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Jay-Z says he’s a “problem” for agents

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The decision of Jay-Z to launch a sports agency that services football, basketball, and baseball players has created plenty of waves.  Some of that flows naturally from the decision of an extremely rich and influential entertainer branching out in a very different way.  Some of it comes from the obvious attraction that certain players will have to working with Jay-Z.

And some of it flows from the controversy the effort has created, whether it’s the NFLPA investigating a potential violation of the rule against the use of “runners” by recruiting Jets quarterback Geno Smith to sign with NFLPA-certified agent Kim Miale or going scoreboard on baseball agent Scott Boras in the lyrics of one of Jay-Z’s new songs.

Jay-Z added more waves this week by calling himself a “problem” for other agents in an interview with Power 105.1 in New York.

“Those guys have been sitting around just doing the typical things,” Jay-Z said, via Forbes.com.  “Knock on the same doors.  They go to Nike, they do the contract and then they sit back.  They don’t do anything else.  So they’ve been sitting around for 20-30 years just not doing anything.

“So me coming, that’s a problem for them.  Cause now they have to go to work, now they have to wake up, now they have to do things.  So they don’t want me around because now they have to do something for these athletes.  The bigger goal is for all artists to get their just due.  Not to get half-ass agents or people who rob them or people who don’t care about their finances. They’re just taking whatever is going to get them a check.”

While there are indeed plenty of “half-ass agents” and crooks who would rob their clients, Jay-Z paints with far too broad a brush, assuming that all agents are doing nothing to maximize their clients’ earnings, and that his arrival to the industry will somehow get them to collectively roll up their sleeves and start grinding.

On that point, he’s specifically referring to the area where he intends to add the most value — marketing dollars that can be earned off the field.

The notion that other agents aren’t doing anything other than shoe/apparel deals overlooks the reality that much greater commission percentages can be earned via marketing deals than through (at least in the NFL) player contracts.  So there’s a real incentive for agents to work those deals.

Having Jay-Z in the industry won’t necessarily make them work harder to make more marketing dollars for their clients.  Instead, it will make them harder to persuade their clients that Jay-Z won’t be able to do better, no matter how hard he works at it or what he says or raps about it.

When it comes to actual contract negotiations with teams, Jay-Z will be hard pressed to do a better job, especially since he’s not focusing on one sport.  There are far too many nuances involved to understand markets and labor deals and relationships in three different sports at the same time.

At the NFL level, the solution as to Victor Cruz was to partner with CAA, which makes sense.  As to Geno Smith, Jay-Z opted instead to hire an unknown agent, which doesn’t make sense.

Plenty of things will and won’t make sense as Jay-Z continues to embark on a new career that would seem to be far less lucrative than the one he has, which raises the biggest question we’ve had since first hearing about the plan.

Why would he want to do it?

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  1. raymondbarger says: Jul 12, 2013 11:44 AM

    Ill wait fifteen minutes and check back and if less than 30 people have made “99 Problems” references ill be amazed

  2. ken0west says: Jul 12, 2013 11:44 AM

    Id pay 3% of my salary to hang out with Jay-Z.

  3. greenwhodat26 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:47 AM

    He’s a 40 something year old rapper who dresses like he’s 19. His existence is a “problem.”

  4. somethingsmellsrotten says: Jul 12, 2013 11:50 AM

    This guy just needs to go away already…and take his over-hyped wife with him.

  5. justintuckrule says: Jul 12, 2013 11:50 AM

    He’s right. The guy is a mover and a shaker. He’s not just sitting in his clubs drinking crystal. He’s in tune with the entire entertainment industry and has those connections that nobody else has. When his clients start showing up in movies, videos, red carpets, movie premieres, etc. these old time agents are gonna have to do more than put their clients in the next reebok commercial or else they’ll be out of work themselves.

  6. pone27 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:52 AM

    I think Drake said it best:

    “I swear sports and music are so synonymous: Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us”

    And yes, I do sometimes listen to Drake, get over it.

  7. explosionsauce says: Jul 12, 2013 11:53 AM

    You write as if Jay Z will actually be doing the work. He’s just a mascot for his agency. If you think he’ll be doing the leg work then you are mistaken.

  8. getyourownname says: Jul 12, 2013 11:54 AM

    He’s a problem for anyone interested in music, I’ll give him that.

