Jay-Z once gloated â??I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can,â?? in his 2009 chart-topping single â??Empire State of Mind.â?? Now it appears the rapper-turned-sports agent may be backing up his claim, signing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano as his first client to Roc Nation Sports.
â??Welcome Robinson Cano to the Roc Nation Family,â?? reads a banner on the official Roc Nation webpage. Hovaâ??s full-service sports management company will co-represent the Yankees all-star under a partnership with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency.
â??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,â?? said Sean â??Jay-Zâ?? Carter.
The 2009 World Series Championâ??s collaboration with Jay-Z splits Cano from agent Scott Boras, who helped sign the two-time Gold Glove Award winner to his current contract. Cano is due $15 million dollars from the Bronx Bombers this season, which is the final year of his contract.
â??At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field,â?? Cano announced on Tuesday. â??I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and C.A.A. Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.â??
While time will tell if this partnership will elicit major league results and a new deal to keep Cano in pinstripes, Roc Nation Sports appears to be swinging for the fences. Cano will lead an injury-ridden Yankees lineup as they visit the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park April 5-7th. Jay-Z next visits the motor city on tour with Justin Timberlake in August.
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