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Jay-Z's new agency, Roc Nation Sports, has been the most talked about development in the world of representation since the rap star announced his group was partnering with CAA Sports and signed New York Yankees superstar Robinson Cano on April 1. Now Jay-Z, himself, is now a player agent after the entertainment mogul was certified by the NBA player's association, spokesmen for the union and Roc Nation Sports said Thursday. However, it's unclear exactly what he can do. Jay-Z would have to sell his minor share of the Brooklyn Nets before he can represent players, according to NBA rules, and a Roc Nation spokesman wouldn't comment on whether that has been done. In less than three months, Roc nation Sports has changed the face of sports representation in the eyes of other agencies. Jay-Z's high profile and personal relationships with many big name athletes make him a force to be reckoned with. Many rival agencies consider the marketing mastermind "a magnet" for star athletes and fear the entrepreneur could lure away existing clients with his name alone. Besides Cano, Roc Nation’s website listed two other star athletes last week as clients: WNBA Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins and New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. CAA Sports co-represents Diggins and Cano for marketing and contract work, but does not co-represent Smith. Since signing Cano, a spokesperson for Roc Nation Sports has said that the plan was to build “a full-service agency” by hiring agents certified to represent athletes in contract work in multiple sports, as well as certifying Roc Nation executives. It sounds like Jay-Z's first order of business as an NBA agent is signing the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant. Not a bad first gig on the new job.
BEST OF MAXIM
The 2013 New York Yankees are about as predictable as the next-arriving Amtrak train. Some nights, they craft the type of spotless wins that function as a manager’s Unisom dosage, and other nights they look so helpless you’re left wondering how they’ve stayed afloat.
The Yankees need more consistent production from players like Robinson Cano
But stay afloat is exactly what...
For all of those New York Yankees fans who thought signing Robinson Cano to a contract extension was a slam-dunk after the All-Star joined forces with Yankees-loving Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, think again.
CBS Sports is reporting that second baseman Robinson Cano and the Yankees are far apart on terms of a contract extension, making it increasingly likely that Cano will head...
Robinson Cano got one of just three hits in tonight’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 — New York Yankees 0
Yankees held to just three hits in tonight’s 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees split today’s doubleheader with the Dodgers.
Starting the second of two games today, Phil Hughes had struggles right...
When New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano dropped
agent Scott Boras in favor of another group – which included rapper Jay-Z – there
was thought that an agreement on a contract extension would soon follow. However,
this hasn’t been the case, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes that it’s clear the
sides are nowhere near a deal at this point.
Hey there, Internet users, and welcome to the second part of the 11th edition of The Worst Of The Best. This is the second part of the tenth edition, from last Friday, which you might have already read. If you haven’t already read it, maybe go ahead and keep it that way because I can never predict when I’m going to have to start recycling jokes and other material. Every single...
Jay-Z is now a certified NBA player agent.
Jay-Z founded the Roc Nation Sports agency this year and will soon represent Kevin Durant as his highest profile basketball player.
Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees is another high profile client.
Jay-Z, however, still owns his small share of the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement does...