Aaron Mintz Rumors
Priority Sports claimed that Mintz made several defamatory/libelous statements against Priority Sports. Mintz responded by stating that Priority Sports made no offering of such statements into evidence. Priority Sports replied that it “will prove at trial” that Mintz made those statements. The Judge did not take too kindly to this offering by Priority Sports. Judge Wilson responded, “Priority Sports misunderstands the purpose of summary judgment: now is the time to produce evidence.” Therefore, the Court GRANTED Mintz’s motion on the defamation and trade libel claims.
Priority Sports alleged that Mintz did several things to establish a pattern of disloyal conduct, mainly preparing for his move to CAA while under employment at Priority Sports. The Court found that under California law, an employee does not breach his duty of loyalty merely by preparing to compete with his employer. Further, the Court stated that Priority Sports offered no evidence to show that Mintz’s preparatory steps harmed Priority Sports in any way. Therefore, the Court GRANTED Mintz’s motion on the duty of loyalty counterclaim.
Mintz alleged that Priority Sports intentionally intercepted electronic communication. The Court quickly dismissed this claim, because it fails as a matter of law based on the fact that there was no “interception.” The Court stated that for an email to be intercepted in violation of this statute, it must be acquired during transmission, not while in electronic storage. Priority Sports viewed Mintz’s emails while the emails were stored in Gmail. Therefore, the Court GRANTED summary judgment in favor of Priority Sports on the ECPA claim.
The Court concluded that Aaron Mintz did not meet his burden of demonstrating an actual controversy, because Priority Sports assured the Court that it had no intention of seeking to enforce the non-compete clause now or in the future. Mintz argued that Priority Sports refused to enter into a stipulation stating same; however, Priority Sports said it did not enter a stipulation because of its concerns with the “overbreadth” of the stipulation. The Court found declaratory judgment on this point moot.
On page 22 of a lengthy 26 page Order on Motions for Summary Judgment filed by Aaron Mintz/Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Mark Bartelstein & Associates, Inc. d/b/a Priority Sports & Entertainment, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson wrote, “This is not the first time in this Order that the Court has exposed clear misstatement of evidence by counsel for Priority Sports. Counsel are warned that further errors of such an egregious nature will be construed by the Court as indicative of bad faith, and may be grounds for sanctions.”
Malcolm Thomas is on the verge of signing a contract with either an NBA or overseas club, agent Aaron Mintz told RealGM on Tuesday. “He’s close to a deal right now,” Mintz said. “There are a few different options.” Thomas was named to the Vegas Summer League All-Star team last month as a member of the Chicago Bulls, averaging 11.4 points and 12.4 rebounds over five games. Thomas, who played collegiately at San Diego State, showed that he could provide a high motor and sharp instincts offensively.
On March 23, 2012, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) certified player-agent Aaron Mintz resigned from Priority Sports & Entertainment. Soon thereafter, Mintz signed an employment agreement with rival Creative Artists Agency (CAA). I had reported that Mintz seemed extremely excited about the change of employment. A Complaint was filed by Mintz against Mark Bartelstein & Associates, Inc., d/b/a Priority Sports & Entertainment on the same day that Mintz resigned from the company. The Complaint for Declaratory Relief was filed in Federal Court in California by the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP.
I reached out to Mark Bartelstein, CEO and Founder of Priority Sports for his comments regarding Mintz’s departure; however, he refused to comment at the moment. I have heard from credible sources that people at Priority Sports feel betrayed by Mintz’s actions.
I spoke to Mintz last night, and was blown away by the enthusiasm he displayed when discussing his new opportunity at CAA. “This is just an unbelievable opportunity for me,” said Mintz. “I couldn’t pass on it. It’s something that’s really exciting for me. I’m joining a great team. I couldn’t be more excited.” Mintz will remain in Los Angeles and work in CAA’s offices.
Priority Sports & Entertainment has lost one of its basketball division employees. Aaron Mintz, a certified player-agent with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), has left the company and signed an employment agreement with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he will join other popular basketball agents that include Leon Rose, Henry Thomas, and Steven Heumann. Prior to Mintz joining CAA Basketball, the division already represented the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Tony Parker, Andrea Bargnani…need I go on?