Within one month of developing Roc Nation Sports with CAA (Creative Artists Agency), Jay-Z has signed New York Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins, received a temporary baseball license to represent players and fended off rumors of upcoming ventures with Lebron James.
The entertainment mogul has had to develop several ways around athletic association rules in order to upgrade his roster. According to Forbes, Jay has recently hired NFLPA football agent Kimberly Miale to represent future prospects for the Roc. Miale was recently employed by Madison Ave. Sports and Entertainment, where her profile listed her as a Boston lawyer having experience in drafting and negotiating appearance and endorsement contracts on behalf of sports and entertainment clients.
NFLPA rules require individuals wishing to represent players to hold an undergraduate and post graduate degree (masters or law) from an accredited college/university. Agents must also attend a mandatory two day seminar in Washington DC, complete a written proctored examination, post a non-refundable application fee of $2,500 and authorize a background investigation.
The hefty set of qualifications did not deter Jay from figuring out a way to sign NFL athletes in the future. New York Jets’ rookie quarterback Geno Smithwill reportedly become one of Jay’s first football players signed.