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MLBPA questions Endeavor’s purchase of minor league affiliates

MLBPA questions Endeavor's purchase of minor league affiliates
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William Morris Endeavor Agency (WME) has made fairly rapid strides in representing the MLB player over the past two years. Carlos Correa hired John Rosen from WME in September 2019. In 2021, the company acquired a few notable representatives of previously established agencies such as Excel Sports Management and CAA. (WME also briefly hired Billy Ebler between his duties as general manager of Angels and Mets.)

Last month, Endeavor also announced the purchase of a handful of minor league teams, including Triple-A affiliates of Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Cardinals (reporting via Business Wire). At the time, the company expressed an interest in purchasing additional minor league clubs — all under the direction of Diamond Baseball Holdings, a subsidiary organization of Endeavor with the stated goal of “supporting, promoting and enhancing the sport of baseball through professional management, best practice, innovation, and investment.”

This combination does not appear to be up to par with the MLB Players Association. Athletic’s Evan Drillic reports that the union, which is responsible for regulating players’ agents, has warned WME representatives that they are in danger of losing their MLBPA agent certifications if they do not get themselves out of Endeavor. Union regulations prohibit agents from acquiring or maintaining financial interests in professional baseball teams unless authorized by the MLBPA to do so.

An Endeavor spokesperson, contacted by MLBTR, declined to comment. Drillich notes that the MLBPA’s regulations already contain an appeals process for agent and union disputes, although it is not clear whether the WME-MLBPA’s position will ultimately require such development.

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