Sports Placement Service
TOP SPORTS AGENT ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO OPERATION BULLPEN CRIME STORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA— June 24, 2014 — Harlan J. Werner, the renowned sports and marketing agent who represents Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Sandy Koufax and many other superstar athletes, announced today that he has secured the motion picture rights to Operation Bullpen, the sensational story of the most notorious and successful gang of forgers and memorabilia crooks in American history.
Werner, who is a long-time sports memorabilia collector and dealer as well as co-owner of a national chain of retail movie memorabilia stores, made the acquisition along with film and television producer Art Horan.
“This story is a cross between ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘American Hustle,’” said Werner, referring to the Operation Bullpen saga in which a dysfunctional family of con artists, led by a conniving grandma and her pot-smoking son, fooled the FBI for years and ripped off a gullible American public for a cool $100 million. “It’s a great story. It’s very cinematic with broad appeal.
Operation Bullpen, by award-winning author Kevin Nelson, is widely regarded as the definitive insider’s account of the explosive case that shook up the $1 billion a year memorabilia industry. The forgers and their accomplices were ordinary middle class people who went wild, living the Vegas high life, indulging in sex romps and spending lavishly, all the while churning out hundreds of thousands of fake autographs that were sold on TV, the Internet and in stores across the U.S.
Werner himself actively participated in the FBI’s undercover investigation of the gang, as did his client Muhammad Ali. (The FBI’s dramatic bust of the gang was the largest one-day takedown in Bureau history.) Ironically, Ali, Namath, Koufax, John Riggins and Jim Brown—all clients of Werner’s at his Sports Placement Service firm—had their autographs forged and sold by the crooks.
In addition to his personal knowledge of the memorabilia and autograph industry, Werner executive produced the movie “Tyson” and consulted on “One Night in Vegas” for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
Horan a former Warner Bros. executive, was president of WMG Film Group where he was Executive Producer of “The Usual Suspects,” a two-time Academy Award-winner. Horan recently was Executive Producer of “Ring Girls,” also for ESPN, directed by academy award nominated director Amy Berg and is co founder of Undisputed Champion Network, a digital channel dedicated to the combat sports.
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Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe Namath & Panini America Inc.Team Up Once Again!!!!!!
SPS CLIENT JOE NAMATH ATTENDED PANINI AMERICA’S VIP PARTY IN CLEVELAND, OHIO SATURDAY AUGUST 2ND.”
Namath along with Dr. J, and Tom Glavine , were some of the featured guests who were in attendance.” Panini and Joe Namath have been a great team for many years. I am grateful for the support of Mark Warsop and Joe White for inviting Joe to be part of Panini’s VIP Party and including Joe in their new Football Card releases, said “Harlan J. Werner Ceo of Sports Placement Service Inc.
Joe Namath Release_FINAL_with photo Hall of Fame quarterback signs on to appear in Relaxed Fit® Footwear Campaign
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA – May 14, 2014 – SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), recently called “the hottest major brand in the U.S.” by Princeton Retail Analysis*, today announced that it has signed hall-of-fame quarterback legend Joe Namath to join the team representing the high-performing men’s Relaxed Fit® from SKECHERS footwear line. A new advertising campaign featuring Namath will begin in Fall 2014.
“Broadway” Joe’s campaign launches with a new television commercial utilizing the same humorous tone as ongoing spots for Relaxed Fit footwear starring Joe Montana and Mark Cuban. The campaign will extend across all media with Namath appearing in print, outdoor, online and point-of-sale materials through 2015.
“I’ve loved what SKECHERS has done with this campaign so far and I’m excited be joining the team,” said Joe Namath. “The Relaxed Fit shoes really are as comfortable as they say, and I look forward to working with SKECHERS on what will be a fun commercial that my fans will enjoy.”
“Our Relaxed Fit from SKECHERS campaign has had so much success with one football Joe, that we thought it was time to bring on another,” added Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “Joe Namath is one of the first pro football television stars in the world and with fans that go back to his days in Alabama, his personality and familiar face is perfect for our team. We know he’ll be a great asset when it comes to getting the word out about our comfortable Relaxed Fit footwear line.”
One of the most exciting quarterbacks in NFL history, Joe Namath entered the league after winning a national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1964. He was the first quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards and was named MVP when he led the New York Jets
to victory at Super Bowl III in 1969. Namath retired in 1977 holding seasonal and career records for most games with 300 yards or more passing yards.
