Don’t Blame The Messenger It’s In The Written Word ………. As In The Contract !

Don’t Blame The Messenger It’s In The Written Word ………. As In The Contract !

I am always perturbed when I see a segue piece or what is alleged to be an in depth story on an individual that is being done to not only shed light on their personality but also their life . Clearly within an election cycle we tend to see that and certainly that is now the case with the candidates of the GOP (Republican Party) seeking to challenge the Presidential incumbent next November (2012) . Say what you will about the likes of Rick Santorum , Mitt Romney , Herman Cain , Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry as they all have their foibles and no doubt dark secrets . Well last night that well respected CBS News magazine program “60 Minutes” did their own piece , on none other than NFL uber sports agent Drew Rosenhaus . The self aggrandizing agent whose belief in his powers and the fact were it not for him the NFL would not be what it is today . And in some respects he is indeed right , because were it not for his snake oil salesman persona and the damn stupidity show by the various general managers and franchise owners around the league _____ the NFL , perhaps , it would be a much better concern in terms of its business practices when it comes to the compensation paid to the players .

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The interview with Rosenhaus was conducted by CBS news anchor Scott Pelley who was respectful to his subject while not looking to always to defer to Drew’s ego. But hardly a moment didn’t go by when the agent simply didn’t go into a diatribe as to what he has brought to the NFL in terms of integrity , his caring about his clients amongst whom that includes Chad Ochocinco , Ed Reed , Terrelle Pryor , LeSean McCoy , Plaxico Burress and Rex Grossman . So widespread is the clientele list of the agent that he has a player on every team in the NFL . But that only represents half the story as it was being portrayed in this segment as the segue would tell us about Rosenhaus wanting to be a sports agent at the early age of eight years old . His childhood was one filled with his being bullied wherein his father would subsequently enroll him into a martial arts school (dojo) where he took up the art of taekwondo . Now a black belt in the practice we would also get to see Drew Rosenhaus display his prowess for Pelley and the camera as he broke eight bricks which had been set on fire to make the act far more dramatic . No mean feat if you are an actual accomplished martial arts practitioner.

Courtesy of USA Today …

Rosenhaus clarifies ’60 Minutes’ comments

By Reid Cherner , USA Today

NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus took to Twitter this morning to clarify comments he made on “60 Minutes” that made it seem liked the league revolved around him.

“I really believe that the NFL would fall apart without me,” Rosenhaus told CBS’ Scott Pelley. “That may sound cocky, that may sound arrogant, but I am telling you the truth.”

Today he tweeted:

I want to clarify a comment from 60 Minutes. I believe the NFL would fall apart without the contributions of the sports agent profession.

That was followed by:

Agents as a whole play an important role in the infrastructure of the NFL. Agents help to keep the business of the NFL running smoothly

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Now as many of the you know the Cameron Crowe movie “Jerry Maguire” starring Tom Cruise is said to be in part based on the persona of Drew Rosenhaus . But while the movie in the ends is meant to be a soul searching endeavor, moral epiphany and journey for the protagonist , with an act of redemption and learning that one’s integrity and loyalty means something between agent client. Rosenhaus would have us believe that while flattered by the portrayal , his life is one of doing what’s best for his client at all times . If only reality and art were said to meet at an access point upon which the whole world could base that in truth . But that definitely is not the case as it concerns the agent. Rosenhaus paints a canvas that has him being constantly on the phone being at the beck and call of his clients searching for the best deals , being privee to the inner workings a number of franchises and being on a first name basis with the likes of Jerry Jones , Ozzie Newsome , Howie Roseman , and Jeff Ireland .

Now while having such access gives Rosenhaus the inside track on team deliberations and their personnel needs , it also has alienated the agent amongst many of those NFL sports agents within his profession who make the NFL their field of practice . It wasn’t at all a surprise to find out that Drew Rosenhaus and at least several of his company associates in his employ have had grievances filed against them with the NFLPA that he has actually stolen players who were said to be clients under contract with another agent . However , what may well have been even more unimaginable was that in each and every one of those cases at no time did the NFLPA feel that it warranted any action on their part . And even the league hierarchy itself , has often cited the actions of the agents at times bordering on being corrupt it seems almost incomprehensible to believe that with as many 50 such grievance filings not one of those actually was found to be suspect on the part that Rosenhaus or any of those said to be in his employment had in fact acted surreptitiously.

