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Freddie Freeman parts ways with Excel agency

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" with both teams. The MLBPA yesterday "sent an email to agents on Freeman's behalf," ordering them to not contact him, a "common practice when players do not want to be besieged by agents." Freeman is currently listed as "self-represented." Last weekend, he returned to Atlanta for the first time since signing with the Dodgers and was "outwardly emotional" (, 6/28).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: August 9, 2022

The end of the Bowlen era in Denver; Big Ten media deal close? Also, Jake Paul's venture in sports betting and Eck's walk-off.

SBJ I Factor: Jed York

SBJ I Factor: Jed York, presented by Allied Sports SBJ I Factor presented by Allied Sports features an interview with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York. York is in his 17th year with the organization and his 12th as CEO. He is a two-time SBJ Forty Under 40 honoree as a member of the classes of 2012 and 2013. York talks with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about what he learned from growing up in the sports business, working in multiple departments at the team, the challenges of building Levi’s Stadium, and how his leadership style has evolved through the years. SBJ I Factor is a monthly podcast offering interviews with sports executives who have been recipients of one of the magazine’s awards, such as Forty Under 40, Game Changers and others.

SBJ Spotlight: Warner Bros. Discovery

CNBC media reporter Alex Sherman joins SBJ’s John Ourand to discuss Warner Bros. Discovery’s streaming strategy. The two talk about the company’s interest in sports rights, with Sherman noting that the company is in a cost-cutting mode, which is one reason why it has not been active in media rights negotiations over the past several months.

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