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Tiger's Agent Leaving IMG, Maybe Taking Star Client With Him

Tiger Woods‘ agent Mark Steinberg is leaving IMG, the global sports fashion and media company, and might be bringing his star client with him, the Wall Street Journal reports.

IMG has represented Woods since he became a professional, and Steinberg has guided the ascent to his perch as one of the world’s wealthiest and most marketable athletes. However, in the wake of an alleged sex scandal and divorce, Woods is far less profitable than he used to be when his annual income was roughly $100 million a year. Multiple companies have dropped their endorsement deals with him.

Meanwhile, a person familiar with the situation said Steinberg’s contract was set to expire next month and the company decided not to renew the contract. Steinberg was among the highest paid employees at IMG, with a salary topped only by that of the company’s chairman, Ted Forstmann.

Steinberg could not be reached for comment. Glen Greenspan, a spokesman for Woods, did not return a message seeking comment.

Steinberg can take Woods and Annika Sorenstam with him if he continues to work as an agent, but a non-compete agreement will prevent him from taking other IMG clients, according to a person close to the situation.

 

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New York Mets Catcher Quits Twitter Due To Fans

If Josh Thole of the New York Mets thought the media in the Big Apple was critical, think again.

The struggling catcher quit Twitter this week after fans took to the social media tool to express their feelings on his slow start.

“I thought this was supposed to be fun,” Thole told The Star-Ledger Wednesday. “They’re ruthless on there.”

The tweets ranged from the usual colorful name-calling to my personal favorite – - hitting advice.

Based on his .239 average and .577 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, Thole could use all the advice he can get at this point.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

 

Boxing Announcer Nick Charles Calls His Final Fight

Boxing announcer Nick Charles called his final broadcast Saturday for HBO, working alongside Bob Papa in the Mikey Garcia vs. Matt Remillard fight on Boxing After Dark.

Charles, 64, is battling Stage 4 bladder cancer and reportedly only has weeks to live. Thanks to Joe Posnanski‘s story in Sports Illustrated on Charles, it opened the door for one last opportunity to call a fight.

HBO boxing executive producer Rick Bernstein read the story about Charles and told HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg he was going to use him on the BAD card.

“Why am I doing this tonight? To inspire others to do what you love,” Charles said during the telecast.

A touching moment to say the least.