Month: March 2014

Cricket Australia Releases List Of 2014-15 Contracted Players

CLUB LOGO CRICKET BADGE18 players have received Cricket Australia (CA) contracts for the 2014-15 season. This is a decrease on 20 from 2013-14. However, players can be upgraded throughout the season to hold an ‘upgrade contract’, which is based on a points system connected to their national team appearances.

Steve Smith, Chris Rogers, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch were all upgraded last year, and have been awarded full contracts this year. Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, Xavier Doherty, Ed Cowan, Patrick Cummins and Clint McKay have not been retained. 4 other upgraded players were also not award a full contract.

Under the current CBA, the minimum ‘retainer’ contract for a CA listed player is $250,000. Some cricketers will need to reach a certain number of appearances to trigger the retainer. Test captain Michael Clarke will be awarded the highest value contract, believed to be close to $2 million. If a player is upgraded to the previously mentioned upgrade contract, they will receive $210,000.

On top of the base salary, cricketers are paid a match fee, that being $14000 per Test Match, $5600 for a One Day International and $4200 for a Twenty20 International.

Looking from an agency point of the view, the 18 players are represented by 9 different agents, which includes two players (Michael Clarke and Shane Watson) who are either self managed or managed by a relative. Elite Sports Properties lead the way having 4 players represented, with Entourage Management a close 2nd with 3 cricketers. The Driver Avenue Group, Essentially and DSEG are also well represented.

(H/T Cricket Australia)

Venus’ Clothing Line Signs Another Ambassador

18124707724 year old Russian tennis player Alisa Kleybanova has signed on as the second ambassador for Venus Williams‘ clothing line EleVen. Australian Jarmila Gajdosova is also signed with the company.

Kleybanova, currently ranked 112 in the world, only recently returned to tennis after beating Hodgkin’s lymphona. She recently withdrew from her 3rd round match at the Sony Open in Miami with illness.

Venus created the EleVen brand in 2007, but re-launched it in 2012. She was specially chosen for the brand by Williams.

“Alisa is not just a great athlete and tennis player, but she represents the strength of a fighter,” Williams said. “I admire Alisa’s passion, making her the perfect match for EleVen By Venus Williams.”

Alisa also has partnerships with Babolat, Isolat and Kiron.

(H/T SportsPro)

Monfils Switches Agents, Joins Wawrinka At Starwing Sports

Gael_Monfils_lrWorld number 24 Gael Monfils has left his agent Nicolas Lemperin and signed a representation agreement with Starwing Sports. The electric Frenchman will be represented by Lawrence Frankopan. The boutique agency currently has six players on their list, including Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka and former champion Chris Evert. They are based in London.

27 year old Monfils currently has a multi-year contract with apparel company Asics and racquet supplier Wilson, both of which he signed at the start of last year. Commissions from these deals will still go to Lamperin. The flamboyant Monfils is one of the most popular tennis players on the tour, often attracting large crowds for his energetic style of play and likeable demeanour. His marketability is sure to attract plenty of offers through appearance fees and sponsors.

(H/T Daniel Kaplan)



Andrew Bogut’s Agent Exits Lagardere, Heads To Relativity

andrew-bogut-golden-state-warriors-nba-nba-426334294David Bauman, Andrew Bogut‘s US based agent, has left Lagardere and joined Relativity Sports. He will operate as Senior Vice President of Basketball, and will report to Dan Fegan, who also came from Lagardere. Bauman had previously worked at FAME and SFX Sports.

Bauman takes with him his star client in Bogut, who recently signed a 3 year, $36 million dollar extension with the team. Bauman’s other client, Gary Neal, is currently plying his trade with the Charlotte Bobcats and has a deal through the end of next season. Bauman will still have to pay a percentage of his commission made on these contracts to Lagardere, unless a buyout was agreed. Bogut also has an Australian based agent in Bruce Kaider of One Management. Andrew bought into One in 2011 and now serves as a Director. This move by Bauman should not affect his Australian interests.

Relativity’s basketball division, run by Fagen, now represents 28 NBA players, including the likes of Dwight Howard, Ty Lawson and John Wall. Combined, the division now has nearly $600 million in contracts negotiated for the future. The company also represents talent in football and baseball.

This leaves Mitchell Butler as the number 1 basketball agent at Lagardere. He currently manages 2 NBA players in Avery Bradley and Tony Snell.

(H/T Sports Business Daily)

World No. 3 Victoria Azarenka Teams Up With Esurance

TENNIS-AUS-OPENVictoria Azarenka has added Esurance to her large portfolio of endorsements. The former Australian Open champion has signed with the insurance company for two years. The company also sponsors the superstar doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan AKA The Bryan Brothers. The company famously aired their Super Bowl ad after the game, saving them $1.5 million. They then put this money up as prize money to someone on Twitter. The company recently sponsored an exhibition tennis match prior to Indian Wells featuring John McEnroe.

Azarenka has been making strides off court with several lucrative endorsements as she has ascended to the top of the WTA Tour. Business Insider listed her as the 7th highest earning tennis player of last year, with off-court earnings clocking in at $9 million. Her largest endorsement is through her apparel deal with Nike, which according to Sports Business Journal, pays her $4 million annually, provided she stays in the Top 5. She also signed with racquet manufacturer Wilson at the time, in a deal worth approximately $500,000 per year. Victoria was also the first ever tennis player to ink a deal with energy drink company Red Bull. Citizen Watches, Six Star Pro Nutrition and American Express round out her portfolio.

*Victoria Azarenka is managed by Lagardere Unlimited*

(H/t Sports Business Daily)

Brisbane Lions Re-sign Jack Redden

AFL 2014 Portraits - Brisbane LionsBrisbane midfielder Jack Redden has re-signed with the club for a further two years, keeping him with the club till the end of the 2016 season. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

The 23 year-old joins Sam Mayes in re-signing with the club.

“There was never a doubt in my mind that I would remain a Lion. I have been at the Club for six years now and I am really excited about the direction we are heading. Leppa has brought fresh eyes to the Club, and I am relishing the opportunity to learn under him.”

The 2008 2nd round draft pick has played 98 games for the club, kicking 44 goals.

*Jack Redden is managed by Elite Sports Properties*

(H/T Brisbane Lions)