Archive for April, 2010

SMWW Scores With 2010 NFL Draft

I won’t say we ran up the score, but SMWW certainly put some  points on the board. What am I talking about? This year’s NFL Draft.

Not only did we ink some great players, but we also grew our brand by running our first ever television spot during the first round in primetime Thursday on ESPN. Through that ad we have already seen hundreds of new students come onboard with SMWW, looking to launch themselves into jobs in professional sports.

If that weren’t enough, we had 6 signings out of the draft, plus a number of Rookie Camp tryouts:

Agent Advisor Athlete School NFL Team
Albert Thomas/John Oluyole Ross Weaver Michigan State Miami (contract)
Albert Thomas/John Oluyole Angelo Williams Ferris State Minnesota (contract)
Billy Crawford Aaron Rhea Stephen F. Austin Minnesota (contract)
Derek Banks Cort Johnson West TX A&M San Diego (contract)
Johnny Rowe Quinton Hancock Tennessee Seattle (contract)
Tsubasa Kee (T.K.) Jordyn Jackson Eastern Oregon San Diego (contract)
Tsubasa Kee (T.K.) CJ Lovett Fort Hays State Tampa Bay (Rookie Camp)
Billy Crawford Mike Aguayo UTEP Green Bay Rookie Camp
Bryan Cimicata Jason Fiacco Northern Iowa Tampa Bay (Rookie Camp)
Jeff Brodie David McCarty Albany (NY) Tampa Bay (Rookie Camp)
Marc Click Abdul Kuyateh Louisville Tampa Bay (Rookie Camp)
Ken Bordeaux Maurice Greer Troy Washington (Rookie camp)
Tsubasa Kee (T.K.) Wesley Yarbough Fort Hays State Tampa Bay (Rookie Cam)
Johnny Rowe Jonathan Jones Wake Forest Green Bay (Rookie Camp)
Joe Krause Derek Law Northern Iowa Minnesota (Rookie Camp invite)

Sports Management Worldwide is clearly moving to the next level, so why shouldn’t you? Be it becoming an Agent Advisor or taking our other courses, SMWW is vaulting people from all walks in locations around the globe into positions in sports. Come join in the fun and excitement with us!

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04 2010

Sports Management Worldwide Ad to Run During First Round of NFL Draft on ESPN

Eight years ago I had vision that though the power of the internet, people – no matter their location in the world – could get an education and find jobs in the business of sports. Sports Management Worldwide was that vision, and I couldn’t be prouder of those that have gained knowledge through our courses.

But, on Thursday, we look to reach even more future executives, agents, media members, and operations personnel. That’s because SMWW will be airing our first major television advertisement on ESPN during the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Narrated by ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. I reach out to those that may not have heard about SMWW and offer them the chance to empower themselves and work toward their dream of working in sports. I hope you’ll be watching when it airs.

We’ll also be streaming out our own draft coverage over the internet.  Cecil Lammey from Footballguys.com and Russ Lande from GM Jr. will co-host the show which will streamed live on the worldwide web from GM Jr.’s offices.

In eight years, we’ve gone from a vision to reaching out through ESPN during the NFL Draft. Here’s to reaching a whole new level for Sports Management Worldwide.

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04 2010

KC Star Columnist Has Double-Standard For Erin Andrews

Most of the time, the press gets it right, but here’s a column that gets it all wrong.

Rosie DiManno of the KC Star, on one hand, halfheartedly, attempts to be “balanced” by being sympathetic to ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who had “her privacy grossly violated by a creep who videotaped her naked in at least three hotel rooms after removing the peepholes from her door,” as well as death threats. Poor Erin, DiManno starts. But, from there she then dresses down ESPN’s Erin Andrews for appearing on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. From her column, Andrews looks more ballroom bimbo, less reporter:

I won’t fall into the trap of suggesting Andrews is the author of her own preyed-upon misfortune. Her targeting by the video vulture — recently sentenced to 21/2 years in a federal penitentiary — and the slew of threatening emails preceded her appearance on the show. But I’m appalled by the damage she is doing to her profession and her own reputation as a journalist — a term albeit used lightly in the realm of sports broadcasting.

What?

There seems a be a double-standard here. Was there a column on how Mark Cuban’s standing dropped as an NBA owner, or will Jerry Rice be considered less of an NFL player by appearing on the fluff program? Why shouldn’t Andrews look to build her brand, just like other celebrities? You get the sense that DiManno would never consider being in front of a large national television audience if were asked to be on DWTS. Imagine if a man wrote the same column? What DiManno has done is hide behind her gender and published a bit of reverse discrimination.

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04 2010

With Roethlisberger, the NFL Has to Say, “Enough is Enough!”

The trimmings that come with athletes moving into the highest ranks of professional sports can sometimes be overwhelming. The money and fame can often change perceptions, and we as player agents have to be vigilant in offering advice, or at the very least, making sure that with the good, a player doesn’t stumble into the bad.

Such has been the case with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who has found himself, yet again, involved in sexual assault claims.

“Big Ben” dodged a bullet with District Attorney who was considering prosecuting Roethlisberger. Fred Bright, the DA, said that there was not enough evidence to pursue an alleged sexual assault in Georgia last month, but Roethlisberger is far from being out of the doghouse. This is not the first claims of sexual misconduct by Roethlisberger (the other was in Reno), but either the Steelers or Commissioner Goodell will be meeting with him and it seems all but a given that some sort of punishment will be forthcoming.

As an agent I am concerned about future careers of players in the NFL.  There has to be some sense of accountability. Agents need to engage with their player clients, as best they can, to avoid such actions.

But, when it comes to Roethlisberger, enough is enough! If he were my client, and I felt I could not influence him in order to change his behavior, I would drop him. Yes, there were no charges, but as the Georgia District Attorney Fred Bright said, “We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger’s actions that night,” Bright said. “But we do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes.”

I started SMWW to provide a client with a one-on-one mentoring relationship through our Agent Advisor program. We continue to strive toward this key tenant of our work here at SMWW. Here’s to hoping that we see less and less of these types of behaviors, such as Roethlisberger continues to find himself in.

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04 2010