Dec
18

A-Rod doesn’t fire Boras

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From Variety: (wait…Variety? What’s up with that?)

Guy Oseary, the former record company executive whose personal management stable includes Madonna, has signed his first athlete, Alex Rodriguez.

The New York Yankees third baseman, considered by many to be the game’s top player, has signed with Oseary, who personally manages Lenny Kravitz and magician David Blaine in addition to Madonna. He is also a partner in Untitled Entertainment, whose clients include Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts and Ashton Kutcher.

“He’s focusing on baseball and needs someone whose interests are aligned,” Oseary told Daily Variety, explaining the rare move of an athlete signing with a manager whose expertise is music and film. “This is to help him have more control of his image and brand.”

Rodriguez quickly dropped Boras and, after seeking the advice of investment guru Warren Buffett, negotiated a 10-year, $275 million deal to continue playing with the Yanks.

Too bad Oseary missed out on that fat $15M comission check from A-Rod‘s deal. What do you think, does this mean A-Rod is looking to land more TV spots and possibly, gasp, movie roles?

(hat tip to MLBTR)

Update by Ben: PeteAbe updates this story with a clarification:

There’s a story in Variety that Alex Rodriguez has dumped Scott Boras and hired a Hollywood dude as his agent. The story is not entirely true, I’ve been told. Boras remains Alex’s baseball agent. This latest move is for other ventures.

But Boras used to handle everything for Alex.

The Cold War continues.

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  • Robert

    it’ll be interesting to see how the haters of A-Rod spin this to make it sound like Boras is still instigating this whole scenario with A-Rod going back to the yankees and it being all done by Boras. I’m sorry, but I don’t see anyone, LET ALONE Boras, saying “Hey, fire me to make yourself look good, it’s all good, i don’t mind.”

  • steve (different one)

    i guess it kindof makes sense. A-Rod just signed what is probably his last baseball contract.

    his need for an agent probably shifts more towards endorsement deals and other off-the-field endeavors.

  • ej877

    Curious how he wants to concentrate on baseball, but then signs with a show business agent… I could see how he would want to distance himself from Boras after that World Series fiasco. Now we will see what effect this will have on Boras’ stature as the most powerful agent in baseball…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Come on. Variety is like a high school paper. They pay their writers twenty-eight grand a year to find out something to write about the popular kids.

    • Kevin23

      Blogger get paid much less. Yet they somehow end up publishing more honest news than all the MSM put together.

  • Grant

    SInce when do agents get 5%? Boras’s cut off A-Rod new contract is $27.5-$30.5 million I believe, 10% right?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      The MLBPA doesn’t set limits, but there’s no way Boras gets 10 percent. In the NFL they get like 3 percent.

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        It’s 5%. I’ve confirmed that with RAB’s official inside guy.

        • Grant

          Ahh, what a jip then, hardly worth it *eyes roll*

  • http://nyyu.blogspot.com Mike

    By JOHN DELCOS
    THE JOURNAL NEWS

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has signed with personal manager Guy Oseary for projects outside baseball, but still retains Scott Boras as his agent.

    Oseary, who manages Lenny Kravitz and Madonna and is a partner in Untitled Entertainment, whose client base includes Hilary Swank and Naomi Watts, will be working with his first baseball player.

    “This is to help him have more control of his image and brand,” Oseary told Daily Variety.

  • Manimal

    drama, drama, drama.

    cry me a river arod, you play baseball.