Why the Furcal Fiasco Might Ring a Bell
Dec. 2008: According to the Atlanta Braves, free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal essentially reneged on a verbal agreement for a three-year contract, shopped their offer sheet to the Dodgers, then signed with the Dodgers. The Braves called the actions of agent Paul Kinzer "despicable" and vowed never to conduct business with clients of Kinzer's agency, Wasserman Media Group, again.
July 2004: The Cleveland Cavaliers released Carlos Boozer from a one-year, $700,000 contract after, according to the Cavaliers, Boozer agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the team for the maximum amount allowed under the salary cap (around $39 million over six years). But upon being freed from his Cavaliers contract, Boozer then signed a six-year, $68 million contract with the Utah Jazz. Boozer's agent, Rob Pelinka, subsequently ceased representation of Boozer and did not collect his standard agent's commission for the contract.
The common tie: In 2004, Pelinka's boss, the basketball chief of SFX Sports, was Arn Tellem. In 2008, Kinzer's boss, the baseball chief of Wasserman Media Group, is Arn Tellem.
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