New York, May 31, 2016 – Lagardère Sports today announced it has reached a new, long-term agreement with leading NFL agent and President of Football Joel Segal that includes an expanded role at the global sports agency. Segal will now serve as the agency’s President of Team Sports and will lead all team sports practices in the U.S., including the hugely successful football business he has built over the last 25 years.
“In a business built on relationships and trust, Joel is one of the most genuine and caring individuals I’ve ever worked with in my career,” said Andrew N. Pierce, Lagardère Sports President & CEO, Americas; President, Golf & Consulting. “When we set out to build our business we dedicated ourselves to putting people first. From his relationships with clients and our staff, Joel perfectly embodies that quality and we couldn’t be more pleased that he will be an even bigger part of our family going forward.”
Segal will continue as President of Lagardère Sports’ football division, leading a team comprised of agents and partners Chafie Fields and Greg Barnett, and executives Geoff Garmhausen and Aileen Gingold. As part of his new role, Lagardère Sports’ baseball division, led by Ryan Ware and Mike Seal, will be folded into the new team sports division being overseen by Segal. Additionally, Segal will lead the agency’s development and investment efforts as it strategically builds additional team sports, talent marketing, broadcasting, and coaching practices within Lagardère Sports’ talent representation portfolio.
“Lagardère Sports has been an amazing place to work and I couldn’t ask for more support as our family of clients has continued to grow,” said Segal. “I’m thrilled to continue being a part of Lagardère Sports and am very excited about the opportunity to carry over the great momentum from our football business to current and future team sports practices for the agency.”
Segal, who joined Lagardère Sports in 2010, has 25 years’ experience as an NFL agent and in that time has built one of the biggest practices in the sport. Under his leadership, the Lagardère Sports football division represents approximately 70 NFL players including 38 first-round picks since 2001 and 25 Pro Bowlers. The roster of clients is highlighted by some of the best current and former players in the game including Khalil Mack, Patrick Peterson, Amari Cooper, Justin Houston, Reggie Bush, and Randy Moss.
This year’s highlights for the division include five first-round picks in the 2016 NFL Draft (DeForest Buckner #7, Eli Apple #10, Vernon Hargreaves III #11, Karl Joseph #14, Josh Doctson #22) – the most picks in the opening round of the draft in the divisions history – eight clients receiving 2016 Pro Bowl selections, and a client who was the first in league history to receive All-Pro selections at two different positons (Khalil Mack, defensive end and outside linebacker).
In addition, Segal has recently negotiated some of the largest contracts in league history for his clients at their respective positions, including Justin Houston, Patrick Peterson, Mike Pouncey, and Maurkice Pouncey.
About Lagardère Sports
Lagardère Sports is a leading sport marketing agency, with a global network of local experts dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that meet our clients’ needs. We believe sport inspires emotions and passion that are essential to enrich people’s lives and generate powerful collective experiences. At Lagardère Sports, we dedicate our expertise and passion to provide our clients with privileged access to the infinite opportunities of sports. Lagardère Sports is part of Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, a company with more than 1,600 employees worldwide and 50 years of experience.
Carmine N. Tiso