Adam Scott’s Major Sponsor Finally Making A Presence In Australia

130419_img_company_sponsered04I’ve always believed Adam Scott has been under marketed in Australia.  The Masters Champion has a high level of likability in Australia, yet he is not featured in advertising in his home nation. He’s the headline act at the Australian Masters next month, and no doubt his appearance will sell many more tickets than him not being in the tournament. Despite numerous media around Australia showing pictures of his record win, the clothing he was wearing wasn’t available for purchase.

Now it has been announced that Adam Scott’s apparel sponsor, Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo, will be opening its first store in Australia early next year. It will vacate the old Myer department store building in Melbourne. Uniqlo currently has over 1200 stores worldwide, with a heavy presence in Asia and Europe. The value-fashion line is looking to further its expansion in Australia in the coming years. The company also sponsors tennis players Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.

Scott has four major sponsors: Titleist, Mercedes-Benz, Rolex and Uniqlo. Of those four partners, Uniqlo is the one that is connects with the largest demographic the most. It is unknown whether Adam Scott will be in attendance of the opening, as the PGA Tour will be in full swing at time of opening.

Adam Scott manages his own affairs.

Picks 1 And 2 Up For Grabs During AFL Trade Period

311012033521_afl_logoBoth GWS and Melbourne have said on AFL360 and Trade Week Radio respectively that they are willing to part with their first round picks should a suitable offer surface. Tom Boyd, the key position forward from Eastern Ranges, is a lock for the number 1 overall pick. He excelled in the TAC Cup final, kicking 4 goals.

Despite missing out on Buddy Franklin, GWS aren’t necessarily looking for a key forward, as they already have All-Australian full forward Jeremy Cameron and former number draft pick Jonathon Patton. GWS are on the lookout to add an experienced player to their roster this year. There is a strong rumour that they may approach Fremantle for Nathan Fyfe, but at this stage, that is just speculation. Fremantle are in the market for a forward to take over from Matthew Pavlich when he retires, and Boyd could fill that role.

Melbourne, under new coach Paul Roos, are understood to be looking for an elite midfielder to add to their list. Backman Heath Shaw, who will most likely leave Collingwood, is also in the mix.

 

Australian Open Boosts Prize Money, Continues To Be Richest Tournament In Australian Sport

Australian_Open_Html_MainJust months before the 2013 Australian Open, it looked like the tournament was in jeopardy. Players were unhappy with the revenue split of the prestigious Melbourne tournament, with a main sticking point being the prize money awarded to those finishing in the early rounds. Led by many of the top players on the tour, they managed to work out a deal which saw the Australian Open increase prize money, and in turn other Grand Slams followed suit.

The tournament attracts over 650,000 people a year, with spectators coming from all over the world. The 2013 Open boasted a prize pool of $30 million, and this year there will be an increase by 10%, to $33 million. This makes it the second richest of the Grand Slams, with only the US Open having a larger prize pool.

With the re-development of Margaret Court Arena due to be ready in time for the 2014 tournament, it is feasible that over 700,000 people could pass through the gates during January. This would in turn lead to a potential further increase in prize money for the 2015 tournament.

What Do Lance Franklin And Jeremy Lin Have In Common?

059149-lance-franklinAt the time of writing, it has been reported that Lance Franklin has been offered a 9 year, $10 million deal by Sydney. This was after first reports of a 5 year, $7 million deal.

What Sydney are doing in this scenario is similar to what Houston did when acquiring Jeremy Lin. They know that Hawthorn could feasibly move some players around to get to that magical $7 million dollar number. In 5 years time the salary cap should be over $10 million, so the extra $300,000 needed in that year should be quite easy to handle. But 9 years? Only Sydney are willing to do that. In free agency a club only needs to match the dollar amount and length of the contract, the breakdown is irrelevant. In Lin’s case, Houston knew that the Knicks would have to pay a luxury tax if they were to keep him at the contract they offered. In the NBA, a club must match the exact terms of any deal offered to their player to keep them. The outcome is still the same though, as the clubs knew that they could price the other team out of the deal.

If I was Lance I’d look for protection throughout this deal. Not knowing what the salary cap will be in 4 seasons time, I’d put in a clause stating that I be in the top 10% highest paid players at the club. The wonderful thing about AFL contracts is they are 100% guaranteed, so if Lance was to get injured and be forced to retire he’d still get paid out.

Lance Franklin is managed by Liam Pickering at Strategic Management

UPDATED: The AFL Free Agency Form Guide 2013

Last Update: 1pm, Wed 9th of October

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Here is your comprehensive guide to the free agency period of 2013.