  9. acosltl says: Jul 12, 2013 11:55 AM

    Why would he want to do it?

    Because he’s the most successful African-American male entrepreneur today. Pro athletes are mostly African-American and look up to this man and I would assume many of them would seek career advice. And that would have a multiplying effect, helping to grow his new business venture.

  10. thegonz13 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:55 AM

    He’s got 99 problems but agents ain’t one!

  11. rc33 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:56 AM

    Jay Z makes it sound as if he’s all about the athletes. Likely taking about half the percentage other agents are charging their clients, right Hova?
    The odds of that being the case are non-existent.

  12. acdc363 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:57 AM

    As if we needed more evidence of how big a douche Jay-Z is!

  13. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 12, 2013 11:57 AM

    Jay Z’s arrogance knows no limits.
    He’s actually suggesting that up until this point most agents really haven’t been working hard for their clients and that now that he’s entered the game he’s going to change everything and do much better?
    I think the best thing that could happen to this guy would be for him to fail at this and maybe it would knock him down a peg or two. Then maybe he would stop acting like he was the second coming of Jesus.
    As a hip hop/rap fan for the last 25 years I would make this suggestion to him: Stick with what you know and get back in the studio. He hasn’t had a decent album in over ten years and in that time a lot of his music has been straight garbage. I haven’t heard the new album and I’ve been told that it’s pretty good but this guys Jesus complex has made it very hard for me to ever want to find out for myself.

  14. theytukrjobs says: Jul 12, 2013 11:58 AM

    Agents got 99 problems but JZ ain’t one.

  15. steelerben says: Jul 12, 2013 11:59 AM

    One thing is for certain: Jay Z will make money.

    At the end of it all, it isn’t any business venture about that? He can hire guys to crunch numbers and deal with legal. As long as he is providing a face to the company, clients will be magnetically drawn to it.

  16. bigblu73 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:03 PM

    Say what you wanna and criticize him however you like! Bottom line is Jay Z convinced Kevin Durant, Robinson Cano, Victor Cruz, and Geno Smith that he’s still a “hussla” and well get them to where they wanna be!!! Kudos to Jay for not being complacent and still having the intestinal fortitude to follow his dreams and subdue his passions!!!

  17. kgun80 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:03 PM

    If he steals away clients like he does lyrics he’ll have half the NFL signed up in a month.

  18. 480volt says: Jul 12, 2013 12:03 PM

    Dude just got his feet wet in that business and he’s already running his mouth…that’s a slap in the face of every hard working agent out there who does a great job for his clients……..get over yourself….show some respect and just do you…..

  19. ryann252013 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:05 PM

    MCHG was dope though

  20. xxwhodatxx says: Jul 12, 2013 12:06 PM

    If I were a NFL team with one of his clients I’d be worried. That’s exactly what you want your star player doing during the season, going to movie premiers, coming out with a rap album, and not concentrating solely on football.

  21. raiderufan says: Jul 12, 2013 12:07 PM

    I think this is a case of you looking at the past and deciding it will never be different and Jay-Z looking forward and saying “how can we make this different/better?”

    I’m not a fan of most rap and I really don’t listen to much in my spare time. I do however hear the words and the things that Jay-Z is saying about saving the music industry and trying new things in representation and quite frankly it’s nice to see someone with power take chances on new ideas. Not many others are doing it.

    He was a minority owner of a sports team…he is keyed into the sports world and it’s humans…not players….humans, way more than any of us and I’m sure he’s heard the complaints. You think he’s just jumping to jump and see what happens? I’d say he has a plan backed up by the people he surrounds himself with and the knowledge they gave him regarding the issues they have with representation.

    Might work…might not. But its a different approach to a pretty greasy and easily unlikable profession. I applaud that.

  22. daburgher says: Jul 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    Jay z refers to himself as god(hova short for Jehova).. which to me makes him a pretty crappy human being

  23. stlunatik says: Jul 12, 2013 12:11 PM

    Jay is a freaking genius. Whatever he touches turns to gold.

    “Free Zimmerman”

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 12, 2013 12:12 PM

    I agree wholeheartedly with Jay-Z. Maybe he will or will not be a good agent, that remains to be seen. But for a long time these players have for the most part been very much under-served. These agents just are not offering their clients enough support to be successful and too many players’ careers crash and burn that might have been saved if they had better partners to represent their interests.

