According to a press release by Wasserman COO & EVP, Team Sports, Jason Ranne, the agency has hired NFL agents Doug Hendrickson and CJ LaBoy as executive vice president, football and vice president, football, respectively.
Both Hendrickson and LaBoy will be leaving ISE to join Wasserman as it expands its NFL practice, which launched in 2012. The duo will co-manage the division, according to the statement. In this move, they are bringing 45 existing NFL clients to Wasserman, including Michael Bennett, Michael Crabtree, Cameron Jordan, Eric Kendricks and Marshawn Lynch among others.
The agents have worked together dating back to their days at Octagon and also worked for Relativity Sports, which was rebranded to ISE. The agency’s football division has undergone some change in the past few years, including veteran NFL agent Tory Dandy leaving for CAA and former CEO Happy Walters creating Catalyst Sports & Media.
“CJ and I made this decision after carefully considering what was best for our clients,” said Hendrickson. “The incredible team at Wasserman shares our client-focused, family-driven, community-minded philosophy and we are looking forward to utilizing their wide-reaching resources to support our clients and their families.”
Hendrickson is a 20-year industry veteran and was recently named one of “The Most Powerful Sports Agents” by Forbes and was also included on the list of “The NFL’s 100 Most Important People” by USA Today.
The expansion of Wasserman’s NFL practice comes on the heels of the agency launching a hockey division.