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Labor and Agents

Casey Close denies report on Freeman contract

Morning Buzz / Thursday, June 30, 2022
Excel Sports Management agent Casey Close  "strongly denied a tweet from Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb that he withheld" from Dodgers 1B  Freddie Freeman the Braves’ "final contract offer and said he is considering legal action over the report." In a statement issued last...

Freeman claims relationship with Excel "fluid" amid reports of departure

Daily / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Dodgers 1B Freddie Freeman did not confirm that he “filed paperwork to terminate his relationship with his longtime agents at Excel Sports Management,” though he “did say the situation remains ‘fluid,’” according to Jack Harris of the L.A. TIMES. Reports stated that Freeman was “planning to change...

CAA closes ICM acquisition, alters agency landscape

Closing Bell / Tuesday, June 28, 2022
CAA has closed its acquisition of fellow talent agency ICM Partners in a deal valued at $750M, "resulting in a pro-forma enterprise valuation" of $5B for the enlarged agency. This comes "nearly a year since the deal was announced" in September '21. The transaction was "delayed due to increased scrutiny...

Freddie Freeman parts ways with Excel agency

Closing Bell / Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Dodgers 1B Freddie Freeman  has "fired the agency which represented him in his offseason negotiations," Excel Sports Management, according to sources. Freeman's offseason move from the World Series champion Braves to the Dodgers caused "shock within the industry," and Excel's  Casey Close  was the "lead agent in Freeman's talks"...

Select Management Group signs Silver Medal-winning gymnast

Daily / Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Select Management Group has signed Silver Medal-winning U.S. gymnast Jordan Chiles for representation in marketing, branding, speaking and philanthropic endeavors. Select partner Amy Neben will represent Chiles, who was not previously represented. Chiles’ current endorsements include Propel, Pottery Barn and DoorDash. Select will work to expand her...

Berk Communications signs Yankees' Aaron Judge for PR work

Daily / Thursday, June 23, 2022
Berk Communications has signed Yankees RF Aaron Judge for public relations, including supporting his off-field endeavors, community efforts, business ventures, partnerships and overall publicity. Judge, a three time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger, will be represented by a team led by Berk Communications Founder & CEO Ron Berkowitz, along...

Sources: NFLPA begins search for De Smith's successor, taps search firm

Daily / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The NFLPA started the formal process of finding a successor to longtime Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith, tapping the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to help develop a list of candidates, sources said. Last October, Smith was narrowly re-elected without having to face an open field of challengers,...

Kyrgios is first player repped by Osaka's new agency

Closing Bell / Monday, June 20, 2022
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has joined Evolve, the new athlete representation agency launched earlier this year by Naomi Osaka and Stuart Duguid , becoming the firm's first client. Duguid will represent Kyrgios and he will also continue to be represented by...

WME Sports signs French soccer star Mbappe

Closing Bell / Wednesday, June 15, 2022
WME Sports has signed PSG and French national F Kylian Mbappé for representation in marketing and other off-the-field endeavors. The agency also will represent Mbappé’s new entertainment company, Zebra Valley, which he launched today. Zebra Valley will be an entertainment studio, based in L.A., focused on...
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