    This is a beautiful message by Jay-Z, very sharp and effective and it could spur some of these agents to start doing more for their clients, and the increase in competition and pressure from potential competition will be good for everybody. The agent business needs Jay-Z more than Jay-Z needs the agent business. And the agent business only has their collective selves to blame for allowing this to be the case.

    And you can toss some of the blame to DeMaurice for not striving for a higher level of professionalism and effort being made on behalf of his players that he is supposed to be representing that he is also unable to serve the needs of.

  25. oaktown49er says: Jul 12, 2013 12:20 PM

    It will be interesting to see what he can change. I don’t doubt him because he has been a hell of a businessman. However, not since Reasonable Doubt, has anyone loved Jay-Z as much as he loves himself.

  26. godofwine330 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:20 PM

    Jay-Z is a huslter. I have said for years that drug dealers could do much similar things that they are doing illegally – legally and have less of a headache doing it.

    You can’t knock the hustle.

    He rapped about it and it’s true. His popularity and knowledge of many levels of business is going to help get more clients and help get his clients out there. The only thing that he can’t have them promote is alcohol, and outside of that the sky’s the limit. He can have his people be a frontman for KFC, Juice products, vitamins – whatever. Even though his rap stuff now is the inconsistent take it, take it, leave it, leave it, leave it (much like Michael Jackson was after the Bad album) but business wise you can’t knock him. Many agents are scared because as he said they have to get up and work now. For a man that doesn’t have many business failures I’d say the competition better not underestimate.

  27. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:22 PM

    Thats funny, because Jay-Z knows less than nothing about the way other sports agents handle their business. If you ask me, I’d rather have an agent whose sole employment is as a sports agent, not a musical artist/entrepreneur/NBA owner/club owner/sports agent.

  28. demolition510 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:22 PM

    I like how he says artists and not athletes.

  29. division2lbss says: Jul 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    If it was me, honestly at any age between 18-25. I’d probably go with the guy that looks like me. So he’s probably gonna be real successful… Master P tried and failed though.

  30. claymus1 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    Could not agree more that all of these “artists”should get their “just due”. Might not be what they were thinking , however!!

  31. jacunn2000 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    What was the name of that famous pro athlete turned famous platinum rapper??

    Yea, not gonna happen….

  32. daysend564 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:26 PM

    As long as it keeps him from producing that garbage he calls music, it’s a win for the rest of the world.

  33. footballhistorian says: Jul 12, 2013 12:27 PM

    Loud-mouthed, rich, jerk. Period

  34. davekezer says: Jul 12, 2013 12:28 PM

    Getting tired of Jay-Z and his business ventures. Nothing is sacred with this dude. If he could (and he still might), he’d make some Jay-Z nail clippers and then brag about how he’s got the nail clipper game on lock. It’s just all so boring.

  35. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2013 12:28 PM

    And what else u bringing? Clothes and vodka deals. Genius

  36. dadawg77 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    Jay Z is entering the fray and like most people working against incumbents his first argument is why the incumbent isn’t doing the job well enough. No one switches agents if they are happy. Hence this sakes pitch which every player in every sport will hear because Jay Z status as a public figure. If he gets a 5% response rate then he is doing well. I would look for Durant to be plastered every where as that is his marque client right now.
    Secondly, Jay Z agency is partnered with CAA so he should have access to the people who have the inside info.
    Third, to disagree with a poster above. While Jay Z had had a tremendous amount of success and this guy sucked at being a sports owner, Bob Johnson is probably a more successful business man.

  37. luckyexpert says: Jul 12, 2013 12:34 PM

    he is probably doing it because he isn’t athletic enough to get on the field so the closest he can get to the sports world is being an agent for the athlete. plus that way he is ‘above’ the athlete.

  38. humpofdc says: Jul 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    It’s a new day!!!!

  39. tacowrecker says: Jul 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    Jay-Z is a D-bag

  40. mrshill0905 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    Get em’ Jay!!! These Little Peons hate you…like their opinions mean anything….ha ha ha ha HA! Get a life!!!

  41. truthfactory says: Jul 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    I want my agents full time job to be an agent. Not a rap star, music producer, celebrity who has 99 other things to focus on.

  42. orivar says: Jul 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    “If I were a NFL team with one of his clients I’d be worried. That’s exactly what you want your star player doing during the season, going to movie premiers, coming out with a rap album, and not concentrating solely on football.”

