Conflicts of interest

A key principle of the relationship between an athlete and his agent is that there should be no trace of a conflict of interest, whether directly or indirectly.  This holds true regardless of whether the conflict of interest is real or just perceptively so.   The Indian cricket captain (and fourth most marketable sportsman in the world), Virat Kohli, is currently under investigation by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for breaching its conflict of interest rules.  An official complaint was lodged against Kohli in July this year, and the BCCI’s investigation is ongoing. These are the facts:  Kohli is a director in two Indian companies, Virat Kohli Sports and Cornerstone Venture Partners.  His fellow directors in these two companies are also directors of another company, Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment (CSE).  CSE is a leading Indian talent management agency which manages Kohli as well as several current… Continue reading