NFL Teams Prepare for Major Cuts

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Let the cuts begin!

The third weekend of NFL Pre-Season Games is this weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday all thirty-two teams will play their third game and shortly after that, all thirty-two teams must cut their rosters down from ninety to seventy-five.

At first glance that may not seem like a big issue, but doing the math we see that next week 480 players will be cut and looking for a job, and 480 is indeed a big issue.  What happens to those 480 players?

Some will sign on to practice squads.  Some will sit and wait to see if any injuries occur during the fourth week of pre-season and hope they can sign on to another team.  Some will continue to workout feverishly, awaiting a call during the early stages of the regular season. Still more will sign on to play in Canada and others will move to Europe.

And some will be out of football for good.

Such is the life of a professional football player.  The realities of athlete relocation are never more crystal clear than during the pre-season of football or any other professional sport.  They play the game hard but their bags are always packed, just in case the possibility of relocation becomes a reality.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally

 

Can an Athlete Relocation Agent Do This?

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We recently received a call from a client who we helped with athlete relocation.  He asked us if we could recommend a good interior design company in his new home city of Chicago.  He wasn’t sure if an athlete relocation agent did that sort of thing.

Here’s the thing to remember about an all-inclusive athlete relocation company like Sportsrelocation.com:  we take care of your every need related to relocation.  The next question is likely to be “how is that possible?”  How can we possibly have contacts in all the major cities for all aspects of athlete relocation?  And that answer to that question is experience.

We’ve been doing this athlete relocation gig for quite a few years now.  We do have contacts in all the major cities.  We have a working relationship with professionals in all relocation businesses.  We have recommendations from former clients.  We know the best car transport companies, the best schools, the best neighborhoods and yes, the best interior design companies.

We know these things because it’s our business to know them, and we wouldn’t be the best athlete relocation business if we didn’t know them.

Give us a call. Tell us what you need.  Then relax.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally

Athlete Relocation is More than Just Real Estate

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Look up “relocation” in the dictionary and you’ll find “to move to another location,” so athlete relocation, in its simplest form, obviously means to move an athlete to another location.

And that leads us to the question we are asked most often at Sportsrelocation.com:  “What does an athlete relocation agent do?”  We had that question asked of us just last week.  The second part of that question went something like this:  “Do you just primarily deal with real estate?  Do you sell the athlete’s home and find the athlete a new home in the new city?”

Well yes, we do that.  We’re affiliated in all fifty states. We are licensed as real estate brokers in five of the largest sport markets in the country, and we have years of real estate experience so yes, we deal in real estate.

But….

Athlete relocation is so much more.

At Sportsrelocation.com, we are a full-service relocation business.  We work with you every step of the way to make sure al aspects of relocation are covered.  We make sure your possessions get from Point A to Point B.  We transport your vehicles.  We arrange for short-term housing. We arrange, if you need it, for vacation rentals.  We advise on the best neighborhoods.  We advise on the best bankers and insurance agents in the new area.  Just last week we had the wife of a client call us and ask if we could recommend a home inspector in Chicago.  She and her family were new to Chicago, they had no professional contacts there, and she wanted to know if we could help.  We could because that’s what we do as relocation agents.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally

 

 

Dealing with Athlete Relocation Long-Distance Problems

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Here’s a rather obvious fact that most people never think of:  when an athlete faces athlete relocation, it is rarely within the same city.  Athlete relocation almost always involves a long-distance relocation involving thousands of miles.

There are professional sports franchises in most of the major cities in the United States, from New York City to San Diego, from San Francisco to Boston, from Chicago to Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver, Miami, Seattle, Toronto, Kansas City, Baltimore, Cincinnati and of course, Los Angeles.

The initial move isn’t the problem.  Anyone can call up the airlines and book a ticket to the new destination.  Even settling into a hotel as a short-term solution for housing is easy, right?

No, the problem with these long-distance athlete relocations is all the other “stuff” that a relocation entails, items like finding a good neighborhood for a long-term housing solution; finding good doctors; finding good schools for your children; finding good lawyers or real estate agents; these are the things that take time, and these are the decisions that are difficult because the new location is unfamiliar to the athlete.

More and more professional athletes are turning to the only solution that makes sense, namely hiring an athlete relocation agent to handle all of the relocation items professionally and in a timely manner.  A good athlete relocation expert has offices and affiliates in every state that has a pro sports franchise.  They are aware of the unique nature of every major city.  They have a network of contacts they can call to ensure that their client receives the best service no matter where relocation takes them.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally

The Athlete Relocation Priority List

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We talk to a great many professional athletes who have experienced athlete relocation.  Considering the fact that most professional athletes will change teams an average of five times during their career, this relocation phenomenon isn’t really surprising.  What we’ve learned from them during these talks is that most of them go through the same emotional transformation immediately after finding out they are relocating to another city.  It goes something like this:

  • Surprise or shock that they have been traded or that the deal is finally done and they are moving on as a free agent.
  • Once the initial shock has left their minds kick into the planning step…..what needs to be done.
  • What needs to be done leads to prioritizing the needed steps.
  • The action plan is initiated.

This is all done rather quickly because in most cases, the athlete must relocate in a matter of 24 to 48 hours.  Think about that:  the athlete must leave his/her home, the comfort of familiar surroundings, their family, and get on a plane for a strange city.  This is the moment when they are completely unsettled.  They don’t know what to do about permanent housing.  They don’t know what to do about the transporting of their vehicles or possessions.  There are people that need to be notified and other decisions to be made.

