Rap mogul Jay-Z continues to build up his Roc Nation empire by adding mega New York Yankees player Robinson Cano to the newly launched Roc Nation Sports.
Reports of the huge power move bubbled online Tuesday (April 2).
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has fired agent Scott Boras in favor of joining Roc Nation, an entertainment company that is now getting into the sports representation group and has a partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA, which boasts Buster Posey, Ryan Braun, Roy Halladay, Matt Cain and several other stars as clients). The news was revealed Tuesday morning in a CAA press release. (CBS Sports)
The 30-year-old baseball star also issued a statement to speak on the power play.
“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field,” Cano said in a statement. “I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.” (Statement)
Young Hov also spoke on the unexpected big boss decision.
Cano will be co-represented by CAA, a leading sports and entertainment agency, and Roc Nation Sports, a branch of a company founded by Jay-Z. Jay-Z announced the launch of Roc Nation Sports as a full-service sports management company on Tuesday. “Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years,” Jay-Z said. (Fox Sports)
Speculation has already developed which suggest Jay wants to become a licensed sports agent.
Sources say Jay-Z himself is planning to be a certified agent, first in baseball and eventually in basketball and football. In order to represent clients in basketball, he would have to give up his small share of the Brooklyn Nets. Jay-Z has always had a love for sports, but his passion grew through the Nets ownership and his 40/40 high-end sports bar in New York, which over the last nine years has become a hang out for athletes. (ESPN)