It’s not every week that the Sports Business Journal has blog worthy information for us agents and agents-to-be but a particular article in this week’s issue is certainly worth mentioning. With the start of the 2007 NFL being this week (and Thursday night’s opening day blowout is an entirely separate issue) the editors over at SBJ released a football focused issue which happened to include a list of “The 20 Most Influential People in the NFL”. At this point it must be clear where I’m headed with this for you other loyal SBJ readers. The lone cowboy on that aforementioned list and thus apparently king of the NFL jungle (when speaking strictly of agents of course) happens to be Tom Condon, on whom an Agent Spotlight posting was done in Spring 2006.
Now, I believe just as much as the next person, that there’s no single agent out there who is the most powerful…but let it be known that Tom Condon has to come remarkably close to claiming that title and crown. Nevermind the 130+ client firm that he and Ben Dogra now head over at Creative Artists Agency, though that alone may be enough in your mind to put him head and shoulders above the rest. As the only agent on a list of the most influential people in and around our nation’s most popular and successful (in a business sense) sport he’s got to be at or near the top in a comparative ‘clout analysis’ (if one were to be done; which could in fact be a fun/interesting survey). Also worth noting is that on the list in question, Condon is the one of two people not directly linked to the NFL as an executive of a media organization or owner or league employee (Tony Ponturo, VP of global media and sports marketing at Anheuser-Busch being the other). It certainly does seem like Tom Condon is the man when it comes to NFL agents and perhaps all agents.
Go ahead and share your thoughts on Condon, the list, or who else might be the top agent out there…of this day and age of course . Enjoy tomorrow’s football!