Relaxed Fit from SKECHERS footwear offers fashionable appeal with a spacious design that features a roomier fit, a unique Skechers Memory Foam footbed and instant comfort. The men’s footwear line is available in SKECHERS retail stores as well as department and footwear stores around the globe.
SKECHERS has a long history working with sports icons over the years. Advertising campaigns for the brand have also featured Meb Keflezighi, Wayne Gretzky, Karl Malone, Evander Holyfield, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Fox, and Ronnie Lott.
The deal between Joe Namath and SKECHERS was negotiated by Harlan Werner in association with Namaco Productions.
*Matt Powell, April 2014 Footwear Overview
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, and in over 100 countries and territories through the Company’s international network of subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Japan, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia and distributors around the world. For more information, please visit skechers.com, and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).
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Los Angeles – In an effort to prevent fraudulent autographs and movie merchandise from entering the collectables arena, Sylvester Stallone has signed a historic deal with Harlan J. Werner’s Sports Placement Service. “The fans want and deserve the genuine article,” said Stallone. ” “I have granted SPS the exclusive rights to create product for the memorabilia industry that I will personally sign.”
“I, along with my partner in the venture, Nick Cordasco of Authentic Signings, Inc. are honored to enter into this agreement with Mr. Stallone. This certainly becomes the most significant deal within the entertainment memorabilia industry and we look forward to offering a complete line of limited and licensed product over the coming months,” Werner said
Washington, DC - Growing up in the nation’s capitol, I spent most of my Sunday’s watching John Riggins plow through NFC East opponents on the hallowed fields of RFK Stadium. It’s been almost thirty years since the man known as The Diesel last carried the ball for the ‘skins. This Sunday he was back in action. A few things had changed. (more…)
Sportsman Channel’s Hall of Famer John Riggins & Chef Scott Leysath Host Network’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. Event in D.C for The Cable Show 2013
Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American sportsman, announced today Sportsman Channel TV hosts John Riggins and Scott Leysath will help host and cook at the network’s unique Hunt,Fish,Feed, event in Washington D.C. for The Cable Show 2013 at two locations on Sunday, June 9. Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. is a unique outreach program that taps an underutilized food source—game meat and fish donated by sportsmen—to feed those struggling with hunger across America. Sportsman is partnering locally with The Cable Show 2013 to help organize, staff and transport volunteers to serve a lunch at So Others May Eat and dinner at Central Union Mission. Between both shelters, volunteers will have served more than 700 people with venison donated by local hunters thanks to the Mule Deer Foundation. Hunt.Fish.Feed. has served more than 14,000 meals since its inception.
Both Riggins and Leysath have their own shows on the network. Riggins, an NFL Hall of Famer and former New York Jets and Washington Redskins running back, hosts the celebrity-loaded series “Riggo on the Range” and Leysath, an Executive Chef of more than 25 years, hosts “Dead Meat” and “Hunt.Fish.Cook.”
The Central Union Mission is where Hunt.Fish.Feed got its start in 2007.
“We’re especially honored to bring our Hunt.Fish.Feed. back to where it began to D.C. and work with the shelter where we started, Central Union Mission. We look forward to working with our partners at The Cable Show and the shelters to make this a successful and impactful event,” said Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel. “Programs like Hunt.Fish.Feed provide unique avenues to help the needy, especially during an economic time that finds more and more people in need every day.”
“As an avid sportsman and chef, I’ve always placed a high priority on harvesting game,” said Riggins. “Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. is an extraordinary program that helps deliver nutritious and hearty meals to thousands at a time when food and money donations are down at shelters and facilities all across this nation. I’m proud to be part of this network and its unique program, and I look forward to helping serve those in need this Sunday in my hometown.”
So Others May Eat (SOME)
71 ‘O’ Street, NW
Serving at 11 am
Media is encouraged to attend this event
Central Union Mission
1350 R Street, NW
Serving at 5 pm
During FY ’12, Central Union Mission provided more than 150,000 meals to individuals and families struggling with hunger and food insecurity. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the people we serve to experience food they may have never tried before,” said David Treadwell, Executive Director of Central Union Mission. “It also allows us reach a seldom tap market of hunters and fisherman to not only raise their awareness about poverty and homelessness, but also gives them a tangible way to make a difference in the lives of others.”
LOS ANGELES – As they unveiled all their new and expensive improvements — $100 million in ballpark enhancements and the best team money can buy – the Los Angeles Dodgers paid homage to the glory of their past.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who rejoined the Dodger family this spring after years of estrangement, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the season opener following a classic bit of Hollywood scene-setting.
