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Peyton Manning and Jim Nantz, who defends ignoring the HGH allegations, have the same representation

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Agent Sandy Montag represents both Jim Nantz and Peyton Manning.

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While calling the Denver Broncos' 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz elected not to discuss the Al Jazeera report that claims human growth hormone was shipped to Peyton Manning's house. The decision caused somewhat of a stir, especially in light of a report from the New York Daily News revealing that Nantz and Manning share representation.

Agents often represent media and player alike. However, when a broadcaster with Nantz's clout chooses not to mention one of the biggest stories of the NFL season regarding a player he covers, it can raise eyebrows. According to the Daily News report, agent Sandy Montag represents Nantz and has worked with Manning on his off-field deals.

Nantz defended his decision while appearing as a guest on Mike Francesa's show on WFAN.

"If we talk about it we would only continue to breathe life into a story that on all levels is a non-story," Nantz argued. "Why add another layer to it?"

Still, some observers may perceive the situation as Nantz handling Manning with kid gloves as a favor to Montag, whose business is certainly affected by the Al Jazeera report.

Two weeks ago, Al Jazeera named Manning and several other NFL players in connection with Charlie Sly, a pharmacist once employed by an Indiana anti-aging clinic. Sly claimed to have mailed HGH shipments to Manning's wife, Ashley. The quarterback has denied the use of HGH, though he did not dispute the shipments. Still, the report has angered Manning, who says he plans to sue Al Jazeera over the allegations.

Since news of the HGH allegations first surfaced, Manning has retained the services of Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary and media consultant. Fleischer worked with baseball star Mark McGwire on his admission of steroid usage. Montag and Fleischer have previously worked together before as well.