    People have to realize and accept the fact that football doesn’t last forever and that football players ARE allowed to have lives outside of football.

  43. mbhcu98 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    It seems that all posts that are nicely written and give kudos to Jay- Z are not liked. Why? Is what Jay says that much off base? Do you all really think he is speaking of all agents in the business? Most of your comments are nothing more than extensions of your personal views of the man, and very little has to do with what he is actually saying and doing. Does anyone really think that his involvement in the sports agent business won’t make it more difficult for other agents?Lol. You’re blind if you believe that, he is only saying exactly what it is. He has connections they don’t and he will use them for his clients. Seems like the right thing if you ask me. And no, he won’t be doing the leg work. How many moguls actually do the leg work. He’s the owner. You won’t see Bob Craft negotiating contracts, why would you see Jay- Z doing it? Lol. Some of you make me laugh. Knee slapping type of laughs also.

  44. weegiethompson says: Jul 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    The main reason they will sign with him is because he is the same race they are.

  45. mtheparrothead says: Jul 12, 2013 12:48 PM

    If jay z were an old white dude you’d be criticizing for only having money as his motivator. But since he has “street cred” he’s brilliant. Ah the double standard.

  46. saintsfan83 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    Never did like Jay Z but as a buisnessman you have to respect him. I still want buy any of his music though just garbage.

  47. saintsfan83 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:52 PM

    Lmao!!! jacunn 2000 i agree

  48. peanutele24 says: Jul 12, 2013 12:53 PM

    The man said “I will not lose” . He seems to be sticking to that statement . Man it’s a lot of haters out here.

  49. ishudbgm says: Jul 12, 2013 1:07 PM

    Chances are most of us on here focus on one craft and one way of making money….Not JAY-Z!!! I could never dis-like another individual for striking while the iron is hot and the whole world is throwing money at anything you touch. Agents sometimes have at least 5 or more players they make money from and most of the time they do not give the player the devotion needed to maximize the players earnings…with Jay-Z looming around the corner I bet those agents just don’t send Christmas cards anymore they hand deliver them. I hope Jay-Z shakes it up a bit. Plus I would rather a player learning business from Jay in the offseason than drinking and driving in their old college town or local city.

    Think these agents are good, think again….Lee Steinberg and Drew “swim around w sharks” Rosenhaus!!!!

  50. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 12, 2013 1:10 PM

    Jayz a boss

  51. raiderufan says: Jul 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    daburgher says:
    Jul 12, 2013 12:10 PM
    Jay z refers to himself as god(hova short for Jehova).. which to me makes him a pretty crappy human being

    How is that exactly? Because he doesn’t believe what you believe?

    I don’t believe in your god. I believe in me. I work a full time job, hurt nobody, live for my wife and family and try to generally be a good person…but I don’t believe in your god. Guess I’m just a crappy human.

    And it stands for Jay-Hova. Not Jehova. It’s slang…just like c-murder isn’t running around looking to SEE murders. He’s rapping and being creative with his name. Oh no…kill em all.

  52. dglelite says: Jul 12, 2013 1:29 PM

    Like or hate em, he is not going anywhere…at least not anytime soon.

    And in that time, we will see if his agency can do more for their clients than the agencies.

    If his agency can back up his comment, then he is a man of his word and he deserves some true accolades for stepping up.

    If his agency can’t deliver, then he needs to go away..just, go away…

    I, for one, think it will be an interesting thing to watch…

  53. daysend564 says: Jul 12, 2013 1:36 PM

    I’m just wondering who he has run on stage when Geno Smith doesn’t win any ROY awards.

    “Geno Smith had one of the best rookie campaigns of all time”

  54. cdan374 says: Jul 12, 2013 1:37 PM

    Shawn Carter’s net worth last year was about $460 million…

    And so he must be doing something right; otherwise he be like every other $15 / hour cretin complaining about him on PFT…

  55. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 12, 2013 1:38 PM

    Lol 99 problems wasn’t even an original JayZ song, its a cover. I can’t remember who originally did it but a lot of artists have done so. Ice T was one of them and did it years before JayZ.

  56. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Jul 12, 2013 1:40 PM

    And it stands for Jay-Hova. Not Jehova. It’s slang…just like c-murder isn’t running around looking to SEE murders. He’s rapping and being creative with his name. Oh no…kill em all.

