What do Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Devin Harris, Udonis Haslem, Dee Brown, Anthony Parker, Ronnie Brewer, Michael Finley, Shaun Livingston, Quinton Ross, Denham Brown, Marcus Taylor, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, and Marcellus Sommerville all have in common? Their primary agent is Henry Thomas, formerly of CSMG. This weekend, it was reported (via Twitter) that Thomas will be leaving the Chicago-based company to join the ranks of the most powerful agency in the United States: Creative Artists Agency. As reported, all of the clients listed at the top of this post will be following Thomas to CAA, where Thomas will be managed by Leon Rose.
Am I surprised by the move? No. Almost two year’s ago, I asked on this blog, Is CSMG Still The Place To Be? The company was just coming off of terminating its CEO, laying off several employees, having its founder step down as chairman of the board of directors and had a signed separation agreement with one of its major NFL player agents. Thereafter, the CSMG football division vanished. The company was left with a strong baseball and basketball division…until Octagon bought out CSMG’s very strong baseball client list and the agents working on their behalf. Roughly twenty CSMG employees and over one-hundred-and-forty baseball players switched hands in the deal.
Since the deal between CSMG and Octagon in October 2008, CSMG had one thing to focus on: basketball. The company’s website currently reflects that fact. Dwyane Wade’s likeness is all over the homepage, the client sites listed are Henry Thomas’s players, and the only clients listed are those playing basketball. Will CSMG close up shop for good now that Thomas is leaving for CAA? The company has had internal issues for quite some time now, and Thomas’s departure may just be the final step to dismantling an entity that was once #6 on Jason Belzer’s Sports Agency Power Rankings.
As listed on CSMG’s website, there are only two Executive Officers: Henry Thomas (President) and Ginger Gordon (Chief Financial Officer). No need for a CFO if there is no President. And CAA grows again..