So how many USC football players have gotten free rides from 1st Round Enterprises?
In case you missed it, USC football is once again immersed in more drama with douchebags who are passing themselves off as agents. Michael Lev of the Orange County Register provides the overview:
The USC student who provided tailback Dillon Baxter with an extra benefit is the head of an agency that lists a former Trojans player as a partner and boasts of having befriended additional members of the football team.
Baxter was deemed ineligible and did not accompany the team Friday on its trip to Oregon State after USC’s compliance office learned he accepted a ride in a golf cart from student Teague Egan on Thursday. Egan is the chairman and CEO of 1st Round Enterprises, according to the agency’s Web site. (Orange County Register)
And what a glorious Web site that 1st Round Enterprises has, check it out right here. No matter how you wanna become famous, the crew at 1st Round can help you chase those dreams. The company is divided into separate entities, each of which has its own unique focus.
Wanna be the next Taylor Hicks? Then let 1st Round Records get you there. Are you a hot NFL prospect looking for representation? Look no further than 1st Round Sports. Hell, you can even invest your money through 1st Round Capital. I’ll let them describe what they can do with your hard earned scratch:
ROI. Return on investment is exactly what you get when you put your money with 1st Round Capital. We have come up with an advance strategy of investing using activist tactics to reach investment goals, whether those goals be long or short. We have a common goal at 1st Round Capital, and that is come away in the green by following leaders in the industry such as Warren Buffet and Carl Icaan. Jump up to the green and see what it means to invest with 1st Round Capital and become part of the family. (1st Round Enterprises)
Jump up to the green?!?! You can’t make that stuff up. Very rarely have I come across a Web site that has as much unintended hilarity as this one. Adding to the laughs is the fact that 1st Round Enterprises appears to have only one actual client, that being the Boston based rapper Sam Adams.
Back on March 2nd, 1st Round Enterprises hosted an EP release party in Los Angeles for Adams. The press release for the event contained a very interesting nugget:
Friday, March 5th will be a special night for Sam as he has a performance planned at the popular, Hollywood nightclub, Haute. The performance will be to celebrate the release of and to promote Boston’s Boy. Sam will be enjoying the night with his Record Label, 1st Round Records, and his marketing team, Cross Coast Interactive, amongst others. 1st Round Entertainment will be transporting students from the University of Southern California to Haute via limousines and expect record attendance at the nightclub. (Cross Coast Promotions)
So did run of the mill USC students get limousine rides to the club? Or was it just members of the football team? Who knows, but limo rides are sure as hell a lot more expensive than golf cart rides. Just sayin’.
It will be pretty damn sad if USC gets in hot water over a fly by night operation like this one. This outfit looks like a few chill bros ($1 to Ehud Knoll) who are trying to break into the representation business.
However, these 1st Round guys aren’t necessarily without credentials, which adds another fascinating aspect to this story. If you go to the NFLPA web site and search the agent database, 1st Round Enterprises CEO Teague Egan comes back as a hit:
When Ehud Knoll and I did some audio on this subject earlier today, we were unsure whether or not Egan is still a student at USC. At the time, we thought that couldn’t possibly be the case. But the LA Times as well as the OC Register article above implied that Egan is in fact enrolled at USC:
Baxter did not make the trip to play against Oregon State today after school officials discovered that he had accepted a ride from other USC students, one of whom Roberts said is a registered financial advisor with the NFL Players Assn.
Roberts said that a USC compliance director saw Baxter riding on a cart that had a logo for 1st Round Enterprises “plastered across the front.” Roberts said Teague Egan, who is listed as the chairman and chief executive of the company, was a USC student. (Los Angeles Times)
But hey, when in doubt, just check the guy’s Facebook account:
How the hell does a guy this young get certified by the NFLPA to do anything? Can any geek off the street do the same thing?
Who knows, but what is almost certain is that Egan has been actively looking for clients on campus. His bio on the 1st Round Enterprises Web site says loud and clear that Baxter isn’t the only USC football that he’s gotten chummy with:
Teague Michael Egan has a deep driving passion for everything in the business world. He loves learning about new business, and enjoys the adventure associated with it. To Teague, it is all about the journey, which happens to be the most fun part. Teague attended the University of Southern California, where he started 1st Round Enterprises becoming the founder and chairman. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but now living in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, Teague befriended many athletes on the USC football team, as well as filmmakers around the city. (1st Round Enterprises)
To make things even more interesting, the legal counsel for 1st Round Enterprises is Fred Fenster, who is an adjunct professor of law at USC and himself a long-time agent. You would think that Fenster would be advising these chill bros a little bit better than this, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
As if a rank and file student and a professor being involved in 1st Round Enterprises wasn’t enough for the school’s compliance people to deal with, a recent USC player was also listed as a partner in the company. Here’s his bio, which disappeared from the 1st Round Enterprises Web site late last night:
Jordan Campbell is a partner of 1st Round Enterprises. He was rated # 2 linebacker in the nation coming out of high school, and was one of the founding fathers of the 1st Round family. He received a full scholarship to play football at the University of Southern California, where he studied business administration. Later he transferred to the University of Louisville to finish his collegiate career.
Campbell had been listed as being the guy running 1st Round Entertainment, but suddenly some guy named Skylar Hauswirth (you can’t make that name up) was listed on the site as being the head of that particular division. Hauswirth’s fresh off the presses bio might just be the funniest thing on the site:
His social skills are unparalleled and is a great networker and event coordinator. Skylar considers himself a mood director at any venue or event to make sure people are smiling and enjoying their time as much as he does. Skylar holds promotional nights during the week, hosts birthday parties, puts on special event gatherings, works with sponsors for branding and throws an annual Homecoming party for his former school. (1st Round Enterprises)
Strange stuff indeed. I’m sure more details of 1st Round Enterprises’ dealings with USC student athletes will come to light in coming weeks.