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Jay-Z certified as an agent for MLB and NBA

Entertainer Jay-Z, who formed Roc Nation Sports and has a partnership with Creative Arts Agency to represent professional athletes, has been certified as an agent by the player associations for MLB and the NBA, spokesmen for both groups said Thursday.

Robert Gadson, director of security and agent administration for the NBA Players Association, said that while Jay-Z's application has been accepted, he will not be able to work on player contracts until he furnishes proof that he has divested himself from his minority ownership in the Nets.

A spokesman for Jay-Z declined to comment. Jay-Z said earlier this year in a statement that he would comply with NBA rules to relinquish his stake in the team.

Jay-Z, a billionaire rock mogul whose birth name is Shawn Carter, has signed Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Jay-Z's agent certification is pending with the NFLPA.

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