To impede Jay-Z’s progress into the sports representation, the NFLPA passed new regulations this month that requires all agents for NFL players to possess a college degree. Legalese aside, the new amendment requires Roc Nation Sports to hire certified agents to negotiate with NFL clients.
To meet the NFLPA’s standards, attorney Kimberly Anne Miale was hired as a contract advisor with Roc Nation Sports. Miale has experience as an attorney for the football division of Madison Avenue Sports and Entertainment, but is a relatively anom.
The first domino from the NFLPA’s a...Read More
There’s not a single room you could go into and say aloud, “clap your hands if you love the NFL Pro Bowl,” in which you should expect anything but a smattering of handclapping. Simply put, the Pro Bowl is a waste of time and resources, with little upside. It has zero buzz, and occasionally the guys who do show up (which often isn’t the top tier players) get injured. And yet it’s still here, living and breathing, when it should have been put down years ago.
Now the NFL wants to spice it up by offering in-game incentives similar to a game show, to raise ...Read More
The LA Clippers set a franchise record for winning percentage in each of the last two seasons, but that wasn't enough for upper management to keep coach Vinny Del Negro around after getting brushed aside by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Clippers made several other strong moves to put the other team in LA in prime contention to challenge for Western Conference dominance, adding Chauncey Billups, Jamal Crawford and Lamar Odom to their already talented roster. When Del Negro couldn't get out of the first round this year, ...Read More
Pete Carroll is an emotive dude. Viewed within the context of pro football coaches – where stoicism (Bill Belicheck), cool (Mike Tomlin) and fire (Jim Harbaugh) rule – you could describe him as giddy. He’s like the Jimmy Fallon of NFL coaches.
It gives you pause when he starts dropping hyperbole. Then again, up until this point, Russell Wilson has been deserving of most of the accolades Carroll has thrown his way; so perhaps the coach wasn’t exaggerating when he recently said that Wilson is “a million miles ahead” of where he was at this point last sea...Read More
Mark Zuckerberg hasn't been hiding the fact that he's a big fan of Eminem – in fact, Gizmodo recently found an early website of his in which the “About Me” section declares the site is written by Slim Shady.
But Slim isn't feeling the love from Zuckerberg, and is suing Facebook's founder for their latest ad . The suit, filed by Eight Mile Style, accuses the marketing agency W+K of using a “substantially similar” track to Em's “Under The Influence” for background music on their advertisement.
It also states that Facebook t...Read More
The highly publicized and highly criticized “stop and frisk” policy of the NYPD appears to be nearing its end if a Federal District Judge's comments are to be taken as evidence that the policy will not be ruled constitutional.
“A lot of people are being frisked or searched on suspicion of having a gun and nobody has a gun,” Judge Scheindlin said, concluding two months of arguments for and against "stop and frisk."
The judge also took issue with the large disparity in stops to arrests. Per the New York Times :
Observing that only about 12 pe...Read More
The IRS is laying the smackdown on fools lately. Earlier this month, Lauryn Hill got off with a slap on the wrist and a three-month prison sentence. However, if Mary J. Blige isn't careful, she and Lauryn Hill may be summer cellmates.
According to the New York Daily News, Blige owes $3.4 million in taxes for the years of 2009, 2010 and 2011. That's some reckless negligence on her or her accountant's part.
I'm not sure how her agents lost track of $3.4 million in taxes, but somebody needs to have a talk with Mary J. This is some drama she definitely doesn'...Read More
Kanye West and Will Smith are an odd pairing. One drops N-bombs on SNL and the other was one of the cleanest artists alive. While West is dark and brooding, Smith exudes positivity. Conspiracy theorists put Connect-Four West with the Illuminati, but Smith seems too nice to get involved with all that mess. Scientology is allegedly his deal. You get the point. They're different. Essentially, they're hip-hop's Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy. However, according to Smith, the pair have been hanging out in the recording studio. Most likely, the only thing to come out of this wi...Read More
J.Cole was all ready to drop his sophomore album, Born Sinner, on June 25th, before news broke that Kanye picked June 18th as his next album release date. So he smartly decided to change dates and move his release up a week. Cole is a talented dude, but there's no need to get blacked out messing around with someone as unpredictable as 'Ye. At least now, he has a puncher's chance of getting some shine.
From Hip-Hop Wired:
The North Carolina native explained the move via Twitter while sharing the standard and deluxe edition album cover artwork. "Kanye ...Read More
President Obama and Black America are in a constant lover's quarrel. In past speeches to predominantly African-American crowds, he's been accused of talking down to his strongest constituency in a manner that he wouldn't dare in front of white audiences. On Sunday, President Obama issued the commencement address to Morehouse University’s graduating class and touched on familiar themes of race, opportunity and black fatherhood. However, while his speech was well-received at Morehouse, parts of it have been heavily scrutinized.
Via Huffington Post:
“We kno...Read More
In a recent interview series with Hardknock TV, 37-year-old hip-hop mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson spoke candidly about his severed financial relationship with former G-Unit members Tony YaYo, The Game, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck.
