Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z has been certified by the National Basketball Players Assn. to represent NBA players in contract negotiations, the rapper's Roc Nation Sports agency confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.
Major League Baseball Players Assn. spokesman Greg Bouris told ESPN.com later on Thursday morning that Jay-Z is now licensed to do the same for that league's players as well.
The NBPA was the first players union to grant Jay-Z his certification, although he may not be able to represent any NBA athletes until he sells his less-than-1% share of the Brooklyn Nets.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is rumored to be in negotiations to become the first NBA star to sign with Roc Nation Sports, which was launched in April with the intent of becoming a full-service sports agency.