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FREE AGENT SPORTS NEWS - MARCH 2015

Sports And Money: Why Baseball Players Can’t Land Big Endorsements
businessjournalism.org | March 31, 2015
imageLast Wednesday, Forbes released its annual “Baseball’s Highest-Paid Players” list, with Clayton Kershaw ($31.2 million), Jon Lester ($30.4 million) and Justin Verlander ($28.5 million) grabbing the top three spots.

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NBA players’ union head says labor talks can be win-win
bostonglobe.com | March 29, 2015
imageNBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts has garnered attention and respect with her strong statements and staunch representation of the players’ interests since taking over the position last August.

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Michael Sam Was ‘Flat-Out Horrible’ At NFL Veteran’s Combine
nesn.com | March 26, 2015
imageMichael Sam’s dream of playing in professional football still is alive. But it appears the road back to an NFL roster will be a difficult one.

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The Top Free-Agent Target for Each NBA Lottery-Bound Team
bleacherreport.com | March 26, 2015
imageFree-agent fantasies are nothing if not pivotal parts of the NBA offseason—especially for the league's lottery outfits, who have little else to plan for as their regular season nears a fruitless end.

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20 lessons from huge free agent deals, seismic trades
CBSSports.com | March 26, 2015
imageThe first few days of free agency were a seller's market (as usual) where some players received deals that didn't seem imaginable. Once the signing frenzy died down, teams exercised more fiscal restraint and were able to sign players at a much better value. The annual owners meeting signifies the end of free agency for all practical purposes.

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Troubled DE Greg Hardy signs with Cowboys
freep.com | March 19, 2015
imageThe Dallas Cowboys have made their big play in free agency with defensive end Greg Hardy. Although Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL's domestic-conduct policy, the team said it agreed to terms with the former Carolina Panther today.

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Raiders sign free agent deal with Trent Richardson
pnj.com | March 18, 2015
imageALAMEDA, Calif. – After going from the third overall draft pick to dropped by two teams in three years, running back Trent Richardson knows he is running out of chances to make it in the NFL.

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Chris Borland retires after one season
NBCSports.com | March 18, 2015
imageWhen linebacker Patrick Willis unexpectedly retired last week, some 49ers fans took solace in the presence of linebacker Chris Borland, who had a stellar rookie season. Now, Borland is retiring, too.

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Vince Wilfork signs a two-year contract with the Houston Texans
bostonglobe.com | March 18, 2015
imageThe Vince Wilfork Era in New England officially ended on Monday, as the veteran defensive tackle signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans. Wilfork, who was in Houston on an official visit, announced the news on his Twitter page on Monday afternoon, and the team made it official a short time later.

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NBA salary cap to take record jump in 2016
laloyolan.com | March 13, 2015
imageThe National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has rejected the NBA's proposal to "smooth" the increase in each team's salary cap that will come with the $24 billion television deal the league has signed.

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NBPA Wants to Lower Next CBA’s Minimum Draft Age
sportsmedia101.com | March 13, 2015
imageThere's always been contention on how old a player should be when entering the NBA. Should they be able to come right out of high school? Should they be forced to be 18,19,20 years old before entering the NBA Draft?

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McCourty back to Pats on 5-year deal
espn.go.com | March 9, 2015
imageThe New England Patriots managed to keep one of their top two much-coveted defensive backs from hitting the free-agent market Sunday when free safety Devin McCourty agreed to re-sign with the team.

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Texans sign Ryan Mallett for $7M
espn.go.com | March 9, 2015
imageRyan Mallett and the Houston Texans have agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal that will pay the quarterback $1.75 million in guaranteed money, a source told ESPN. Mallett will receive the guaranteed money in the first year of the contract, according to the source.

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WR Maclin leaving Eagles for Chiefs
espn.go.com | March 9, 2015
imageThe wild ride of subtraction and addition apparently will continue with the Philadelphia Eagles because receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid on the Kansas City Chiefs once free agency officially begins Tuesday, according to league sources.

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Bills, McCoy agree to new $40 million contract
foxsports.com | March 9, 2015
imageORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Running back LeSean McCoy has a new team and newly restructured five-year, $40 million contract with the Buffalo Bills. McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed in a text to The Associated Press on Sunday that his client has agreed to the new contract.

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Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction
bleacherreport.com | March 9, 2015
imageAfter an eventful 12 months, which included a holdout and retirement talk, running back Marshawn Lynch will remain with the Seattle Seahawks after signing a contract extension Friday.

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Ndamukong Suh to sign with Fins
espn.go.com | March 9, 2015
imageBarring a breakdown in formal contract negotiations, Ndamukong Suh will sign with the Miami Dolphins after the new league year begins Tuesday for a deal that will pay him approximately $114 million with $60 million in guaranteed money, league sources told ESPN.

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Nate Robinson to Clippers: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction
bleacherreport.com | March 9, 2015
imageVeteran guard Nate Robinson reached an agreement Saturday on a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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NBPA attorney: Age limit clash is expected by Labor organization
picayuneleader.com | March 8, 2015
imageMIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- An lawyer for the union representing NBA players strongly indicated Thursday that the association will want players to again have the age limit for going pro lowered in the subsequent round of collective bargaining.

