Jay-Z is looking at the long game after the USWNT took home the FIFA Women’s World Cup, because his sports agency division just signed a rising 13-year-old soccer star.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Roc Nation Sports just inked a deal with 14-year-old Dakota Watterson.
Dakota hails from Clovis, CA and is well known among the soccer crowd in Central California.
She plays for the Clovis Crossfire, a competitive soccer program that plays in the Clovis Junior Soccer League.
Dakota was also selected earlier this year to travel to Spain and play in the GPS Bayern Munich, an international youth clinic and training program for players with significant skill.
According to Dakota’s contract, which was approved and signed by her parents, Roc Nation will be handling all aspects of her image and publicity as she continues to dominate on the pitch.
Roc Nation has agreed to coordinate all interviews with local, regional, national and international media outlets.
They will also be working on the “amplification for all career milestones;” including transfers, awards and recognitions and team championships.
Jay-Z’s company will also be using the press to tell “off pitch story,” while enhancing “global visibility and brand awareness.”
In case she gets in any negative situations, Roc Nation will be able to design a “customized strategy to combat negative press, and build positive narrative for on pitch career.”
In exchange for the expert media training and guidance through her career, Dakota has agreed to pay Roc Nation Sports 20% commission on all her income earned during their partnership.
Of course, the contract states that 15% of all Dakota’s gross earnings be set aside in a blocked account, as is required by the Coogan Law.
The term is contracted for 3 years, with options that can extend the deal longer, but not more than 7 years.
The deal was signed by Dakota, her parents and Roc Nation Sports president, Juan “OG” Perez.
Dakota appears to be Roc Nation Sports’ youngest player signed to the agency, and only their second female athlete, with the other being WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith.
Sources familiar with the deal tell The Blast, Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports are investing in the future of women soccer stars, especially after the success of athletes like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
Roc Nation Sports will also be able to take action for their clients and turn the tide on the issue of pay inequality for female athletes, which was spotlighted after the Women’s World Cup.
An official announcement has not yet been made, but 13-year-old Dakota will be joining other soccer greats currently signed to Roc Nation Sports, including Premier League stars Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.