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FREE AGENT SPORTS NEWS - APRIL 2015

Chargers Historic Success with Undrafted Free Agents
chargers.com | April 29, 2015
imageThe early rounds of the NFL Draft annually garner the most buzz nationwide among fans and the media. However, the excitement at Chargers Park truly hits a fever pitch once the last player is selected.

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Jets get a slap on the wrist from NFL for Darrelle Revis tampering
sports.yahoo.com | April 29, 2015
imageI'm not sure of your financial situation, but someone fining me $100,000 would be a big deal. To New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, he probably spends more time worrying about which green tie he'll wear than a $100,000 fine. The NFL surely knows this.

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NBPA unveils first-ever Basketball Players Awards
sportal.com.au | April 29, 2015
imageIn response to significant input from its members, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) confirmed today that they will launch the first annual Basketball Players Awards in Las Vegas this July.

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Jon Jones Loses Reebok Endorsement, Effective Immediately
sports.yahoo.com | April 29, 2015
imageThe news keeps getting worse for now-former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, as Reebok has terminated its endorsement contract with him, effective immediately.

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Shot-tracking device picks up NBA star's endorsement
kansascity.com | April 27, 2015
imageShotTracker, a set of devices that help basketball players improve their shooting, on Monday announced a partnership with Klay Thompson of the professional Golden State Warriors. The deal includes a virtual basketball camp June 21-28 with workouts and drills designed by Thompson.

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2015 offseason kickoff: Wisniewski plans to start
jaguars.com | April 22, 2015
imageC Stefen Wisniewski on joining Jaguars as unrestricted free agent: “I have been a starter since I’ve been in this league, and I expect to continue to be one” The recently-signed unrestricted free agent center won’t likely be available until training camp. But he said on Tuesday that come August he expects to compete, and that he expects to play a key role.

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How taxes affect free agency in pro sports
utsandiego.com | April 20, 2015
imageLast month, when the Dallas Cowboys were trying to woo free-agent linebacker Andrew Gachkar away from the Chargers while fending off a competing offer from the New England Patriots, one of the first things they sent Gachkar and his agent was a spreadsheet outlining the tax rates of each state and the impact this would have on the player’s potential earnings.

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Free agent center Wisniewski signs 1-year deal with Jaguars
bostonherald.com | April 20, 2015
imageJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed unrestricted free-agent center Stefan Wisniewski to a one-year contract, providing them with much-needed line depth. Wisniewski started 61 games — 46 at center and 15 at guard — over the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

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Nike Endorsement Deal: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota Sign Before 2015 NFL Draft
ibtimes.com | April 18, 2015
imageTop NFL quarterback prospects and former Heisman Trophy winners Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota have reportedly signed endorsement deals with Nike, the world's largest sportswear maker. Sources told ESPN that the duo, who could represent the top two overall picks in the NFL Draft later this month, are part of a major swoop of signings for Nike.

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As it Battles Beats, JBL Inks First NBA Player Endorsement
adage.com | April 18, 2015
imageJBL has found its point guard as it takes on Beats in the sports-endorsement game. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will become a "brand ambassador" for the Harman International-owned audio brand as part of a new deal.

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Masters win could boost golf, Jordan Spieth's endorsement portfolio
reuters.com | April 14, 2015
image(Reuters) - Golf wunderkind Jordan Spieth's resounding win at the Masters golf tournament on Sunday not only will boost his personal sponsorship deals but could give the sport a much-needed jolt.

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Reebok signs Texans star J.J. Watt to endorsement deal
reuters.com | April 14, 2015
imageIn a somewhat surprising move, one of the NFL's most marketable players has chosen to sign with a shoe and apparel company that doesn't have rights to put its logo on the field.

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NBPA investigating police tactics in Thabo Sefolosha's arrest
espn.go.com | April 11, 2015
imageATLANTA -- The events surrounding the arrest and ensuing season-ending injury of Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha in New York on Wednesday have come under increasing scrutiny by the National Basketball Players Association and the Hawks during the past 24 hours, league sources say.

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Opendorse Raises $1.75 Million With Plans To Make Athlete Endorsements Smarter
forbes.com | April 8, 2015
imageA company that focuses only on athletes’ off-field and off-court endeavors has raised $1.75 million to build on its mission, which is to make athlete endorsements smarter, better and faster.

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NBA union announces awards players will vote on
usatoday.com | April 8, 2015
imageKevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts issued an internal memo announcing the "2015 Players Choice Awards."

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NBA player, gal pal stabbed outside NYC club
nypost.com | April 8, 2015
imageA former New York Knicks player, who now shoots hoops for the Indiana Pacers, was stabbed — along with his friend and another woman — in an NBA free-for-all outside the 1OAK club in Manhattan early Wednesday, police sources said.

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Cold Hard Facts: Stefen Wisniewski and the new free-agency deadline
mynorthwest.com | April 8, 2015
imageAmong the topics discussed during Monday's edition of "Cold Hard Facts" with John Clayton was the Seahawks' continued interest in center Stefen Wisniewski and how it's possibly being impacted by a recent change in the NFL's free-agency calendar.

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MLB Draft 2015: Draft Order, Compensation Picks & New CBA Rules
heavy.com | April 8, 2015
imageThe MLB Entry Draft order is determined mostly like how every other draft is determined: the worst team from the year before gets the first-overall selection and so on.

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Roster for 2015 Portsmouth Invitational
portsmouthinvitational.com | April 6, 2015
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NBA Important Dates for NBA Candidates
nba.com | April 1, 2015
imageImportant Dates for NBA Candidates - January 5, 2015 - June 5, 2015.

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49ers still considering Lance Briggs; why they might wait on any free agent
sacbee.com | April 1, 2015
imageTrent Baalke covets compensatory draft picks like Spanish kings once lusted for gold. The 49ers general manager has two in the upcoming draft -- fourth- and seventh-round selections -- and is looking at more extra picks for 2016.

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NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'
sports.yahoo.com | April 1, 2015
imageIt's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds gathering on the labor relations front.

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