Drew Rosenhaus a graduate of Duke University with law degree , but he chose to become an agent in the NFL signing his first client at the age of 22 , thereby becoming the league’s youngest agent . Today he has some 170 plus players amongst his clients within the NFL representing their interests either from a legal or commercial standpoint . During this past off season while the NFL lockout was in place he made sure that he was front and center making himself heard wherever possible proffering up his own views why there was such a divergent stance between the NFL and union . If there is one thing that we have to know and realize about Drew Roshenhaus it is that he is a consummate businessman and spin-meister extraordinaire . With the league mandated stoppage coming to a close this past off season the agent was able to negotiate new contracts for 75 clients that netted some $675 million of which his commission would be 3% as mandated by the union . However , it is in the area of commercial endorsements where Rosenhaus and his staff can net even more in commissions and fees by way of any commercial sponsorship gained by many of his high profiled clients .

Now while I am not about to suggest that Drew Rosenhaus has not made his fair share of enemies within his own fraternity of fellow agents , most certainly amongst the NFL owners league hierarchy and definitely amongst the fans. The area I now feel his actions are dubious and not above reproach has to be his dealings at the collegiate level where it is obviously his most accessible and fertile ground for hiring a prospective future client. Clearly with calls being made by college football coaches such as Nick Saban , Bob Stoops , Gene Chizik , Steve Spurrier , Mack Brown and even such elder statesmen coaches as Joe Paterno and Frank Beamer calling for the actions of the agents to be kept in check with regard to their access to college and high school recruits . My question would be for the coaches in question as well Mark Emmert and the NCAA …… what actions if any do they undertake to stop these coaches from approaching these student athletes while either in high school or college ? There at present is no clear mandate or form of punishment meted out to an agent .

With the fallout that has taken place on the campus of the University of Miami and the improprieties of several current and former Canes’ football players and their connections to now disgraced financier Nevin Shapiro . The former Canes’ booster now incarcerated and has been all too public in naming names of the players he has given gifts and monies to , all in contravention of NCAA rules . University of Miami President Donna Shalala and school AD Shawn Eichorst have tried to distance themselves and the school from the actions of Nevin Shapiro. But herein lies the caveat , Shapiro throughout the years of his association with the school was granted unprecedented access not just to student athletes but also senior faculty members of the school during which he is said to be not only profiting from this association but also defrauding members of the public up and down the Eastern seaboard in a Ponzi Scheme that netted some $930 million fraudulently .

Obviously at first not worried by this access granted , it is the very same distinction that has also been granted to Drew Rosenhaus over the years , as he has made the campus of the university one of his many stomping grounds where he gains access to future recruits and clients . He already has the largest clientele of any NFL agent in the league and this continues unabated. Quite frankly , during the interview between Scott Pelley and his subject , I was surprised that this point was not at all raised but there again , when one now thinks of the alleged research and journalistic integrity that is placed in a segment that takes up perhaps no more than fifteen minutes of an hour long news formatted program , there are bound to be certain issues that won’t be brought to the fore by either side and then the whole content matter comes across as a sanitized puff piece for the public’s consumption.

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As a fan of the NFL do you genuinely feel that the sports’ agents play a part in how the NFL’s image is heightened or lowered in perception ? And as such , do you believe that the NCAA and NFL should act in conjunction in reprimanding an agent when they may well have acted in contravention of their own mandated rules and regulations ? Simply state your case for or against any such action and on anything else you may feel is pertinent to the subject matter concerning this piece .

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(1) Rosenhaus seen here with Washington Redskins ILB London Fletcher , one of the 170 plus clients that he currently serves in the NFL . Courtesy of “60 Minutes” & CBS News @ copyrighted material .

(2) CBS News evening anchor Scott Pelley who succeeded Katie Couric in that current role and who is also a co-host of the broadcast network’s long tenured news magazine program “60 Minutes” staple on the network for over three decades. Courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com/ Archives ………

(3) University of Miami President Donna Shalala is seen here alongside Nevin Shapiro (center) having been just been presented with a check by the former Canes’ booster for the sum of $35,000. Shapiro was given unprecedented access to players current and former players of the school’s football team. And even in light of the ongoing allegations the school’s president and AD Shawn Eichorst tried to distance themselves from the controversy. Al Golden the football coach of the team has suggested that the issues will be addressed and a much more strenuous compliance of NCAA rules will be put in place . Miami Herald / Oscar Nunez ……

(4) Agent Drew Rosenhaus talks with Terrelle Pryor during his pro day at a practice facility on August 20, 2011 in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania. Getty Images North America / Jared Wickerham ……….

