As if he can stand to make more money, the billionaire entertainer mogul Jay-Z has found a way to do just that. He's adding yet another title to his endless list of accomplishments, this time as sports agent. The Roc Nation Sports founder has partnered with Creative Arts Agency to represent professional athletes and has been certified as a an agent by the player associations for MLB and the NBA. A spokesmen for both groups confirmed the news today.
Mr. Carter has already signed Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Giants wide reciever Victor Cruz, Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith and former Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, who recently was selected third by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA draft. Diggins apparently received a pre-signing bonus from Roc Nation as well... after her graduation in May, Diggins tweeted "I got 99 problems, but a benz ain't one" along with a picture of a spankin' new silver Mercedes CLS 63 valued at over $100,000. Inside was a short handwritten note from Jay-Z himself simply stated, "enjoy."
But not so fast Jigga! The director of security and agent administration for the NBA Players Association, Robert Gadson, says that while Jay-Z's application has been accepted, he won't be able to take on player contracts until he proves that he no longer has any financial ties with the Brooklyn Nets. A spokesman for Jay-Z declined to comment. Earlier this year, Jay-Z said he was willing to comply with NBA rules to relinquish his stake in the team. Owners of NBA teams cannot represent players. But a close source says that as of Wednesday, the Hip-Hop mogul had not sold his small ownership share, less than 1 percent, of the team.
Jay-Z also may have violated the NFL "runner rule." I guess having the last name Carter doesn’t mean much in this case. The rule says that anyone who is not certified cannot recruit players. And Jay-Z is not NFL certified. Yet that certainly didn't stop him from meeting with the Jets' rookie quarterback Smith, who tweeted a picture of himself and Jay-Z at a meeting. Guess Smith didn't know about the rule before he tweeted the picture. In any case, Mr. Carter doesn't seemed to be phased by the hooplah. He was seen in a picture with Cruz, Cano and Smith at a party Monday in Manhattan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his 40/40 sports bar.
The first NBA player Jay-Z is expected to sign is Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. The basketball star told his agent, Rob Pelinka, in recent days that he would sign with Jay-Z. The news has been blasted on every social media site. But Durant has not commented publicly on the situation yet.
Jay-Z's agent certification is pending with the NFLPA.
I seriously need to buy tickets to see the Brooklyn Nets play because your pretty much guaranteed to see the Carters their. Last night Beyoncé and Jay-Z watched the Brooklyn Nets smash the New York Knicks. In just four months Beyoncé will be returning to the music scene on February 3rd to preform during the halftime show at the Super Bowl. Then kick over to February 16th we can catch her HBO documentary airing.
Also rumor has it that Beyoncé will be debuting a new single during the Superbowl halftime show. I could see this being very much true since this would be one of the highest platforms any artist to debut a new single. Seriously do you know how many people watch the Super Bowl? Knowing Beyoncé she’s going to reap all the benefits from this launch into her next album.
I wonder what they were talking about here because the look Beyoncé is giving Jay-Z in this picture is priceless.
Another riveting episode of The Association! This week's installment follows the Brooklyn Nets through a 4-game win streak, culminating in their primetime showtown with the Boston Celtics just the other night on Thursday. I continue to be impressed at the lightning quick turn-around from the NBA. As a result, this is as current as a reality show can get. Enjoy!
Episode 3 of the NBA's gripping reality series The Association premiered this weekend and this week's spotlight of the Brooklyn Nets follows the team during the first week of games - their delayed, yet successful home opener against the Toronto Raptors and two crushing losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat. There are glimpses of the ups and downs, more on the team dealing with Hurricane Sandy, and some humorous locker room moments throughout. The Nets are a great team to follow this season and this week's latest episode illustrates just that - watch above!
The NBA's official reality series, The Association, is simply put: a must-see show. Think NFL's Hard Knocks but for the NBA. And for the entire NBA Season. The last two years chronicling the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets have been fascinating, but they aim to raise the bar even higher with this year's look at the Brooklyn Nets. With everything surrounding their move to BK, their overhauled roster, and the high expectations to perform under this new spotlight, there is sure to be some intriguing drama and ups and downs that unfolds this season.
In fact, episode 2 already does an amazing job capturing their unique tale... and the season had yet to start. The Nets had to directly deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy last week as it postponed their much hyped home debut against new crosstown rival New York Knicks, and even kept backup rookie point guard Tyshawn Taylor trapped in his Hoboken apartment for three days. The episode follows both Tyshawn and how the coaches and GM handled the situation (and showcased it just a day after it all went down as the episode premiered Friday). In addition to Sandy, the episode captures the last days of training camp and the pre-season as the team is cut down to 15 players and their superstar and grizzled veteran, Deron Williams and Jerry Stackhouse respectively, are spotlighted. This was a fascinating episode so be sure to catch on above and start setting your DVRs for next week's.
Tonight at the new Barclays Center, Jay-Z performed the first of two shows to break in the new Brooklyn arena. He not only debuted a new verse a few hours ago, but also donned the first Brooklyn Nets jersey - wearing number #4, which is his and the wife's lucky number (born December 4th and September 4th respectively. The number is retired for Wendell Latner). You can see him rockin' the away threads in the grainy clear photo below (updated via NBA) and see the official images the NBA just put out above. The unis are now officially on sale.
I was expecting something a little more abstract, but I do dig the font choices and you can't go wrong with a sharp black and white fit. Your thoughts on the uniforms?