Roc Nation, the music entertainment company, launched Roc Nation Sports last April with the signing announcement of then-Yankee slugger Robinson Cano (who has since joined the Seattle Mariners). Yesterday (Jan. 15), the company tweeted out a picture of the rap star and the pitching ace sitting at a candle-lit table with a bowl of Starbursts signing papers with the message "Welcome @CC_Sabathia to the @RocNation family! #RocNationSports." (below).
Roc Nation includes both management and label services and its expanding and wide-ranging lient roster includes Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole, Calvin Harris, Capitol Cities, Matthew Dear, Haim, Willow Smith, Grimes and Timbaland among others.
Sabathia is signed through 2016 at salaries of $23 million in each of the next two seasons and $25 million in 2016. The Yankees hold a $25 million option for 2017 with a $5 million buyout. He was 14-13 last year with a career-worst 4.78 ERA.
Cano left Scott Boras last year for the new agency and agreed to a $240 million, 10-year deal with Seattle. Roc Nation Sports also counts basketball all-star Kevin Durant, Giants receiver Victor Cruz and Jets QB Geno Smith among their clients.