    —————————————–

    Actually, C-Murder is currently incarcerated for murder. Bad example

  57. tigersfandan says: Jul 12, 2013 1:48 PM

    raiderufan says: Jul 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    daburgher says:
    Jul 12, 2013 12:10 PM
    Jay z refers to himself as god(hova short for Jehova).. which to me makes him a pretty crappy human being

    How is that exactly? Because he doesn’t believe what you believe?

    I don’t believe in your god. I believe in me. I work a full time job, hurt nobody, live for my wife and family and try to generally be a good person…but I don’t believe in your god. Guess I’m just a crappy human.

    And it stands for Jay-Hova. Not Jehova. It’s slang…just like c-murder isn’t running around looking to SEE murders. He’s rapping and being creative with his name. Oh no…kill em all.

    I fear you are missing the point. The fact that Jay-Z would consider himself to be God is more than a little off-putting to people who care about humility.

  58. albertmn says: Jul 12, 2013 1:50 PM

    I am sure someone that can connect better with black athletes (or just what it means to be a black celebrity of any sort) will certainly appeal to a portion of athletes. I don’t know if he will be any good at it, but I think he can at least create an aura of being good at it, and once he gets more high profile guys (in addition to those mentioned) he will create a market for his services.

  59. westampa says: Jul 12, 2013 1:55 PM

    Didn’t Master P alreay try this?

  60. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 12, 2013 2:15 PM

    Enough news about football. I just want to know what’s going on with Beyonce!

  61. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 12, 2013 2:19 PM

    Does Jay-Z have a history of making money for his partners or a history of screwing his partners? Nuff said. The whole crock of he’s doing because he cares about the kids winding up broke… If you care so much, do it for free… you can afford it.

  62. raiderufan says: Jul 12, 2013 2:23 PM

    tigersfandan says:
    Jul 12, 2013 1:48 PM

    I fear you are missing the point. The fact that Jay-Z would consider himself to be God is more than a little off-putting to people who care about humility.

    I fear YOU are missing the point.

    Jay is very clear after about 4 seconds of research that he considers his religous belief to be secular….I don’t listen to him and I know that….so at the very worst he’s simply saying that he’s his own god.

    It is NOT humble to call someone a bad person over the name they choose to use with out first learning what it means in anyway at all. It’s arrogant, prideful, mean, rude, judgemental, presumptious….you name it. But it most certainly is not humility.

  63. raiderufan says: Jul 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    haha my bad….I don’t know alot about rap and rappers….but he didn’t go see a murder, he did murder. So I’m not totally wrong :)

  64. thefox61 says: Jul 12, 2013 2:30 PM

    The problem is trusting a former crack dealer with your finances. If you think that is a good idea then more power to you. As for me I’ve been down that road and know for a fact that, rehabilitated or not, a crack dealer is “in it” for themselves and what they can get and the don’t give a squat about you.
    Would you hand over your finances to a crack dealer?

  65. bbk1000 says: Jul 12, 2013 2:31 PM

    Hmm…just an opinion, but Jay-Z is a problem for more than just agents.

    1. Mirrors: He looks at them and they probably crack.

    2. Clocks/Watches: He looks at them and they probably stop working.

    3. People: He looks at them and they probably cringe.

  66. hollywood26 says: Jul 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    You have to hear the whole interview. His point was that he will work on a WHOLE plan for athletes including financial planning and seeking marketing ventures for them to profit outside of their sports. HE was talking also about how so many athletes go broke within 4 years of retiring.

    I worked for an agent for 3 years (cant say the name or i get sued) and in a way Jay is right. They really put very little effort into getting NEW ventures started. It was the same sneaker/car/clothing deals over and over again. I can see several agents getting REAL nervous

  67. hollywood26 says: Jul 12, 2013 2:39 PM

    I find it funny that people assume that the athlete will do a RAP album. Projecting much? You show your ignorance. What has Jay done other than clothes and vodka? Umm, real estate, cellular phones, he’s putting Annie on broadway and has had two other plays there, part owner of one of the most successful black hair care companies out, and that’s off top of head. Learn about something before you make assumptions. It would make life much easier

  68. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 12, 2013 2:48 PM

    THIS GUY IS JUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE A CLOWN PUNK. !!!!! GO THE FN AWAY.!!!!!!