(5) Agent Drew Rosenhaus talks with Steve Smith 89 of the Carolina Panthers before an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images ……

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Sports Stories That Simply Aren’t Worth Reporting But Somehow They’re Out There

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ coach Kurt Rambis is said to be aggrieved as to the uncertainty concerning his impending future with the organization. Given his coaching record and the mere fact that the Timberwolves had another miserable season pretty much sums up what the front office’s thoughts may well be on the beleaguered coach . Team owner Glen Taylor and GM David Kahn surely know that with the upcoming NBA Draft due to take place on the 23rd June they can ill afford to any type of indecision on their part. They either retain the coach or relieve him of his duties and immediately start a search for his successor. Any indecsiveness on their part hurts the image of the franchise and shows complete ineptitude to the fans and across the NBA landscape in general .

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Things are difficult as it as already for the Minnesota Timberwolves without now further opening up themselves to ridicule concerning their coach and his job status. But then again the mindset within this organization can be easily summed up in two words …” woefully inept “.

Now don’t get me wrong I was happy to see the New York Knicks make the NBA postseason but the mere fact that their sojourn there lasted about as long as Usain Bolt would take to run a 100m race , essentially told you all that you needed to know about this team and such the organization. Team owner James Dolan is looking to extend the contract of GM Donnie Walsh the seventy four year old senior executive within the Knicks’ organization . If the rumors are to be believed Dolan wanted offer Walsh a two year contract extension as they seek to rebuild the basketball team . Donnie Walsh in spite of his undoubted NBA knowledge knows that in many ways he’s not getting any younger and at the same time his job placed him under a great deal of pressure allowing him very little time to be with his family. The general manager has told the owner that he will not be returning to the organization next season , choosing instead to relinquish his duties with the New York Knicks .

I certainly would have thought that the New York Knicks would be better prepared in terms of having a long term plan as to successor by having someone within their front office be tutored by Walsh since his original hiring by the organization. But somehow given the plethora of executives that make up board of the New York Knicks you simply knew that sheer incompetency wouldn’t be far behind in terms of the decision making that the organization has come to be known for. If Hank Ratner or any other of his peers aren’t capable of assuming Walsh’s role , then I would hate to think that Knicks would be idiotic enough to rehire Isiah Thomas to a position he once held within the organization. There is no way in hell that the Knicks would consider rehiring their former VP & Head of Basketball Operations , albeit , that Thomas stated that he has no interest in rejoining the organization but then again we are talking about the New York Knicks .

Cyclist Lance Armstrong the seven time winner of the Tour de France continues to maintain his innocence concerning the latest admissions by Armstrong’s former teammates Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie former teammates members on the Radio Shack team ran team manager by Johan Bruyneel . The ongoing cause-de-celebre concerning concerning Armstrong’s innocence , the fact both Hamilton’s and Hincapie’s evidence was sworn testimony under oath given to law officials of the Justice Department . It would be simply idiotic to think that either cyclist would choose to perjure themselves knowing well that a federal sentence would await them courtesy of the Bureau of Prisons within the federal penitentiary system. In the advent of this all Armstrong seeks an apology from CBS News and in particular from the producers of the broadcast outlets news magazine program ’60 Minutes’. Anyone who witnessed the in depth segment on Tyler Hamilton and in particular his allegations concerning his former teammate would be hard pressed not to believe that allegations made by Hamilton . If nothing else Armstrong who has been adding to defense with a legion of of defense attorneys in pursuant of the Justice Department’s decision to seek the indictment of Armstrong for the illegal use of use steroids in particular EPO and several other known illicit substances .

