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Can a LinkedIn for Athletes Ever Replace Sports Agents?

An Israeli startup has signed up more than 3,000 players looking for spots on 200 teams. Just don’t expect to find LeBron on there anytime soon
LeBron James, a member of the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, speaks to the media in Beijing on Aug. 7, 2008.
Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Among the talent scouts in Las Vegas this week hunting for rising stars at the National Basketball Association’s summer league, Roe Stimler was trying to get people to sign up for his website. The Israeli entrepreneur runs a social network called SportJobz that hopes to one day do to sports agents what LinkedIn did for business recruitment.

Stimler, a 30-year-old former sports agent, created SportJobz in Tel Aviv with his developer co-founder Lior Broshi more than a year ago. The site invites basketball players to create free profiles with their photos, video, playing statistics and other information. Recruiters from teams around the world can then search the database, sorting by age, height, weight, position and even shoe size.