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Seahawks re-sign Marshawn Lynch
espn.go.com | March 6, 2015
imageSeattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has decided to return to the NFL and has agreed to a new contract with the Seahawks, a sourced told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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Colts won't re-sign Reggie Wayne
espn.go.com | March 6, 2015
imageINDIANAPOLIS -- The Reggie Wayne era is over in Indianapolis, as the Colts announced Friday that they will not re-sign the veteran receiver after 14 seasons with the organization.

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Maurice Jones-Drew retires
espn.go.com | March 6, 2015
imageMaurice Jones-Drew, one of the most productive pro running backs during his prime despite his small stature, has retired from the NFL. Jones-Drew, who turns 30 this month, announced his retirement Thursday on Twitter.

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Jets trade for WR Marshall
espn.go.com | March 6, 2015
imageThe Chicago Bears have agreed to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The trade, which cannot become official until free agency opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, will also rely on Marshall passing a physical. The Jets are sending a fifth-round pick to the Bears in return, according to a source.

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Wesley Matthews ruptures Achilles
espn.go.com | March 6, 2015
imagePORTLAND, Ore. -- Trail Blazers starter Wesley Matthews tore his left Achilles tendon Thursday night and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced. "It's disbelief, you know?" he told reporters after an MRI confirmed the rupture. "I'm sitting up there in that tube having an MRI, and I don't hear noise, I don't feel my Achilles, I'm just ... . I can't believe I'm up there while my team's battling. I just haven't processed all of it yet."

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NCAA penalizes Syracuse, Boeheim
espn.go.com | March 6, 2015
imageThe NCAA on Friday suspended Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim for nine ACC games, took away 12 scholarships, and ordered that 108 wins be vacated as a result of a multiyear investigation into the university's athletic programs.

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NBPA will seek lower age limit
espn.go.com | March 6, 2015
imageMIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- An attorney for the union representing NBA players strongly indicated Thursday that the association will want players to again have the age limit for going pro lowered in the next round of collective bargaining.

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Pats decline Vince Wilfork's option
espn.go.com | March 5, 2015
imageFOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that the New England Patriots have informed him they will not pick up the option in his contract, thus making him a free agent when the new league year begins Tuesday.

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Bills trade for Matt Cassel
espn.go.com | March 5, 2015
imageThe Buffalo Bills continued their busy offseason Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for Matt Cassel. The Bills will send two undisclosed draft choices to Minnesota, while the Vikings will send an undisclosed draft choice to the Bills with Cassel, the teams announced.

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Hulk Hogan On New Endorsement Deal, DDP And Scott Hall, Embarrassing Moment For The Bella Twins
wrestlinginc.com | March 3, 2015
imageCourtesy of Diva-Dirt, above is a preview for Sunday's Total Divas episode with The Bella Twins reacting after their brother accidentally sends them a nude selfie.

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John Chavis files lawsuit against LSU, Texas A&M over contract dispute
cbssports.com | March 3, 2015
imageBreakups can be so messy. According to KBTX.com, former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has filed a lawsuit against both LSU and Texas A&M over his contract situation. The root of the issue is whether LSU is owed money for Chavis leaving the school to take the same job at Texas A&M, and if so, whether TAMU is obligated to pay some or all of it.

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Jose Ramirez Signs Endorsement Deal With Tachi Palace
boxingscene.com | March 3, 2015
imageLemoore, California - USA Olympian, NABF Champion and undefeated boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) has proudly entered into an endorsement deal with Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.

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Cruz, Newton, Kaepernick part of fruit/vegetable endorsement
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com | March 3, 2015
imageIf this is a real thing, it’s certainly better for us than another beer or soda commercial. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz are part of Team FNV, which appears to be a campaign designed to push healthy food choices.

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Super Bowl star Julian Edelman about to turn into endorsement star?
fansshare.com | March 3, 2015
imageJulian Edelman had the game of his life on the biggest possible stage, the Super Bowl XLIX and in the process turned has become an in-demand athlete as a potential brand endorser.

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Returning sponsors enjoy boost in numbers
sportsbusinessdaily.com | March 3, 2015
The recent NBA season saw the league’s tenured corporate partners receive higher levels of recognition by NBA fans than they did in the previous season, according to the results of the eighth annual sponsor loyalty survey conducted for SportsBusiness Journal by Turnkey Sports & Entertainment.
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ZTE Looks to NBA Team Sponsorships for Marketing Assist
recode.net | March 3, 2015
As All-Star point guard Stephen Curry drained three-pointers during warm-ups, ZTE U.S. head Lixin Cheng looks on, hoping that his bet on the Golden State Warriors and the National Basketball Association will pay off. The Chinese phone maker has poured a significant chunk of its U.S. marketing budget into sponsoring three NBA teams.
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Vince Young, Michael Sam among early names in 2015 NFL veteran free agent Combine
ninersnation.com | March 1, 2015
imageLast month, the NFL announced they will hold the first ever veteran's combine on March 22. The idea behind it is to provide a time and place for free agents to show off what they can do, and potentially have an easier time communicating with teams. Much like NFL teams all congregate in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, the veteran's Combine would seemingly provide a similar opportunity.

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