After the introduction of former team luminaries like Tom Lasorda, Maury Wills, Tommy Davis and Orel Hershiser, part-owner Magic Johnson went to the mound and pretended to be about to throw out the first pitch.
Manager Don Mattingly then came out of the dugout and “pulled him,” calling for a lefty instead.
In walked none other than Koufax, wearing his familiar No. 32 and drawing a huge ovation.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sandy has left the building.
In Elvis fashion, Sandy Koufax finished his initial 10-day Spring Training assignment as special advisor to the Dodgers chairman Thursday having left an unforgettable impression, even on fellow legends.
“The owners have done so many things correctly that have lifted the spirits of fans and everybody in the organization and by bringing Sandy back have added to the optimism,” said another iconic Hall of Famer, Vin Scully.
“They’ve been able to bring back someone whose name has always been linked to the Dodgers, and I’m sure the fans think the owners have done another smart thing. That’s the way I look at it. It’s just great.”
Zack Greinke might win 20 games this year, but the early leader for best acquisition is the 77-year-old Koufax, who won’t throw a pitch. Koufax said he will attend an Old Timers Game at Dodger Stadium on June 8 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 World Series team and perhaps drop in on the club at a series or two on the East Coast.
“Beyond that, I really don’t know,” he said.
The hiring of Koufax has been universally praised as a coup by the new Guggenheim Partners ownership. In the past, Koufax has been a Spring Training visitor to see staff friends, but always as a private citizen. He hasn’t worked for a club since a stint as a Dodgers Minor League instructor from 1979-89.
In addition to the obvious public relations bonanza of the hiring, management wanted to tap into Koufax’s teaching strengths, as well as fortify an ongoing mission of reconnecting with players from the Dodgers’ glory years.
“I grew up like that with the Yankees,” said manager Don Mattingly. “[Mickey] Mantle, Catfish [Hunter], Whitey [Ford]. The Yankees would bring all of them back. Mickey just kind of hung around being Mickey. He was great. Catfish, he and I would go to a back field and he would pitch seven innings to me. He could still throw all right, and he’d try to get me out.
“If you have resources like that, it’s just foolish not to use them. And having them around helps your players understand the history of the game. I want guys like that and Tommy Lasorda around, I want them asking why I did this and why I did that. I want the best information. I want Sandy challenging our way of doing things if he thinks there’s a better way.”
The Dodgers quickly slid Koufax into their daily program, and he worked one on one with many pitchers in camp, especially three of the starters he has counseled in the past — Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett and Chris Capuano.
But Koufax also worked with relievers like Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra, and young Major Leaguers like Josh Wall. Midway through his stay, the role expanded to one-on-one morning sessions with the top pitching prospects in Minor League camp — Zack Lee, Chris Reed, Angel Sanchez, Jose Dominguez and converted third baseman Pedro Baez, who Koufax said shocked him by displaying “four Major League pitches” even though he’s thrown only one inning in his life, in instructional league.
“When I came back to the organization in 2001, one of the major goals was to get the Dodgers back to the way they taught pitching for so many years,” said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. “They had gotten away from it, from the way it was taught by the great pitching coaches like Red Adams, Ron Perranoski, Dave Wallace and Sandy.
“The great thing about having Sandy around is to listen to the stories of success, not just his great talent pitching, but his ability to say in simple terms what we’re trying to accomplish. I’ve always felt that I’m an extension of him in that way. And it was especially great for him to work with our Minor League coaches so we’re all on the same page. Who better to learn from than the best?”
Koufax’s presence lured autograph seekers in such numbers that management had to deploy metal crowd barriers after he was nearly overwhelmed the second day walking from one field to another.
If shy in public, Koufax was anything but when in his baseball element.
“All the great moments in my life that I cherish came back to the surface, being able to relive them with Sandy,” said former teammate Maury Wills, still a bunting instructor at age 80. “Since he’s been here, it’s like reliving all those great moments.
“Surprisingly, he seems to be enjoying participating. He’s so quiet and humble. But just to see him get involved is such a pleasure. I feel that two days from now, he’ll realize how much he enjoyed it. It might get to the point where he’s missing being here.”
Koufax had a different but undeniable impact on players like catcher A.J. Ellis.
“What his presence says from the standpoint of the players and the people in the organization is that, through the ownership change, they are bringing back a Dodger legend and royalty that has earned and deserves to be part of the organization,” said Ellis.
“The time between innings and bullpens, I’ll never forget the insight he’s given me to the mental side of pitching and game-calling, and it’s something I’ll carry into the season.”
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