The group was blown up after years of success that 50 claims he hand-fed to them—enabling laziness and leading to a sense of entitlement and lack of appreciation for his efforts.
“[I got] to the point where I was writing their music. Helping them with their albums....I think that there are certain things you do where you enable peop...Read More
There were two Miguel's dominating the Sunday night talk. While Miguel Cabrera was looking like an MVP, Miguel ended up getting blocked by an invisible Roy Hibbert and hit two fans with a Hulk Hogan finishing move. During a performance of "Adorn" at the Billboard music awards, dude forgot to tighten up his FILA's and landed on two fans while trying to leap over the crowd. He could have made it, if he had some hops, some Nikes and less wind resistance from that jacket. Like a true professional though, he didn't skip a beat, kept on singing and apologized afte...Read More
In an era when being pissed at your home team seems encouraged, it’s become a surprise to find a player truly loved and supported by their local community. Dwyane Wade is one such player. South Florida fans are already thankful of the two NBA titles he’s helped bring them, but he does so much more. While waiting for the Eastern Conference Finals to start, he found time to surprise a local teen that asked him to be her prom date. This guy is going to run for political office one day and he’s going to win.
From New York Newsday:
Muxo, who asked Wade to her Home...Read More
Miguel Cabrera might have OCD. Apparently, he is obsessed with getting things in threes. After becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season, Cabrera rode into his primetime matchup against the Texas Rangers leading the American League in Batting average and RBIs, but he has behind the eight ball in home runs. To be exact, he had only homered eight times, which trailed AL leader Edwin Encarnacion by six dingers.
On Sunday night, it took Cabrera three swings to put up a trio of home runs and thrust himself back into the Triple Crown mix. Unfortunately, the Tigers pitching...Read More
Phil Jackson's new book is probably a treasure trove of anecdotes, zen wisdom and insight into his five decades in the NBA. However, only one excerpt is pulling everyone's attention. After years of listening to outside observers compare Bryant to Jordan, the NBA's authoratative expert on Jordan and Bryant finally elaborated on his opinion of the two.
Via L.A. Times:
"Kobe is different. He was reserved as a teenager, in part because he was younger than the other players and hadn't developed strong social skills in college. When Kobe first joined the Lakers, he av...Read More
If the Knicks were going to go down in Game 6, it was going to be in a blaze of glory. The Indiana Pacers kept up their MMA physicality and dominance on the boards, and the New York Knicks tapped out in the final minutes.
Game 6 was a scoring-by-committee effort for Indiana (so was the postgame press conference which featured all five startes at one table), but true to form, Carmelo Anthony was New York's offensive juggernaut for three quarters. In the fourth, Anthony got downgraded from hero to zero and didn’t score a basket until nearly 10 minutes into the period. ...Read More
The Charlotte Bobcats have had a mixed history with hoops fans in Queen City. In nine years, the franchise is 222 games under .500, has endured a depressing history of draft picks and one of the worst seasons in NBA history. What Charlotte and Michael Jordan need are a fresh start and nostalgia to better days.
For 14 years from 1998 to 2002, the Charlotte Hornets delivered thrills and actual postseason wins. The Bobcats can’t bring back a young Larry Johnson or Alonzo Mourning, but according to Yahoo Sports, since the New Orleans Hornets are becoming the New Orleans Pelicans next s...Read More
On Friday night, Kanye West released the four-minute music video of his new single, "New Slaves" on the side of 66 buildings across the globe. In case you thought he was a big-headed egomanic before, Kanye got literal for this one. The visuals for the video are Orwellian 1984-ish and was just a simplistic close-up on Yeezy's head spitting bars against a shadowy backdrop. On the real, listening to Kanye lash out against materialism is too ironic for me, but if the people buy it, it's all good.Read More
Before their 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow is released in July, an unreleased track was liberated from the Wu-Tang vault today. It's still unclear whether this is a sampling off of their upcoming album, but peep RZA, Raekwon and U-God spitting bars over producer Frank Dukes' beat below.
Execution in Autumn by Wu-Tang Clan
Most of us would like to think that if we could rent Blake Griffin's Kia Optima from Enterprise to travel back in time and tell a young, idealic version of ourselves how our lives were panning out, they'd be proud of us. Young J.R. Smith wouldn't harp on his erratic decision-making or the fact that he's never been an All-Star or even a starter.
Back in high school, his motto was "Get chicks or die trying". Young J.R. would be proud. Whether he's giving pipe tips on Instagram, or bragging about his escapades, Smith's mac philosophy is the same as his...Read More
Shabazz Muhammad's draft combine experience hasn't been an overly positive one.
Shabazz Muhammad really struggling so far. Shots not falling and couldn't create much in the one on ones. Did compete defensively, though.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 16, 2013
However, in his interviews and media sessions he seems like a positve, amicable and outgoing individual. The only question should be whether his game warrants a top-10 selection. If it doesn't where should he be slotted?Read More
The new hire could make CAA irrelevant to Roc Nation.
The regular season is for suckers.
Wilson, according to Carroll, is "a million miles" ahead of where he was last year. Scary.
Facebook tried to jack an old Shady beat for their latest ad.