Agent Spotlight: Leigh Steinberg (Part II)
Will the real Leigh Steinberg please stand up?
It seems like the real Leigh Steinberg is a lot of things. He will go down as one of the most successful and influential sports agents of all time. He was the man behind Jerry Maguire. It all started off with his initial client, Steve Bartkowski, who was the 1st pick in the 1975 draft. Later, he would have his former business partner try to steal away all of his clients [Agent Spotlight: David Dunn]. Steinberg represented Matt Leinart [Early $ for Leinart]. And then Leinart left him for CAA [Leinart Ditches Steinberg]. He throws annual Super Bowl parties to boost his image [Party Like A Sports Agent]. Only to have his reputation tarnished by a D.U.I. arrest [DUI In The OC].
Lately, though, Steinberg has been taking on some new roles to help bolster his image. He has been raising awareness about the severity of NFL concussions, trying to improve the environment, and strongly endorsing Barack Obama.
On the Obama front, Steinberg will soon be launching an initiative called, “Athletes for Obama,” which happens to have no relation to this MySpace page. Charles Barkley and LeBron James may be among the athletes that support the cause [THE NEGOTIATORS: Steinberg still big on green]. Steinberg also wants to make an effort to combat global warming by introducing facility improvements in stadiums/arenas. As a side note, SportsAgentBlog.com will be doing its own part by participating in Blog Action Day (a blogger initiative to raise awareness and money around the environment).
Leigh Steinberg is no longer the agent he once was. His only true client is Ricky Williams (Bruce and Ryan Tollner took over the representation of all of Steinberg’s other clients), and Ricky is not running anywhere fast. He still has his own agency in Newport Beach, though, and is actually bringing on new agents to help build it up once again.
But this time, Steinberg is trying something new. He wants to create movies, affect global warming, change the landscape in the NFL concerning concussions, and even create a jockey league. Who knows what Leigh Steinberg will be up to next time we report on his life.