Willis & Woy Sports Group Names Jack Scharf Vice President of Football Operations
It is not as big as the news from early June that wide receiver Terrell Owens signed with Willis & Woy Sports Group LLC, but at least in agent circles, the company’s hiring of football agent Jack Scharf has created a buzz. The company publicly announced the addition of Scharf yesterday on its Twitter account.
Scharf will become the Vice President of Football Operations for Willis & Woy Sports Group, which is led by NFLPA certified contract advisor Jordan Woy. The reason that Scharf’s move is garnering so much attention is because it is the latest in a long series of changes for the agent.
In a short period of time, Scharf has gone from Impact Sports (where he worked with Mitch Frankel, Tony Fleming, and Sean Kiernan) to LMM&P Sports Management [working with Ethan Lock, Eric Metz, Vance Malinovic and Joe Panos (Panos has since left and joined with Athletes First)], and is now joining up with Jordan Woy’s company. Meanwhile, as was first reported by Neil Stratton of InsideTheLeague.com, LMM Sports Management (the “&P” has been removed since Panos’ departure) appears to be seeking a $329,492.48 award of damages against Scharf. The Complaint alleges that Scharf breached his independent contractor agreement with LMM by failing to reimburse LMM for all advances and recruiting and training expenses, in addition to diverting funds owed to LMM by clients to Scharf’s own account. The Complaint additionally states the following:
The Company also learned that, during two separate meetings with two of the Principals, that Scharf, contrary to his earlier promise to Company, stated that not only had he paid players in the past, but that, he had never signed a player who he had not paid.
In the representation of athletes world, that’s a very bold allegation, and one I would assume Willis & Woy Sports Group confronted Scharf about prior to designating him as their new Vice President of Football Operations. Whether LMM has support for that statement, which is embedded in its Complaint, is something that is likely being contested by Scharf. In the meantime, Jack Scharf is joining another agency and I am sure that he and Willis & Woy Sports Group hope that this move is more permanent than what has been historically been the case.