

ESPN: Samuel will sign$7.79 million contract as a franchise player

August 17, 2007

Quick News

In sports agent news…

  • Carlos Zambrano re-signed with the Cubs on Friday. He had been operating under a 1 year $12.4 million dollar deal, and there was some concern that he may not stay with the team after this season because of the team being under new ownership after the 2007 season. But, apparently things have been worked out, much to Zambrano’s benefit. The new deal? 5 years, $91 million dollars (18.5 million/year, for those of you at home). Zambrano is currently represented by Barry Praver…who apparently does not have a website, or has a very hard to find website.
  • The Patriots re-signed four year veteran defensive end Ty Warren to a new maximum 5 year $35 million dollar deal with $18 million in guarantees. Warren is represented by Vann McElroy, of SSG Select Sports Group, who came in very quickly and got the job done, as Warren was searching for a new agent only a few weeks ago. Somewhere in Patriot land, Asante Samuel is not very pleased.
  • Soccer, as most already know, is taken very seriously over in Europe. How serious? A club Jiul Petrosani (a Romanian soccer club) player, Mihai Lungan, was physically beaten this week (Yes, i said beaten), after trying to cancel his contract for not being paid on time. Lungan and his agent, Dumitru Tudor, are actually accusing Lungan’s boss, club owner Alin Simota, of ordering his bodyguards to beat Lungan. Ouch. Could you imagine this in America? The Red Sox stop paying David Ortiz his money, and Ortiz tries to cancel the contract and then Theo Epstein sends bodyguards to “rough him up”? I’d love to see them try to do that…
  • The Packers released oft-injured veteran wide receiver Robert Ferguson today. Drafted in 2001, Ferguson played in only 60 games, catching 116 passes. Injuries plagued Ferguson, as he only played a full season once, in 2002. His most serious injury came at the hands of Jaguars safety Donovan Darius, who’s clothesline hit on Ferguson in 2004 caused him serious neck and head injuries, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Ferguson is represented by Brian Overstreet, of the E-Overstreet team.

FindLaw: Zambrano signs 5-year extension

ESPN: Pats sign Warren to 5-year deal with maximum $35 million extension

FindLaw: Romanian soccer player beaten after trying to cancel his contract

Yahoo! Sports: Packers release receiver Ferguson as expected

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