RBA Sports

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About RBA Sports

RBA Sports is a fully-integrated Sports Marketing Agency, located in New York, NY. RBA focuses on the career life-cycle, with an emphasis on post-career planning. Our strategic affiliation with Basketball City at Pier 36, a state of the art 125,000 square foot Sports & Entertainment venue, located adjacent to South Street Seaport in NYC, enables RBA to provide a significant value proposition to RBA athletes, including training with top NBA trainers and unique access to key endorsement partners. RBA has carved a niche in the NBA market-place, leveraging Basketball City, along with the NBA G League, to identify, train and develop players. This methodology enables RBA athletes to increase their visibility within the NBA, along with their earning potential in overseas markets.

RBA has developed a strategic network of Agent partners within each FIBA market. This network helps promote players to teams, while providing professional services to RBA athletes while they play overseas. RBA has successfully negotiated over 500 FIBA contracts, placing players in top markets including Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Turkey, Israel, Argentina and Brazil.

RBA also brings an outstanding financial track record to the table, helping athletes plan for the future, while protecting their wealth. A recent Sports Illustrated article reported that 60% of NBA players are forced to declare bankruptcy within 3 years of retiring from the league. Providing an extensive portfolio of financial services enables RBA to change this dynamic, as athletes are able to focus on their career, while RBA manages the day to day back-office operations, providing sound strategic & financial advice in parallel.

 

Services

• Professional Placement
• Specialized Training
• Health Services
• Endorsement & Branding
• Business Services
• Real Estate Consulting
• Event Planning

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Management Team

BJ Bass, Managing Partner, NBA & FIBA Player Agent: BJ’s responsibilities include player representation and forming strategic alliances. BJ has an innate ability to identify talent that is below the NBA radar. He has helped RBA develop a vast network of Basketball executives, endorsement partners and physical trainers. Operating out of Basketball City, BJ is in a unique position to build out the RBA player business. Prior to founding RBA Sports, BJ founded his own Logistics Consulting business and his “out of the box” thinking contributed to the initial public offerings and acquisitions of several of his prior ventures. BJ has a BA Degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Keith Schlosser, Media Director: Keith’s responsibilities include promoting RBA players through traditional and social media platforms, as well as developing an integrated marketing strategy, including The RBA PodCast at Basketball City. Keith brings a wealth of media and PR experience to RBA. Prior to joining RBA, Keith was one of the driving forces behind the growth of SB Nation’s “Ridiculous Upside” blog, which is widely recognized as one of the leading publications covering the NBA G League. Keith was also a writer for “The Knicks Blog”, where he covered the team for SNY. Keith has a BA degree from SUNY Old Westbury.

Jared Faust, Business Analytics: Jared’s responsibilities include leveraging his background in regression and predictive analyses, in order to generate analytics that help RBA Players improve the weaker areas of their game, while enabling RBA Agents to best-present the abilities of the Players to teams. Jared is currently studying Economics and Statistics at The University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Jared is a Vice President of the Undergraduate Sports Business Club, a member of the Wharton Baseball Analytics Club and a Teaching Assistant at the Wharton Money-ball Academy.

Michael Collins, Director, Player Development: Michael’s responsibilities include player development, strength and conditioning. In addition to leading RBA Elite Training, Michael is also the youth programs Director at Basketball City. Michael brings 10 years of coaching experience to the table, as a gold-certified coach with USA Basketball. Michael has worked as fitness coordinator and strength coach for countless teams and athletes. Michael obtained his Masters degree in coaching and conditioning from LIU-Brooklyn.

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The Showcase

*INVITE-ONLY: The RBA Sports & Technology Showcase provides a unique opportunity for aspiring Basketball Players to compete in front of top NBA & FIBA Execs, Scouts and Coaches, while providing our technology partners with a unique platform to demonstrate their value proposition in a sports context. Program includes specialized drill work, player interviews & game play.

The RBA Sports & Technology Showcase at Basketball City has become the pre-eminent showcase event for athletes and endorsement partners in the Sports Marketing industry. In 2016, Eric Griffin competed at the RBA Showcase. In 2017, Eric signed a contract with the Utah Jazz. In years past, RBA athletes like Vernon Goodridge (Warriors), Orlando Sanchez (Knicks) and Kadeem Jack (Pacers), all signed NBA contracts after competing in the RBA Showcase. Endorsement partners including Muscle Milk, Krossover, Pixellot and Q4 Sports have also leveraged the RBA Showcase to extend their brands, while reaching grass-roots audiences.

Training @ Basketball City

Basketball City at Pier 36 is the home of RBA Elite Training. RBA Elite Training offers specialized training programs, along with access to top NBA competition, at one of the best facilities in the world. The state of the art, 125,000 square foot facility has seven full-courts, spacious locker rooms and on-site parking. Each session is 90 minutes and includes customized drills, in addition to a speed, agility and stamina regimen. RBA Elite Training is available to players of all levels, including professional players, college, high-school and corporate professionals. Multiple session packages and corporate discounts are available. For further details, pricing and to book your session please e-mail training@rbasports.com.

 

References:

Adam Kemp: “BJ helped me get off to a great start with my professional career. First, as a Rookie playing in The Baltic League and then in my second season, in NBA Summer League with The Detroit Pistons and later with BC Astana, where I played in the VTB League and Euro-cup competition. BJ has been instrumental in every career move I have made since finishing my college career and I am confident knowing my Agent is working for me every step of the way!”

Isaiah Wilkerson: “I signed with BJ before I was even playing in The NBA Development League. He saw me cheering on my team-mates from the bench and he wanted to work together. Since that time, I made The NBA Development League Elite Camp and got my start in Europe, playing for BC Nokia Club, in the top league in Finland. BJ is a straight-shooter and he always has my long-term, best interests in mind.”

Veteran NBA Scout: “I would want BJ to be the Agent for my own Son. He is a great promoter and advocate for his players and he has a great eye for below the radar talent. The way he is leveraging Basketball City and the NBA Development League is very smart, especially now that the league is expanding to 30 teams, with a true one to one affiliation with the NBA parent teams.”

Eric Perugini, Director, Marketing, Kross-over: “We have a great relationship with BJ and RBA Sports. Providing our video break-down capabilities and BBIQ App at The RBA Showcase, is a great platform for us to introduce our technology to a targeted audience within the NBA & FIBA markets.”

RBA Sports Featured Players

Eric Griffin

6’-9” | 225 | SF/PF

Utah Jazz (NBA)
Campbell University (2012)

    Daniel Dixon

    6’-6” | 200 | CG

    Boston Celtics (NBA)
    College of William and Mary (2017)

      Luke Petrasek

      6’-10” | 225 | PF

      Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
      Columbia University (2017)

        Zeke Upshaw

        6’-6” | 210 | SG

        Grand Rapids Drive (NBAGL)
        Hofstra University (2014)

          Norvel Pelle

          6'10” | 225 | PF/C

          Openjobmetis Varese (Italy)
          High School (2013)

            Isaiah Wilkerson

            6’-3” | 200 | PG

            Legia Warszawa (Poland)
            NJIT (2012)

              Full game footage, rosters, and stats from this year's showcase is available courtesy of Krossover

              RBA Sports Partners

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