Report: Kevin Durant to Sign with Roc Nation Sports

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

The deal isn’t done yet, but it appears to be in motion. Interestingly enough, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports here that, contrary to previous reports and this statement, Jay is yet to sell his stake in the Nets.

Previously: The NFLPA Investigating Roc Nation Sports Deal w/ Geno Smith

Roc Nation Sports Signs Jets QB Geno Smith

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports has signed a deal to represent recently drafted Jets QB Geno Smith. Well, possible future QB if he can convince them he’s worth a contract and then beat out Mark Sanchez for the job (which shouldn’t be too hard). Smith famously dismissed his previous agents after his draft stock tumbled and he was passed over in the first round of the NFL Draft. According to the NYDN, Smith claims that Jay-Z’s attachment to the company played “not that big of a role” in his decision to sign with the firm, and that lucrative marketing deals are not his first priority. Which of course is him pretending that football is the only thing on his mind:

“The only thing that’s important to be is the image that is perceived around this lockerroom, the guy that I am to my teammates, to my coaches and the work that I put in on the football field,” Smith said. “I’m all about football. I’m all about getting better and that’s the one thing that I’m focused on: Better myself daily and prepare myself to be there when the time comes.”

Previously: Jay-Z Sells Stake in Brooklyn Nets | Jay-Z Launches Roc Nation Sports, Signs Robinson Cano

Jay-Z Launches Roc Nation Sports, Signs Robinson Cano

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Earlier today, Jay-Z unveiled his new sports management venture Roc Nation Sports with the announcement of their first signee, All-Star Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

Roc Nation Sports will be a joint venture with the sports division of talent management juggernaut Creative Artists Agency, a company which already counts superstar athletes Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Sidney Crosby amongst its roster of clients.

Reporting on the venture, Forbes.com raised the interesting question of whether Jay’s minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets will result in a conflict of interest should the new firm seek to represent current NBA players.

Hit the jump for the full press release detailing the Cano signing.

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