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
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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.
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