Jay-Z’s Sports Firm Splits From CAA
Roc Nation Sports made a splashy debut in 2013 with the signing of then-New York Yankees star Robinson Cano, who now plays for the Seattle Mariners.
Deals with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, New York Giants’ Victor Cruz, Geno Smith of the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Ndamukong Suh from the Detroit Lions, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and Yoenis Cespedes of the Detroit Tigers followed.
“Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports have recently concluded their two-year partnership,” the companies announced in a statement. “Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports are two of the premier agencies and they will continue their high levels of client service to the world’s top athletes.
“Going forward, they will each focus their efforts on their own business opportunities and clientele.”
The cause of the split is unclear, although sources suggested to the New York Post that Roc Nation Sports had simply become too competitive with CAA. Sports super agent Tom Condon was reportedly considering leaving CAA for Jay-Z’s firm last year, but he’s yet to make the switch.