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November 9, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Sports agent Jonathan Weisz has listed his spread in a gated community in Poway at a range of $9.2 million to $11 million. The 42-acre property includes more than 18,000 square feet in three buildings and, appropriately for a man who represents ball players, a baseball field. There is also a lighted batting-cage area, a four-stall barn, a riding corral, fenced pastureland, an infinity pool with a spa and garage parking for six cars. The compound consists of a 13,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style main house on three levels, a 2,500-square-foot guesthouse and a stables/guest apartment of 3,000 square feet.
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December 25, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Take the list of coaching clients of a sports agent, and there's a good chance that it could be mapped like a family tree. At the top branches, successful coaches such as Pete Carroll, and below them, several of that person's current and former assistants usually follow. In Carroll's case, that includes Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Ed Orgeron and Sammy Knight. The tight setup meant that as Orgeron fought for a permanent coaching job at USC in November, his agent, Gary Uberstine, was also helping fellow client Sarkisian through the vetting process for the same gig. Similar situations arise a few times every year when an agent has multiple clients vying for a single coaching or playing position.
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December 30, 1988 | From Times staff and wire service reports
The game-tampering conviction of former Atlanta sports agent Jim Abernethy was thrown out today by a state appeals court that said prosecutors "utterly and completely" failed to show a law was broken. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, saying the state's own evidence showed Abernethy innocent, held that he could not be retried on the charge. But Atty. Gen.
SPORTS
September 14, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers' expected signing of Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero puts a spotlight on the most anticipated free-agent saga of the coming off-season: Whither Robinson Cano ? This saga comes with a song: "Crown," the Jay-Z song that features this lyric: " Scott Boras , you over baby/Robinson Cano, you coming with me. " When Jay-Z expanded from rap star to sports agent, he recruited Cano away from Boras, who is perhaps baseball's most prominent agent. If Jay-Z wants to prosper in his new calling, and if his first baseball client is the undisputed king of this year's free-agent class, Jay-Z had better land the second baseman a mega-contract.
SPORTS
February 3, 1988 | Associated Press
Attorney General Don Siegelman announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted sports agent Norby Walters concerning dealings with former University of Alabama basketball player Derrick Mckey. The Tuscaloosa County grand jury returned the indictments Friday in response to evidence the attorney general presented last week, Siegelman said. During the 1986-87 basketball season, McKey, a scholarship basketball player at the university, was signed by Walters to a contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1996
Last year three University of Southern California football players were suspended for taking money and other gifts from an Oxnard sports agent. They jeopardized their collegiate careers and their university's reputation and athletic program. Half of the states, including California, have laws that regulate contacts between agents and student athletes. Now the state Legislature wants to up the ante and punish the agents when the rules are broken. It's about time.
SPORTS
January 8, 1996 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reacting to the scandal that rocked USC, UCLA and other schools this fall, NCAA Executive Director Cedric Dempsey said Sunday it is time to tackle head on the issue of sports agents. Speaking in his state of association address to open the 90th NCAA convention in Dallas, Dempsey announced that the NCAA Council formed a special committee Saturday to study agent and professionalism problems and recommend solutions this year.
SPORTS
October 2, 1990
Former New York Cosmos goalkeeper Shep Messing and a New Jersey sports agent were indicted Monday on charges they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from professional athletes in a bogus investment scheme. Several professional basketball players, including Darryl Dawkins, Kim Hughes, Mark Olberding, Ben Poquette and Al Skinner, were allegedly each cheated out of thousands of dollars in the scam that took in some $500,000 between 1987 and 1989, according to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.
BUSINESS
August 21, 1995
* Sports agent Leigh Steinberg has been named to the board of directors of Interplay Productions in Irvine. Steinberg represents scores of top athletes, including pro quarterbacks Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Warren Moon, Drew Bledsoe and Jeff George. His primary role at Interplay will be in consulting with the software developer and distributor and its new sports division, VR Sports, to retain key team, league, player and sport association licenses.