  69. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    “Jay-Z should shut up and go away” – Now why the hell would he do that when every enterprise he owns gets free exposure(advertisement) every time he speaks. Why pay for commercial air time when you can get paid to do interviews?

    Also, I could be wrong, but I do believe being valued at $460MM, as somebody mentioned earlier, leaves him second behind Shawn Combs in the category of “most successful African American male ever”. Just sayin’.

  70. racerx1225 says: Jul 12, 2013 3:10 PM

    You’ll never go broke appealing to the lowest common denominator which is why he is successful. His music is garbage. I dont think yelling into a mic while you sample beats is music. Ive wasted enuf time on this.

  71. dartwick says: Jul 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    This seems like its mainly an ego trip or image thing for JZ.

    I think he spends more time building the image thats hes ultra connected than he spends actually working connections.

  72. vaphinfan says: Jul 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    I wish I could make words rhyme and do lots of drugs instead of getting my degree in college. I would have a lot more money.

  73. bigj7769 says: Jul 12, 2013 3:31 PM

    Everybody hates the successful. He’s worth over $500million dollars!! You wanna know why he’s doing this? CAUSE HE CAN & HE’LL DO IT WELL! Look at who he’s signed already! He’ll have his pick of players from all sports. Not only a good businessman, he’s an icon in entertainment. Who would u rather say is ur agent? Drew Rosenhaus or JAY Z?? Come on, he’s going to crush this!

  74. jswang3 says: Jul 12, 2013 3:33 PM

    If you listen to the interview he didn’t say all agents were lazy and not doing anything. He was talking in general terms. Obviously Mike doesnt like what was said by him. Jay Z has a point. What he’s doing with his clients is more than the usual. He’s talking money management and the people at Roc nation are doing well in that aspect and marketing. For people to think he just a rapper who dresses a certain way you are idiots. He’s a business man and he has suits also that he wears when he has business meetings. I really hate when people judge people because of one picture that blogs seem to post up and not others when he’s dressed professionally. Please don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  75. emosnar says: Jul 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    Why would he want to do it?

    He already told you in the same article. “The bigger goal is for all artists to get their just due.”

    Period, Point, Blank.

    If you think the current stock of agents are doing this the answer is no and I know from experience in working with them. The do the bare minimum. You dont need a agent after the first contract hammered. You just need a good manager and know your worth from that point forward.

  76. bmoritz2003 says: Jul 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    Jay-Z is emblamatic of today’s culture. Bunch of arrogant, self-absorbed jack asses who think everything should be handed to them because they’re “cool”. And showing absolutely no respect for anybody else. What a clown.

  77. allday28mvpmvp says: Jul 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    vaphinfan says:
    Jul 12, 2013 3:22 PM
    I wish I could make words rhyme and do lots of drugs instead of getting my degree in college. I would have a lot more money.

    ———

    one of so many comments from ppl who know NOTHING about jay z. He sold drugs, he didn’t use them. If Jay-Z were a crackhead I don’t think he could build an empire worth a half billion

  78. nagaswan says: Jul 12, 2013 4:31 PM

    Football players are not artists. They can be separately to their playing, but needing an agent doesn’t make someone an artist.

  79. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jul 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    Jay-Z does this stuff to keep his name relevant. It’s the same reason he bought a tiny stake in the Nets and then turned around and flipped it. It keeps people talking about Jay-Z even when he’s a 43 year old rapper that hasn’t had a major hit since “99 problems” came out in 2004.

  80. dirk504 says: Jul 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    Of course Jay Z will be successful. Usually happens when you make deals with the devil. I’m sure his free mason friends will help him penetrate sports culture. Any man who refers to himself as god is scum.

  81. sonnyboychris says: Jul 12, 2013 6:08 PM

    Y’all can cry while he laughs all the way to the bank.

  82. jamesonkersey says: Jul 12, 2013 9:10 PM

    Damn Robert Berger I was going to make that joke

  83. illwillthemick says: Jul 13, 2013 7:26 AM

    and yet cruz got screwed on his new deal LOL

  84. inspired85 says: Jul 14, 2013 2:50 PM

    I think Jayz is looking at the fact that there are a lot of African Americans in sports and that byy helping to promote them in advertisement will help with more minority roll models something you don’t see right now in the media, TV, Magazines, Businesses, Soaps, Sitcoms.

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