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Johnny Manziel reportedly picks agent, will have Maverick Carter do his marketing

Johnny Manziel hasn’t officially declared for the NFL draft yet, but he reportedly has picked his representation.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Manziel has chosen Houston-based Select Sports Group to represent him for his contract talks. He also has picked LRMR, which is the firm run by LeBron James’ business partner, Maverick Carter, for his marketing.

Manziel was at the Miami Heat-Golden State Warriors game last week and hung out with Carter. The Heisman Trophy winner has also developed a friendship with James.

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In an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” last month, Manziel says he texted with LeBron daily to get through some of the difficulties in his life, such as the autograph controversy.

“Everyone was coming after me and there was so much criticism,” Manziel said. “I feel like LeBron deals with that every single day of his life.”

Manziel is viewed as a likely first-round pick if he leaves for the draft. Many believe he will be a top-10 pick and possible selection for the Houston Texans, who have the first overall pick and have expressed a willingness to trade down.

Photo: Instagram/JManziel2

Chad Johnson says he’ll buy remaining Bengals playoff tickets to avoid blackout

chad-ochocincoThe most underrated storyline in sports this week has to be the lack of sellouts for playoff games across the NFL. As of Thursday morning, the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers — I know, right? — still had tickets available for their upcoming playoff games. The teams are hoping to avoid a television blackout by selling out. According to Chad Johnson, the Bengals don’t have to worry about it.

Earlier this week, Johnson tweeted that he’ll buy any unsold tickets from his former team if a sellout is not achieved before Sunday.

At the time Johnson made the comment, Reedy noted that he would need close to $1 million to buy the remaining tickets. That figure has likely gone down since Tuesday, but does the artist formerly known as Ochocinco have that kind of money to be throwing around anymore?

Johnson may go out to eat with fans from time to time and pick up the tab, but don’t expect him to keep this promise. The hope is that the Bengals sell out anyway. If you can’t sell out a playoff game, you’re doing something wrong.

H/T Eye on Football

Under Armour stands by ‘Duck Dynasty’

Phil RobertsonSports apparel company Under Armour distanced themselves from the controversial comments made by Phil Robertson, but it is standing by popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”

In an interview with GQ, Robertson, who is the patriarch of the family featured on the hit show, slammed homosexuality.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” the magazine quotes him as saying.

Robertson elaborated on what he considered sinful behavior.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Robertson also made comments about how he saw civil rights growing up in Louisiana.

A&E has suspended Robertson, one of the most popular characters on the show, indefinitely. Under Armour, which sells “Duck Dynasty” merchandise and outfits the “Buck Commander” spinoff show, does not agree with Robertson’s comments, but they have not cut ties with the show.

“The recent comments in the GQ article are not reflective of Under Armour’s beliefs and do not represent our point of view,” the company said in a statement. “As a company, we are committed to diversity and inclusion and believe in treating everyone equally and with respect.”

At last check, Duck Dynasty gear was not available on Under Armour’s website.

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Seattle car dealership to pay $420,000 promotion after Seahawks shut Giants out

Jet-ChevroletOver the years, we have seen several car dealerships offer to give away free stuff if their local NFL team shuts out its opponent. Jet Chevrolet, located about 25 miles outside Seattle, was one of those dealerships this year. Perhaps they did not realize how good their Seahawks really are.

Prior to Seattle’s game against the New York Giants, Jet Chevrolet promised to shell out $420,000 for 12 lucky recipients to split equally if the Seahawks managed to shut out the New York Giants. Your final score? 23-0, good guys.

“This is crazy,” said Jim Johnson, one of the owners of the dealership, according to ESPN.com. “We never expected that we’d actually be giving away the money.”

Fortunately, the giveaway will only cost the dealership the $7,000 they had to pay to insure the promotion. But still, the Giants have not been shut out at home since Week 1 of the 1995 season. A Washington, D.C. car dealership ran a similar promotion when the Redskins faced the Giants last season, and they got away with it.

Jet Chevrolet’s contest ran from Wednesday to Saturday and was open to anyone who wanted to enter. Those who bought a car and entered the contest received 100 entries. Now, 12 lucky winners will be taking home $35,000 each.

To make matters worse, Johnson said the dealership wanted to run the promotion earlier this season when the Seahawks faced the San Francisco 49ers, but pushed it back to make sure everything was in accordance with state law. The Niners scored three points against Seattle in Week 2 and 19 in Week 14, so Jet Chevrolet would not have been shelling out $420K. Or, should we say, the insurance company would not have had to dish out the cash. Oh well, that’s what they’re there for.

Scott Boras: Jay-Z isn’t the reason for Robinson Cano’s big contract

Scott BorasScott Boras took a shot at Jay-Z in the latest round of the feud between the two businessmen.

Jay-Z recently became a sports agent and has signed several notable athletes including Kevin Durant and Victor Cruz. His biggest move was signing Robinson Cano away from Boras right before the second baseman entered free agency. Jay-Z burned Boras with a diss on a song released over the summer, and now Boras is minimizing the role Jay-Z had in Cano receiving a 10-year, $240 million contract offer from the Mariners.

“When you’re bringing the prettiest girl to the prom, you don’t really pay attention to who he’s dancing with, unless it’s a very unusual step,” Boras said at the winter meetings Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

The AP says that quote was part of Boras saying it was Cano’s talent, not his representation, that got him the deal.

Boras also said it’s easier for Jay-Z to get a big deal after all the groundwork agents like him have laid.

“It’s very different to be the creator of the umbrella versus those who stand under it,” Boras said.

I’m not sure if I agree with his comments.

Jay-Z and CAA Sports got the Mariners to agree to a 10-year, $240 million deal even when it looked like no other team was offering anything close to that amount. The Yankees were said to be offering around $160 million for seven years and unwilling to go over $200 million to retain him. Steve DelVecchio even explained this week that Jay-Z may have pulled a classic Boras move and gotten Seattle to bid against themselves, which likely added an extra year and $15 million to the contract.

If you can’t credit Jay-Z for a job well done on the Cano contract — which is the fourth-richest in MLB history — then I’m not sure how Boras expects to take credit for any of the big contracts he’s negotiated. Or, by his logic, then the most talented players in baseball don’t even need agents because they’re going to get huge contracts no matter what.

Nice try, Boras, but the comment just makes you look bad.

Bryce Harper accidentally tweets picture wearing Nike shorts, replaces it with Under Armour

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Bryce Harper is a proud endorser of Under Armour. The Washington Nationals phenom is one of the most important athletes the sports apparel company has on its roster. Earlier this week, Harper accidentally betrayed them.

On Thursday, Harper posted a photo on Twitter to show his followers that he has successful undergone knee surgery to repair a bursa sac and is back to exercising. He originally posted the photo you see above of himself riding an exercise bike, but then deleted it. Fortunately, DC Sports Bog was able to capture the tweet first. Can anyone guess why Harper deleted it?

The Under Armour man accidentally showed his 350,000-plus followers that he was working out in Nike shorts. Tisk, tisk. Harper later posted another photo of him on the exercise bike, this time proudly wearing Under Armour shorts and a hoodie.

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LeBron James now beloved – stars in Samsung and Nike commercials

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One of the most notable aspects of opening night of the NBA season on Tuesday was how much LeBron James was featured in the commercials. The Miami Heat star was the pitchman in new Samsung Mobile and Nike commercials that aired nationally throughout the first two games, both of which portrayed him as a lovable, friendly and wholesome character, or as branding expert Nate Jones calls it, the “athlete next door.”

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