Rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z is "planning to become a certified agent, first in baseball and eventually in basketball and football," reports Darren Rovell of ESPN. Jay-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation has formed a partnership with CAA Sports to create Roc Nation Sports. The group's first client is Robinson Cano, the top free agent of the 2013-14 offseason and a former client of the Boras Corporation.
Just to be clear, though, CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen will handle Cano's baseball contract negotiations. Rovell further explains, "the initial launch is with CAA, but Roc Nation Sports will be its own company."
To become certified by the MLBPA, a prospective agent must "be designated by a Major League Player as his representative, or by a certified agent as a recruiter or service provider, read, understand and agree to all MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents, and submit a completed application for certification along with a non-refundable $500 application fee."