Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano

Jay-Z Launches Roc Nation Sports

Robinson Cano is the first athlete to sign with the firm

by #teamEBONY, April 3, 2013

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano

With the Major League Baseball season just getting underway, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano made news off the field, severing ties with longtime mega-agent Scott Boras and signing a deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation management company, the first such deal for the music mogul's organization.

Roc Nation announced today that it had signed a partnership deal with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to move into sports management, with the new wing of the company known as Roc Nation Sports. Cano, a four-time all-star who has spent his entire career with the New York Yankees and is in the final year of a $57 million contract (according to ESPN), will be co-managed by the two companies.

“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,” said Jay-Z in a statement.

Stay in the Know
Sign up for the Ebony Newsletter