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FREE AGENT SPORTS NEWS - May 2015

An NFL agent convinced teams not to draft his player, and it made him a lot of money
businessinsider.com | May 20, 2015
imageRobert Klemko of MMQB.com recently took a very detailed look at La'el Collins' tumultuous period before, during, and after the NFL Draft in late April and early May.

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NBPA plans to audit up to 5 teams this summer
sportsnet.ca | May 13, 2015
imageThe fight between NBA owners and players over who gets more money continues. The National Basketball Players’ Association has announced its plans to audit up to five teams this summer, according to a report by Deadspin. According to Deadspin, the NBPA has held this right since 1995, but has rarely used it.

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Why does Tom Brady make so little in endorsements?
cnbc.com | May 13, 2015
imageThe National Football League suspended Tom Brady for four games for his role in the deflation of footballs last season. The New England Patriots quarterback will lose his salary for those first four games, and there might be some impact to his endorsement deals. Here's the thing though: He only makes an estimated $7 million in endorsements annually, according to Forbes.

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Former player Chris Hawkins accused of violating North Carolina sports agent law
usnews.com | May 12, 2015
imageHILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A former college football player arrested and charged with acting as an agent and violating North Carolina's law that bars illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts made his initial court appearance Tuesday.

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2015 Dallas Cowboys undrafted free agents
espn.go.com | May 11, 2015
imageIRVING, Texas – When the Dallas Cowboys open their rookie minicamp Friday, they will have 14 of their 15 undrafted free agents joining their eight-player draft class. La'el Collins has the highest profile of all the free agents, but he will not be allowed to take part in the minicamp because of league rules due to the timing of his visit.

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How Dante Fowler's injury will likely impact his contract
cbssports.com | May 11, 2015
imageDante Fowler, the third overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, tore the ACL in his left knee during the first practice of the Jacksonville Jaguars' three-day minicamp. He will likely miss the entire 2015 NFL season.

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NBA Agent Andrew P. Lehman, J.D. Announces the Signing of Top NBA Prospect Michale Kyser of Louisiana Tech University
May 5, 2015
imageIt was announced today that Andrew P. Lehman, J.D., of Free Agent Sports, LLC, in League City, TX, has signed 6’10 Forward, Michale Kyser, of La Tech.

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Early Entry Candidates For 2015 NBA Draft
May 5, 2015
imageFollowing is the list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2015 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 25.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr’s Commercial Viability: Why The Undefeated Boxing Champ Has No Brand Endorsements
au.ibtimes.com | May 4, 2015
imageAs boxing’s still-undefeated champ, Floyd Mayweather Jr. should be getting countless sponsorship deals from top brands by now. However, even before his “Fight of the Century” match against Manny Pacquiao on Sunday night, “Money” has been lacking product sponsorship, something that almost every star athlete have loads of following their historic win.

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Conor McGregor signs endorsement deal with Monster Energy
irishmirror.ie | May 4, 2015
imageConor McGregor has added another company to his list of endorsement deals. The Dubliner announced on Twitter that he signed a new deal with Monster Energy earlier today. He said: "I only work with multi-national companies at the top of their game. Welcome to McGregor Inc. MonsterEnergy."

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First Hawaiian Bank signs Heisman winner Marcus Mariota to endorsement deal
bizjournals.com | May 1, 2015
imageTennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has signed an endorsement deal with First Hawaiian Bank. Pictured with him is bank chairman, president and CEO Bob Harrison.

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The Business Behind The 2015 NFL Draft
forbes.com | May 1, 2015
imageJameis Winson was the first overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft, followed by Marcus Mariota to the Tennessee Titans. The first two picks were both quarterbacks and they were also the only QBs selected in the first round.

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NFL denies request to remove LSU T La'el Collins from the draft
cbssports.com | May 1, 2015
imageLSU offensive lineman La'el Collins was expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. However, his draft stock is plummeting after he left Chicago to go speak with police in Baton Rouge over the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

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Jameis Winston's Baggage vs. Endorsement Cash
wsj.com | May 1, 2015
imageSports commentator Keith Irizarry joins MoneyBeat and explains the financial windfall facing NFL draftees, the accompanying responsibilities, and how behavioral baggage could affect players’ branding and endorsements.

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