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Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:40 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It's semantics, to a degree, but when it comes to the volatile management soap opera involving agent-killing Michelle Wie, a precise use of terms is always a boon.

According to an informed source familiar with the family's new deal, Wie's much-ballyhooed move to management giant IMG was borne of necessity, not personal choice.

Put more bluntly, Wie left for IMG because she was fired by her former management firm, the William Morris Agency.

Wie last week formally announced that she had signed on with IMG, which represents several high-powered sports clients, especially in golf, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia, Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods. According to the highly placed source, the migration began when William Morris Agency last fall declined to sign Wie to another in a series of one-year contracts, which is part of the standard WMA protocol.

Even Hollywood celebs have one-year deals with the agency, because of the volatility in the industry. Today's A-list celeb is tomorrow's Celebrity Apprentice, a rule that makes sense in the athletic arena, too. However, even though the agency declined to sign Wie to an extension, her WMA agent elected to continue personally counseling the Wie family.

That is, until the agency learned that the Wies were negotiating with a sports-drink manufacturer for an endorsement deal behind WMA's back. At that point, any ties were quickly severed for good and Wie turned to IMG, the source said. IMG made background calls to industry officials before agreeing to represent the star-crossed former phenom from Hawaii, who hasn't won as a professional. 

At IMG, she will be managed by her fourth different agent since turning pro shortly before her 16th birthday. Now 19, she is playing this week on the LPGA after earning her card last year at Qualifying School. The photogenic Wie originally considered signing with IMG at age 15, but went with WMA because of their potentially bigger crossover appeal beyond golf.

Given the debacle that the bumbling Wies have made of their professional circumstances by alienating a series of players, highly regarded caddies and capable agents, they need all the guidance -- and tough love -- that IMG can muster.


Category: Golf

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2009 6:40 pm

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

Hey Slick did I say she was the only one in sports that gets attention for doing nothing? That's what I thought!

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2009 11:41 am

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

Michelle Wie is the most over-hyped, overrated athlete on the planet...And she and her idiot father are pains in the you know what. She may have gotten into Stanford, but she acts like she's dumb as dirt.

After seeing her putt yesterday, I realized she's worse than I originally thought - she putts like me. She will never be a successful golfer on the LPGA tour.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2009 3:57 am

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

Seriously kingkatt? You've never heard of Anna Kornikova? How bout Ryan Leaf? People get attention for doing nothing in sports all the time, you must not pay much attention to sports..... Remember Kwame Brown?

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2009 9:29 pm

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG


What about Anna Kournikova??

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2009 9:15 pm

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

Actually, she's won only two (Hawaii State Open and the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship) amateur tournaments in her life.  She turned pro way too early and has been given horrendous advice by her parents.  Had she been allowed to develop correctly, I have no doubt that her professional career would have been much more impressive.  She has never learned how to win on the 'big stage', and it'll be extremely difficult for her to do that.  It is truly a shame because she has the talent to be one of the best golfers on tour, but I'm afraid that she has a much more difficult mountain to climb that's not necessarily of her doing.  Tiger won three consecutive U.S. Amateur championships before deciding to turn pro.  It's been seven years since Michelle has won anything, and too many people have told her that she's better than she actually is.  Will she win?  I sure do hope so, but her situation HAS to change.  Quickly.



Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2009 7:59 pm

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

Your talent doesn't just disappear? Tell David Duval that. 

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2009 12:45 am

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

I think Wie still has the talent to be a force on the LPGA for years to come. When you finish in the top 5 in majors 3 times in one year and 5 times in a two year stretch (twice in 05 and three times in 06) your talent doesn't just disappear, especially at her age. But now that she is 19 years old and playing as a card carrying LPGA professional I think she should follow in Sean O'Hair's footsteps and sever ties with her parents...especially her dad, if they don't agree to back away and let her make the decisios concerning her career. Until she does so I think she won't be able to focus strictly on golf and will be distracted by the "latest sagas" caused by her parents. IMO it does look like she is closer to the form she had as an amateur coming close to winning majors than the form she showed in 07-08. When O'Hair finally told his dad to fark off, he has won twice in 4 years and has had 15 top fives in those 4 years. He has also made approximately 7.5 million dollars during that 4 year stretch. Michelle should look at how successful O'Hair hs been since "firing" his dad and do the same thing with her dad.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 6:36 pm

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG


Damm right get that sp[oiled brat and her money hungry parents off of Main Land Soil. Go back and don't come back.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:23 pm

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

 Two words - Anna Kournikova

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 1:45 pm

Source: Wie booted by agency before switch to IMG

Juiceman, better get some better juice. What's in that stuff, Jim Jones juice?


Obama and done little don't belong in the same room. 


Read the papers, check the stock market, watch the man, you would not know class

if it bit you in the ass, which it won't do cause your juice would not mix well with class.

Sorry to be so brutally honest, but you deserved it.


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