They badly need a priority list, but their lives, at that moment, are too hectic to make the list.

May we make a suggestion?

Call an athlete relocation agent.  During one of those hours before you leave, sit down with an athlete relocation agent and explain your needs.  After that meeting, all you have to do is get on a plane and relax. The athlete relocation expert will do the rest.

Now doesn’t that sound relaxing?

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Choosing the Right Neighborhood During Relocation

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Let’s talk for a few minutes about choosing the right neighborhood when buying a home.

The athlete relocation process goes something like this.  An athlete is traded or signs on somewhere as a free agent.  The first order of business is to fly him/her to their new city.  Then temporary housing is established, some short-term solution that will take care of their immediate needs.

Eventually talks begin regarding long-term housing.  Everyone has a mental checklist of the type of home they would like to live in. On that list might be an open-air design, large entertaining room, outdoor open space, a swimming pool, and so on.  Also in that thought process should be what type of neighborhood do you want to live in.

How do you choose the right neighborhood?  Consider these practical steps.

  • What are you looking for in a perfect neighborhood? What would you want that neighborhood to have?
  • Now, make a list of the neighborhoods in that city that match up to your needs and wants.
  • Find a real estate agent familiar with those neighborhoods and ask questions. Do research online.  Gather as much data  as possible and narrow down your list.
  • Go visit each neighborhood and find out how they feel to you. Trust in your senses at this stage.  How are they visually?  What are their vibes?
  • Once you have chosen your neighborhood, begin searching for the perfect home in that neighborhood.

Following these guidelines can greatly help while choosing the right neighborhood.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

 

NFL Preseason Camps Prepare for Cuts

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We are only one week into the NFL Preseason Camps and already players are being shuffled and/or released.  This will continue for four more weeks as teams attempt to find the perfect fit for 53 players.

All teams can carry a maximum of 90 players in early preseason camps.  That number can be carried through the first three preseason games, which this year are scheduled on these dates:

  • 1st Preseason Game August 13-17 with exception of Kickoff game August 9th
  • 2nd Preseason Game August 20-24
  • 3rd Preseason Game August 27-30

Shortly after the third preseason game, all teams must whittle their rosters down to 75 players.  One more week of camp follows and then the all-important fourth preseason game occurs.  This is the last chance for coaches to watch bubble players perform before the final decision is made.  This year, the 4th preseason game is being held from September 3-4, and a day after that game, all teams must be down to the final number of 53 players to begin the regular season.

During this entire process players are being released, assigned to practice squads or are picked up by other teams.  Injuries happen, of course, necessitating instant changes in rosters.  The four weeks of August truly are a whirlwind of actions and athlete relocations, and usually, for most teams, it doesn’t stop there.  Injuries and player personnel changes happen quite often during the regular season, so it would be quite accurate to say that athlete relocation is a reality in the NFL from the first week of August all the way to the Super Bowl.

Are you ready for some football?

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Athlete Relocation Shifts Into High Gear

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If anyone wants to know what an athlete relocation business does, follow us around in August. If one month perfectly encompasses all the aspects of athlete relocation, August is that month.

NFL training camps have begun.  Cuts are being made. Players are being signed daily.  Rosters are being fine-tuned in preparation of the beginning of the NFL season.  Players need to shift to different camps, accommodations need to be made, short-term housing, short-term transportation and on and on.

Then we shift over to MLB baseball, and free agents just traded are moving to new teams, making all of the aforementioned arrangements for the final two months of the baseball season.

And as August comes to an end we see the NBA and NHL players start to move, and teams start to prepare for training camps, and conservatively speaking, at the end of August, there are probably, at the very least, one-thousand professional athletes taking part in some aspect of athlete relocation.

And Sportsrelocation.com is there to handle any and all athlete relocation needs.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Financial Security in Professional Sports

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There was a story about financial security that crossed our desk last week that surprisingly received very little buzz.  Let me explain.

Russell Okung, the starting left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, fired his agent, saying he (Okung) was more than qualified to represent himself in contract negotiations as free agency approaches.  He went on to say that professional athletes need to play a bigger part in their financial futures, and that the 3% commission he was paying his sports agent wasn’t worth the return he was receiving.

Now this story may not be earth-shattering, but in the world of professional sports, it is worth note.

In 2009, Sports Illustrated estimated that 78 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or facing serious financial stress within two years of ending their careers.  The article went on to say nearly 60 percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retirement from the game.

How can this be?

The reasons given most often include not living within their means, gambling, alcohol and drug addictions, poor financial planning and an unrealistic vision of how long their careers will last.

A professional athlete really only has two options with regards to financial security:  either educate yourself, like Okung, and take control of your future, or hire professionals who know about financial matters and listen to their advice.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Four Days Remaining Before MLB Trade Deadline

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The baseball world woke today to news that All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzi of the Colorado Rockies has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and several prospects, another huge trade as the MLB trade deadline grows ever-closer.

That trade deadline happens this Friday, July 31st, and the remainder of this week should be interesting at the very least.  David Price is still on the board, as are several other all-star caliber hitters and pitchers, and teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Kansas City and the Angels, teams actively pursuing playoff births, will undoubtedly add another player or two to their rosters in a stretch-run move before the deadline.

Teams like the Phillies, Rockies, Brewers, Oakland and Seattle will be listening to trade offers for the next four days, and when the smoke has cleared we should have a very clear idea of who the favorites are as we enter August.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

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