Sport Management Risk Team, Corp . S. MA . R .T “ Restoring the Integrity in Athletics”
Big Time Problem in Big Time Sports Players from Latin American countries are coming to the United States and playing for major and minor league teams by falsifying personal information such as names, dates of birth, hospital records and so forth. In most cases it is not the athletes fault. Buscones (finders) or ”street agents” cut deals with American organizations and/or with the latin athletes which leads to bonus skimming. Skimming bonuses is when scouts and/or executives accepted kickbacks from bonuses that were originally promised to Latin American signees.
Birth of a False Name Nationals prospect falsified identity Melissa Segura, SI.com http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/02/17/nats.gonzalez One case in particular is Washington Nationals hot prospect 16 year old Esmailyn Gonzalez whom was soon to be discovered 20 year old Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo.
“ Making a S.Ma.R.T decision” What happened to the Washington Nationals with “Esmailyn Gonzalez” is very unfortunate. With services provided by S.Ma.R.T any amateur or professional organization can rest assured that these incidents will NOT happen again. The amount of players that come from the Dominican Republic and make it into minor league baseball teams are staggering. Click here to read more on “ Esmailyn Gonzalez”
The Numbers Don’t Lie <ul><li>There are roughly 400 athletes that make it to the minor league from the Dominican Republic every year. </li></ul><ul><li>Dominican players consume 1 out of every 7 players in Major League Baseball. </li></ul><ul><li>The average signing bonus to major league players is $108,130. </li></ul><ul><li>3,098 (46%) contracted players in the minor league come from foreign countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Major League Baseball only has a total of 5 investigators in Latin-American countries. </li></ul>
Under the Microscope Six to eight teams other than the Washington Nationals became under investigation including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox
Asking the Question Is it a coincidence that players were cut, personnel directors, scouts and general managers suddenly resigned as soon as a little light was shed on Esmailyn Gonzalez? The answer is NO. The problem still Exists. How many athletes play on a visa within major and minor league teams today?
S. M A . R .T’s Plan S.Ma.R.T provides services related to the immigration laws of the United States focusing on business and employment based visas and petitions These services will ultimately solve the current problem within major and minor league baseball teams. The idea is for all foreigners signed to play in the United States minor leagues will soon be treated as internationally recognized athletes by United States immigration laws