SPORTS
October 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
A mistrial was declared today during the 14th day of jury deliberations in the trial of a sports agent accused of hiring two men to kill an ex-business partner. The Alameda County Superior Court panel reported it was deadlocked 9-3 to convict Michael Blatt of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. That left Judge Frank Kim no choice but to declare a mistrial, because jurors must reach unanimous verdicts for convictions in criminal cases under California law.
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
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.
SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jay-Z appears ready to dive head first into his new role as sports agent, with Yahoo! Sports reporting the rapper/businessman is looking to divest his share of ownership with the Brooklyn Nets. That move would free the cultural icon to pursue certification with the National Basketball Players Assn. as an agent. NBA rules state that no one with an ownership stake in a league team can be affiliated with a player representation company. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, owns less than 1% of the Nets but has been a high-profile figure as the team made its move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Sports agent Jonathan Weisz has listed his spread in a gated community in Poway at a range of $9.2 million to $11 million. The 42-acre property includes more than 18,000 square feet in three buildings and, appropriately for a man who represents ball players, a baseball field. There is also a lighted batting-cage area, a four-stall barn, a riding corral, fenced pastureland, an infinity pool with a spa and garage parking for six cars. The compound consists of a 13,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style main house on three levels, a 2,500-square-foot guesthouse and a stables/guest apartment of 3,000 square feet.
SPORTS
May 12, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Less than 100 yards from the Coliseum field where Reggie Bush starred for USC, a California state senator presided over a hearing Thursday to gain information about college athletes and sports agents. Billed as "Protecting Student Athletes from Unscrupulous Athlete Agents," the hearing took place in the Coliseum commissioners' boardroom at the peristyle end of a stadium where Bush rushed to the Heisman Trophy before becoming embroiled in an agent-related scandal that left USC with some of the most severe sanctions in college sports history.
SPORTS
November 19, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter did not travel with the Trojans to play in Saturday's game against Oregon State and is being held out indefinitely pending a compliance inquiry. Athletic Director Pat Haden said Friday night that Baxter had accepted a ride in a golf cart on campus Thursday and that one of the people on the cart was a student who is a registered sports agent. Haden said the NCAA, the NFL Players Assn. and USC's Office of Student Affairs had been notified.
SPORTS
July 19, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
Florida and the NCAA are investigating an allegation that former Gators offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey received $100,000 from a representative of a sports agent before last season ended, ESPN.com reported Monday. The allegation stated Pouncey received the money between Florida's loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game and its Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati, according to the report. The alleged representative was not named. Pouncey was selected 18th overall in this year's NFL draft by Pittsburgh.
SPORTS
July 10, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
Chatsworth sports agent Gustavo "Gus" Dominguez was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for smuggling Cuban baseball players to the U.S. The sentence was the mandatory minimum possible for Dominguez, 48, who was facing the possibility of more than 200 years in federal prison.
SPORTS
October 25, 2000 | PAUL McLEOD
Garett Hoshijo wasn't sure where it was going to lead him when he agreed to help direct the budding soccer career of Chinese women's player Sun Wen. Wen, the 1999 Women's World Cup most valuable player, wanted more worldwide exposure. Hoshijo, who was trying to build a sports apparel business, had a reputation as a youth soccer trainer but no real international marketing experience. Yet, Hoshijo, who graduated from Huntington Beach High in 1984, appears to have found his niche as a sports agent.
SPORTS
December 4, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Placido Polanco returned to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, agreeing to an $18-million, three-year contract. The 34-year-old free agent won Gold Gloves at second base for the Detroit Tigers in 2007 and this year but will shift to third base, which hasn't been his primary position since 2002. He replaces Pedro Feliz , who became a free agent after the Phillies declined his $5.5 million. The Oakland Athletics acquired third baseman Jake Fox , second baseman Aaron Miles and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for three players.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
The suit O.J. Simpson wore the day he was acquitted of murder charges hangs in the bedroom closet of a house south of Fresno. Or maybe it doesn't. It depends on the mood of the balding, bespectacled former sports agent who owns the house and maybe the suit. "I've had it in my possession since the morning after the verdict," Mike Gilbert declared at the start of a recent interview. Twenty minutes of circuitous conversation later, he backtracked: "When I told you that before, I wasn't under oath."
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