Month: April 2014

Friday Fix: Stories You May Have Missed This Week (25/04/14)




Huge week in athlete representation news, here are some of the stories that made headlines:



Olympic Champion Swimmer Michael Phelps has announced his comeback to the sport, but he’ll have to find a new swimwear sponsor, as it was announced he has ended his deal with Speedo. (Michael Phelps, Speedo part ways)

In more Speedo news, US swimmer Natalie Coughlin has renewed her sponsorship with the company until 2016. (Decorated Coughlin renews long-term Speedo deal)

German Defender Jérôme Boateng has signed an endorsement deal with audio brand JBL. (Boateng gears up for World Cup with JBL endorsement)

Bubba Watson has signed an endorsement agreement with Bojangles’ Famous Chicken n’ Biscuits. The Masters champion signed the deal prior to the win, however ad started appearing this week. (Bubba Watson takes a swing at baking)

Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, who are most likely to go No.1 and No.2 in this year’s NBA draft, have signed with agents. Embiid has signed with Arn Tellem at Wasserman, while Wiggins will be represented by Bill Duffy at BDA Sports. (Kansas’ Freshmen Duo Signs Representation For 2014 NBA Draft)

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is suing his former shoe endorser, Le Coq Sportif. He signed a six year, $6 million deal in 2007, and claims the company owes him $1.65 million from the deal. Noah also claims the shoes contributed to his foot injuries. (Joakim Noah is suing his former shoemaker, claiming they failed to pay him and contributed to his foot injuries)

Sydney Swans prized recruit Lance Franklin was involved in an accident whilst driving his girlfriend’s Jeep. Model Jesinta Campbell has an ambassadorship with the car manufacturer, and due to the accident, this deal may now be in jeopardy. (Well, thanks a lot Buddy! Wheels fall off Jesinta Campbell’s deal after Franklin’s car crash)

Benji Marshall has done a U-Turn on his career, with the rugby player switching back to League from Union. The deal is set to cost him millions in lost salary. He was on a reported $2 million+ for 2 years with the Auckland Blues, but may have to play out the rest of this season for a salary under $100,000. (Benji Marshall’s failed rugby union experiment is likely to cost him $2 million)



Friday Fix: Stories You May Have Missed This Week (18/04/14)

These are the stories that made headlines in athlete representation this week:

Surfer Alana Blanchard has renewed her relationship with Rip Curl (Alana Blanchard Re-signs With Rip Curl), while Sally Fitzgibbons has signed on as an ambassador for Samsung (Link).

Golden State Warriors Centre Andrew Bogut has partnered with watchmaker Bausele (Andrew Bogut Signs On As Bausele Ambassador).

NBA player Damian Liilard has signed a 10 year deal with Adidas, believed to be worth up to $100 million (Blazers star Lillard lands Adidas extension). Australian NBA draft prospect Dante Exum has also signed with the company.

NFL player DeSean Jackson has been ordered to pay his former agent Drew Rosenhaus over $500,000 in unpaid commissions and loans (Report: Arbitrator says DeSean Jackson owes Rosenhaus $516K).

WME has extensively detailed their plans for the newly acquired IMG, which includes reducing their costs by more than $150 million (WME outlines plan for IMG).


Alana Blanchard Re-signs With Rip Curl

rip-curl-alana-blanchard-3Rip Curl has announced that they have agreed a multi-year extension with surfer Alana Blanchard. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Hailing from Hawaii, Alana is one of the hottest properties in surfing. The 24 year old has over 900,000 followers on Instagram, transcending the surfing industry and gaining popularity in the mainstream. She has an array of sponsorship deals including GoPro, Reef, Spy and Channel Islands surfboards. On top of these deals, she also does modelling, which included her being featured in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition last year.

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the partnership between Alana and Rip Curl. During this time, she has worked with the company in creating many designs, including the Alana’s Closet collection.

Alana said of the collaboration, “I’ve been able to be a part of creating some amazing bikinis, wetsuits, and other products over the years, and I can’t wait for what’s next.”

*Alana Blanchard is represented by Amen Teter at Octagon*


(H/T Shop Eat Surf)

Andrew Bogut Signs On As Bausele Ambassador

Image: Bausele
Image: Bausele

Golden State Warriors Centre Andrew Bogut has signed on as an ambassador for Australian watchmaker Bausele. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Bogut is currently in the last year of a 5 year, $60 million contract. He recently re-signed with the Warriors for a further 3 seasons, taking his contract to the end of the 2016/17 season. Andrew’s off-field portfolio also includes partnerships with Nike, Qantas and BodyScience. He also has the Andrew Bogut Basketball Centre.


This is not Bausele’s first foray into sport, as they currently sponsor athletes in the fields       of sailing and cycling respectively.

*Andrew Bogut is managed by Bruce Kaider at One Management*

Friday Fix: Stories You May Have Missed This Week (11/04/14)

Missed these stories this week?

Jason Dufner has added Fox Business Network to his endorsement portfolio (Jason Dufner Signs Endorsement Deal With Fox Business Network)

The MLS has released their annual salary list for 2014, with Clint Dempsey being named the highest paid player (Clint Dempsey Named Highest Paid Player In The MLS)

Former Premier League footballer Louis Saha has launched his own sports management firm (Former Footballer Louis Saha Launches Sports Management Company)

Dante Exum has signed with Elite Sports Properties for representation in Australia (Elite Sports Properties Sign Representation Partnership For Dante Exum)

David Beckham and his agent Simon Fuller will launch a new whisky in the former footballers name through Diageo (Beckham adds Scotch to his line of business ventures)

Maria Sharapova has entered into the skincare business (Maria Sharapova now co-owner of a skincare company)

IMG’s Senior Vice President of clients Alan Zucker has left IMG and will join Excel Sports. He oversees clients including Eli and Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford and Maria Sharapova. He joins Jeff Schwartz, Casey Close and Mark Steinberg as those who have left IMG for Excel Sports. (Source)

Clint Dempsey Named Highest Paid Player In The MLS

Clint Dempsey, Seattle SoundersThe MLS has released their list of salaries for the 2014 season, with Clint Dempsey ranking number 1 on the list. He is due to make almost $7 million this year. The designated player moved from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur last year.

Toronto FC’s two recent signings, Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe, both feature on the list at no.2 and no.3 respectively. They are both due to make over $6 million this year. Rounding out the top 5 are Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane from the LA Galaxy.

Other notable players include internationals from the New York Red Bulls in Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, who come in at 6th and 7th.

The current salary cap of the MLS is $3.1 million, although designated players salaries only count $387,500 towards the cap. There are total of 12 designated players in the league, meaning not every team is taking advantage of this rule.

The full list of salaries can be found here.


Former Footballer Louis Saha Launches Sports Management Company

louis-saha_2154919bLouis Saha, who plyed his trade for Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Fulham and Tottenham, has launched his own sports consultancy firm. Axis 10 is a full service firm, offering services to professional footballers in areas including legal, taxation and investments.

The 35 year-old had this to say about the new venture:

“I’m very proud to be part of this amazing project. I just finished my football career but straight away felt a strong desire to use my vast experience to help young players to learn faster and not make the same mistakes lots of players typically make.”

While the agency hasn’t signed any footballers yet, they are looking to connect with many high profile international companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Lloyd’s insurance.

(H/T SportsPro)