The rules of Free Agency rules are covered by the AFLPA in an easy to read diagram here, so I won’t bore you with them, but bear in mind if a player is restricted the club has an opportunity to match the offer. Also, where possible, I have listed the agent or agency that represents the player.

Last year there were a total of 33 free agents whose futures had not been decided before the start of the period. This year there are only 24: 4 restricted and 20 unrestricted.

Let’s start with the restricted free agents:

Nick Dal Santo (St. Kilda) – Tom Petroro (Stride Management)

Nick’s situation is an interesting one. He currently has a one year option with St. Kilda, subject to passing a medical. If he chooses to take it, he’ll pass it with flying colours. He has spoken publically about doing what is in the best interests of St. Kilda. If they want to keep him, he’ll stay. If they want to move in a more youthful direction he’ll happily leave. In preparation for the latter, he has already spoken to other AFL clubs including North Melbourne and Essendon.

Eddie Betts (Carlton) – Ned Guy (McDonald Sports)

Signed with Adelaide on a reported 4 year, $2 million dollar deal.

Dale Thomas (Collingwood) – Connors Sports Management

Officially a Blue players for 4 years, in a contract worth upwards of $2.5 million.

Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) – Liam Pickering (Strategic)

Signed with Sydney on a 9 year, $10 million contract.

Now for the unrestricted free agents:

Simon Black (McDonald Sports) and Jonathan Brown (ESP)

Jonathan Brown has re-signed for 1 year. Simon Black’s future still uncertain

Heath Scotland (Carlton) – Agent unknown

The 33 year old defender hit form towards the end of the season. No news has been reported on whether he will play on next year, but it is likely Carlton will retain him on a 1 year contract.

Alan Didak (Collingwood) – ESP

Has been delisted by the Pies. Keen to play on but has not been linked to any clubs.

Dustin Fletcher (Essendon) – Michael Quinlan (Top Dog Management)

Re-signed by Essendon.

Paul Chapman (Geelong) – Strategic Management

Been told his future lies elsewhere, and will no doubt find a home in 2014.

Joel Corey (Geelong) – Strategic Management

Retired.

Josh Hunt (Michael Quinlan – Top Dog Management)

Been told he is no longer required at Geelong and is keen to go around again.

Corey Enright (Geelong) – ESP

No indications that Enright will leave Geelong. He played in 20 of their 22 games this season and judging by his age, will sign a new 1 year deal.

Max Bailey (Hawthorn) – ESP

Retired.

Xavier Ellis (Hawthorn) – Connors Sports Management

Xavier has been linked to a host of interstate clubs including West Coast. He did not feature in the squad for the Hawk’s grand final win, suggesting he may look to other clubs as an option.

Brent Guerra (Hawthorn) – Agent unknown

Retired.

Michael Osborne (Hawthorn) – Agent unknown

Retired.

Colin Sylvia (Melbourne) – Tom Petroro (Stride Management)

Has signed with Fremantle.

Tom Logan (Port Adelaide) – Mac’s Sports

Played well in Port’s finals campaign and looks likely to be given a new contract.

Matt Thomas (Port Adelaide) – McDonald Sports

Delisted by the Power. No news to report.

Luke McGuane (Richmond) – Connors Sports Management

Pretty keen to head up north and join Brisbane.

Matthew White (Richmond) – Mac’s Sports

Has told the club he will seek a trade, with Port Adelaide a potential destination.

Dean Cox (West Coast) – Paul Connors (Connors Sports Management)

Highly likely he’ll re-sign with the Eagles. If there was any indication that this was not the case, several clubs would swoop.

Dylan Addison (Western Bulldogs) – Agent unknown

Played out the season with the Bulldogs suggesting an extension may be on the cards.

There are a host of other names who have been mentioned about switching clubs, but they will have to do so via a trade or entering the pre-season draft. These include Stewart Crameri, Shane Mumford and Heath Shaw.

The trade period runs for 4 weeks, ending on Friday the 25th of October.

Why I Started This Blog

There is nothing more I want than to be a player agent. I have followed, written and even worked (albeit sporadically) in the industry over the past 7 years. I have come to realisation that my current avenues for trying to achieve a full time job are not working as efficiently as they could be. So I have created this blog.

This is essentially my interactive resume to agents and agencies. I will be mainly dissecting issues and what I would do in certain scenarios, rather than breaking stories. I love the whole sports business industry in general, so expect a few stories about other topics too.

I will still be writing for Sports Agent Blog. I love that site and everything Darren has done in creating a fantastic site. I have never considered myself a journalist, but feel this is an outlet that I can show people I have what it takes to succeed in this business.