CC Sabathia Joins Roc Nation Sports

7:39pm: Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal tweets that Sabathia will now be represented by Jay-Z and agent Juan Perez after "formerly" being represented by the Legacy Agency, which indicates that Sabathia has likely cut ties with the Legacy Agency.

7:27pm: Jay-Z's agency, Roc Nation Sports, has added another high-profile client to its ranks. Yankees lefty CC Sabathia tweeted a picture of himself signing a contract with Jay-Z along with the caption: "#RocNationSports La Familia." Roc Nation also tweeted a welcome message to Sabathia.

It's been a huge year for Jay-Z's new sports agency, as he (along with CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen) negotiated a 10-year, $240MM contract between the Mariners and Robinson Cano. Roc Nation Sports has also added the likes of NBA superstar Kevin Durant, WNBA star Skylar Diggins and NFL star wide receiver Victor Cruz.

It's unclear at this time if Sabathia's agents at the Legacy Agency will remain involved in his baseball dealings. As we saw with Robinson Cano, Roc Nation partnered with CAA in negotiating that deal. Roc Nation could be signing on to handle Sabathia's marketing efforts and brand management while serving as a partner in baseball negotiations, or they could simply be taking on every aspect of his representation.

Sabathia's current deal, negotiated by the Legacy Agency, guarantees him at least $76MM through the 2016 season. He struggled through the worst season of his career in 2013, posting a 4.78 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 211 innings with the Yankees as his fastball velocity dipped to a career-low 91.1 mph.


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44 Comments on "CC Sabathia Joins Roc Nation Sports"


Riaaaaaa
1 year 7 months ago

Oh no, not again…

bernbabybern
1 year 7 months ago

Wonderful. :rolleyes:

Lance Pistachio
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t understand why people would be upset about this. Brodie Van Wagenen has been a successful agent for a long time. People judge based on the face of the agency

Yanks48
1 year 7 months ago

Being a Yankee fan, half of us still hate Jay-Z for having Cano leave us. This wouldn’t be a problem if it were just any agent but since JayZ is mainly in the big apple, it just doesn’t seem well

LazerTown
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t hate him. He got his client a big contract. Cano could have chosen the Yankees offer if he wanted to. Agent helps negotiate, but in the end it is up to the player.

Yanks48
1 year 7 months ago

i dont hate him either but im saying thats what most yankee fans are thinking from what i know

Lionel Bossman Craft
1 year 7 months ago

I wouldn’t say most fans but maybe many Yankee fans. My dislike for Jay-Z is much older then this situation with Cano.

Junior7188
1 year 7 months ago

ok now i really dislike jay z, he keeps signing yankee players, he better not take cc away from the yankees, and he better not say he a yankee fan, because he’s not.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 7 months ago

Why can’t he sign baseball players that aren’t on the Yankees…

Junior7188
1 year 7 months ago

that’s what i would like to know…….i guess he has in for the yankees….

BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

that’s where the dinero is.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

How exactly can he take CC away from the Yankees? CC is under contract.

And honestly, by the time his contract is up, it’s probably best for the Yankees to not resign him back.

Lastly, you can be a fan of a team, and be a good sports agent. They are not mutually exclusive. Case in point: Robbie Cano.

BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

CC has an “out clause,” which allows him to trash his contract with the Yanks and go free agency, if he chooses to. No doubt if CC has a good year, they will exercise it if the Yanks don’t renegotiate.

BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

CC has a clause in his contract – he can go free agent if he wants.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

No he does not. Do some research. He is under contract until 2016, with an option for 2017.

BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

*sigh* Sources told the Daily News that the seven-year, $161 million contract
that CC Sabathia will sign with the Yankees will contain an opt-out
clause that will allow the lefthander to become a free agent after the
first three years of the contract.

Look it up.

hardcoreforhardcore
1 year 7 months ago

This would be relevant information if this was December of 2008, but alas it is not. You’re either extremely hard headed or trolling; I’m guessing the latter.

Leonard Washington
1 year 7 months ago

Perhaps Jay read it the same way haha.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

Did you happen to catch the date that article was written? I’m guessing it was in 2008/2009. In 2011, he negotiated his current contract, which does NOT have an opt out clause.

So… yeah. About that looking it up thing…

Tisha Waters
1 year 7 months ago

5 years/$122M (2012-16), plus 2017 vesting option
signed extension with NY Yankees 10/31/11
12-15:$23M annually, 16:$25M, 17:$25M vesting option ($5M buyout)
2017 salary guaranteed if Sabathia 1) does not end 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, 2) does not spend more than 45 days in 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury or 3) does not make more than six relief appearances in 2016 because of a left shoulder injury
no-trade protection
perks: suite on road trips

BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

yes he can go free agency after 3 years of his contract with the yanks

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

That’s not an opt out. That’s the end of the contract, with an option for one extra year which guarantees on certain conditions.

In conclusion, you are wrong. CC does NOT have an opt out clause in his current contract.

BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

go search online. 7 year contract contains opt-out clause after 3 years

BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

will allow the lefthander to become a free agent after the first 3 years of his contact.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago
East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

Dude, YOU go search online. That 7 year contract is no longer valid. The new contract is for 5 years and 122m, with an option for 2017 for 25m (5m buyout). This is not classified information.

Ji Qi
1 year 7 months ago

The yanks world rather CC go to FA instead of paying the rest of his contract. However, CC can never get paid as much as his current contract from any other club! (Including the dodgers)

LazerTown
1 year 7 months ago

CC has several years left on his deal.

TrollinPowell
1 year 7 months ago

Illuminati.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

Why do you guys hate Jay-Z so much? I just don’t get it…

Riaaaaaa
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t HATE him. I’m a fan of his music.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 7 months ago

Possibly because he is full of himself. I do like some of his music though.

kungfucampby
1 year 7 months ago

The best part of that tweeted photo is the bowl full of Starbursts. Good candy dish choice!

pft2
1 year 7 months ago

CC won’t be getting anymore big contracts since I think he is in rapid decline now. I guess he needs an agent to handle endorsements, and he is a good name for Jay-Z to have on a client list.

disadvantage
1 year 7 months ago

Can Bronson Arroyo hurry up and join Roc Nation Sports? That way, he can get a baseball and music contract all in one swoop.

JMonroe
1 year 7 months ago

How many more MLB contracts is C.C. going to get?

Ron Loreski
1 year 7 months ago

Meaning if the Yankees sign Tanaka, he’ll demand more $ or he’s out.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Too bad that’s not how it works

Orlando Ventura
1 year 7 months ago

Interesting to see how low is the loyalty of some players. If you take a look a this list you will see what i am talking about.

Guest
1 year 7 months ago

Really classy assumption you’re making there, champ.

Jesus Ortiz
1 year 7 months ago

Do people honestly think that an agent tells their client who to sign with?!?!?!?

abbatoirnoises
1 year 7 months ago

Kind of a weird sign for Jay Z, he’s a Yankee for several more years, at which point he won’t command a very lucrative offer. I’m guessing this had more to do with possible endorsement deals than anything.

Leonard Washington
1 year 7 months ago

FYI CC already has two sleeves full of tattoos and many more. And the sign is referred to as the “Dynasty” sign. The only thing I don’t get about this news is what the point of signing to Roc is?? He has no more huge paydays after this contract so its not as if the signing is ridiculously significant from a business perspective. I suppose its just another popular name for Hov to drop in an album or a sales pitch.