Jay-Z may liken himself to Michael Jordan, but we think another comparison’s far more apt: Deion Sanders. Like Sanders’ domination of both football and baseball in the ’90s, Hov is on his way to being a veritable two-sport athlete. First, he became a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, and now Mr. Carter will soon be taking the field as a sports agent.
As the New York Post reports, Jay-Z has formed Roc Nation Sports, a full-service sports management company in association with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency. And the man who made the Yankee hat more famous than the Yankees did is keeping his allegiances to the Bronx squad by signing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano as his first client. That’s a pic of the Cano’s contract signing above, no doubt after Jay-Z screamed, “I’ma show you the money, baby!”
Jay-Z took to his website Life+Times to digress on his latest endeavor:
“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.”
In order to sign with Roc Nation Sports, Cano fired baseball’s most famous super-agent, Scott Boras. Explaining why he chose to side with Team Roc, Cano mentioned taking a more “active role in my endeavors both on and off the field” as to ”keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.” Possibly meeting Beyoncé probably had nothing to do with it, right?
But Jay-Z’s not stopping with Cano. As ESPN adds, “Sources say Jay-Z himself is planning to be a certified agent, first in baseball and eventually in basketball and football. However, in order to represent clients in basketball, he would have to give up his small share of the Brooklyn Nets.” With Jay basically the unofficial spokesperson of all things Nets these days, that could make for an interesting development.
Below, watch Jay-Z and Eminem perform at Yankee Stadium from September 2010. It’s a homerun!