From my own perspective cycling may well be the most corrupt sport on the landscape and the mere fact that UCI the international governing body for cycling has been literally all too slow in seeking to clean up its sport. L’Equipe which oversees the Tour de France has been less reluctant to actually come forward and say that they have not done enough to make this sport more appealing and its image above reproach . Instead L’Equipe’s greatest wish has been simply to make millions of dollars through the event with the broadcast rights of the Tour across the globe. My own wish would be to see the IOC the governing body of the Summer Olympics to simply suspend the sport from the Olympics until UCI has a strict and comprehensive drug policy in place . It would not be too much to ask but the idiocy within the sport of cycling does leave a great deal to be desired ! It has been all talk and with two of the sport’s most visible faces having been embroiled in drug controversy only a complete idiot would take this sport seriously and think that it has something tangible to offer !

Clearly anyone who believes that the Chicago Cubs’ fortunes are about to change hasn’t been watching this team play at all. I’m not saying that the curse of the goat still looms over Wrigley Field but at this juncture if a tornado were to hit that storied edfice the aftermath in terms of the destruction brought it would be a hell of a lot better than what the Cubs’ fans have been asked to endure since the start of the season . The NL Central where the Cubs reside along with the division leading St Louis Cardinals (33-24) whereas the Chicago Cubs have simply been mediocre . This team is on a three game losing streak and has lost seven of their last ten games during which manager Mike Quade and his coaching staff have tried to to the players playing with a great deal more resolve. GM Jim Hendry along with the ownership group headed by the Ricketts’ family has simply tried to instill a sense of purpose of and an eagerness to win . The long terms of efforts can’t go unrecognized with regard to the refurbishment of Wrigley Field in order to make the venue fan friendly. But that in of itself won’t be enough as the organization seeks its World Series title in over a century . Simply put the years of mediocrity that the fans may well have thought long gone still seem to be alive and present. .

So the so called saga concerning Alex Rodriguez’s stance that he simply abused the league’s steroid policy through sheer naivete` and the fact that he and his cousin Yuri Sucart were simply looking to get an edge no longer seems to make any sense . In the aftermath of his admission and apology to the league hierarchy and the New York Yankees still hasn’t stopped the player from associating with his cousin after Rodriguez having been advised not to associate communicate with Sucart on the Yankees’ property or any baseball facility during the season . It would appear that the requests are lost on Alex Rodriguez with there now being evidence to suggest that the player and Sucart have been seen together at the St Regis Hotel in San Francisco prior to a recent game played against the Oakland Athletics at the A’s ballpark . What might be even more unpalatable is the very fact that Sucart has accompanied Rodriguez to several games this season with the player knowing full well that he has been advised by senior executives within the Yankees’ hierarchy not to associate with his cousin.

If one remembers Rodriguez’s apology suggested that he and Yuri Sucart were merely experimenting with the use of steroids and the regimen followed was he says… so ill disciplined that it’s hard to take the player at his word when it has come to light that his name has come up repeatedly , in conjunction with the indictment of Orlando medical professional Dr Anthony Galea . The doctor is now awaiting trial with regard to the sale and transportation of illicit narcotics and steroids across international borders . The Justice Department having arraigned and indicted Galea ____ they are now seeking assistance from the medical professional in seeking the indictment of other subjects to whom he supplied steroids and other illicit substances. Many of the individuals that Anthony Galea is said to have supplied are a professional athletes in MLB , NBA , NFL and NHL and college athletes . If that isn’t now a cause for concern given the fact that Commissioner Bud Selig is still of the belief that the game now has the strictest testing policy in all professional sports , one has to ask what they will now do in light of these latest allegations concerning Alex Rodriguez. And with the player being less than forthright when asked about his name being associated with Galea and his cousin Yuri Sucart can we really now expect anything form of action by the league ? Rob Manfred a senior league official and Head for VP of Player Relations has spoken directly within the New York Yankees concerning Rodriguez’s association with his cousin. If this is what the league believes to be the appropriate action I firmly believe that the league has no idea as to what it takes to stem the flow of the illicit use of PED’s within the game , with players now flouting clear instructions makes a mockery their edicts . Is it any wonder that Manny Ramirez having failed a second drug test was allowed to walk away without any form of punishment levied against him by the league ? That is the complete asinine stance that MLB has with regard to its stance when players flout the rules . As for MLBPA and their Executive Director Michael Weiner and his response to what is now an acute issue that even the league and union have failed to really address .

