When agents operate with conflicts of interest
Pins and needles?
It’s not exactly LeBron James or anything like that, and there’s no deadline in place to get the hype machine roiling towards some make or break moment so maybe that’s why the Peyton Manning Saga hasn’t become bigger than it has up here.
You know the drill, right: Injured quarterback due all kinds of money is cut adrift by only team he’s played for (a decision that karma suggest the Indianapolis Colts will rue) and is now doing some circuit of NFL teams looking for a job.
Been to Miami and that’s a non-starter; visited Tennessee and that remains a possibility; was seen by Denver and the Teboists are aghast.
But the one that’s most interesting to me is Manning thinking about the San Francisco 49ers and not because it would pair a great quarterback with an apparently good coach and a solid defence and likely create an early NFC Super Bowl favourite.
No, what bugs me about that one, and the thing that brings all kinds of questions of conflict of interest into play is that Manning has the same agent as Alex Smith, the guy he’d replace should Manning take his talents to Northern California.
(I would doubt we’d get The Decision, Football Style, given the blowback on LeBron, right?)
Anyway, I’ve always thought that agents in pro sports, particularly in the NBA because that’s what I know best but also in the NFL and, I presume, the NHL and MLB, hold far too much power and manipulate teams and players and situations far too greatly.
I understand the need for agents to have multiple clients – they have to make a living – but doesn’t it kind of stink that the guy who is doing his best to get Manning a job in San Francisco is doing it at the expense of another client whose best interests he’s also trying to protect. Or rather whose best interests he should be trying to protect, because in this instance that is not happening.
I guess what should happen, and I have not idea if this is workable, is for the agent working for Manning recuse himself of all things involving Smith, or vice versa. Set up some kind of Ethical Wall as they do in law firms, where people operate entirely independent of each other.
Agents are, in my opinion, far too powerful far too often, they manipulate the system too easily; representing one guy who is going to take money out of another client’s pocket just strikes me as wrong.
And if I’m Alex Smith and the guy who is supposed to be looking out for my interest is trying to bring someone in who’ll cost me my job, I’m looking for alternative representation.
Seven of the Sweet 16 left and only two Final Four picks left?
Yeah, my college basketball knowledge is indeed suspect.
How’s your bracket?
So Derek Fisher is now a free agent, having reached a buyout agreement with the Houston Rockets for the rest of his contract – he had this year and next left on his deal when he was traded last week – and, thankfully, the NBA has closed up one of the gaping loopholes in the CBA that created all kinds of problems.
While I have no problem with traded players working with teams that acquire them to get out of the rest of their deals (“Life is a negotiation,” as David Stern said during the Sacramento arena talks) I’m quite glad that the ability to manipulate the system so a player gets free go back from whence he came is gone.
Fisher is now free to make a deal with any team in the league as he pursues a sixth NBA title but he can’t – thankfully – go back to the Lakers until July.
Players getting out of deals so they could go back home was awful; this way seems much more fair or something.
Oh yeah, it’s London-Halifax in the NBL Canada final – fitting, I suppose, since they were to the two best teams in the regular season, I understand – and the Lightning win Game 1 by three on Sunday afternoon.
Game 2 in the best-of-five series is tonight, Games 3 and 4, if necessary, go Wednesday-Thursday in Halifax and if they need Game 5, it’s back in London next Sunday.
One of the big concerns about a new league is the competitive nature of the inaugural season, the last thing anyone needs is to have one team so far above the rest that the championship is something of a given.
Hasn’t happened here, that’s for sure. Halifax and Quebec went all three games in their semifinal, London swept Saint John but both games went to the final minute, and Lightning-Rainmen is a compelling and close final.
Kind of hope it goes five games, and I can change a flight up so I can get back from Chicago on Sunday to see this one play to a dramatic finish.
I’ll check some out but, have to tell you, there’s at least a bit of interest in DWTS, which kicks off tonight.
I’d love Gladys Knight if she had the Pips but that’s not going to happen; if I had to go with an early favourite, I’m thinking Martina Navratilova might have some moves.
Dead quiet yesterday after a rather zany couple of weekend days with the crazy game in Memphis, the plane trouble, the collapse in Charlotte and a somewhat fitting end with a little trouble at Pearson that forced them to wind up at a different terminal than usual and added about 75 minutes to the flight home because they had to wait for taxis to get them to their cars at the charter terminal on the north end of the airport.
Probably deserved a day off after that end to four games in five nights and with another four in five starting tomorrow.
They’re back at it today, I presume we’ll find out that Jose will practice and try to go tomorrow night in New York and that’ll be about it.