Marc Anthony launches new sports agency, Magnum Sports
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is the first client of Marc Anthony’s newly-launched Magnus Sports.
Jay Z has some new competition.
Marc Anthony, known as much for his two Grammy awards as his one-time marriage to Jennifer Lopez, has entered the sports world with the launch of Magnus Sports, a new arm of the singer’s Magnus Media company.
The new agency wasted no time in signing its first client, announcing that Reds closer Aroldis Chapman had joined Magnus Sports. Chapman has been the subject of myriad trade talks this year and is slated to hit the free-agent market next winter.
Magnus Sports partnered with veteran baseball agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, who have a long history of representing Hispanic players.
“Baseball, like music, is an ingrained cultural passion for many Latinos throughout the world, and there’s no shortage of amazing stars of Hispanic origin,” Anthony said in a press release. “Despite that, until now there hasn’t been an enterprise specifically designed to meet their needs. With Magnus Sports, we are changing the existing dynamics and building a new kind of management company that understands the culture and knows how to build big media brands.”
Anthony, a New York native and Mets fan, sang the National Anthem at Shea Stadium in the first game after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. He did the same in 2011 during the Mets’ 10th anniversary tribute of 9/11 at Citi Field.