In the wake of the Jim Tressel fiasco we are now learning that the quarterback for the football team Terrelle Pryor had been driving on a suspended license . What is now coming to light concerning this also is the very fact that the player who drives a 2011 Nissan 350Z which we have been informed was purchased by his mother Thomasina Pryor as a trade in . In light of that however since Pryor’s entrance to Ohio State he has been driving around in a number of vehicles for which there is no substantive evidence that would suggest he owned the vehicles in question or that they were leased by the player. The longer this saga has gone on the more idiotic both university President E Gordon Gee and the AD Gene Smith appear to be in light of their actions and what we now know Tressel had suppressed from his superiors . As the investigation went on both Gee and Smith stood behind their actions of a mere suspension and monetary fine of the coach knowing full well that were other far more serious allegations that had already come to light. Now with Pryor now subject of the school’s own internal investigation we’re now finding out that the NCAA is prepared to conduct their own separate investigation into the player and these latest allegations. And one wonders how corrupt collegiate sports is now said to be ? Why not simply allow the players to be paid, gamble on their games and have done with it ? It is becoming abundantly clear that collegiate athletics no longer can be taken seriously on any level at all !

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What thoughts if any do you have with regard to the points raised within this piece ? Simply chime in with a comment as you deem fit and as always thanks for the continued support as it is gratefully appreciated !

Alan aka tophatal ………………………………..

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(1) MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 13: Head coach Kurt Rambis of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a play against the Houston Rockets during a game on April 13, 2011 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves’ front office is said to be undecided as to whether or the coach will be retained for the upcoming season. Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images ….

(2) David Kahn seated right alongside Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. Kahn recently assumed the mantel of being the team’s GM as well as Head of Basketball Operations. He’s also keep the title of President of the Timberwolves’ organizational structure. Besides having to deal with the Rubio situation Kahn also will be in search of a new coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Richard Clarke-Patterson ………

(3) GM Donnie Walsh (seated left) is seen here alongside Knicks’ team owner James Dolan . Walsh has declined the team’s offer for a two year contract extension deciding instead to be with his family , retiring from the NBA having been involved in the sport for over four decades. AP Photo/ Chris Young ….

(4) Lance Armstrong of the USA, riding for Team Astana, speaks with Astana team director Johan Bruyneel before the start of stage six of the 2009 Tour Down Under January 25, 2009 in Adelaide, Australia. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images ….

(5) Tyler Hamilton seen here during his interview with 60 Minutes’ correspondent Scott Pelley reiterates his position that former teammate Lance Armstrong knowingly took EPO amongst other illicit banned substances during competition. Courtesy of CBS News/Getty Images …

(6) Aramis Ramirez (16) of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-RBI double against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 5, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-2 in 10 innings. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images …..

(7) Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry is seen here with Alfonso Soriano as the player is formally introduced to the convened press . AP Photo/ Tonny Todd ….

(8) Cubs’ manager Mike Quade all smiles for the moment but for how long ? His job isn’t yet imperiled but who knows should the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/team/roster_active.jsp?c_id=chc&quot;. team continue to lose without any real effort on the part of the players ? Getty Images / Keith Stoddart …….

(9) Yuri Sucart , cousin of Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez and whose name has once again been associated with the player in spite of the warnings issued to the player and New York Yankees’ organization. Both Rodriguez and Yucart were seen together in public at the St Regis Hotel and then again at the A’s ballpark . It would appear that the player has failed to heed the requests of MLB as well as the New York Yankees in not associating with his relative . The player who in his admission to the use of steroids stated that he was supplied with the prohibited substances by Yuri Sucart . AP/Getty Images / Rafael T Aguillar ……

(10) ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 5: the New York Yankees the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 5, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Yankees won 5-3 . Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images ….

(11) In this photo taken Monday, May 30, 2011, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor arrives for a players only meeting at the Woody Hayes Complex in Columbus, Ohio. Pryor, the highest profile recruit of former coach Jim Tressel’s 25-year coaching career, is one of five Buckeyes who have already been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for taking money and tattoos from local tattoo-parlor owner Edward Rife, who pleaded guilty last week to federal drug trafficking and money-laundering charges. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam …

(12) Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor arrives in this Nissan 350Z, center, to a players only meeting Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Woody Hayes Complex, in Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam ……..

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